Franklin PTO hosts educational fun

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Franklin - posted Tue., Apr. 5, 2011
Kids bust a move between questions. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Kids bust a move between questions. Photos by Melanie Savage.

For kids who are fans of “Minute to Win It” or classic game shows such as “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” a recent event at Franklin Elementary School provided an opportunity to feel like it was their turn for some time in the spotlight. The Brain Show is an outfit out of Pennsylvania, and on April 1 the Franklin PTO sponsored its appearance in town. There were two separate assemblies during the school day, one for kindergarten through third grade, and one for fourth through eighth. A family fun night during evening hours provided an opportunity for parents, siblings and other members of the public to get in on the fun.

Brain Show host Jonathan Frederick brought with him a colorful set featuring contestant podiums complete with light-up, lock-out buzzers. He had a sound system equipped with contemporary music selections and audience sound effects (groans, laughter, applause, etc.). The whole thing made for a fun, authentic experience, and Frederick’s repartee and enthusiasm were a match for any television emcee.

“This is an educational assembly,” said Frederick. “We have 24 different subjects total.” The host chooses educational questions based on contestants’ abilities, and the company adapts the entire show yearly, to keep it interesting for return visits. “For the family fun night we ask more entertainment questions,” said Frederick.

The first session of the day was geared toward the younger set. Questions such as “What color are the stripes on the flag?” and “In baseball, what is it called when you can circle all of the bases at once?” were just difficult enough to make kids think, but not enough to cause frustration. As the game progressed, Frederick added dance moves to the mix. By the end of the game, there were a total of about eight different dances that kids could be prompted to perform at any given moment.

Asked whether he had a good time at The Brain Show, “Oh yeah,” responded third-grader Luca. “I want to come back tonight.”

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