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Now this is cool. On October 13 at 12pm ET/PT, Nickelodeon will introduce children viewers to the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with the hour-long premiere of the brand-new, interactive animated series, BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES. Touted as "the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM in every episode," BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES follows a monster truck named Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ. Figure in a nine-year-old little girl named Gabby that serves as head mechanic, and you can count me in for my little monster truck-loving girls as the series explores the physics of how things move - tackling problems through scientific inquiry and mathematics, while discovering the parts needed to make everyday technologies work. Check out a few preview clips below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)When PEG + CAT first landed on my radar back in May of 2013, I was attending the PBS Annual Meeting in Miami, where series creators Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson were on-hand to discuss their creation. With two daughters, the thought of a math-based series with a little girl as the lead was a compelling idea, and the fact that she wields a string-based instrument was a bonus. A year-and-a-half later, PEG + CAT is a true hit - a dual EMMY-winner that's watched regularly here at Rock Father HQ, with Peg's little ukulele-driven jingles a regular earworm. With the release of Chickens on the Loose and other REALLY Big Problems on DVD, the learning adventures are available at any time.

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Saturday, September 13 2014 12:35

Review - DOC McSTUFFINS: SCHOOL OF MEDICINE (DVD)

In searching my own website, I was a little surprised to find that I've only mentioned DOC McSTUFFINS in 28 articles. While that might seem like a lot, I thought it would've been more, and if you follow me on social media (which I sure hope you do), you'd know why: I've spoken of Doc a lot. Out of the top five shows that my girls enjoy, there is perhaps no other that's been so all-encompassing. They've seen it on television, DVD, and on-demand... they have an ever-expanding collection of Doc McStuffins toys... and each of my daughters (ages 2 and 5) have multiple pieces of Doc clothing. It's a transmedia home-run, and one I don't mind at all. To think that it took this long for a breakthrough show like this to happen - one that not only features a "Doctor" at the forefront, but a female... and one of color - it's hard to imagine, particularly given how big a phenomenon it's become. With DOC McSTUFFINS: SCHOOL OF MEDICINE out on DVD this week, it's only appropriate that I'm throwing down some more virtual ink about the show...

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It has been said that those who are typically anti-authority often make the best leaders. In general, a leader finds it hard to follow, and may wind up being deemed "anti-authority," when in reality - they're just meant to lead the charge. Or, so I like to think - me, a 37-ish year-old man who may have been tagged the "anti" on more than a few occasions, and years later has sometimes become the "authority" that he once may have been perceived to be against. One has to have tact while plotting a rise... but when does this type of ying-yang behavior begin? Perhaps it's in kindergarten, and believe me when I tell you that kindergarteners have no tact.

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Have you ever wondered why your brain is in your head? Joe Hanson has, and in the latest episode of PBS Digital Studios' IT'S OKAY TO BE SMART, he looks into exactly why it is where it is, and why Darwin and Taco Bell have more in common than you'd think, and somehow Kanye West and Daft Punk get worked into the mix. How exactly did evolution plant the seed that is your brain? Find out below...

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PBS KIDSWe're officially in that lull where Summer Learning needs to be a real focus as we hit the midway mark before it's Back-to-School time. With that in mind, PBS KIDS' ARTHUR is getting in on the action with a brand-new (FREE!) online game called D.W. & BUDS BACKYARD ADVENTURE, available to play right now on PBSKIDS.org. In the game, "little explorers join D.W. and Bud as they embark on an epic backyard adventure - all by using their powers of imagination, collaboration, and problem solving. Maneuver past trap doors, collapsing floors, sliding walls, and other obstacles...including snakes...Collect all of the pieces to rebuild some golden statues that MAY look a little familiar." But that's not all that ARTHUR has in store for summer goodness...

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