New ‘Science Trek’ Digital Shorts Explore the Heart, Lungs and Blood

Idaho Public Television’s original series Science Trek visits with pediatric cardiologist Dr. Melissa Agoudemos — and tours the famed two-story heart at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia — in a series of digital shorts released in February about the heart, lungs and circulatory system.

Each month, Science Trek explores a subject with short videos available on the Science Trek website, on a Facebook page for parents and teachers, on YouTube, and on PBS LearningMedia, a free media site for preK-12 educators.

The following digital shorts are available on these platforms in February:

HeartThe Heart: Heart Basics – The heart is a muscle about the size of your fist; it’s small but packs a punch. Your heart beats more than 30 million times a year and is vital to keeping you alive and healthy. Find out more about the heart at the famous two-story heart at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

The Heart: Blood Basics – The heart’s job is to pump blood, and there’s more to blood than you may think. Blood does more than just carry oxygen to your cells. The body’s circulatory system keeps you warm, carries away waste and helps you stay healthy.

The Heart: Heart Q&A – Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Melissa Agoudemos answers students’ questions about the heart.

The Heart: Blood Q&A – Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Melissa Agoudemos answers students’ questions about blood.

The Heart: Lungs Q&A – Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Melissa Agoudemos answers students’ questions about lungs.

The Heart: Heart Disease Q&A – Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Melissa Agoudemos answers students’ questions about heart disease.

The Heart: 360-degree Immersive – Join host Joan Cartan-Hansen on a 360-degree immersive tour the famous two-story heart at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

 

About Science Trek

Science Trek continues its 19th season with a new digital content focus. Instead of producing new 30-minute broadcast shows, Joan Cartan-Hansen and the Science Trek team will deliver more online-first content.

“Each month, we explore a scientific subject with digital shorts available on the Science Trek website, on a new Facebook page for parents and teachers, on YouTube, and on PBS Learning Media, a free, online media-on-demand service developed for preK-12 educators,” says Cartan-Hansen. The Science Trek team is even experimenting with 360-degree immersive video production.

Cartan-Hansen says in addition to the video, each month’s topic will have facts, links, reading lists, lesson plans, games and other educational support material all available on the website. The Science Trek website has more than 90 different scientific topics with video and supporting educational material all correlated to Idaho’s science standards and the Common Core science standards.

Production of Science Trek is made possible by support from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Idaho National Laboratory and the Walmart Foundation.

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