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
No More Changes (Episode #110H)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 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.
The Perfect Pancake (Episode #109H)
KQED Plus: Thu, May 30, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid wants to know how his Grandma always makes perfect pancakes. They're never too squishy or burnt. At school, Sid makes an important discovery -- heat changes things! This lesson reveals the secret of Grandma's pancakes: she heats them on the stove for the perfect amount of time ... not too much, and not too little.
My Ice Pops (Episode #108H)
KQED Plus: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid wakes up and discovers that his ice pops melted! This sticky situation leads him to ask," Why do things have to melt?" After investigating at school, Sid learns that if liquids don't stay in a really cold place, they slowly melt over time. He also discovers that liquids can freeze into solid ice and then melt right back into liquid.
My Shrinking Shoes (Episode #107H)
KQED Plus: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
When Sid's shoes don't fit, he declares that his shoes must be shrinking. Sid and his friends discover that it's hard to see things growing, because growing happens slowly over time. It turns out Sid's shoes weren't shrinking -- he was growing!
My Mushy Banana (Episode #106H)
KQED Plus: Mon, May 27, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid wants to know why his beloved yellow banana has turned brown and mushy. After exploring how fruits and vegetables slowly change, Sid learns that it's natural for his banana to ripen and turn brown and mushy. Over time, fruits and vegetables decay!
The Whale Episode (Episode #104H)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 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: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 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: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 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: Tue, May 21, 2013 -- 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!
A Rainbow Every Day! (Episode #213)
KQED Plus: Mon, May 20, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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: Mon, May 13, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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)
Special Mom Day Meal (Episode #136)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 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.
Clean Air! (Episode #207)
KQED Plus: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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's Super Kick! (Episode #205)
KQED Plus: Tue, May 7, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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)
Ignatz's Inertia (Episode #204)
KQED Plus: Mon, May 6, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid is sending his toy panda Ignatz on yet another adventure! He places him on top of a skateboard and rolls him across the patio. The skateboard comes to an abrupt stop when it bumps into a wooden bench, but Ignatz keeps moving forward and flies into the air! Sid is curious why Ignatz didn't stop moving too, so he and his friends investigate and discover that things in motion stay in motion until they are stopped-and that's inertia! (Educational objective - Inertia)
That's The Way The Ball Bounces (Episode #203)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid created a new sport called Play-Doh Ball! You just jump in the air, spin around and bounce the ball. When Sid attempts to play his new game, he bounces the Play-Doh ball and it promptly splats on the ground! At school, Sid and his friends investigate and discover that if a ball doesn't have enough elasticity, it won't bounce! (Educational objective - Elasticity)
Slide to the Side! (Episode #202)
KQED Plus: Thu, May 2, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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)
Sid Engineers A Solution (Episode #226H)
KQED Plus: Wed, May 1, 2013 -- 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!