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. We also give prizes each month to contest-winning students who submit questions. Find out how to win. 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 from 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.

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.

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