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IET: New radio series called Techno Mum

Fun Kids is delighted to announce it has teamed up with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to launch a brand new radio series called Techno Mum. The series is designed to introduce young children to engineering and the important role it has in their day-to-day lives.

Fun Kids is the UK’s only radio station dedicated to children aged 11 and under and their families. Broadcasting on DAB in London and the South East, and across the UK online, the station has over 180,000 listeners tuning in each week and aims to provide children with a fun and inspiring station they can call their own.

By introducing the concept of engineering to children at a young age, the series seeks to help children see engineering as an interesting topic just like they would science or history, inspiring them to find out more whether as a hobby or a future career path.

Broadcasting daily at 5.30pm (weekdays), each episode focuses on everyday objects and how they work, from hybrid cars to mobile phones. The series stars two Fun Kids characters, the inquisitive 8-year-old Tim and his Techno Mum! The series will highlight to kids how engineering is the foundation for all the gadgets and objects we use in everyday life, giving them the perfect introduction into the world of engineering.

Speaking on the series, Gareth James, Head of Education at the IET said: ”Engineering affects everyone, everywhere in the world. You could not brush your teeth or drive to work without relying on the work of engineers. Through this exciting new series we want to give children a peek into the life of engineering and highlight the central role it plays in our everyday lives. The Techno Mum series will provide viewers with a basic understanding of what engineering is and the wide range of possible career options available to them in the future.”

Techno Mum is a 15-part series and will be on air from Monday 14th May, as well as made available to download via funkidslive.com and iTunes

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A sample episode can be accessed here: http://www.funkidslive.com/audio/Techno-Mum-Money.mp3

Fun Kids plays a mix of music, stories and competitions for the whole family everyday on DAB Digital Radio in London, online at funkidslive.com and through the Radioplayer.

James and the Robot present the breakfast show, every weekday morning from 6.30am to 9am. 

Giggle then takes over with sing-a-longs and stories for pre-schoolers until 1pm. After Nap Hour, the Junior Club entertains with music and Animal Hour until 4pm, when Luke gets children home with The Club.

About the IET:
The IET is a registered charity with a remit to share and advance understanding of engineering. One of the ways it does this is through education activities aimed at supporting teachers and providing information for young people on what engineering is and the wide variety of opportunities available. For more information, visit www.theiet.org.

For further information on Fun Kids, please contact:
Joe Friel
020 7739 7880
joe@funkidslive.com


Robert Beahan
Media Relations Manager
The Institution of Engineering and Technology

www.theiet.org

T: +44 (0)1438 767336
M: +44 (0)7595 400912

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