New ‘Science Trek’ Digital Shorts Explain Chemical Compounds

Idaho Public Television’s original series Science Trek visits with chemist Dr. Christopher Saunders in a series of digital shorts released in March about chemical compounds, mixtures, formulas, and famous chemists.

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.

CompoundsThe following digital shorts are available on these platforms in March:

Compounds: Compounds Basics – The study of elements and compounds is an important part of the science of chemistry. A compound is substance made up of different elements joined together by a chemical bond. Find out more about compounds.

Compounds: Chemistry Basics – Chemistry is the branch of science that deals with matter, the elements that make up everything in the universe and how they interact. Learn more about chemistry.

Compounds: Compounds vs. Mixtures – What is the difference between a compound and a mixture? Understand the differences and why mixtures are important.

Compounds: Compound Formulas – Chemical formulas are the language of chemistry. Learn how chemist read and write the ingredients of a compound.

Compounds: Famous Chemists – The history of chemistry goes back to the beginnings of human activity.  Find out more about some of history’s most famous chemists.

Compounds: Can a Change be Reversed? – A compound is a substance made up of two or more elements.  Sometimes chemists like to separate out the parts of a compound. When is trying to change a compound possible? And when is it not?


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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