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Science Kids on the Loose


What is Sid the Science Kid?
Sid the Science Kid is a daily science readiness television series and interactive website for children, ages 3-6, and their parents and caregivers. Sid is co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and KCET and uses comedy to promote exploration and discovery. Sid builds on children’s natural curiosity and helps them develop “habits of mind” that will prepare them for a lifetime of learning.

Who are the main characters?
The star is Sid, an inquisitive five-year-old who begins every day with a new question. He is joined by his supportive family: Mom, Dad, Grandma, and baby brother Zeke; his friends, Gabriela, May and Gerald; and his wonderful teacher Susie – all of whom help Sid investigate his question, during a day filled with fun.

When does the show air?
Check local listings to find out when Sid the Science Kid airs in your area.

Why are each week’s shows about the same thing?
Each week’s episodes are connected by a single overarching “big idea,” such as change, senses, or tools scientists use. We do this to give kids different examples of the same concept and lots of opportunities to think about it. This approach encourages deeper understanding of important science ideas. Friday episodes allow our characters and our learners at home to review what they’ve learned throughout the week. Visiting the Sid website extends children’s opportunities to play with these new ideas.

Does that mean we have to watch every show? What if we miss one?
Although we hope you and your child will want to see every show, we know that it’s probably not possible. Each episode of Sid stands alone as a complete educational and entertainment experience so don’t worry that you’ve missed something if you were busy exploring the world away from your TV.

How is the show created?
Sid the Science Kid is created using the revolutionary Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, a powerful system that allows performers to puppeteer and voice digital characters with real-time viewing using three-dimensional computer-generated images. The proprietary technology, which creates an unprecedented level of spontaneity, quality and interactivity, has broken new ground in real-time viewing and performance for animation.

Visit Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

What if I can’t answer all those questions my child is asking?
If you don’t have all the answers, that’s okay! Remember, scientists don’t have all the answers–that’s why they do research! What you will have is the opportunity to share ideas with your child and to explore and discover information together. Reading a book on the topic, asking other people their opinions, using the internet, and trying an experiment are all ways to work together to explore something that interests your child.

Isn’t science too advanced for preschoolers?
Preschoolers are curious about the world around them and are motivated to discover how it works. They ask questions and persevere to find answers. They don’t think of science as scary, unknowable, or for experts only, and our goal is to make sure they never do! We want to encourage children’s natural interest in and wonder about science so that they view it as something that they can understand and experience.

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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