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SCIENCE TREK Begins New Season With New Name Sept. 17

Airs Tuesday, September 17, at 2:00/1:00 p.m. MT/PT

Now titled SCIENCE TREK, Idaho Public Television’s science show and website for elementary-aged students and educators begins its 15th season exploring “Mars” on Tuesday, September 17.

SCIENCE TREK, previously known as D4K, airs at 2:00/1:00 p.m. MT/PT on the third Tuesday of each month of the school year. New broadcast shows and the renamed Science Trek: The Web Show are available for streaming on the website at

Host Joan Cartan-Hansen’s guests are two scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California — Matt Heverly, a mobility systems engineer (or a “rover driver”) for the Mars Science Laboratory mission, and Todd Barber, a propulsion engineer working on the Cassini mission at Saturn who also worked on the Mars Science Laboratory. Heverly and Barber will answer questions submitted by students from across the state.

Students can watch SCIENCE TREK over the air or on the show’s website. They can send their questions through e-mail to or submit video questions recorded on their smartphones or webcams. Teachers can also borrow a video camera from IdahoPTV and record questions. Students who send in a question are eligible to win prizes for their classroom. The SCIENCE TREK website offers podcasts of programs, video shorts, full episodes and special Web-exclusive programming.