Thursday, January 17, 2002
Oxford, Ohio "DragonflyTV," a new science series for children on PBS, is going to look a lot like an MTV video to some adults.
"This stuff moves fast, and it has incessant music," said executive producer Richard Hudson.
"DragonflyTV" comes from Twin Cities Public Television, producer of the long-running "Newton's Apple," and is based on a children's magazine developed at Miami (of Ohio) University. The show is aimed at 9- to 12-year olds and has youngsters as hosts.
"Kids ask questions and then look for answers on their own," Michael, one of the first-name-only hosts, says in the initial episode.
"On every show, regular kids will investigate the things they love to do," says co-host Mariko.
The show elicits science questions from children, and producers then film children carrying out experiments that often are based on vigorous activities such as martial arts, kayaking and rock climbing.
Dragonfly magazine is the model. Now distributed to 200,000 homes as an insert in Scientific American's Explorations magazine, Dragonfly originated as "a magazine for young investigators" and featured environmental stories written by children.