New PBS KIDS series, ‘Work It Out Wombats!’ premieres Monday, Feb. 6
January 24, 2023 Leave a Comment
PBS Wisconsin welcomes a trio of marsupial siblings to its PBS KIDS schedule with Work It Out Wombats!
Premiering Monday, Feb. 6, the new animated series for kids ages 3-6 features siblings Malik, Zadie and Zeke, who live with their grandmother, Super, in their treehouse apartment complex.
Work It Out Wombats! introduces computational thinking concepts that help young viewers solve meaningful problems, learn flexible thinking and understand how to express themselves – all while using the practices and processes at the core of computer science.
The series takes place in the Treeborhood – a massive treehouse complete with secret passageways, gondolas and rope swings. The residents of the Treeborhood – wombats, snakes, moose, kangaroos, iguanas, fish, tarsiers and eagles – bring varied skills and abilities, assorted ways of thinking, and different family structures and traditions to this diverse and vibrant community of neighbors, a place where even the adults join in the play.
“Malik, Zadie and Zeke are passionate about their goals, but they don’t always know the best way to go about meeting them,” said executive producers Marcy Gunther and Marisa Wolsky. “But in every story, we see the Wombats using computational thinking – a powerful toolkit – to work it out.”
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.