September 28, 2011 AT 10:44 am

Sesame Street to Focus on Math, Science and Engineering

click thru the image above to see the video

From ABC News:

This season of “Sesame Street,” which premiered today, has added a few new things to its usual mix of song, dance and educational lessons.

In its 42nd season, the preschool educational series is tackling math, science, technology and engineering — all problem areas for America’s students — in hopes of helping kids measure up.

Carol-Lynn Parente, the show’s executive producer, said that 2-year-olds were more than ready for engineering experiments.

“It really boils down to a curriculum of asking questions, observing … making a hypothesis and testing it out,” she told ABC News today.

This season, “Sesame Street” will include age-appropriate experimentation — even the orange monster Murray will conduct science experiments in a recurring feature.

In the video segment, the first question the interviewer asks is: “are two-year-olds ready for engineering?” To which I would respond that nobody is more “ready” for engineering than a 2-year-old — that she has to ask that question at all kinda makes me sad.

I’m really happy to see a beloved show like Sesame Street covering topics like this hand-in-hand with other important lessons like sharing and feeling good about yourself — it should be a lot of fun to watch too!

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