“Sesame Street’s” furry red monster, Elmo, is returning to the airwaves this season with his very own musical. The fan favorite aims to get kids singing and dancing about math in his new 11-minute segment.
“Creating ‘Elmo: The Musical’ was an exciting process both creatively and educationally,” Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente said in a statement. “We took what everyone loves best about Elmo, his singing and dancing, and created imaginative mini-musicals that highlight a math curriculum in a really fun way. We think the format will have toe-tapping appeal for kids and adults alike.”
The show’s STEM curriculum will also get an update. “Sesame Street” is adding arts to the science, technology, engineering and math program – calling it STEAM.
“As STEM topics continue to be a critical area of a preschooler’s early education, it is important to allow children to explore these concepts through various channels, especially the arts,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop. “Incorporating the arts into our STEM curriculum was an exciting and natural addition, as ‘Sesame Street’ has always used music, visual and performing arts as tools to educate and entertain children.”
Season 43 will also feature visits from celebrities like Halle Berry, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm. The new season kicks off Sept. 24 on PBS Kids.