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Watch for Space Foundation on "Matchwits"

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Watch for Space Foundation on COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 23, 2011) — Colorado public television viewers can see the Space Foundation in action on Rocky Mountain PBS in two locally produced educational programs for students – “Matchwits” and “Homework Hotline.”

Now in its 27th season, “Matchwits” is a weekly high school academic quiz program produced by Rocky Mountain PBS station KTSC-TV in Pueblo, Colo. It is a single-elimination tournament involving public and private high schools from southern and southeastern Colorado.

The on-air tournament is made up of five rounds of competition including the championship game. The game is made up of three rounds including toss-up questions allowing individual players to answer for their school and Speed Round questions where each school works as a team to answer as many questions as possible in a short period of time. As the rounds progress, the difficulty of the questions increases. Questions include, but are not limited to, English, history, geography, science, current events and math.

Space Foundation Director – Education Bryan DeBates can be seen on “Matchwits” in Colorado at these times:

4:00 p.m., Nov. 27
4:00 p.m., Dec. 18
4:00 p.m., Jan. 8
4:30 p.m., Jan. 15
4:00 p.m., March 24

“Homework Hotline”
“Homework Hotline” is a call-in program on KTSC Channel 8 in Pueblo, which airs live each weekday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. during the school year. Designed to help students with their math and science homework, the program is hosted by two Pueblo School District 60 teachers.

In addition to tackling homework problems, “Homework Hotline” introduces a secret word each day for young viewers to guess, based on a clue given on the air. There’s also a “brain tease” game that offers a clue a day until the answer is revealed on Fridays. Participants who win in these daily and weekly competitions earn prizes.

Pictured: Rocky Mountain PBS producer Scott Jones taping a segment with Space Foundation Space Education Specialists Bobby Gagnon and Jason DaLee.