About Science Trek

Science Trek is an integrated Web and broadcast project designed to: introduce science topics to elementary-age schoolchildren; provide educational materials for teachers and parents; and inspire students to investigate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career potentials.

During each month of the school year, Idaho Public Television broadcasts a new Science Trek program in which scientists answer students' questions on air. Guest scientists also explain the skills needed to work within their area of expertise and encourage students to consider their field of science as a potential career option. The entire broadcast show, a video short, Science Trek: The Web Show and companion materials are added to the website, expanding the overall site's collection.

The Science Trek website currently provides content for more than 90 different science topics covering a wide variety of disciplines. Educational specialists design content based on national science standards (the Common Core Standards) and Idaho's elementary science curriculum. Experts review all material for accuracy.

Thousands of students, many from throughout the world, submit questions for the broadcast shows. Science Trek's website attracted more than a million unique visitors last school year. More than 25 percent of its visitors were from outside North America. Educators from as far away as the Kabul Zoo in Afghanistan have adopted Science Trek's content.

Each week, producer/host Joan Cartan-Hansen posts a blog with the week's most interesting science news for kids. You can email us a written question or a comment, or you can submit a video question.

The show and its educational components have been honored with a number of awards including the prestigious Kavli Science Journalism Silver Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Educational Television Association (NETA), The New York Festivals, the Council for International Nontheatrical Events (CINE), and a number of regional Emmys from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-Northwest

What ever happened to D4K?

We decided to change the name of our series from D4K, or Dialogue for Kids, to Science Trek to give our viewers a better understanding of our goal: to introduce science topics to elementary-age schoolchildren; to provide educational materials for teachers and parents; and to inspire students to investigate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career potentials.

If you view videos produced before September 2013, you may see the D4K or Dialogue for Kids logo. Don't worry. It is all a part of Science Trek. If you have any questions or comments, send us an email.

What happened to the prize winners?

From 2004-2005 to 2015-2016, we awarded a prize box to one classroom for each show. Check here for a list of winners.

Idaho Public Television and the Science Trek staff are committed to providing quality resources for educators, parents and students with the goal of inspiring students' interest in the world of science.

Find Us on TV

© 2016 Idaho Public Televison

Idaho State Board of Education, an agency of the State of Idaho