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Three young kids venture outside their 2-D animated world to learn about early Alabama history for their upcoming school report. Aided by their hyper-intelligent robotic friend Roto and a magical portal, they visit some of Alabama’s historic sites to learn about Native American societies, early settlers, and the beginning of Alabama’s statehood. With the help of local archaeologists and historians they just might make it back home in time to get to school and turn in their report!
Clip 1: The Assignment
Dawn and Quin learn that they have to write a report on early Alabama history over the weekend. They then find out that Clarence and Roto may be able to help them.
Clip 2: Moundville
After jumping through the portal into this world, the kids go on an adventure to learn more about Moundville, one of the largest Native American towns ever built.
Clip 3: Old Mobile
The kids continue their adventure in Old Mobile, a settlement for French colonists in the early 1700s. They view artifacts from these early settlers at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum.
Clip 4: Tribal Archives of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
The kids head to the Tribal Archives of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to view artifacts and records that show them more about the Creek Indians and their importance in Alabama.
Clip 5: Old Cahawba
The last stop in this adventure is Old Cahawba, where the kids look at archaeological artifacts left by the residents of Alabama’s first state capital.
Clip 6: The Conclusion
The kids discuss how much they learned on their adventure and their new-found excitement for Alabama history.
- Cindy Kirk
Vice-President of Education Alabama Public Television
- Kathy Heiman
Kathy Heiman is an Education Specialist with Alabama Public Television. In this role, she develops and facilitates online professional development courses for PreK-12 administrators and teachers. Additionally, she conducts trainings and outreach activities for educators throughout the state. Before coming to APT, Mrs. Heiman worked as an educator for twenty-seven years and retired from the Albertville City School System in 2008.
- Brian Mast
For the past eight years, Brian has been the Public Historian/Educator for the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama. In the past year, he has not only expanded the educational programs but started a study of how museum programs affect student performance in the classroom as part of an EdD project. Mast started on a professional career in history at Fort Necessity National Battlefield in western Pennsylvania, where he had the opportunity to combine his passion for history with educating others. This experience shaped his future career choices. Those days in the meadow moved him to attend graduate school at Shippensburg University where he earned an M.A. in Applied History. Mast also worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Flight 93 National Memorial and interned in the Education Department at Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park while attending graduate school. He has traveled all over the east coast giving living history programs as an 18th-century French Marine, Swiss Mercenary, U.S Continental Soldier, 18th-century British soldier, and artillery crewman and presented at conferences on interpretive topics such as digital engagement and programs for individuals with Autism. Over the next few years, Brian will continue to study educational programs in rural schools while delivering them.
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