D4K is a great web & broadcast project with many different ways to learn about science. This project includes a series of monthly programs, airing September to May, hosted by Joan Cartan-Hansen. There are also video shorts and Web-Only programs, facts, links, archived programs and lots more. D4K is designed to introduce science topics to elementary-age school children.
When is the broadcast show?
The live broadcast D4K shows air the third Tuesday of each month during the school year at 2:00/1:00 p.m. MT/PT. You can watch the broadcast show on Idaho Public Television or watch it here on the D4K website. You can also watch our past programs.
How do I get my question on the air?
First, you have to send it in! This year we're taking two kinds of questions — written and video. Visit our Contact Us page to send a written question via email. Or, visit our Video Questions page for all the ins and outs of how to submit a video question.
There is no guarantee your question will get answered on air, but questions that are well thought out and submitted early are more likely to make it on the show. Here are the deadlines for submission for the 2012-2013 season:
How do I win stuff for my classroom?
Anyone between the ages of 4 and 13 who submits a question for a show is entered into the drawing. There are some restrictions. Check out the rules on our contest page.
I sent in a question asking for a response and didn't hear anything. What happened?
Sorry, we can't answer individual questions. We can only take in questions for our experts to answer on the air. If you have a specific question you need answered, check out the facts and links on each archived show's page.
How do you pick topics for the shows?
The show's producer, Joan Cartan-Hansen, meets with educators and the show's partners to develop each season's topics. These partners include the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho National Laboratory, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Other agencies like NASA also contribute to the show. We also love to hear from students and teachers about show topics. Do you have a suggestion? Send it in.
Who pays for D4K?
The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation is our program's sponsor. We really appreciate their support.
Who makes D4K?
It takes a lot of great people to bring D4K to the air and to the Web. Here is the staff list with titles:
Joan Cartan-Hansen, Producer/Host
Al Hagenlock, Director/Editor
Jay Krajic, Videographer
Kris Freeland, Web Producer
Peggy Hurd, Web Content Writer
John Britschgi, Web Coder
Stephanie Dickey, Web Design
Rick Penticoff, Web Development
Paul Sahner, Web Homepage Artist
Strikefish, Flash Developer
Lisa Sommer, Print Graphic Design
Cassandra Groll, On-air Digital Graphic Design
Anne Peterson, Promotion
Bob Evancho, Promotion
Craig Koster, Chief Engineer
Michael Studor, Boise Engineer
Andy Miles, Boise Engineer
Ken Segota, Moscow Engineer
Dave Turnmire, Pocatello Engineer
Dan Ward, Digital Systems Broadcast Operator
Jeff Tucker, Production Manager
Bruce Reichert, Executive Producer
Ron Pisaneschi, Director of Content
Peter Morrill, General Manager
Gold, Education, Worldfest: The Houston International Film and Video Festival
Finalist, Educational/Instructional, New York Film Festival
Second Place, "D4K Snakes," Public Affairs Program-Studio, The Idaho Press Club Awards
Third Place, Television Writing, The Idaho Press Club Awards
Second Place, Website-Special-Purpose-Broadcast, The Idaho Press Club Awards
Second Place, Specialized Web Site, Society of Professional Journalists, Region 10
Golden Eagle, Children's Programming, Council on International Non-theatrical Events (CINE)
First Place, Teacher Resources, National Educational Telecommunications Assoc. (NETA)
Special Jury Prize, Educational/Children, Worldfest Houston International Film & Video Festival
Emmy Nomination, Joan Cartan-Hansen, Writer/Program, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northwest Chapter
First Place, Web Only: "Exoplanets," Website, Special Purpose, Idaho Press Club
Second Place, "Joan's Science Blog," Best Use of Social Media, Idaho Press Club
Third Place, Joan Cartan-Hansen, Television Writing, Idaho Press Club
Third Place, "D4K," Public Affairs Program, Idaho Press Club
Honorable Mention, "Food Web," International Wildlife Film Festival
Emmy Winner, 10th Anniversary Special, Children, Program Special
Golden Eagle Award, 10th Anniversary Special, Children's Programming, Council on International Non-theatrical Events (CINE)
First Place, 10th Anniversary Special, Instructional Media/Content, National Educational Telecommunications Assoc. (NETA)
First Place, 10th Anniversary Special, Best Audience Promotion, Idaho State Broadcasters Association
Platinum Award, 10th Anniversary Special, Education, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Emmy Nomination, 10th Anniversary Special, Children Program/Special
Second Place, 10th Anniversary Special, Public Affairs, Idaho Press Club
Second Place, D4K Website, Special Purpose, Idaho Press Club
Second Place, Astronomy, Best Online-Only Program, Idaho Press Club
Third Place, D4K Website, Specialized Subject, Society of Professional Journalists
Bronze Award, D4K Web Only, Education Worldfest Houston International Film Festival