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Science Kids on the Loose

Science Kids on the Loose

I Want to Know More About Sid the Science Kid!

One of the many perks of writing a blog for Sid the Science Kid is having the opportunity to learn more about how a show is produced and meeting the people who make it all happen. In the fall, I had the pleasure of watching the fabulous team at The Jim Henson Company shoot an episode of Sid the Science Kid. (You can read about it here.) I loved learning about the process behind what we see on the screen every day.
As a parent, I tend to watch TV with my children with a critical and curious eye. It is especially true of Sid the Science Kid, since the show is a big part of our lives these days. I find myself wondering about the how the show gets made. Who comes up with the science curriculum? Where do the ideas come from? Why is Gerald pink and Gabriella yellow?
The first place I went when I started having questions was the Sid the Science Kid website. On the Parents and Teachers end of the site there is a tab called About the Series. There is a lot of very interesting information about the show including a series summary, cycle overviews, educational philosophy, character descriptions, episode descriptions, slide shows, and tips for viewing with your children. It is written in a parent-friendly, engaging way. I learned a lot about the way the show is structured and the goals of the series. Good stuff.
But what about the personal aspects…the brains behind the scenes, so to speak? I want to know more! These are some of the things I would like to know:

  • • Why is Sid a boy?
  • • Is Teacher Susie based on a real teacher or is she a composite of all the wonderful preschool teachers out there?
  • • How do you decide what science content to cover? How do you hammer out the creative ideas for the songs, activities, and family time on the show?
  • • What do Sid’s parents do for work?
  • • Where do you shoot the live action shots with the children in classrooms? Have you ever had an investigation that simply didn’t work?
  • • How did you decide on the population of Sid’s class and the awesome teacher to student ratio?

Enough of my questions! How about you? Is there anything you are curious about when you watch the show? Well, here’s your chance to ask. I am thrilled to tell you that Kim Brenneman and I will be recording a podcast with Halle Stanford, one of the Executive Producers of Sid the Science Kid. I would love to present Halle with some questions from readers and podcast listeners. Please write your questions and comments below and I will be sure to include them in our podcast. Stay tuned for details of when you can listen to the podcast!
To listen to all of our Sid the Science Kid podcasts, you can go here or visit to the iTunes store and search for Sid the Science Kid under podcasts.

Produced by: Funding is provided by:
Jim Hensen Corporation logo CPB ViNCi MetLife The Rosehills Foundation S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation logo The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations logo

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