Here’s to 25 more years of The Magic School Bus…and a giveaway!
By Guest Blogger on October 21st, 2011
Wahoo! The Magic School Bus celebrated a major milestone this week—its 25th anniversary!—and we’ve been celebrating all month. That’s 25 years of wild field trips, the craziest Ms. Frizzle outfits (and Frizzle-isms), and a quarter century of memories. We’ve been hearing a lot of those memories from fans on the Magic School Bus Facebook page—memories of how the Bus hooked them on science, how they’ve passed the adventure onto their own kids, where they’d like to see the bus go next, or even how Ms. Frizzle inspired them to be a teacher. It’s quite remarkable how The Magic School Bus has affected so many and continues to do so while inspiring curiosity, adventure and exploration in all of us.
To celebrate, The Magic School Bus took to the Hudson River and made a special ‘bus stop’ at Pier 84 in New York City this week! Ms. Frizzle, along with special guests, author Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degen, surprised a second grade class from the United Nations International School on their field trip to greet the Bus. And, what Frizzle field trip would be complete without a zany science lesson? Marine biologist and educator Dr. Merryl Kafka led a hands-on science lesson about the vertebrates and invertebrates of the Hudson River. She even had a live horseshoe crab (which, interestingly enough, is not a crab and is more closely related to spiders…the things you learn!). In a day that many of these young explorers will never forget, Ms. Frizzle reminded them that “Science is all around us…so let’s get out there and explore!”
And to that, we salute The Magic School Bus and Ms. Frizzle for making science fun and memorable. Here’s to 25 more years! Check out our slideshow of the event:
GIVEAWAY: Share your favorite Magic School Bus memory in the comments below! Post a comment that includes your email address by 5:00 PM (ET) on Monday, October 24, 2011 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win an autographed copy of The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge book and the new The Magic School Bus: Oceans Nintendo DS video game. Five winners will be randomly selected from eligible entries. Read the official rules here. (Giveaway open to U.S. residents only; must be 18 or older to enter.)
UPDATE: Thanks for playing, everyone! The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Genny, Dave, Lara, Peggy, and Shannan!
– Scholastic Media