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SciQ Smithsonian Networks Kids, Vol. 1 (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Smithsonian Networks
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002L6CC8O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hey kids... Embark on exciting adventures (right in your own living room) under the wacky tutelage of teen hosts Paula and Andrew who compete against one another as they make discoveries in science and technology. Forget your stuffy science classroom... In these four SciQ explorations, it's always fun! CSI - Paula and Andrew check into a school for Crime Scene Investigators to learn all they can before they are called in to bust the bad guys. Who will solve the crime first?Spies - Andrew dreams of being a spy. But there's more to it than meets the eye (literally!) and many ways that technology helps us in every-day life.Movie Magic - Lights, cameras, action - and pranks! Paula and Andrew learn Hollywood's best tricks - then fool each other with special effects.Sound - Andrew wants to audition for lead singer of a rock band. But just one problem - he's a bit tone deaf! Our hosts learn the basics from Blue Man Group and a vocal coach to the stars.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Fun AND Informative December 9, 2009
Smithsonian Channel's SciQ series is now available on DVD for convenient replays whenever desired. This entertaining and incredibly informative science show explores a wide variety of topics for hands-on exploration. Teenage hosts Andrew, Paula, and Pemma tackle a general topic and dig in on-site to bring to light processes, facts, and inventions that are new and exciting for both children and parents.

Andrew and Paula approach each topic from a competitive perspective. Filled with rivalry, each seeks to out-do the other. Paula is the "smart girl" whereas Andrew takes on the "goofy guy" role with relish. The acting is a bit cheesy, and reminds me of teen-hosted TV from my own childhood, but glimpses of authentic exuberance and the joy of discovery break through from time to time.

My six-year-old thinks Andrew's goofball antics are hilarious - he's the hands-down favorite around here. Paula is a bubbly, keener type - while Andrew is wandering around cracking jokes, Paula is vigorously scribbling notes. Pemma stands outside of the competition, providing educational asides in her "Food for Thought" that add detail and differing perspectives. Her segments are included on all of the episodes in this volume except the first - "CSI."

The four 25-minute episodes contained in Volume 1 are: "CSI," "Spies," "Movie Magic," and "Sound." These relatively simple titles belie the wealth of intriguing detail packed into each episode. In "CSI" Andrew and Paula learn about fingerprinting, DNA testing, footprint and fingerprint lifting, dog detectives, and the scientific concepts surrounding each hands-on learning opportunity they undertake. The show culminates in their independent examination of a mock crime scene.

"Spies" examines the way we see and surveillance technology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended November 19, 2009
SciQ is a DVD series for young people that makes learning about science and technology fun. Each is packed with episodes in which teen hosts Paula, Andrew, and Pemma turn learning into an exciting adventure. Volume 1 (105 min.) has the episodes "CSI" (where the trio learn about crime scene investigations as they try to catch bad guys), "Spies" (where Andrew learns that there's more to being a spy than TV would have one believe), "Movie Magic" (where the three learn about the science behind seemingly magical special effects) and "Sound" (where the Blue Man Group teach the hosts about voice and singing). A top pick as a curriculum supplement, addition to public library children's DVD shelves, gift for inquisitive young minds, or simply as a tool to show young people and teens that learning can be fun. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Fun Science Show! June 8, 2013
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Favorite show of my 3 year old, she loves underwater and robots! Watch out, kids also like the "P" one!
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