3-2-1 Contact - Season 6

PBS (ended 1988)


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Episode Guide

  • In the Air: Unbelievable Flying Objects
    David visits Aerovironment Inc. where they are building a full scale Pterodactyl model that has been designed based on the few clues scientists have about the real animal. Then David visits Burt Rutan, designer of the Voyager, the first plane to travel around the world without stopping. There David and Burt discuss the custom airplane designs and experimants Burt has made. This information is supplied by Chuck N. Thank you, Chuck.moreless
  • In the Air: Fat Things That Fly
    Hopey finds a hibernating ground for ladybugs. David observes beetles at the Royal Ontario Museum. Todd gets fooled by Barbara Reinalda and her softball pitches.

    REHASHED FROM SEASON 1 (Show 8): Trini takes rides the Goodyear Blimp around New York City.

    MUSIC VIDEO: Airborne.

  • In the Air: Born to Fly
    Jan Carter, Entymologist at the Cincinatti Zoo and Botanical Garden teaches us about the life cycles of the butterfly. David speaks with Glen Wiggins, curator at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto Canada, about Dragonflies and their wings and Moths and their Proboscis. Then there's a recycled segment from season 1, Episode 22, where Marc visits a beekeeper. Then back to David and Glen Wiggins about Beetles. This show's information is supplied by Chuck N. Thank you, Chuck.moreless
  • In the Air: Drifting with the Wind
    Main Concept: Variances in wind currents can be used to create different forms of transportation such as soaring, gliding and hot air balloons. Even inanimate objects like a kite depend on the wind to function properly. Wind power is introduced with Flying Scooters at an amusement park. Hopey learns about the sport of "soaring" by taking a trip in a glider sail plane. Repeat of a sequence from the episode Hot/Cold: Temperatures on Earth/In Space: In the mountains of Colorado, Lisa participates in a balloon race to better understand why a hot-air balloon rises. David visits a local Kite Club in Tokyo where he meets a Japanese "kite doctor," who uses science to improve a kite's performance.moreless
  • In the Air: Finding Your Way
    Built largely on material recycled from Season 1, this episode includes insight on how pigeons and bats negotiate their world. Bats rely on sonar, but as for pigeons and how they navigate, that's a different story.
  • Modeling: Spaces
    Modeling: Spaces
    Episode 25
    Much of this program focuses on a zoo's constructing an uncannily accurate rain forest for its animals.
  • Modeling: Knees and Small Things
    Models are shown in museums and in the medical world.
  • Modeling: The Earth
    Modeling: The Earth
    Episode 23
    Surveyors are seen at work, as are schoolkids who devise a map of their own neighborhood.
  • Modeling: Through Ice and Air
    Models observed in this episode include those of Canadian ice shields, fast bicycles, and modern airplanes.
  • Modeling: Things on Wheels
    Models are used to test ideas before they become large-scale. A class of intermediate-school students go through modeling tactics in building a spring-driven car. We also see newsreel clips of models that produced both commonplace items and inventions that didn't pan out.
  • Big Mammals: The High Cost of Living
    There is a price ecosystems pay when big animals are confined. This program shows the elephant, the rhinoceros and the tapir groping with spatial problems.
  • Mammals at Play
    Mammals at Play
    Episode 19
    Play is an important part of growing, as we see from watching babboons, chimpanzees, sheep dogs and even kids playing.
  • Mammals: Live Birth, Warm Milk
    This show witnesses the births of elephant seals and wildebeests. Also seen are young black bears and kangaroos.
  • Mammals: Keeping Warm
    Fur and hair are mammals' chief arsenal to stay warm. But what about sea otters?
  • Mammals: Rats and Bats
    Hard to believe mice and rats are mammals, as are bats. But this program shows why rodents are classified this way.
  • Architecture: Light But Strong
    The shape and composition of architectural materials can prove vital for various reasons. The I-beam and the triangle brace are highlighted in this episode.
  • Architecture: Made to Fit
    There is a branch of architectural science called ergonomics, which states how things are built to fit certain people. David Quinn sees if he can improve the ergonomics of a kitchen.
  • Architecture: Stack It Up
    How do you build the world's largest Gothic cathedral? It all comes down to using marble cut in certain ways. The arch and the buttress are featured in the ongoing construction of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
  • Architecture: Home
    Architecture: Home
    Episode 12
    The frame is vitally important to anything architectural. We see how animals make their perfectly-designed shelters, how the Japanese can join two boards without glue or nails, and find the traditional Kenya home.
  • Architecture: Raising the Big Top
    Basic architecture can be whittled down to beams and a sheet. This is seen through circus tents, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and other things.
  • Detectives: Pattern Detectives
    Can you tell a pattern when you see it? A combination of new and recycled material shows all sorts of patterns in nature.
  • Detectives: Dinosaur Detectives
    In the centerpiece of this episode, a museum moves a large dinosaur exhibit into place.
  • Detectives: Wildlife Detectives
    This show observes owls in the wild and the ecosystems in a salt marsh.
  • Detectives: Tool and Trash Detectives
    There are "archaeologists" in Arizona that are analyzing modern humans from samples of their trash! It's a far cry from the tools of ancient man, or so you would think.
  • Detectives: Skin and Bone Detectives
    Archaeologists are seen trying to demystify the Mayans, Egyptian mummies, and a prehistoric cave where flint was mined.
  • Japan: Judo and Computers
    How would you like to write your messages in a strictly-ordered way, knowing that one mistake could change the meaning of your sentence? It can happen in English, but it's easier to write Japanese wrong. David and Kaori visit a software researcher and test out software that is designed to read and identify handwritten Kanji characters. (David puts his skills to the test and fails.) David and Kaori also participate in a grueling judo workout, after which they learn about a computer that helps train judo students. Finally, Kaori shows David the next closest thing Japanese language has to the English alphabet.moreless
  • Japan: Earthquake!
    Japan: Earthquake!
    Episode 4
    David and Kaori get a glimpse of architects designing buildings that can resist the force of some natural disasters.
  • Japan: Paper and Kites
    David and Kaori visit the Furutas, whose family has been making paper by hand for two centuries. They follow the Furutas as they make a batch of fine paper. David, Kaori, and Chizuru Ishizaka join a kite expert and test a kite designed to fly in little wind. This information supplied by Chuck N. Thank you, Chuck.moreless
  • Japan: Landslide!
    Japan: Landslide!
    Episode 2
    Impeding Japanese throughout is the erosion of Mmighty .t Fuji. David sees what steps are being guarded to help the Japanese society in spite of it. Included is a building where rainstorms and landslides are simulated.
  • Japan: Precious Oysters, Rare Salamanders
    David and Kaori visit the Mikimoto Pearl Farm and see the 100-year process of culturing pearls. David and Kanae Nishio go wading in a forest stream, hunting for a giant salamander. This information supplied by Chuck N. Thank you, Chuck.
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