Newton's Apple

PBS (ended 1998)


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Newton's Apple was a long-running children's series that aired on PBS from 1983 to 1998. Covering a wide range of topics, the show highlighted science, technology, and nature and used a wide variety of current educational techniques. Typical episodes usually consisted of field reports, studio guests and demonstrations, and nature or wildlife features. Short sequences included "On the Spot" questions posed by viewers, "Newton's Lemons" segments about off-beat inventions from the past, and "Science Try-Its" that invited children to carry-out science experiments for themselves. Quick clips from the production were also aired as "Bites from Newton's Apple" on many PBS stations. The program was initially hosted by Ira Flatow, later by David Heil, and the last season of programs had a team of personalites that introduced segments. Produced by KTCA (now TPT) public television in Minnesota and distributed nationally, Newton's Apple and the related educational products that accompanied the series are still popular with teachers of general science today.