Sid the Science Kid
This series uses comedy to celebrate children's natural curiosity about science and explores their "Why?" questions in everyday life. It features the energetic and inquisitive 5-year-old Sid, who tackles the ideas that preschoolers find fascinating (Why do bananas go 'bad'? How does my juice box straw work? How does a bird fly without a plane? ). In each episode, viewers meet Sid's friends and family who help him find the answers to these questions.
Sid the Science Kid Previous Broadcasts
Sid's Backyard Campout! (Episode #214)
KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Pack some food and bring your backpack because Sid, Gerald, and Dad are gearing up for a big adventure! They're setting up tents for a campout in the backyard! Dad is eager to share his love of nature and demonstrates how to have a great time outside with the simplest of necessities. They look for animals, cook their own dinner, marvel at the stars in the sky, roast marshmallows, and sing songs around the campfire. And here's the best part, the viewer is invited to join the adventure and sing along!
Rock & Roll Easter! (Episode #215)
KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
It's springtime and that means it's time to hunt for Easter eggs in the backyard. Explorer Sid searches under every bush and behind every tree, and he finds all the eggs Mom and Dad have hidden. But wait, he also found...a big shiny rock! Could it be...a treasure? Sid brings the rock to school and the kids try to identify the mystery rock. This leads to a special Easter themed investigation where the kids don bunny ears to find and sort different kinds of rocks on an Easter Rock Hunt!
A Rainbow Every Day! (Episode #213)
KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
After a rainstorm, the sun comes out and Sid spots a big rainbow in the sky. He races inside to tell his parents, but by the time he brings them outside to see it, the rainbow is gone. Sid and his friends investigate rainbows at school where they discover that rainbows can only form when light passes through water droplets. (Educational objective - Rainbows)
Shadow Smile! (Episode #212)
KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
After looking at his own shadow, Sid wonders why his shadow doesn't smile when he does. This leads Sid and his friends to investigate shadows at The Science Center. They explore ways to create a shadow by blocking a light source and discover that shadows show shapes but not details like colors, stripes, or a smile! (Educational objective - Shadows)
Discovering Darkness (Episode #211)
KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
On an early morning, Sid wakes up while it's still dark outside. Sid and his friends investigate and observe what happens when a light source is completely blocked--creating darkness. It turns out everything stays the same in the dark, because darkness is just the absence of light...which means there's nothing to be afraid of in the dark! (Educational objective - Darkness)
Let There Be Light (Episode #210)
KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid and his baby brother Zeke are playing a game where they try to "grab" the light coming out of a flashlight, which proves to be impossible. At school, Sid and his friends explore the science of light and discover that light comes from various energy sources. They also discover that there are some light sources that can't be turned off, like the biggest light source of all...the sun! (Educational objective - Light)
Save The Stump! (Episode #209)
KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid is super excited because his Dad is clearing out space in the yard for a basketball court! While Sid and Dad are surveying the land, Sid notices a big stump teeming with little creatures! During a special field trip to The Science Center, Sid and his friends discover that there are animal habitats all around us, even in old stumps, and if one habitat is destroyed, all of the other habitats and animals are affected. (Educational objective - Habitats)
Reused Robot! (Episode #208)
KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid's toy robot is broken, so he wants to throw it "away." Sid's Mom tells him there is no such thing as "away," and when we put something in the trash, we are actually creating waste. Sid and his friends explore the idea that everything we throw away goes somewhere. This leads to an investigation of how to recycle and reuse items so that we make less trash. (Educational objective - Recycling)
Clean Air! (Episode #207)
KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid the roving reporter is investigating something strange in his backyard--his Dad is wearing a mask while painting. Sid discovers that his Dad is protecting his face so he doesn't breathe in the dirty fumes. At school, Sid and his friends discover that people and animals on Earth need to breathe clean air, and when we pollute the air around us, it affects the air that everyone breathes. The kids also discover that trees have a really important role in keeping our air clean! (Educational objective - Clean Air)
Where Did The Water Go? (Episode #206)
KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
While brushing his teeth, Sid wonders what happens to all the dirty water when it goes down the drain. At The Science Center, Sid and his friends explore how water travels in and out of our homes through pipes. And here's something Sid and his friends never realized: there's lots of water in the world, but you can't drink it all! We can only use fresh water, and there aren't a lot of fresh water sources in the world. That's why it's important not to waste water! (Educational objective - Water Conservation)
Sid The Weatherman (Episode #135)
KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid wants to be a weatherman so he can decide what the weather will be every day. Sid and friends investigate weather and learn that weathermen don't control the weather, but they do have to know all about rain, sun, wind, and hot and cold temperatures!
The Wind Did It (Episode #134)
KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid can't figure out who messed up the pile of leaves he raked up in the backyard. At school, Sid and his friends discover that wind is strong enough to make sand dunes, waves, move sail boats, and even blow away a pile of leaves!
Sid's Holiday Adventure (Episode #133H)
KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid loves celebrating the winter holidays where he lives, because it's always sunny and warm. But this year, Sid and his family are visiting relatives where it's chilly and cold. Sid wonders why it can't be warm everywhere? At school, Sid discovers that temperatures are different all over the world!
Sid's Special Dad Day (Episode #132)
KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid is excited to play soccer with his Dad outside--but he's not excited to lather up in sunblock, because it takes way too long to put on! At school, Sid and his friends discover that sunblock is a great way to protect your skin from the sun. And they also learn about the amazing ways the sun helps the Earth.
Sid's Rainy Play Date (Episode #131)
KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid is supposed to have a playdate outside, but the forecast calls for rain! Sid isn't too happy and wonders if the rain knew he wanted to play outside? At school, Sid and his friends discover that rain actually comes from rain clouds! They also learn that rain is really important because it helps living things grow.
Must See TV (Episode #119)
KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid decides to sit and watch television all weekend long. There's just one problem with his plan: sitting around and not moving would make his body feel terrible. At school Sid and his friends learn that exercising is a really fun way to stay healthy! And it makes your body feel great!
Sid's Amazing Lungs (Episode #138)
KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid races around his room and finds himself breathing really fast. Sid then wonders where all the air is going in his body when he breathes in? At school, Sid and his friends discover that our bodies have lungs to help us breathe in oxygen!
Get Up and Move! (Episode #217)
KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid's Super Kick! (Episode #205)
KQED Plus: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
In his backyard, Sid is pretending to be "Super Sid!" To show his super strength, he kicks a soccer ball really hard and it sails across the yard. But when he tries to kick it to a nearby tree with the same might, the ball once again sails really far. On a special trip to the Science Center, Sid and his friends investigate how using lots of force makes something move really far and fast-just like kicking a soccer ball! (Educational objective - Force)
Slide to the Side! (Episode #202)
KQED Plus: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Sid is trying out his new dance called "The Sid Slide To The Side!" On his room's hardwood floor, he boogies to the left, jumps to the right and then tries to slide to the side. But in his new sneakers, he can't slide...he just squeaks to a stop! Sid and his friends investigate how different materials and surfaces can create friction, causing something to slow down. (Educational objective - Friction)
The Bug Club (Episode #130)
KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
It's a special day at school, it's Bug Club Day! Sid and his friends use their magnifying glasses and discover ants, rolie polies, and caterpillars around the playground.
Don't Forget The Leaves (Episode #129)
KQED Plus: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
Everybody thinks flowers are special, but Sid wants to know: what makes leaves special? Sid and his friends investigate and discover that leaves are food for animals, they provide shade, and they help make nutrients so flowers and trees can grow!
The Dirt On Dirt (Episode #128)
KQED Plus: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
In an Earth Day themed episode, Sid wants to know what makes dirt so dirty? At school, Sid and his friends discover that dirt is really important to the Earth because it helps things grow, and it's also filled with tiny rocks, pieces of leaves, and even living things like bugs and worms!