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Sesame Street To Launch 43rd Season With New 'Elmo The Musical'

Sesame Street launches its 43rd season on PBS KIDS on tpt this Tuesday with an exciting new segment and interactive experience, "Elmo The Musical" plus an emphasis on STEAM.

In season 43 of Sesame Street, the show remains on top of the educational and social needs of its preschool audience by continuing its focus on STEM education, but this year we are adding the "arts" to the equation, creating STEAM. 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.

Plus, with lots of silly singing and dancing, "Elmo The Musical" focuses on imagination and how to use math skills, creating an adventure inviting kids to sing, dance, play and imagine along with Elmo. This new segment is designed to be a transmedia property that's accessible to kids on multiple platforms. New games, clips and activities themed around the segment will be available on www.sesamestreet.org and mobile devices for kids to learn math skills and play with Elmo.

Other season highlights include new original songs and street stories; new "Super Grover 2.0" segments; new "Abby's Flying Fairy School" animations and, as always, new hilarious spoofs and celebrity appearances.

Check out a preview of the newest season of Sesame Street below and tune in weekdays at 10 a.m. on PBS KIDS on tpt.

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