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DragonflyTV

Grade Levels: 3 - 8
Core Subject(s): Science
Website: http://www.dragonflytv.org
Next Airing: Mon, Sep 25th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD

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DRAGONFLYTV provides a different approach in science television for kids, it features ordinary children and their own science explorations -- "Real Kids Doing Real Science" -- presented in the style of hip, music videos, with lots of hands-on activities kids can do at home.

Episodes:

  • Hawaii

    Starting at the Kilauea Visitor Center, Julia and Briana investigate lava flow on the Big Island at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Zach and Devin assess the readiness of baby sea turtles for release into the wild at the Maui Ocean Center. And the formation the youngest Hawaiian islands is explained in the Science Secret.

    Next Airing: Mon, Sep 25th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 4/13/2011 to 4/12/2020
  • What's Nano?/Where's Nano?

    What's Nano? Ebony and Jasmine catch the Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show at Museum of Science in Boston. The show gets them thinking, "How big is a billion? And how small is a billionth?" They search Boston for examples of a billion. Then they visit laboratories at Harvard University to find examples of nanoscale objects on their quest to "see" a nanometer. Where's Nano? Regina, Linda, Harrison, Jared, Lorenz, and Randi, visit the "Zoom In" exhibit at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill. They wonder what examples of nanoscale science and technology they can find in their everyday lives. Their nano "scavenger hunt" takes them to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where a scientist helps them print images of nanoscale structures. The kids then create a visual representation of their findings to display at the science center.

    Next Airing: Mon, Oct 2nd, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 11/13/2008 to 11/13/2021
  • Hockey Sticks/Butterfly Wings

    Hockey Sticks - Nicholas and Jordan love hockey. They know that carbon nanotubes are used in some hockey sticks, but aren't sure how the tiny structures change the equipment. They head to Boston's Museum of Science to learn more about carbon nanotubes. Then, they put their sticks to the test on the ice. Finally, with help from scientists at Harvard University, they compare the tensile strength of the sticks and use powerful microscopes to "see" carbon nanotubes. Butterfly Wings - Emily and Julie check out the Magic Wings Butterfly House at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. They wonder why butterfly wings are so colorful. They learn that iridescence in some butterfly wings - like the iridescence of soap bubbles - results from their structure. At Duke University, the girls learn how to determine whether colors in wings are the result of pigment or nanoscale structures. They test butterfly wings and learn that blue iridescence is due to structure, not pigment.

    Next Airing: Mon, Oct 9th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 11/20/2008 to 11/13/2021
  • Surface Area/Stained Glass

    Surface Area - After discovering that ordinary flour dust can be explosive, Lara and Anushua explore the importance of surface to area to volume ratio at the Science Museum of Minnesota. They conduct soda explosion experiments in the museum's Big Back Yard, investigating how surface area affects reactions. Finally, they visit the University of Minnesota where they learn how scientists are developing more affordable solar cells with nanotechnology that increases the cells' surface area. Stained Glass - Alettie and Yvonne visit the Glass Experience exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and learn that nanoparticles are responsible for the colors in some medieval stained glass. The girls are surprised to learn that nanogold makes glass red! They go to Northwestern University to explore the relationship between size and color of nanoparticles. They create different sizes of gold and silver nanoparticles to produce a variety of colors, which they use to make their own works of art.

    Next Airing: Mon, Oct 16th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 11/27/2008 to 11/13/2021
  • Gecko Feet/Nasturtium Leaves

    Gecko Feet - Jennifer and Nooshin like rock climbing. They wonder how some lizards can climb rocks so easily. They visit the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley and compare the climbing ability of different lizards. They notice that the best climbers are geckos. They visit a lab at the University of California Berkeley to find out why, learning that special, nanoscale hairs on gecko feet are the secret to their amazing climbing abilities. Nasturtium Leaves - Jasmine and Melinda wonder why water beads up on some plants and not others. They head to San Francisco's Exploratorium, where they learn that surfaces at the nanoscale aren't always smooth, and that nano hairs on nasturtium leaves cause them to be water repellent. The girls collect other plants with hairy leaves and test their ability to repel water. They take some samples to Stanford University for up-closing imaging and compare the structure of nasturtium leaves to water-resistant fabric.

    Next Airing: Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 12/4/2008 to 11/13/2021
  • Self Assembly/Bone Regrowth

    Self Assembly - Keely and Connor learn about self-assembly at the Children's Museum of Houston. The museum staff suggest they visit Rice University, where scientists use self-assembly to make things at the nanoscale. At Rice, a scientist helps the kids use self-assembly to make and "pop" microcapsules. The kids then try out a similar technique at home, encapsulating chocolate sauce, mint and other flavors in alginate beads to serve on ice cream. Bone Regrowth - Kobel, Nathan, and Adam go to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), where they learn that scientists are using nanotechnology to help regenerate nerves and bones. A scientist from Brown University explains that a solution of nanotubes and minerals is injected into the fracture and forms a scaffold to encourage bone regrowth. The kids want to know why both ingredients are needed to repair the bone. They try solutions with different amounts of each ingredient on sponges and test how much weight each treated sponge can support.

    Next Airing: Mon, Oct 30th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 12/11/2008 to 11/13/2021
  • Water Clean-Up/Nanosilver

    Water Clean-Up - Taylor and Gabe go to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and learn that nano-iron is being used to neutralize toxins in ground water. They collect soil samples from a contaminated site, then take them to Penn State University to test the efficacy of nano-iron treatments. Nanosilver - Sarah and Mande visit the Sciencenter in Ithaca and learn that nanosilver is used in some socks to kill bacteria, keeping them odor-free. They wonder if the nanosilver in socks leaches out when you wash them, causing potential harm to beneficial bacteria and the environment. They buy two different brands of nanosocks and wash them. Then they take the socks and their wash water to Cornell University to test their effects on common bacteria.

    Next Airing: Mon, Nov 6th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 12/18/2008 to 11/13/2021
  • Pittsburgh

    For peat's sake: Amy and Maya investigate why bogs help keep organic material from decaying and view the preserved humans in The Mysterious Bog People, a traveling exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Tyler and Aditya design their own rollercoaster and test it on a simulator at the Carnegie Science Center, finishing their investigation on "Phantom's Revenge," a roller coaster at a nearby amusement park. And at the Pittsburgh Convention Center, Dragonfly TV reveals a Science Secret that makes other cities green with envy.

    Next Airing: Mon, Nov 13th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 5/18/2010 to 4/5/2019
  • Dallas & Fort Worth

    Fossil detectives Brandy and Ashley discover that not everything about dinosaurs-even Texas-sized ones-is gigantic when they dig for microfossils with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Reed and Nick get game at The Science Place in Dallas, answering the question: so just where is the "sweet spot" on my bat? And in the Science Secret, Dragonfly TV uncovers a very clever pesticide at Discovery Gardens, a certified organic public garden.

    Next Airing: Mon, Nov 20th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 5/18/2010 to 4/5/2019
  • Los Angeles

    Milan and Harison go deep, comparing bottom feeders at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific to those in the wild. While at the California Science Center's Big Lab, Max and Brian create model sailboats and the set sail in the Pacific to determine the most efficient design. And Dragonfly TV heads to the La Brea Tar Pits to check out the Ice Age inhabitants of L.A.

    Next Airing: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 5/18/2010 to 4/5/2019
  • Minneapolis & Saint Paul

    Inspired by the IMAX movie Stomp, Maxine and Hannah create their own musical instruments at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Rylee, who uses a myoelectric prosthetic arm, heads to The Bakken Museum to explore how the electrical signals in her body help her arm function. And, in the Grossest Segment Ever!, Paige and Nick check out the "Animal Grossology" exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota before investigating how animals depend on their sense of smell at the Minnesota Zoo. In the Science Secret, find out what happens when you fill the Mall of America, one of world's largest shopping malls, with almost 40 million visitors each year.

    Next Airing: Mon, Dec 4th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 5/18/2010 to 4/5/2019
  • New York

    Jenn and Emily, members of the Junior United States Luge Team, slip slide away at the New York Hall of Science playground, investigating gravity and then applying what they learn to maximize their timings on the icy tracks at Lake Placid. Stanley and Jessica go ape, checking out the Bronx Zoo's Congo Gorilla Forest to see how plants and animals coexist in the many layers of the African Rainforest. And find out what's not so natural about New York's Central Park-the most frequently visited urban park in the U.S.

    Next Airing: Mon, Dec 11th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 5/18/2010 to 4/5/2019
  • Phoenix & Tucson

    Alexandra and Anna learn about construction techniques at the Arizona Science Center's "Many Hands Make a Home" exhibit, trying out what they learn on a house for their dog, Rupert. Home Prickly Home: Alex and Mark head to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to see which creatures make the Saguaro cactus home. And DFTV learns how Chase Field-the only sports facility in world that has a retractable roof, air conditioning, and natural turf-keeps its grass green and growing.

    Next Airing: Mon, Dec 18th, 2017 at 9:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 5/18/2010 to 4/5/2019
  • Alaska

    N'ice moves: Deborah and Brittani learn about changes in glaciers over time at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center before scaling the Mendenhall Glacier to track its movement. Starting at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in Ketchikan, Emma and Gracie investigate tree growth rates in three areas of Tongass National Forest. And Juneau turns out to be built on a Science Secret worth its weight in gold!

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 4/13/2011 to 4/12/2020
  • Montana and Yellowstone

    Nicole and Ellen dig up a dino bone at Egg Mountain and then head to the Museum of the Rockies to find out how old their dino was when it died. Phoebe and Shannon roam Yellowstone National Park investigating why some areas have geysers while others do not. And simmering under Montana, Wyoming and Idaho is a science secret of volcanic proportions.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 4/13/2011 to 4/12/2020
  • New England

    Elly, John, Nick, and Linnea get help from the MIT Museum preparing a kinetic sculpture for the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction challenge. At the Montshire Museum of Science, Chloe and Jesse get wet and wild creating a gravity-powered water fountain. The Science Secret lands in Boston, revealing the innovative ways this city has grown.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 4/13/2011 to 4/12/2020
  • New Mexico

    Alex and Andrew head to Explora to investigate how much hot air is needed to make balloons fly before soaring to new heights at Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science inspires Emily and Isabel to travel to Carlsbad Caverns and track cave swallows. The excitement heats up at Sandia National Labs, where a scorching-hot Science Secret is revealed.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 4/13/2011 to 4/12/2020
  • North Carolina

    SciGirls Sarah, Valencia and Sophia tromp through diverse wetlands after a visit to the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science. SciWorks' barnyard gets Imran and Nabil thinking about what it takes to raise farm animals, prompting visits to local donkey and dairy farms. Winston-Salem holds a surprising connection to the Empire State Building that's unveiled in the Science Secret.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 4/13/2011 to 4/12/2020
  • San Francisco

    Starting at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, Claire and Nisha walk the lines-the San Andreas and Hayward fault lines-to learn what causes earthquakes. Inspired by the "Light and Color" exhibit at the Exploratorium, a group of industrious middle schoolers create their own interactive art installation. And Dragonfly TV demystifies how antique cable cars continue to conquer the city's incredible hills.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 5/18/2010 to 4/5/2019
  • The Deep South

    Joshua and Sean get down and dirty studying the composition of garbage at the Southern Environmental Center. The swamp exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science inspires Katelyn and Blake to check out the characteristics of alligator habitats along the Mississippi River. The Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville will floor you in the Science Secret.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 4/13/2011 to 4/12/2020

Availability:

KUED

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