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  • Cost Category: Free
  • Price Details: free, except for duplication; materials
    The costs shown were accurate at the time of the review. Please check the publisher's web site for current prices.
  • Duration: variable based on how instructors use activities
  • Format: Web-based
  • Grades: grades K to 3, grades 4 to 5, grade 6
  • Target Audiences: Girls, Ethnically Diverse Audiences, Families
  • Suitable for Multiple Uses?: many times, can be reused
  • Subject(s): biodiversity, earth science, life science, multiple science topics, physical science
  • Part of Series?: Yes
  • URL: http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/

This combined t.v. series/website attempts to "foster a greater interest in science and the process of scientific inquiry.” Elements are designed to engage minority & underserved learners by offering fun, attractive images and appealing activities.

DragonflyTV is a science education program produced by Twin Cities Public Television for children aged 9-12. It is both a television series and a website. The TV show portrays excited children sharing their scientific investigations and conclusions; an interactive website includes educators' guides, a children's science magazine, and many quick activities and science questions to explore, as well as games, activities, space to submit hypotheses, and download the DragonflyTV Science Journal and special links for parents and caregivers to help them support increasing children's interest in science. All of the materials strive to convey DragonflyTV's objective, to "foster a greater interest in science and the process of scientific inquiry among children with special emphasis on racial minorities, girls, and underserved communities." Taken together, the DragonflyTV materials do present an attractive and fun vision of science that would appeal to many kids who might not otherwise be so interested in science.



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