RETURNS TO CBEEBIES IN OCTOBER 2018
WHEN YOU NEED TO KNOW, GO TO OKIDO!
The wonderful world of OKIDO, where curious children become creative scientists, returns to CBeebies this Autumn with 26 new episodes of the acclaimed animated TV show Messy goes to OKIDO directed by Bafta Award-winner Liz Whitaker (Bob the Builder, Pingu and Timmy Time) and featuring the voice of Adam Buxton (The Adam & Joe Show, Bugged, Son of Rambow, Hot Fuzz).
Messy goes to OKIDO is a comedy adventure series for young children and their families. Messy is an inquisitive and loveable monster who brings science to life as he adventures through OKIDO with his best friends Zoe and Felix. The brave trio go on journeys of discovery and – with help from the ever-eccentric Zim, Zam and Zoom – unearth the answers to their big questions. When you need to know, go to OKIDO!
Messy’s questions encourage children to think about their environment. Whether it’s “Where does honey come from?”, “Why do we dream?”, “What are genes?” or “What is renewable energy?”, they are concepts which resonate with children everywhere.
The first series of Messy goes to OKIDO(52 x 11 minutes) first aired on CBeebies in 2015, commissioned by the BBC from Doodle Productions, who created every aspect of the show all under one roof – an extraordinary and unusual feat. Series Two will feature 26 episodes of this most unique of concepts – communicating science in a highly visual and imaginative way with a mixture of live action, CGI 3d and 2d animation. The new shows will also be accompanied by six original songs written in his inimitable style by Adam Buxton, on subjects from atoms to metamorphosis, gravity and liquids.
At the heart of OKIDO lies STEAM learning (that’s science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics). Everything in the OKIDO world is designed by science and education experts to encourage collaboration, curiosity, exploration, discovery, creativity and critical thinking. There is no question of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects at every level of education but recent research advocates STEAM, the incorporation of arts onto the field of STEM. Teachers are recognising the value of including creative thinking and visual learning into lessons with the iconic education TV programme Sesame Street incorporating arts into its existing STEM focus. STEAM is now a global movement encouraging curiosity and imagination in science because extraordinary discoveries come from creative minds. Everything in the OKIDO world is for all genders – it’s a stereotype-free zone, promoting equality for all children.
The OKIDO world encompasses television, publishing and live events, immersing young children in a spectrum of activities and media, all intelligently designed by science and education experts. Whether watching the TV show, engaging in family events and school workshops, or reading the high-quality magazine, OKIDO children learn through play.
Messy originally grew up on the pages of OKIDO Magazine. An independent publication started by parents from a kitchen table in Brixton in 2007, it was designed to fire up young imaginations and spark a life-long love of art and science.
Today its founders, scientist Dr Sophie Dauvois (PhD BSc PG Dip.) and artist Rachel Ortas, are still every bit as passionate about engaging young kids in the scientific world around them using play, art and fun. OKIDO Magazine is now published monthly with a circulation of over 9,000 having won a host of awards and celebrity fans.
Created as an antidote to the plastic-wrapped, poor quality publications on the market, OKIDO is a content-heavy, beautifully designed, quality product with high profile contributors including artist Paul Noble, illustrator and author Benji Davies and illustrator and animator Lesley Barnes. Each issue starts with a story from Rachel Ortas’s much-loved, hand drawn character Messy Monster and also includes science answers from Zim, Zam, Zoom, regular character features, stories, puzzles, doodles, games, activities, science experiments, a poem, a recipe and a pull-out card activity. Developed by education experts to introduce science while also supporting literacy, numeracy and art, all its themes are closely aligned with EYFS and KS1 curriculum topics
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