Speed Racers comes to PBS with NASA
Michelle Clancy
| 05 May 2014
Maryland Public Television (MPT) is launching Space Racers, with technical consulting from NASA.

Public television stations in the top markets that will be airing Space Racers starting in May include: Los Angeles (KCET, KVCR), Dallas (KERA), Washington DC/Baltimore (MPT), Houston (Houston Public Media, TV 8), Detroit (WTVS, Detroit Public TV), Seattle (KCTS 9), Miami (WRLN Channel 17), Denver (Rocky Mountain PBS), Orlando (WEFS-TV), Pittsburgh (WQED), Salt Lake City (KUED), West Palm Beach (WXEL PBS For the Palm Beaches), Charlotte/South Carolina (ETV), Alabama (APT), Norfolk (WHRO), Arkansas (AETN), New Orleans (WLAE) and Providence (WSBE).

The official Space Racers Website, created by WNET in conjunction with Siite, has launched and includes videos, space games and tools for little scientists to explore the solar system. An exclusive section for parents and educators encompasses family activities and lesson plans based on an early-childhood STEM curriculum. Educational materials created specifically for use in local classrooms will be available on the site.

"We are thrilled and delighted at the reception of Space Racers. The station's reactions have been phenomenal and we are really excited about the pick-up of the show thus far," says Richard Schweiger executive producer and creator of Space Racers. "Working on a Space Racers Museum exhibit with the Virginia Air & Space Centre is exactly what we could hope for in terms of marrying our characters to science and space education. And nothing is more pleasing then seeing the response of the children attending our events when they see Eagle, Hawk, Robyn and the rest of the Space Racers crew for the very first time. We are pleased to be giving our fans this special treat."

Science museums and NASA visitor centres around the country will host screening events to celebrate the premiere and support the series launch locally.

The Virginia Air & Space Centre is collaborating with the Space Racers team to develop an interactive space exploration exhibit for their preschool-aged visitors. The branded Space Racers-themed exhibit debuts in summer 2014 and will include the Space Racers characters and showcase video content from the show.

"Maryland Public Television is very pleased with the overwhelming response we are receiving from public television stations around the country," adds MPT chief content officer Steven Schupak. "When we first spoke with Richard and the Space Racers team three years ago, we knew this series was something special. We are also very pleased to work on the live-action interstitials with Richard and his creative animation team."