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Sid the Science Kid: The Movie

Sid the Science Kid: The Movie

Fall 2013 DVD
Ages: 2 - 8 yrs.
DVD Price: $12.99
Review:

Since the Sid the Science Kid children’s series premiered on PBS in 2008, it’s been a favorite for its smart in-jokes for adults and top-notch methods for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to young people. It’s produced by The Jim Henson Company (of Muppets fame) and it uses innovative digital puppetry and motion-capture technology to achieve its distinctive look.

Now, Sid is set for his first full-length feature in Sid the Science Kid: The Movie. In this 75-minute story, Sid (the self-proclaimed kid who "wants to know everything about everything") and classmate Gabriela win a visit to a state-of-the-art science museum for a sneak-peek before it opens. They meet the museum’s eccentric head scientist Dr. Bonabodon (wonderfully voiced by actor Christopher Lloyd), and he sends the kids on a tour led by a team of robots he designed. At first, the tour goes well. Sid and the others (little viewers included) learn about everything from dinosaurs to honeybees to how simple machines work. But something goes terribly wrong at the lightning display and the robot tour guide goes haywire. It’s a glitch that could jeopardize the museum’s entire grand opening and Sid has to figure out how to find and fix the robot—using science concepts he learned earlier in the museum tour!

Sid scores big in his first feature-length outing. Little viewers will be swept along on a learning adventure and in the process, discover the value of collaboration and respect. According to the program’s website, the educational content is based in national science learning standards, cognitive learning theory, and on a preschool science curriculum called Preschool Pathways to Science.

Parents, be prepared to play this DVD over and over, and don’t be surprised if your little ones start exploring the backyard, use common household items for experiments, and even beg you to visit nearby museums so they can be science kids, too.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2013 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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