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National Science Foundation
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Promoting Public Understanding of Science & Engineering
NSF supports a wide variety of educational and informational projects for the general public
IMAX films and other film projects for diverse audiences
Permanent, regional and traveling exhibits and associated outreach programs
Innovative programs for children and adults, and science information material for broadcasters
Radio shows, Web-based resources, community programs, life-long learning opportunities
Overview of NSF's Informal Science Education program


Absolute Zero Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold
This two-part PBS television special is based largely on Tom Shachtman's book of the same name. The series demonstrates the impact of our mastery of extreme cold on our lives, culture, and future discovery and innovation.
Maya World Cracking the Maya Code
Learn about the ingenious series of breakthroughs that cracked the code of the intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script left behind by the ancient Maya civilization.
Cyberchase Cyberchase
"Cyberchase"--the Emmy-Award winning animated series on PBS KIDS GO!--tells the story of three kids who use math and problem solving to thwart the dastardly Hacker. "Cyberchase's" extensive multimedia website features hundreds of videos, games and activities to support STEM learning.
Design Squad logo Design Squad: Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers
What's functional, fashionable, and WAY fun? Engineering, brought to you by the new reality competition show Design Squad! Targeted to nine- to twelve-year-olds, Design Squad plugs eight high schoolers into the big wild world of engineering.
Design Squad Nation Design Squad Nation
"Design Squad Nation" showcases engineer co-hosts Judy and Adam as they travel across the country, working side by side with teens to turn their dreams into reality through engineering.
DragonflyTV DragonflyTV
"DragonflyTV", produced by Twin Cities Public Television, also encourages participation by kids, families and teachers by presenting a different experiment and scientific question during each show.
EARTH: The Operators' Manual logo EARTH: The Operators' Manual
"EARTH: The Operators' Manual" is a TV program that dispenses with politics, polemics or punditry. Instead, it presents an objective, accessible assessment of the Earth's problems and possibilities that will leave viewers informed, energized and optimistic.
Einstein's Big Idea Einstein's Big Idea
NOVA pays tribute to Albert Einstein's remarkable equation, a special two-hour presentation that dramatizes the stories of the men and women whose innovative thinking across four centuries led to Einstein's bold breakthrough.
FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman
"Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman" features real kids, real challenges, real science and an unreal animated host—a dog named Ruff Ruffman.
Dr. Percy Julian Forgotten Genius
NOVA presents the remarkable life story of Percy Julian-–accomplished African-American scientist, self-made millionaire, humanitarian and civil-rights pioneer.
NOVA scienceNOW NOVA scienceNOW
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts the latest installment of the innovative science magazine, NOVA scienceNOW.
NOVA/ Monster of the Milky Way NOVA/ "Monster of the Milky Way"
Fly into the heart of a simulated black hole that lurks in the core of our Milky Way galaxy.
Peep and the Big Wide World Peep and the Big Wide World
An animated series that gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science to preschoolers, is the newest addition to TLC s Ready Set Learn! commercial-free programming block.
adelies penguins Return to Penguin City
Travel to Antarctica where you will catch a glimpse inside a "penguin city" where millions of penguins converge annually. Discover how giant icebergs, disappearing sea ice and shifting weather patterns are affecting penguins, changing Antarctica and forecasting trouble for our planet.
girl in water with dolphins SciGirls
A PBS series targeting kids ages eight to 12, designed to spark girl's curiosity about science, technology, engineering and math. Each half-hour episode follows real middle-school "sci" girls working with scientist mentors as they collaborate, communicate, engineer and discover. Izzie and Jake, two animated characters, embark on their own adventures and call on the SciGirls for help.
Secrets Beneath the Ice Secrets Beneath the Ice
In "Secrets Beneath the Ice," join NOVA on a state-of-the-art expedition as researchers drill three-quarters of a mile into the Antarctic seafloor, recovering data that reveals the details of ancient Earth's climate and fauna.
hurricane damage Still Waiting: Life After Katrina
This documentary tells the story of three women who anchor a family of 150 people displaced from St. Bernard Parish, La., after Hurricane Katrina, and the family's eventual return home—an event both hopeful and heartbreaking!
The Elegant Universe The Elegant Universe
A three-hour NOVA miniseries exploring one of the most ambitious and exciting theories ever proposed -- one that may be the long-sought "theory of everything," which eluded even Einstein.
The Fabric of the Cosmos The Fabric of the Cosmos: A Four-part Series
What is space? What is time? Is there more than one universe? "The Fabric of the Cosmos," a four-part NOVA series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, explores these questions and beyond.
Alan Alda with a model Neanderthal The Human Spark
What is the nature of human uniqueness? Where and when did the human spark ignite, and why? In "The Human Spark," a three-part series to be broadcast on PBS, Alan Alda takes these questions personally, visiting with dozens of scientists on three continents and participating directly in many experiments.
The Emmy-Award winning television show "Zoom" lives on as a website, encouraging kids to engage in science and engineering activities.



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