February 1, 2023
The new PBS KIDS animated preschool series Work It Out Wombats! follows a playful trio of marsupial siblings—Malik, Zadie and Zeke—who live with their grandmother (named Super!) in a fantastical treehouse apartment complex called the Treeborhood. The residents of the Treeborhood—wombats, snakes, moose, kangaroos, iguanas, fish, tarsiers and eagles—bring varied skills, abilities, traditions, assorted ways of thinking and different family structures to this diverse and vibrant community of neighbors.
Each day, the Wombats discover an exciting new challenge that puts their creativity and problem-solving skills to the test. And thanks to their collaborative network of family, friends and neighbors across the Treeborhood, they always win the day!
In each story, the Wombats demonstrate computational thinking (CT) for preschoolers—a way of thinking that enables them to solve problems, express themselves and accomplish tasks using the practices, processes and ideas at the core of computer science.
When faced with a new challenge, the Wombats stop, take a breath, put their heads together and figure out a fix—using the design process, sequencing, debugging and other key elements of CT.
Each episode of Work It Out Wombats! includes two, 11-minute stories.
When Super stubs her toe on a bowling ball (ouch!), Zadie and Malik offer to help her tackle a big mess in the Starlight Room. To get the job done on time, they learn to use Super's special trick for breaking down BIG jobs into smaller ones!
It’s all hands on deck as Zadie and Malik try to find Zeke’s beloved stuffy by retracing their steps from the night before. Poor Snout just might STAY lost, unless Zeke can remember the very last time he saw him.
Detective Wombats are on the case, solving the mystery of a scary-weird sound that has frightened the Crabs. Tracking noises all over the Treeborhood leads to a surprising solution. (Once the cause is found, the effect isn’t scary at all!)
Work It Out Wombats! is produced by the award-winning public media producer GBH Kids and leading global entertainment company Pipeline Studios. Marcy Gunther and Marisa Wolsky are Executive Producers for GBH Kids. Luis Lopez and Juan Lopez are Executive Producers for Pipeline Studios. Supporting their efforts are Darlene Mortel Edouard, Ph.D. and Kareem Edouard, Ph.D, who serve as the Creative Producers and ensure that everything created is being looked at through the lens of culture and inclusion.