If you are worried about your kids watching television, you obviously have not been paying enough attention to the high quality educational programming made specifically for youngsters. Science governs the world around us, covering fields as diverse as engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, astrology, and industry. Your kids can learn all about the fascinating world of science on satellite TV. These well made programs realize that you don’t have to “sell” science to make it cool – it’s already cool. All you need is a strong concept and quality production. Take some time with your kids to find out which subjects and programs they like best, and you will find that soon your whole family has become dedicated fans of science programming.
Engineering: From the basic factory tours of the old Mr. Rogers show, to current explorations into the world of cutting edge technology, engineering makes from some great shows. MythBusters is a fun take on the genre, as a team of brilliant experts test out various “myths” by employing the scientific method. Their experiments tend to climax in dramatic explosions and collisions, so watching in high definition adds to the thrill. Find out if your tooth fillings can transmit radio waves, or how many helium balloons are required to lift a child off the ground.
Astronomy and the Universe: The sheer scope of the universe makes it awe-inspiring, and also less approachable in daily life. Some shows do a great job of taking kids into space and explaining what is going on up there. If you doubt the popularity of these, just know that the 13-part series Cosmos, written and presented by Carl Sagan, became PBS’s most watched show! Space technology is what allows us to have HD satellite TV in the first place, so it is great to learn to appreciate the advancements in science that have achieved these things.
Nature, Ecology, and Earth Science: For the fauna of this earth, it’s hard to beat the programming on Animal Planet, from Steve Irwin’s exotic adventures as the Crocodile Hunter, to shows where the animals are the stars, like Meerkat Manor and Lemur Kingdom. On the other hand, the weather channel is rather fascinating to watch to learn about meteorology, though of course this isn’t specifically directed at kids. For spectacular high definition nature displays, keep an eye out for IMAX masterpieces playing in your area.
Chemistry, Biology, Physics: Bill Nye is the classic Science Guy in this genre, but there are many modern updates that also bring cool science straight to young viewers. The SCOPE series is a fast-paced exploration of a huge range of topics, from gravity, to carbon footprints, to the mechanisms of laughter. They get out of the lab and into the real world.
The science channel and discovery channel are two of your best resources on television for learning and for entertainment. Use your satellite TV as a portal to discovery for your whole family. Kids will love these engaging education programs, while learning a lot as they watch. Don’t be surprised if you get hooked as well, because we all have a lot to learn about science!