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Sid the Science Kid

Sid the Science Kid

Spring 2010 Television
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Network: PBS
Review:
Sid the Science Kid is a half-hour series that debuted on PBS in 2008 and is targeted to viewers ages 2 to 6. According to the PBS website, content is based on national science learning standards, cognitive learning theory, and a science curriculum called Preschool Pathways to Science. Each episode explores a scientific concept using visually striking CGI-animation, well-placed musical interludes, and very clever recurring vignettes woven into the storyline.

The title character is 5-yr-old Sid, who has energy to spare and an ultra-healthy sense of curiosity. He wants to be a scientist when he grows up. When he encounters a problem he immediately sets out to find a solution, engaging his friends and family in his efforts. They all offer their theories, some plausible, some less-than-practical; it's a clever device to respond to the range of theories little viewers might be formulating at home.

All the stars align here for a truly effective educational program. Kids will like the look and pace of the program and they'll enjoy the corny jokes, but they're also sure to absorb the science concepts. So many science shows for kids create sets that look like space-age laboratories, with bubbling beakers and shiny Bunsen burners to conduct scientific experiments- but Sid and his friends use the props and locations they find around them, at school and at home, to test theories and discover solutions. Viewers see applied science in the world around them, presented in a fun and accessible way.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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