Science TV series evolves from kids magazine

Sunday, January 20, 2002

OXFORD, Ohio -- "DragonflyTV," a science series for children debuting on PBS this weekend, is going to look a lot like an MTV video to some adults.

"This stuff moves fast, and it has incessant music," said executive producer Richard Hudson.

"DragonflyTV" comes from Twin Cities Public Television, producer of the long-running "Newton's Apple," and is based on a children's magazine developed at Miami (of Ohio) University. The show is aimed at 9- to 12-year olds and has youngsters as hosts.

The show elicits science questions from kids, and producers then film kids carrying out experiments that often are based on vigorous activities such as martial arts, kayaking and rock climbing.

Dragonfly magazine is the model. Now distributed to 200,000 homes as an insert in Scientific American's Explorations magazine, Dragonfly originated as "a magazine for young investigators" and featured environmental stories written by children.

The magazine's creators serve as advisers.

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