General Science and Teaching

What Science TV Programs are best for kids to watch?

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. Thanks, Adah

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101490 Activity Points

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.

Margaret Stout
Margaret Stout
3400 Activity Points

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.

Barbara Caldwell
Barbara Caldwell
5000 Activity Points

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.

Megan Loiacano
Megan Loiacano
1160 Activity Points

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.

Tina Harris
Tina Harris
65560 Activity Points

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.

Michael Anson
Michael Anson
70 Activity Points

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

http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/index.html

Here is a link to the episodes
hhttp://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/index.html

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
42030 Activity Points

Magic School Bus, Bill Nye, PBS, and check some YOUTUBE channles, NASA has one. I hope that helps!

Samira Parhizkar
Samira Parhizkar
1930 Activity Points

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.

Catherine Lobrin
Catherine Lobrin
1770 Activity Points

All of these channels and ideas are great suggestions, thank you all!

Adriana Lopez
Adriana Lopez
2655 Activity Points

I really wish we had a like button. I can echo everyone's sentiment.

Susan German
Susan German
31190 Activity Points

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.

Dominique Whitaker
Dominique Whitaker
920 Activity Points

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.

Urooj Abbasi
Urooj Abbasi
715 Activity Points

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