Salting popcorn the hard way: Theo Gray mixes pure chlorine gas with explosive heated sodium. The result: table salt. Courtesy WGBH
In NOVA: Hunting the Elements, David Pogue spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements. This special NOVA scienceNOW program will air Wednesday, April 4th at 9 pm ET on WFSU.
What are things made of? It’s a simple question with an astonishing answer. Fewer than 100 naturally occurring elements form the ingredients of everything in our world — from solid rocks to ethereal gases, from scorching acids to the living cells in our body. David Pogue, lively host of NOVA’s popular “Making Stuff” series and personal technology correspondent for The New York Times, spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements.
Why are some elements, like platinum and gold, relatively inert, while others, like phosphorus and potassium, are violently explosive? Why are some vital to every breath we take, while others are potentially lethal? Punctuated by surprising and often alarming experiments, David Pogue takes NOVA on a roller coaster ride through nature’s hidden lab and the compelling stories of discovery that revealed its secrets.
If you are looking for science-related activities locally for your kids, try the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science. They are accepting applications for their summer camp beginning April 1: thebrogan.org/brogan-camp.html.
If you know a middle or high school-aged girl interested in science, WFSU and the FSU Mag Lab host SciGirls each summer. Application deadline for this exciting and educational program is April 1, 2012. Visit wfsu.org/scigirls for details.
With each step, audiences will discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we’d hardly recognize—a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.
Hour 1: What Is Space?
Space. It separates you from me, one galaxy from the next, and atoms from one another. It is everywhere in the universe. But to most of us, space is nothing, an empty void. Well, it turns out space is not what it seems. From the passenger seat of a New York cab driving near the speed of light, to a pool hall where billiard tables do fantastical things, Brian Greene reveals space as a dynamic fabric that can stretch, twist, warp, and ripple under the influence of gravity. Space, far from being empty, is filled with some of the deepest mysteries of our time.
Ask Brian Greene a Question About “The Fabric of the Cosmos” at 10PM ET
Among the special events marking this week’s premiere of “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” The World Science Festival, Columbia University, and NOVA will host a live-streamed webcast, produced by the World Science Festival, which will allow the in-theater and digital audiences to further explore the program’s rich material in direct conversation with Greene and other featured program participants, including Saul Perlmutter, co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. You can ask questions in advance at the World Science Festival Facebook page. To view the first episode, click here. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/fabric-of-cosmos.html
If it weren’t for the invention of the wheel, where would we be today? If not for the invention of the square, how would we be able to enjoy toast? As you see, shapes are all around us and influence all we do. Share the wonder of shapes with your child. Show them how to recognize them and ask them about how they influence their movements throughout each day. This week’s Sesame Street Weekly features adventures in shapes as well as a brand new Anti Bullying Web Exclusive “The Good Bird’s Club”. To view the video, be a shape detective and play Abby’s Flying Fairy School: Pandora’s Lunchbox click here!
“Dogs Decoded” reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs—with surprising implications for the evolution of human culture. Other research is proving what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. Humans, in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. How did this incredible relationship between humans and dogs come to be? And how can dogs, so closely related to fearsome wild wolves, behave so differently?To view the entire NOVA news click here.
As America’s largest classroom,PBS and WGBH along with other PBS member stations announced plans today to launch PBS LearningMedia (wfsu.pbslearningmedia.org), a new public media education platform available to every teacher and student across the country in time for the 2011-2012 school year. Bringing together the best available high-quality media from 1500 public media producers and more than 350 local PBS stations, PBS LearningMedia is a next-generation digital media platform for PreK-16 classrooms to help re-imagine classroom learning, transform teaching, and more creatively engage students.
PBS stations are the number one source of educational media for students and teachers, at home and in schools, from coast to coast. Distributed by PBS member stations in every school district, the new digital media platform will deliver classroom-ready, high-quality content tied to curriculum standards, professional development courses, a robust content delivery system, and a flexible infrastructure designed for customization and seamless integration into existing services.
Sid the Science Kid offers a wealth of resources for young children based off of the science content in the program. But did you know that the Sid team puts together new stories, experiences and resources for parents and teachers every week? The Sid the Science Kid Parents and Teachers blogs are a wonderful place to read how these two groups are relating Sid the Science Kid content to real world experiences and engaging preschoolers in science.
NATURE’s two-part special Dogs That Changed the World tells the epic story of the wolf’s evolution, how “man’s best friend” changed human society and how we in turn have radically transformed dogs.
In Part One, “The Rise of the Dog,” you’ll learn about how the domestication of dogs might have taken place, including the theory of biologist Raymond Coppinger that it was the animals themselves — and human trash — that inspired the transformation. The genetic analysis of Peter Savolainen of the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has placed the origins of domesticated dogs — and those of the first dog — in East Asia. You’ll also discover 14 dog breeds that controversial genetic studies show are the most ancient — and the best living representatives of the ancestors to all living dogs.
How to Start a Kids Cooking Club
Organizing a kids cooking club is a great way to get kids excited about cooking, exploring their creativity, and connecting with friends over the summer. Interested? See how to organize a cooking club in six steps.
Fun Recipes for Kids:
• Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt Pops
• Chuck’s Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwich
• Mango Lime Coolers
for recipes and ideas!