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National Science Foundation
Now Showing: Film, TV, Museums & More
Promoting Public Understanding of Science & Engineering
NSF supports a wide variety of educational and informational projects for the general public
IMAX films and other film projects for diverse audiences
Permanent, regional and traveling exhibits and associated outreach programs
Innovative programs for children and adults, and science information material for broadcasters
Radio shows, Web-based resources, community programs, life-long learning opportunities
Overview of NSF's Informal Science Education program


image of low-temperature experiment Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold
This two-part PBS television special is based largely on Tom Shachtman's book of the same name. The series demonstrates the impact of our mastery of extreme cold on our lives, culture, and future discovery and innovation.
Maya World Cracking the Maya Code
Learn about the ingenious series of breakthroughs that cracked the code of the intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script left behind by the ancient Maya civilization.
Cyberchase - screenshot of Cyberchase website Cyberchase
"Cyberchase"--the Emmy-Award winning animated series on PBS KIDS GO!--tells the story of three kids who use math and problem solving to thwart the dastardly Hacker. "Cyberchase's" extensive multimedia website features hundreds of videos, games and activities to support STEM learning.
Design Squad Nation Design Squad Nation
"Design Squad Nation" showcases engineer co-hosts Judy and Adam as they travel across the country, working side by side with teens to turn their dreams into reality through engineering.
DragonflyTV - image of DragonflyTV DragonflyTV
"DragonflyTV", produced by Twin Cities Public Television, also encourages participation by kids, families and teachers by presenting a different experiment and scientific question during each show.
EARTH: The Operators' Manual logo EARTH: The Operators' Manual
"EARTH: The Operators' Manual" is a TV program that dispenses with politics, polemics or punditry. Instead, it presents an objective, accessible assessment of the Earth's problems and possibilities that will leave viewers informed, energized and optimistic.
Einstein's Big Idea Einstein's Big Idea
NOVA pays tribute to Albert Einstein's remarkable equation, a special two-hour presentation that dramatizes the stories of the men and women whose innovative thinking across four centuries led to Einstein's bold breakthrough.
FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman
"Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman" features real kids, real challenges, real science and an unreal animated host—a dog named Ruff Ruffman.
Dr. Percy Julian Forgotten Genius
NOVA presents the remarkable life story of Percy Julian-–accomplished African-American scientist, self-made millionaire, humanitarian and civil-rights pioneer.
David Pogue, host of Making Stuff 2 Making Stuff: Faster, Wilder, Colder, and Safer
This four-part NOVA special, hosted by technology columnist and best-selling author David Pogue, examines the cutting-edge science that is powering the next wave of technological innovation, making tomorrow's stuff "faster," "wilder," "colder" and "safer."
NOVA/ Monster of the Milky Way NOVA/ "Monster of the Milky Way"
Fly into the heart of a simulated black hole that lurks in the core of our Milky Way galaxy.
NOVA scienceNOW NOVA scienceNOW
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts the latest installment of the innovative science magazine, NOVA scienceNOW.
Peep and the Big Wide World--image of TV series character Peep and the Big Wide World
An animated series that gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science to preschoolers is the newest addition to TLC's and Discovery Kids' commercial-free and sponsor-free programming block, "Ready Set Learn!"
adelies penguins Return to Penguin City
Travel to Antarctica where you will catch a glimpse inside a "penguin city" where millions of penguins converge annually. Discover how giant icebergs, disappearing sea ice and shifting weather patterns are affecting penguins, changing Antarctica and forecasting trouble for our planet.
a girl with a butterfly on her hand SciGirls
As the only PBS series built on best practices for engaging girls 9-13 in science, technology, engineering and math, SciGirls understands how today's "digital native" kids largely learn, communicate and connect online.
Secrets Beneath the Ice Secrets Beneath the Ice
In "Secrets Beneath the Ice," join NOVA on a state-of-the-art expedition as researchers drill three-quarters of a mile into the Antarctic seafloor, recovering data that reveals the details of ancient Earth's climate and fauna.
hurricane damage Still Waiting: Life After Katrina
This documentary tells the story of three women who anchor a family of 150 people displaced from St. Bernard Parish, La., after Hurricane Katrina, and the family's eventual return home—an event both hopeful and heartbreaking!
The Elegant Universe The Elegant Universe
A three-hour NOVA miniseries exploring one of the most ambitious and exciting theories ever proposed -- one that may be the long-sought "theory of everything," which eluded even Einstein.
The Fabric of the Cosmos The Fabric of the Cosmos: A Four-part Series
What is space? What is time? Is there more than one universe? "The Fabric of the Cosmos," a four-part NOVA series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, explores these questions and beyond.
Alan Alda with a model Neanderthal The Human Spark
What is the nature of human uniqueness? Where and when did the human spark ignite, and why? In "The Human Spark," a three-part series to be broadcast on PBS, Alan Alda takes these questions personally, visiting with dozens of scientists on three continents and participating directly in many experiments.
PBS NewsHour logo The PBS NewsHour STEM Coverage
The PBS NewsHour dedicates significant airtime and Web space to coverage of scientific research, technological developments and the environment. The NewsHour reports on topics ranging from space travel to butterfly migration to neuroscience to the engineering behind building a sewer system.
Time Team America logo Time Team America
"Time Team America's" prime-time public television series, interactive website and youth field schools provide stimulating opportunities for the public to learn about archaeology and explore some of the most important research taking place at sites around the U.S.
ZOOM -- image of TV show title ZOOM
The Emmy-Award winning television show "Zoom" lives on as a website, encouraging kids to engage in science and engineering activities.



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