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Sesame Street: New Season Focuses on S.T.E.A.M.

By Rosemary Jean-LouisPosted August 24, 2012 11:17am (EDT)
Elmo The Musical is a new segment that focuses on solving problems using math.

Elmo The Musical is a new segment that focuses on solving problems using math.


The new season of Sesame Street that premieres on GPB Kids September 24 will focus on the S.T.E.A.M. curriculum. What's that?

Sesame Street explains it like this:
The cornerstone of the curriculum remains the connection between the four main domains: science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but the updated approach integrates the arts. This helps make learning STEM concepts relevant and enticing to young children by highlighting how artists use STEM knowledge to enhance their art or solve problems. It also provides context for the importance of STEM knowledge in careers in the arts (e.g. musician, painter, sculptor and dancer).

Lots of New Parodies

The season features a slew of hilarious spoofs. Here are some of them.

  • The Voice - In this spoof of the tv show, The Voice, three judges are trying to find “the voice” but mistake it for sounds made by other parts of the body.


  • Upside Downton Abbey - In this spoof of the show Downton Abbey, everything keeps falling off the ceiling. They need to turn everything right side up.

  • Five By - The band Train, Elmo and The Count team up for a spoof of the group’s song “Drive By.”

Original Count Puppeteer Passes Away

Jerry Nelson
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who originated the The Count character has died. Nelson played and created several other characters on Sesame Street including Mr. Snuffleupagus and Sherlock Hemlock. In addition to being a talented puppeteer and voice actor, he was a passionate musician. He had released an album a few years before his death. His enduring legacy will be the unforgettable puppet vampire who taught countless kids how to use numbers.

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