ACPS-TV: Learning through the Television

  • CHANNEL 70

    AlexTV Cable Channel 70 is for pre-K and kindergarten students and can be watched locally on cable in Alexandria, or on the City of Alexandria website from 8 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. each day.

    Content for pre-K and kindergarten students, shown during the previous day on Channel 70 will be repeated from 2 - 4p.m. each weekday on Channel 71.

    CHANNEL 71

    ACPS-TV Cable Channel 71 is for grades 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. through 11:30 a.m., and can be watched locally on cable in Alexandria and in the above live stream. 

    These channels will give students access to 3.5 hours of new learning content every day from 8 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. This will include:

    • 90 minutes of new lessons taught by our teachers every day. These lessons will include read-alouds and learning activities taught by ACPS teachers and administrators.
    • 1 hour of exercise that can be done at home
    • 1 hour of age appropriate educational shows 

    Content for pre-K and kindergarten students, shown during the previous day on Channel 70 will be repeated from 2 - 4p.m. each weekday on Channel 71.

    Content will be recorded by teachers using WeVideo  in advance of broadcast. Teachers will receive a handbook with instructions about how to set up and record successfully. They will also receive a list of copyright cleared books that can be used as read-alouds during the broadcast. Refer to the TV Learning Handbook.


    Channel 70: pre-K and K

    8:00 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson

    8:30 a.m. Exercises at home

    9 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson

    9:30 a.m. Age appropriate educational show

    10:00 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson

    10:30 a.m. Age appropriate educational show

    11 a.m. Exercises at home 


    Channel 71: Grades 1 and 2

    8:00 a.m. Exercises at home

    8:30 a.m. Age appropriate educational show

    9:00 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson

    9:30 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson

    10:00 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson

    10:30 a.m. Exercises at home

    11 a.m. Age appropriate educational show 

    11:30 - 2 p.m. ACPS Bulletin Board

    2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Content for Pre-K and Kindergarten students shown on Channel 70 the previous day will be repeated

    4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Educational science programming from the National science Foundation and The Smithsonian’s “Science How” and “Stem in 30” series. Please see included programs below.


    Featured Science Programming for the Week


    • Bird Extinctions: Time Travel through Lava Tubes


    This video features Dr. Helen James, an ornithologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Have you ever considered how a species as abundant as the passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) could have gone extinct? Analyze their disappearance and consider what factors make birds vulnerable to extinction. Follow Helen into Hawaiian lava tubes to look for prehistoric evidence of bird life on the islands. See which bird species survived and which did not after humans arrived on the scene. Use modern tools and technologies to interpret bird extinctions.


    • Staying Safe Is No Accident: The Science of Safety

    In 2009, a plane crashed into the Hudson River. That incident would later become known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." What did we learn from that crash, and how do investigators use scientific evidence to improve safety in the skies? Join STEM in 30 as we take a look at the science of safety.


    • The Biology of Long-Term Spaceflight


    Since the first humans launched into space in 1961, there have been questions about how the human body would react to being beyond Earth’s atmosphere. While most of the basic questions have been answered, many remain, and are the basis for continued research on the International Space Station. Finding answers to these questions is an important step toward sending humans to Mars. Join STEM in 30 as we explore this research and the impact of long-term space travel on the human body.


    • Mineral Dependence: Gemstones to Cellphones


    This video features Dr. Michael Wise, geologist at the National Museum of Natural History. He studies unusual rocks called pegmatites, which he considers to be "Nature’s Giant Treasure Chests." How would your life be different without these unique rocks? Pegmatites boast much larger mineral crystals than other rocks because of the special conditions under which they form. Take a closer look at garnets, tourmalines, and other minerals that come from pegmatites. Find out how you depend on pegmatites for everyday uses, such as operating your cellphone.


    • The Psychology of Long-Term Space Flight: Music, Art, and Creature Comforts


    If you've ever taken a long trip, you know that bringing your favorite things along will help get you through the journey. The same goes for astronauts in space. Music and the arts entertain them and give them a chance to break away from their demanding schedules. In this episode of STEM in 30, we'll dive into how music, art, and creature comforts help astronauts cope with long-term space travel. 


    • Copters, Choppers and the Phrog


    The idea of vertical flight has been around for a long time. As early as 400 BC Chinese kids were playing with bamboo flying toys. In the 1480s Leonardo da Vinci made the first recorded advancement in vertical flight when he sketched his aerial screw. We have come a long way since then! This episode of STEM in 30 will explore helicopters: their design, how they work, and the functions they play in our society.


    • Global Change: Reading Ocean Fossils


    This video features Dr. Brian Huber, paleobiologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Brian specializes in tiny organisms called foraminifera (forams) that are great indicators of global changes. How can a microscopic organism that most people have never seen be so useful? Take a journey with Brian to find out how forams can tell stories about conditions on Earth millions of years ago. See how fossilized forams are collected from deep oceans and Antarctic ice. Visit an ice-covered place that used to be warm enough for marine reptiles to survive. Consider what Brian's findings suggest for future conditions on Earth, including global climate.


    • Solar Eclipse Special: Live From the Path of Totality


    A total solar eclipse will sweep across America on August 21, 2017. Tune in to STEM in 30 as we celebrate the Great American Eclipse live from Liberty, Missouri, which is on the Path of Totality. This means that the total solar eclipse will be viewable, weather permitting, and we’ll be there to show it as it happens. We will also be live from the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, answering FAQs about eclipses.


    • The Wright Stuff: Flying the Wright Flyer


    The birth of aeronautical engineering began in the Wright brothers' bike shop in Dayton, Ohio. The family tree of airplanes can be traced back to the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer. The principles of flight that got the Wrights into the air are the same today. Join STEM in 30 as we investigate the principles of flight and how the Wright Flyer made it into the air and into the history books.


    • Paleobiology: Unearthing Fossil Whales


    This video features Dr. Nick Pyenson, a paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Join him in uncovering fossil whales in Panama, Canada, and Chile and probing their evolutionary mysteries using 3D laser scanning technology. Consider what whale remains can tell you about past environments. Find out how paleontologists deal with large fossils. See how modern digitization techniques can be used to study a paleontological site. Learn how Nick and his team are analyzing fossil whales in conjunction with other data to enhance our understanding of whale paleontology.


    • The Women Paving the Way to Mars


    “One small step for man.” “Boldly go where no man has gone before.” These iconic gender-specific phrases don’t tell the entire story. Women have been and continue to be an important part of the aerospace industry, from the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, to human computer Katherine Johnson who helped send humans to the Moon, to Christina Koch, one of NASA’s newest astronauts. In this episode of STEM in 30, we will explore the women who are helping pave the way to Mars. We will be joined by "Astronaut Abby," a 20-year-old college student who has set her sights on becoming an astronaut and the first person to step on the planet Mars. She’s also the founder of the Mars Generation, a nonprofit dedicated to exciting young people about STEM education and space.


    • Seven Minutes of Terror: The Engineering Behind Landing on Other Planets


    Rocket thrusters, giant airbags, and a sky crane: these are just a few ways we have landed on other planets. This episode of STEM in 30 will explore the engineering behind these different techniques and what is in store for future missions.


    • The Evolution of Agriculture in Ants


    This video features Dr. Ted Schultz, an entomologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Learn about the creatures that are responsible for processing more vegetation than any animal on earth, the leaf-cutter ants. Take a journey with Ted to meet the leaf-cutters in his laboratory and witness their remarkable farming abilities. Think about how their agricultural systems compare to ours. Find out more about how entomologists like Ted are piecing together the evolutionary history of farming in ants.


    • Taking the Fast Lane to Orbit: The Technology of Rockets and Race Cars


    Many of the technologies used in NASCAR are the same as those used in space travel, and many of the forces that keep a plane in the air also keep a racecar on the road. We were live from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina to take a look at the crossover between these forces and technologies.


    • The SR-71 Blackbird


    In this episode of STEM in 30 we feature the SR-71 Blackbird on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and explore why it was so important for reconnaissance.

    Virginia Department of Education Programming

    The Virginia Department of Education will air instructional content from 1-3 p.m., Monday through Friday on local PBS station WETA.

    Spanish Language Lessons Over the Radio

    Spanish Language

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    About ACPS-TV

    ACPS-TV may be viewed on cable channel 71 within the City of Alexandria. During the day, ACPS-TV offers a bulletin board featuring school and division-wide news, student- and division-produced video content, clips from student concerts, upcoming events, menu items for the day, the weather and more.

    Each evening at 7 p.m., the station streams video content, including school board and community meetings and Smithsonian science programming content, obtained free from the Smithsonian Institution. Viewers may also find many ACPS and school videos are archived on our YouTube channel for online viewing.

    School Board meetings may also be viewed with closed captioning on the School Board Meetings page.


    T.C. Williams TV Studio

    The ACPS television station operates out of the studio at T.C. Williams High School. Training is provided at the studio to teachers and staff interested in utilizing the facilities to produce material for ACPS-TV.

    Students use the studio to produce such programming as news magazines, public service announcements, comedies and parodies. Schools have produced talk shows, student-created variety shows and videos for instruction and documenting classroom projects.



    • has been online since January 15, 1999, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
    • can be accessed online and in the homes of more than 55,000 cable subscribers in the City of Alexandria
    • is distributed from its studio facility located in T.C. Williams High School
    • interrupts regular programming to continually display emergency announcements (school closings, early dismissals, etc.)

    Comments or questions regarding ACPS-TV should be directed to the Office of Communications at