Every Thursday, Twig Science Reporter is delivered to teachers’ inboxes from our very special Twig Science Reporter, Christopher Borjas. This month Christopher caught up with Mrs Canion’s fourth grade class in Puyallup, Washington. Together they watched their latest Twig Science Reporter news update, completed their weekly Kahoot quiz and got the opportunity to have all of their TSR questions answered!
Watch the video below to see how much fun our weekly news updates bring to K–6 classrooms.
Every Kid Deserves Twig Science Reporter
“My kindergarteners love it as much as my 5th and 6th graders do. Thank you for this wonderful resource, and for making it free!”Kendra, Elementary Science Content Specialist
Twig Science Reporter was launched in 2016, and since then our talented team has produced six series featuring 186 news updates that cover the latest developments in science and engineering, focusing on current news and significant world events. Since the release of our first episode, this free weekly science news service has reached 178 countries and has represented many of them along the way – with season 5 alone featuring stories from 24 countries across the world.
Season 5 featured stories from 24 countries
Twig Science Reporters Make it Magical
Before Christopher took the reins, Contessa Akintunji was our Twig Science Reporter. As well as featuring in our weekly Twig Science Reporter emails, Christopher and Contessa have worked closely with the marketing team to create engaging supplemental videos for the promotion of TSR across our social media platforms. Arantza Pardo then delivers Twig Science Reporter to all of our Spanish speaking viewers.
“The kids love watching it every Thursday! They remind me to check my email if I don’t already have it loaded for them.”Ginny, Science Teacher
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Always Striving to Make it Better
The team are constantly reviewing Twig Science Reporter to see how they can add value to the product, and in 2020 we also began to offer our news updates in Spanish. To date, there are 46 Spanish Twig Science Reporter news updates available on Youtube. These have been extremely popular and have gained a whopping 904,477 views on YouTube alone – that’s 33,182 hours!
In the past year, Kahoot quizzes have also been introduced as a new feature of the weekly Twig Science Reporter experience, and are available in both English and Spanish. Kahoot is a well-known brand in the USA, and our fun quizzes allow students to demonstrate what they have learned in an exciting way. This season the quizzes have been enjoyed by nearly 50,000 players.
“The information we use, including short video clips, keeps students engaged and talking afterwards. The more they talk, the more they remember.”Manjit, Head of Year 6
Helping Teachers Create Magic
To learn what teachers love most about Twig Science Reporter, read the reviews that won us an EdTech Impact Teacher Choice award in 2021.