UMIGO (You Make It Go), the free online world that helps early elementary-age children discover the fundamentals of math, comes to public television screens for the first time. Two 30-minute episodes will be available beginning in October 2015 (check local listings). Produced by world-renowned children’s media producer, DHX Media, the program is presented by WTTW Chicago and distributed to public television stations nationwide by NETA (The National Educational Telecommunications Association).
In much the same way as the online destination UMIGO.com engages children in fun and energizing ways, these TV episodes will encourage kids to develop the mathematic skills they need for effective reasoning and problem solving through stories, music, and games. They can join Bit, Bean, and Dizzy, the three animated best friends featured in UMIGO, become active participants in the story, and use their math skills to solve the gang’s biggest problems.
Descriptions of the two episodes:
PART 1: Let’s Go to UMIGO!
Tomb explorer Bit falls to pieces when Dizzy wakes up a mummy; Arcade gamer Dizzy falls in love with the top prize, a scooter; Pirate Captain Bean falls into a shady sea creature’s endless web of games.
PART 2: Here We Go Again!
Super spies Bean, Bit, and NinDitZu (Dizzy) chase down the evil genius who is causing UMIGO to become unhinged; ghost hunters Bean, Bit, and Dizzy must capture all the umighosts haunting an old hotel; and thrill seekers Bean, Bit, and Dizzy have to figure out why they aren’t tall enough to ride UMIGO’s wildest rollercoaster.
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Guided by a curriculum team of highly respected educators, UMIGO’S educational content is aligned with Standards for Mathematics for the first and second grades. The animated characters in the narrative stories model strategies for thinking about and using math, while music videos reinforce the story's main educational concepts. As the narrative unfolds, the child becomes an active participant, applying math concepts and skills within embedded games and activities. New appisodes are being released every few weeks, ensuring fresh and interesting content for both kids and parents to enjoy. UMIGO is funded in part by a U.S. Department of Education Ready to Learn grant awarded to WTTW Chicago.
About WTTW Chicago
WTTW Chicago is a premier producer and presenter of original, high-quality television programs for both public and commercial television broadcast. For almost 60 years, WTTW has developed and introduced a wide array of engaging television content – reflecting the world’s rich and diverse arts and entertainment scene as well as education, politics, public affairs, business, and religion – to a national audience. For more information, please visit wttw.com/national.
About DHX Media
DHX Media Ltd. (dhxmedia.com), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, is recognized globally for such brands as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, Slugterra, and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. The Company is owner of the Family suite of channels, operated as DHX Television. DHX Media Ltd. markets and distributes its library of more than 11,000 half-hours of entertainment programming worldwide, and licenses its owned properties through its dedicated brand-management and consumer-products business, DHX Brands. DHX Media Ltd.'s full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG), represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. With offices in 15 cities worldwide, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Amsterdam, and Beijing, DHX Media Ltd. is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DHXM, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols DHX.A and DHX.B.
The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) is a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. NETA connects people and ideas by providing quality programming, educational resources, professional development, management support, and national representation.