- Mister Rogers Neighborhood
- "Episode #1211"
Mister Rogers shows how different bell-like tones can be made by tapping a glass when it contains various amounts of water. A film shows how crystal goblets are made. Another film shows kaleidoscope patterns.
- Curious George - "Buoy Wonder"
Today is a big day for Bill. He's entering his boat in the Model Boat Show! But George discovers that the boat sinks, and to keep Bill's hopes for a prize afloat, he decides to build a new boat. After some trial and error, George finds out which building materials sink and which float.
Do in Class
- Arthur: 1, 2, 3...Lift! - Explore forces, work and creative problem solving. Lift a weight by yourself, then discover how much easier it is to lift it with help.
- Arthur: Water Experiment - Learn about and examine water displacement.
- Boohbah: Blowing Bubbles - Make different kinds of bubbles. Point out that bubbles are not empty, but rather, have air in them.
- Dragon Tales: A Snowman for All Seasons - Investigate factors that affect melting times for ice.
- Dragon Tales: Down the Drain: Water Play - Experiment with water by playing with various plastic containers, funnel, and food coloring.
- Jay Jay The Jet Plane: Lets Think About...Magnets & Gravity - Explore some fun facts about magnets and gravity.
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Rocket Ship - Build a rocket ship at home and learn how wind makes air move.
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Water Play - Mix colors and see what happens.
- ZOOM: Balls and Ramp - Explore laws of motion by constructing a ramp of connected tubes long enough to take a marble ten seconds to go from the beginning to the end.
- ZOOM: Dancing Raisins - Learn how to make a raisin buoyant!
- Curious George: Feed Gnocchi - Manipulate an increasingly complex system of ramps to get a meatball to land on a plate for George's feline pal, Gnocchi.
- Dragonfly TV: Mechanical Madness - Explore simple machines and the physics of motion in this interactive online game. Drag missing parts of a kinetic sculpture into place to move a ball from the start to the finish line.
- ZOOM: 3 Puck Chuck - Explore the physics of motion by trying to move items of different weight in this interactive game. Determine the role friction plays in movement.
- ZOOM: Goldburger to Go - Be like Rube Goldburger! Design a machine that makes the simple task of serving lunch to the ZOOM crew much more complicated.
- ZOOM: Pendulum - Explore this virtual pendulum and make it swing. Adjust the string length, starting angle, rate of rotation and force of gravity to make the pendulum move differently.
- Guess Whose Shadow
By Steven Swineburne
Published September 2002 by Boyds Mills Press
Swinburne's book invites readers age 3 and up to learn all about light and shadow through full-color photographs and a shadow hunt game.
- Hands on Science: Get in Gear
By Sholly Fisch and Mark Oliver
Published October 2002 by Innovative Kids; Book and Access edition
Gears are cool, and this introduction to gears provides a built-in motor, gears, and other mechanical parts to accompany the text. Learn gear basics and tinker with spur gears, compound gears, rack and pinions, crank and rockers, and planetary gears. The final sections provide instructions on building a working gizmo and a pegboard to experiment with your own doodads.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.