Sesame Street” is one of the longest-running and most influential television programs in the history of the world. Since its pilot aired in November of 1969, “Sesame Street” has skyrocketed to fame. Regaled as a show that teaches both emotional and academic lessons, Sesame Street is as appealing to adults as it is to children which make viewing the show an experience that families can enjoy together.
“Sesame Street” is very humorous and it is presented as a series of sketches and segments so the themes always change and are therefore diverse and exciting to practically every child. Furthermore, “Sesame Street” is always teaching new things and tailors lessons to fit the changing times that different generations grow up amid. At present, schools are attempting to get children to learn more STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and “Sesame Street” has already started incorporating these lessons into their episodes.
Part of the long-lasting appeal of “Sesame Street” is its characters that are quirky and unique and the oddball situations that they get themselves into. Hence, both the characters and the plots have jumped into embracing STEM subjects in their episodes. Thus, recent segments in the series have used funny situations—such as a cow trapped upstairs—to teach children about the practical uses for mathematical and scientific concepts.
Although the topics that are discussed in STEM programs seem to be very hard to grasp and might make even adults shy away, they are subjects that can be made fun and entertaining and, if absorbed young, many children will have less trouble understanding them later in life. For those who wish to familiarize their children with STEM subjects, it is worth tuning into “Sesame Street” this season!