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Sid the Science Kid Previous Broadcasts

Climb, Ignatz, Climb! (Episode #125H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid pretends that his stuffed animal panda is going on an adventure to the top of the playground slide. Sid and his friends make a plan and use simple machines like wheels, inclined planes, levers and pulleys to get the panda all the way to the top of the slide!

Sid's Health Day (Episode #120H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid wonders what is the best way to always stay healthy? At school, Sid and his friends discover that there's lots of ways to stay healthy: washing hands to avoid germs, eating nutritious foods, brushing teeth, and exercising!

No More Changes (Episode #110H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid isn't too thrilled that his favorite shirt shrunk, his shoes don't fit anymore and his Mom changed his favorite toothpaste. He really wants to ask, "Why do things have to change?" Sid discovers that change is a natural part of the world as he and his friends review lessons learned from change and transformation such as decay, growth, and change caused by heat.

Get Up and Move! (Episode #217H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

I Want to Be A Scientist! (Episode #216H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

In his backyard, Sid is intently observing squirrels and really wants to know why they make funny squeaking sounds. It makes him wonder what kind of scientist investigates animals? Fortunately for Sid, today his class is going on a field trip to the Science Center, where a special guest greets them-it's Gabriela's Mom, Dr. Rosalinda Cordova! She is a marine biologist, and tells the kids about her exciting job SCUBA diving with whales. Completely enthralled, Sid wants to know if scientists investigate other kinds of animals too? Dr. Cordova uses a video connection so we can meet a real wildlife biologist studying pandas at the San Diego Zoo! This leads the rest of the kids to ask about science fields they're interested in. We meet a robotics engineer working on a 20-foot tall robot at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a chemist investigating stretchy ice cream in a kitchen lab, and a marine biologist at The Scripps Institute helping to keep the oceans healthy.

Super Science Tools (Episode #105H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid has quite a collection of science tools in his room: a ruler, an estimation jar, a chart and a magnifying glass. They're all perfect tools for investigating and exploring the world, but Sid can't figure out which one is his favorite! His friends help him discover that each science tool is amazing in its own special way.

The Whale Episode (Episode #104H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid is troubled...he wants to know how to measure a giant blue whale with his ruler. At school he learns a great new way to measure just about anything -- using the method of non-standard measurement! Sid learns how to accurately measure things with shoes, blocks, and even people!

Enough with the Seashells (Episode #103H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid brings home an estimation jar from school, filled to the top with seashells. He's determined to guess how many there are, but he has a problem...there are too many shells to count! At school, Sid and his friends learn a new strategy for making their best guess -- estimation! Now Sid can estimate just about anything -- shells, toys, leaves and stars in the sky!

The Rolie Polie (Episode #102H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 18, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid loves his little rolie polie bugs, but they're so little he can't figure out how they move. At school, he discovers an amazing science tool: the magnifying glass! Sid and his friends explore their world using the magnifying glass to make things look bigger, like freckles on their skin, little pebbles and rolie polie legs!

The Sticker Chart (Episode #101H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

If Sid doesn't fill up his chore chart with stickers, he'll never get a new Turbo-Mega-Rocket ship toy. So, Sid wonders, who needs charts anyway? After a day of investigating, Sid learns that charts are great science tools that help you compare and contrast all kinds of cool stuff like snacks, pets and even chores!

The Amazing Computer Science Tool! (Episode #223H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid is thoroughly amused as he watches his parents. Every time their computers "ding" Mom and Dad run to check their computer, so Sid wants to know what all these computers do! Mom volunteers to show Sid's class how a computer works, which helps Susie demonstrate the amazing way scientists use computers as a science tool! In a special Super Fab Lab, the kids make discoveries with their magnifying glasses then use the computer to share their discoveries by sending information back home to their parents. They're just like real scientists using a computer to share discoveries with other scientists!

Sid Engineers A Solution (Episode #226H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid has a big, big, big problem! He's trying to grab a cereal box located way up high on the kitchen shelf, but he just can't reach it. He tries using a stool, but he still can't grab it. He wants to know, how is he ever going to grab that cereal box??? At school, Sid and his friends encounter another problem. They need to get a ball down that got stuck in a tree. Susie has an idea. If they have a problem, it's time to "engineer a solution." The kids work as a team, brainstorm some ideas, draw pictures of their ideas, and then try building their ideas. And to make the day even more exciting, Dad visits school and volunteers to help the kids build a special "grabber" to get the ball down from the tree!

Sid Wings It! (Episode #225H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

In his backyard, Sid shows off his homemade cardboard wings. He's wearing them because he wants to fly, just like the bird he has been watching all morning. When his flight plans don't work out, he heads to school to investigate. Susie announces that the class is going to visit the Science Center to check out a special exhibit about FLIGHT! Sid and his friends are thrilled to discover how people learned how to fly by observing birds in nature, just like Sid did! They explore a special exhibit showcasing gliders, flying contraptions, and jet planes. And in live action, we see kids investigating real flying machines at the world famous Smithsonian Air & Space Museum!

The Big Cheese! (Episode #224H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

While surfing the Internet on the computer with his Mom, Sid finds a funny picture showing that the moon is made of green, glowing, cheese! Sid thinks this is amazing, and when he goes to school, he relays his newfound moon information to his friends, who are equally enthralled. When they tell Susie what they learned, Susie explains something very important-not everything you find on the computer is true! And someone that really understands that notion is visiting today, it's Gabriela's Mom! Dr. Rosalinda Cordova is a marine biologist so she does lots of research on the computer, but it's not the only thing she uses. She tells the kids that when she does research, she reads books at the library, makes observations, asks experts, and looks at websites with good information. Then she gives the kids their very own research project, where they break into two teams and investigate all the living things they can find around the school.

The Amazing Computer Science Tool! (Episode #223H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid is thoroughly amused as he watches his parents. Every time their computers "ding" Mom and Dad run to check their computer, so Sid wants to know what all these computers do! Mom volunteers to show Sid's class how a computer works, which helps Susie demonstrate the amazing way scientists use computers as a science tool! In a special Super Fab Lab, the kids make discoveries with their magnifying glasses then use the computer to share their discoveries by sending information back home to their parents. They're just like real scientists using a computer to share discoveries with other scientists!

How Did My Dog Do That? (Episode #139H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

When Sid's dog uses his foot to scratch his ear, Sid tries the same maneuver, but can't do it. Sid explores skeletons, and discovers that animals have different bones and joints than people, which allows them to do lots of cool stuff like swing from trees, fly in the air, or even scratch their ears with their feet!

Sid's Amazing Lungs (Episode #138H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

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!

I Have Muscles Where? (Episode #137H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

When Sid's Dad tells him a really funny joke, Sid laughs so hard that his face hurts. Sid wonders why his face would hurt if the joke was funny? When Sid and his friends investigate at school, they learn that they have muscles all over their bodies, even in their faces!

Special Mom Day Meal (Episode #136H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

Sid declares that it's a special Mom Day, so he makes Mom French toast for breakfast. When Sid smells the French toast and his stomach growls, he wonders if his stomach is trying to talk to him. When Sid and his friends investigate at school, they discover that the stomach makes noise when it's getting ready for digestion.

Sid's Backyard Campout! (Episode #214H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 -- 9:30 AM

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!

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