Science Education Department (SED)
 Technical Difficulties

The project was produced a pilot half-hour show for a proposed 39-part, three-year broadcast television series. The full series proposed to use current research in how children learn science to help viewers (ages 9-12) learn fundamental concepts in science. The programs, titled Technical Difficulties, was designed to be interactive, and structured as comic action dramas that end in a cliffhanger with the heroes in peril. The audience would then be invited to help save the heroes by using the telephone or the Internet to select a course of action for the heroes to follow. Depending on the consensus of the viewers' decisions, a different conclusion would be aired the following week.

Grade levels: 4-6

For more information and an application, please contact: Matthew Schneps, mschneps@cfa (add, 617-495-7472


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