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What Science TV Programs are best for kids to watch?
Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:06 PM
As more and more cable channels are turning to science education which of the TV viewing do you feel is best for young adults to watch to learn the most?
State the show and explain why you feel that way.
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Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:21 AM
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox (with re-airings on National Geographic channel). I watched the original series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan on PBS back in 1980. The computer recreations are amazing in this new series. I think the storytelling style of the show makes the show engaging and the host is an actual astrophysicist so I think it shows young adults science has many applications beyond a lab.
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Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:16 AM
I know there are many to choose from, but my favorite (for students) is still "Bill Nye the Science Guy". The kids love him and his fun way of explaining concepts really keeps their attention. He has a lot of 'Try This' activities and the students ask if they can 'try it'. I don't know where he is on TV anymore. I find his shows on YouTube.
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Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:52 PM
SciGirls on PBS is a great one. This show takes tween girls who have a science concept or idea they want to explore and pairs them with professionals in the industry. They are then able to create and complete an experiment. This show not only shows real kids doing science and making a difference, but the focus on girls in science can help young woman to see how they may fit into the STEM industry some day.
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Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:34 PM
I enjoy NOVA Science Now - the stories are current and the episodes are short. I can use them as bellringers in my class or as discussion starters to look at issues during a unit of study.
While the 10 Greatest Discoveries of Science with Bill Nye (from the Science Channel) is in reruns, they are also short and very useful for discussions in my classes.
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Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:20 AM
I'll second and third what many of you have mentioned, and agree with Tina that Bill Nye's "Greatest Discoveries" is worthwhile. I made worksheets for many of the Cosmos episodes, and we watch maybe 8-10 minute segments during some classes.
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Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:04 PM
I like the series Dragon Fly TV for they way it engages young students to probably tweens in thinking about science. My young grandson really enjoyed the episode on What's Nano
Here is a link to the episodes
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
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Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:58 PM
Magic School Bus, Bill Nye, PBS, and check some YOUTUBE channles, NASA has one.
I hope that helps!
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Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:11 AM
I agree to to allowing children to watch The Magic School bus. They have many series out there and also have a lot of additional resources. For instance I know they know how science kits, books and toys. So maybe after watching a show you can pair it with an extension activity.
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Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:42 PM
All of these channels and ideas are great suggestions, thank you all!
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Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:58 PM
I really wish we had a like button. I can echo everyone's sentiment.
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Sat May 06, 2017 3:29 PM
My teachers would show a lot of Bill Nye and Myth Busters. I think maybe even showing Bill Nye's new show on Netflix could be informative. I haven't gotten to watch it yet though.
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Sun May 07, 2017 2:23 PM
I grew up with Bill Nye the Science Guy and I found his ways of teaching very beneficial for me. It made learning fun and engaging. I would recommend him as well as BrainPOP that can be found on the internet. With todays technology its important to utilize all ways of learning and the newer generation loves BrainPop.
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