Two Seasons of DragonflyTV: GPS 'Going Places in Science'
Shine Spotlight on Kids in Science Centers across America
Dragonfly TV: GPS 'Going Places in Science' continues with DragonflyTV’s sixth season, airing in Spring 2007 (check local listings). Building on the "real kids doing real science" model, DragonflyTV: GPS takes viewers on location to science centers across the country, following kids as they take advantage of museums’ resources to design and pursue their own inquiry-based investigations. Host Eric Artell is the tour guide, sharing interesting trivia about each geographical area and uncovering a "Science Secret" at the end of every episode.
The first set of Going Places in Science episodes premiered in Spring 2006 as Season Five of DragonflyTV. Filmed on location at 15 science centers in nine major US cities, the shows represented a cutting-edge approach to collaboration between museums and media in informal science education.
The second set of Going Places in Science episodes, comprising Season Six, will showcase 14 smaller science centers and broader geographical regions, including Alaska, Hawaii, New England, and the Deep South. Following the GPS model from last season, kids will extend their discoveries in science centers to investigations outside museum walls, applying science to their everyday lives. The investigations focus on unique, kid-friendly topics from alligator habitats to hot air balloons to lava flows.
The sixth season of Dragonfly TV will feature (in order of appearance):
- The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in Alaska
- Explora and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in New Mexico
- SciWorks and the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in North Carolina
- Museum of the Rockies and Yellowstone National Park in Montana/Yellowstone
- The MIT Museum and the Montshire Museum of Science in New England
- The Southern Environmental Center and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in the Deep South
- The Maui Ocean Center and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii
Each DragonflyTV: GPS episode also features a "Scientist Profile," highlighting an outstanding working scientist, and a "Check It Out" segment, a mini-documentary about groups of kids doing interesting activities in science.
No TV? No problem. Dragonfly TV is an interactive, multi-media, 24/7 science experience. Visit pbskids.org/dragonflytv to stream science segments, play games and riddles, share experiments, and download video Podcasts.
Dragonfly TV: GPS 'Going Places in Science' is produced by Twin Cities Public Television (tpt), based in St. Paul, MN. Twin Cities Public Television is a producer of award-winning PBS science programs for kids, including Newton's Apple and Dragonfly TV.
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