STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and math -- is at the heart of "Xploration FabLab," which shows how the subjects make the world a better place. Each episode focuses on a relevant global issue, taking a look at what is being done to solve it. A celebrity with a science or technology background appears on each installment of the show to offer his or her expertise. The goal of the half-hour program is to demonstrate to young viewers how the STEM disciplines can work together to improve people's lives and make the world better.
Americans have been fascinated by the cosmos for decades and rely on NASA to explore celestial bodies seen in the night sky to get a better idea of what is out there. In this series, former NASA employee Emily Calandrelli visits some of the agency's facilities, private companies and universities to speak with people knowledgeable about the topic to help "show off the coolest aspects of the space industry," to use her words. Technology, a potential manned mission to Mars and planetary tourism are some themes.
The brother-sister duo of Charlie and Kirby Engelman hosts this series that explores the science between the planet and its wildlife. A different topic is explored in each episode by ecologist Charlie and artist Kirby. The siblings look to inspire young people to question the "how" and "why" behind the way the world works and encourage the viewers to go out and try to discover the answers to their own questions about the world. The series is produced in association with National Geographic Kids, and both hosts are National Geographic Junior Explorers.
Mo Rocca of "CBS News Sunday Morning" hosts this series that celebrates inventors, including historic pioneers and forward-looking visionaries of the present. Each week, the story behind a really great invention plays out, including the passion, price and perseverance behind the items. Featured segments include "What If It Never Happened," "The Innovation by Accident" and a focus on "junior geniuses," who are contributing to the ever-changing face of technology.
The "don't try this at home" warning seen on some TV shows doesn't apply to this series, which encourages the discovery of scientific concepts through experiments that viewers can reproduce in their own homes. Science teacher Steve Spangler hosts the show, providing step-by-step demonstrations of the DIY experiments that help explain scientific principles. Among the experiments presented is one that gained Spangler fame, in which he showed what happens when a mint candy is dropped into a bottle of diet soda. On the show, he explains the "why" and "how" behind the experiment and what cause the soda to react with the candy.
2050 is still decades away, but what might the world be like in that year? What new technology will be available? Will robots be commonplace? Will space tourism thrive? "Xploration Earth 2050" investigates some of the questions. The host speaks with entrepreneurs whose businesses focus on futuristic ideas and products in automotive technology, consumer electronics and health care. Scientists, doctors and science-fiction writers also explore the questions posed. The show also looks at older sci-fi movies to see how many proposed ideas have come to fruition.
Philippe Cousteau Jr. is no stranger to exploration. The grandson of legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, Philippe hosts and serves as executive producer of this half-hour earth science series that examines the planet. He visits diamond and gold mines to see how gems and metals are formed, travels to active volcanoes to observe what happens inside the Earth's burning core, and checks out weather stations in mountainous areas to get an idea of how weather phenomena form in the atmosphere.
Jason Silva hosts this series that explores the components of the human brain and how they shape people's everyday lives. Each episode begins with Silva presenting a mind exercise intended to leave viewers thinking while serving as jumping-off points to explore the ways the brain functions. Visual perception, memory, skill-learning and decision-making are among the topics covered on the half-hour series geared toward teenagers. Silva educates and inspires the audience through a series of experiments and activities designed to help people use their brains in a better way.