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.
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  • A great kids show.

    This was a pretty great childrens television series. This was a science show that ran for 15 years on the Public Broadcasting Service. The hosts would show kids how and why things worked. They would have guests from various aspects of life come in and explain items that they used. DuPunt and 3M companies were the two big sponsers. This show was nominated and won several awards for television excellence. These awards included an Emmy and the A.A.A.S. Science Journalism Award. This was a show way ahead of its time. It would fit nicely into The Discovery Channel even today. Hopefully this will come out on DVD soon.moreless