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
The Bug Club (Episode #130)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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, Jun 27, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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, Jun 26, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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!
Home Tweet Home (Episode #127)
KQED Plus: Tue, Jun 25, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid wonders why there aren't any birds living in the birdhouse he built with his Dad? Sid and his friends discover that lots of animals build and live in their own homes, like beehives, anthills, and bird nests!
Hello, Doggie! (Episode #126)
KQED Plus: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
When Sid hears dogs barking in his neighborhood, he wonders if they're talking to him. At school, Sid discovers that animals do communicate in lots of different ways, like using body language, making sounds, and barking!
Climb, Ignatz, Climb! (Episode #125)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 -- 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!
The Tree House (Episode #124)
KQED Plus: Thu, Jun 20, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid wonders how he can lift his heavy box of toys way up to his treehouse. After investigating at school, Sid discovers that a pulley is the perfect simple machine to help lift heavy things up to high places, like a tree house!
Sid's Amazing Invention (Episode #123)
KQED Plus: Wed, Jun 19, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid believes that he has discovered a new invention to put toys away! Sid learns his invention is actually a simple machine called a lever, which is not only useful for launching toys, but can also help lift up really heavy things.
My Slide (Episode #122)
KQED Plus: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid wonders how he can lift up his big, heavy stuffed animal dinosaur onto his bed. Sid and his friends explore how inclined planes are simple machines that make it much easier to push up heavy things... including big stuffed animal dinosaurs!
The Broken Wheel (Episode #121)
KQED Plus: Mon, Jun 17, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
When a wheel falls off Sid's favorite toy truck, he tapes it back on. But now the wheel won't spin, and Sid wonders how exactly wheels work? At school, Sid explores how wheels are simple machines that help move all kinds of things like cars, trains, tricycles, and even toy trucks!
Sid's Special Dad Day (Episode #132)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
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 Backyard Campout! (Episode #214)
KQED Plus: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 -- 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!
Sid's Health Day (Episode #120)
KQED Plus: Wed, Jun 12, 2013 -- 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!
The Big Sneeze (Episode #118)
KQED Plus: Tue, Jun 11, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid's parents tell him to wash his hands to keep away germs. But Sid can't see any germs on his hands, so why should he wash them? Sid and his friends learn that germs are so small that you can't see them. And they discover that a great way to stay healthy and keep germs away is by washing their hands with soap and water!
A Brush with Teeth (Episode #116)
KQED Plus: Mon, Jun 10, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid wonders if you really do have to brush your teeth every single day? At school, Sid discovers that our mouths are filled with different kinds of teeth that do lots of different jobs like chewing our food! So it's really important to keep our teeth healthy by brushing them every day!
All My Senses (Episode #115)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid wants to know about all his different senses. At school, Sid and his friends embark on a quest to explore vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste!
Too Much Noise (Episode #114)
KQED Plus: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid notices that when he covers his ears with his hands, everything sounds quieter. Maybe he has super powers! Sid explores his sense of hearing, and discovers that sounds travel through the air and into our ears. So it turns out Sid doesn't have super powers, he was just blocking sound waves from entering his ears!
Grandma's Glasses (Episode #113)
KQED Plus: Wed, Jun 5, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid tries on Grandma's glasses, but they make everything look blurry. Sid explores his sense of vision, and discovers that even though Grandma's glasses make things look blurry to him, they make things look clear to her.
What's That Smell? (Episode #112)
KQED Plus: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid wakes up to his favorite smell in the world, pancakes. But the yummy scent is quickly taken over by a different smell when baby brother Zeke and his stinky diaper enter Sid's room. At school, Sid learns how smells travel through the air and arrive inside the nose.
The Itchy Tag (Episode #111H)
KQED Plus: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Sid notices that the tag in his shirt is really itchy, and he wonders why it isn't soft like the rest of his shirt. At school, Sid and his friends explore and learn about the different textures around them: smooth, soft, bumpy and itchy...like his shirt tag!