Beakman's World - Season 1

(ended 1998)


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Episode Guide

  • Wheels, Beakmania And Finding Answers
    Beakman explains how prehistoric man invented the wheel. He also discusses how your neighborhood public library is a great source of information.
  • Reflection, Beakmania, and Madame Curie
    Beakman discusses why light rays cannot pass through a mirror. He also explains atomic energy with the founder of Radium, Madame Curie.
  • Bees, Beakmania & Earthquakes
    Beakman discusses how bees live and produce honey. He also explains how shifting plates on the earth's surface cause earthquakes.
  • Plumbing, Beakmania, and Roller Coasters
    Beakman discusses how plumbing works, and why the world is a better place with it. He also explains how and why roller coasters work.
  • Ozone, Beakmania, and Acid
    Beakman discusses the ozone layer and why it is rapidly depleting. He also explains the complexities of acids.
  • Earwax, Beakmania, and Rocket Engines
    Beakman explains the human ear, why we have earwax, and why they pop when they are under pressure. He also introduces Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry.
  • Microwaves, Beakmania, and Spiders
    Beakman reveals how microwave ovens work and shows a cross-section model of a spider that demonstrates how they spin silk. He als discusses how they can be a crucial part of our ecosystem by eating harmful insects.
  • Tape Recordings, Beakmania, & Force Vs. Pressure
    Beakman demonstrates how cassette players convert sound into electromagnetic signals that get stored onto a tape and delves into the mystery of a bed of nails. Can you really lie on it without getting skewered?
  • Lungs, Beakmania, & Telephones
    Beakman demonstrates how people breath using a model of the diaphragm and lungs. Beakman also explains the sending of signals via telephones.
  • Fossils, Beakmania, & the Human Voice
    Beakman describes fossils and why they are important clues to learn what the world was like thousands of years ago. Dr. Louis Leakey explains that fossils are formed when plant or animal remains are quickly buried in sediment.
  • Thermodynamics, Beakmania, & Pimples
    Beakman explains thermodynamics by showing how hot things cool and cold things warm up to room temperature, and how molecules move faster when they are hot than when they are cold. Afterward, Beakman explains why people get pimples.
  • Vaccinations, Beakmania And Friction
    Beakman is asked about vaccinations, and calls upon Dr. Edward Jenner to explain how he came up with the idea. He later does a truck with water and a funnel and examines heat from friction.
  • Scientific Method, Beakmania & Rainbows
    Beakman explains how researchers use the scientific method to figure things out. Josie and Lester help find out if salt water conducts electricity.
  • Microscopes, Beakmania, & Healing
    Beakman discusses microscopes and how important they are to science. The inventor of the compound microscope shows how two lenses are used to make objects look bigger. When Josie gets hurt, Beakman picks into scabs.
  • Bubbles, Beakmania, and Feet
    Beakman shows why bubbles are round, explaining that since a bubble is trapped gas, a sphere is the shape that can hold the most air with the least amount of bubble solution. He also sticks his nose into smelly feet.
  • Boats, Beakmania, & Airplanes
    Beakman demonstrates the concepts of density and displacement then flies over to explain how airplanes fly.
  • Levers, Beakmania, & Television
    Beakman reveals the three different kinds of levers and how to use them and reveals how a television works.
  • Refraction, Attraction & Beakmania
    Beakman explains how eyeglasses bend light, creates a needle compass and along the way discusses penguins.
  • Sound, Beakmania, & Explosions
    Beakman tells us about sound and how explosions are made.
  • Electricity, Beakmania, & Light Bulbs
    Beakman reveals the truth on electrical currents, if carrots improve eyesight and explores the workings of the electric light.
  • Soap, Beakmania, & Auto Engines
    Beakman reveals how soap cleans and how explosions propel automobiles, and explores the question if birds sweat?
  • Leaves, Beakmania, & Paper
    In this episode, Beakman shows how plants "eat," reveals a host of creepy animal facts and shows how to make and recycle paper.
  • Blood, Beakmania & Dreams
    Beakman explains how blood provides food and oxygen to the human body and removes the blood cells' waste products while defending your body from disease. He also covers questions on the speed of the fastest dog and the longest word, an experiment with salt and dreams and your imagination.
  • Noises at Night, Beakmania & The Nose

    Beakman explains why your house creaks at night and then explains the purpose of snot and mucus in your nose.

  • Gravity, Beakmania, & Inertia

    Beakman uses the laws of gravity to explain why people don't fall off the round world. Galileo shows the effects of gravity. Next, Sir Isaac Newton explains inertia and how a seat belt helps save lives.

  • Rain, Beakmania & Volcanoes

    Beakman explains the cyclical process of rain and evaporation. The sun warms up water in a puddle, turning it into invisible vapor. As the vapor rises it cools, which makes it condense into drops that form clouds.

    In the volcano segment, Beakman shows the process that a volcano goes through creating magma, and then a volcanic eruption.