By: Tara DeGeorges at 03:58 pm
What do FIRST Robotics, the Tasmanian devil and outer space creature comforts have in common?
They’re topics of discussion in It Ain’t Rocket Science, a pilot that we recently produced as part of our Connect a Million Minds initiative. Hosted by technology reporter Adam Balkin, It Ain’t Rocket Science is a half hour special that explores science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) themes that can engage and inspire kids.
What I like about this show is it’s got something for everyone — from the natural-born scientist to the naturally curious. Maybe you were/are terrible at science in school and you think the subject’s not for you. But then – what?! — you listen to popular science writer Mary Roach talk about the engineering challenges of using a toilet in outer space and you’re suddenly intrigued. Look at you — you like science and you didn’t even know it. You’re welcome.
In addition to this segment, It Ain’t Rocket Science treats viewers to:
After watching the special, viewers are sure to come away with some unique science nuggets to pepper into everyday conversation. Last night, I slipped in some stats about the Tasmanian devil over dinner. It sparked a far more interesting discussion than what usually transpires over takeout.
“Did you know that The Tasmanian devil is not just a Looney Tunes character, but a marsupial from Australia? Moreover, are you aware that 95% of the Taz population is facing extinction because of a contagious cancer called devil facial tumor disease?”
Not to brag, but my friends thought I was pretty, pretttyy smart:
Last weekend It Ain’t Rocket Science premiered on NY1, our 24-hour newschannel in New York City. It’s now available On Demand to our digital customers. You can also catch the special in its entirety online, on NY1.com and ConnectaMillionMinds.com.