By Michael O'Keefe, January 19, 2023
The free online preview and screen of “Work It Out Wombats!” is slated for 10 a.m.
Jan. 26 on KMOS-TV, the University of Central Missouri’s public television station.
(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Work It Out Wombats! TM/© 2022 WGBH Educational Foundation.
All rights reserved.)
WARRENSBURG, MO – On Monday, Feb. 6 KMOS-TV, the University of Central Missouri’s public television station, will move the beginning of its daytime ‘general audience’
programming from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will allow PBS Kids programming to run concurrently
from 5 a.m. through 1 p.m., creating a better viewing experience for young viewers.
In addition, KMOS will premiere a new series for children ages 3-6 designed to introduce
kids to thinking concepts meant to help in solving everyday problems, and to express
themselves clearly. “Work It Out Wombats!” will air weekdays at 9:30 a.m. beginning Feb. 6.
KMOS and PBS remain leaders in high-quality educational programming and resources for families and educators of children, preschool-age and older. The schedule change affects only KMOS-HD channel 6.1, and not the KMOS PBS Kids channel 6.4 or the PBS Kids App, which will continue to grow, as the station’s youngest viewers increasingly use digital platforms.
The general audience programming, composed of primetime repeats and other programs, will begin airing at 1 p.m. and continue for the rest of the day. Most of the programs currently airing in this block will continue to air, but on different days. While younger viewers tend to watch their programs on multiple platforms, adult viewers are more likely to watch broadcast channels.
The February schedule will include seasons 10 and 11 of “Call the Midwife” at 2 p.m., and the addition of news at 5 p.m. Please consult the KMOS schedule on-screen, on-line or in your copy of Contact, the member program guide. For your complimentary copy of the February issue, please contact KMOS.
About "Work It Out Wombats!"
A free online preview screening event featuring “Work It Out Wombats!,” is planned for 10 a.m. Jan. 26. This new animated series for kids ages 3-6, stars a playful trio of marsupial siblings - Malik, Zadie and Zeke - who live with their grandmother, Super, in their treehouse apartment complex. The series will introduce computational thinking concepts that will help young viewers solve meaningful problems, learn flexible thinking and how to express themselves - all while using the practices and processes at the core of computer science.
Each episode includes two 11-minute stories, accompanied by a 90-second music video, featuring the Wombats as they demonstrate their computational thinking skills, learning as they go. Their aspirations sometimes exceed their abilities, but with every problem they encounter, the trio stops, takes a breath, puts their heads together and comes up with a workable solution, using the design process, sequencing, debugging and other key computational thinking skills.
Whether they are tackling a big mess by breaking down the job into smaller tasks, creating a process for finding a lost beloved stuffy or solving the mystery of a scary sound in the neighborhood, the Wombats are always able to work it out.
KMOS serves the citizens of 38 central Missouri counties with high quality, educational content and experiences online, over-the-air and in area communities. The station is integral to engaged learning as a professional learning lab for students from a variety of disciplines at the UCM. KMOS-TV broadcasts programming on four channels full of programs for all ages on 6.1, lifestyle and how-to programs on 6.2, international news, documentaries and dramas on 6.3, and a full schedule of kids’ programming to fit the schedule of every busy family on 6.4.