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Investigate (#301)

A half-hour of the hottest investigations kicks off the season. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: DRAGONFLYTV provides a different approach in science television for kids, it features ordinary children and their own science explorations -- "Real Kids Doing Real Science" -- presented in the style of hip, music videos, with lots of hands-on activities kids can do at home.

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  • Investigate! (#101)

    Simi, Jenny & Danny make a splash as they kayak a raging river, investigating the river's formation. [26 minutes]

  • Wheels (#102)

    Two motocross racers explore what impact their body positions have on their motorcycles' landings. [26 minutes]

  • Animal Behavior (#103)

    Josue and Michelle investigate the grooming habits of some pretty particular sea otters. [26 minutes]

  • Water (#104)

    Hang ten with 12-year old surfer Carsten as he explores how different beach terrain affects waves. [26 minutes]

  • Rocks (#105)

    Climbers Gordon and Jesse explore the properties of different types of rock on an Aspen cliff. [26 minutes]

  • Flight (#106)

    Alex investigates how different wing designs affect his ability to fly his model airplane. [26 minutes]

  • Weather (#107)

    Get blown away by a homemade tornado mode that lets the gang explore the formation of a twister. [26 minutes]

  • Technology (#108)

    A team of GEMS, Girls in Engineering, Math and Science, design, build and test a robot. [26 minutes]

  • Plants (#109)

    Track a swarm of weevils charged with saving the Everglades from invasive melaleuca trees. [26 minutes]

  • Air (#110)

    Life is full of ups and downs for Masha and Patsy as they check out how the temperature inside a hot-air balloon makes them soar or sink. And here's an uplifting experience: DragonflyTV discovers how to use air to right a tipped 18-wheel truck! [26 minutes]

  • Human Behavior (#111)

    It's all in the eye of the beholder: Maddy and Martina investigate how unreliable human perception can be when they explore software that creates portraits based on people's descriptions of others' physical characteristics. Zohabiya and Christopher hold onto their hats for their stomach-churning investigations of people's reactions to roller coasters. [26 minutes]

  • Space (#112)

    Sarah, Shakivia and Erica go nuts: sending coconut snacks into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle is only part of their investigation into how the noble coconut would fare as a space food and tool. Pine trees on Pluto? Geraniums on Jupiter? Not quite, but Dr. Elizabeth Stryjewski of the Kennedy Space Center tells all about plants in space. And take the ultimate trip: DragonflyTV challenges viewers to travel to a star! [26 minutes]

  • Human Body (#113)

    Kha and Peta, 12-year old martial arts athletes, get their kicks as they determine how different tae kwon do movements challenge their bodies' skeletal and muscular systems. Danny Smith and Scott Holmes, medical device designers at Medical Plastics Laboratory in Gatesville, Texas, turn disabilities into possibilities. And DragonflyTV's exploration of circular breathing will leave you panting for more. [26 minutes]

  • Investigate! (#201)

    Figure skaters try to avoiding dizziness when performing. Zoo animals' growth patterns are tracked. [28 minutes]

  • Structures (#202)

    Kids explore the mysteries of insulation by building an igloo-like shelter called a quinzhee. [28 minutes]

  • Sports Science (#203)

    Kids invent a soccer ball kicking machine to see how muscle power & leg speed affect their kicks. [28 minutes]

  • Spinning (#204)

    Freeride skier hit Colorado's most extreme halfpipes, using science to maximize their 360 spins. [28 minutes]

  • Propulsion (#205)

    Test a model rocket, use an onboard computer for kart racing and meet the creator of "Robotuna." [28 minutes]

  • Human Body (#206)

    Figure skating stars search for a new spin on avoiding dizziness while performing. [28 minutes]

  • Sound (#207)

    New York City kids use a decibel meter to monitor the sounds in their favorite urban hang-outs. [28 minutes]

  • Technology (#208)

    Pit GPS technology against a compass and map in a high-tech orienteering contest in the mountains. [28 minutes]

  • Ecosystems (#209)

    Scientists explore how plants survive the harsh conditions on the Guadalupe-Nipomo Sand Dunes. [28 minutes]

  • Underwater (#210)

    Dive deep with Florida scientists using a deep-sea remotely operated vehicle to explore coral reefs. [28 minutes]

  • Mammals (#211)

    The growth patterns of newborn animals at the Minnesota Zoo are tracked. Meet a primate specialist. [28 minutes]

  • Earth Explorations (#212)

    Investigate slick rock mountain biking in Moab, Utah and sinkholes in southern Minnesota. [28 minutes]

  • Creepy Crawlies (#213)

    Meet Kevin, a young scientist, who digs worms. Minnesota kids get up close and personal with snakes [28 minutes]

  • Sports Science (#302)

    Employ slapshot science to reach the goal of finding the most powerful hockey stick. [28 minutes]

  • Wind (#303)

    The kids create a sleek two-stringer for fierce kite competition & a wind tunnel to test race cars. [28 minutes]

  • Forensics (#304)

    Carolyn and Kaila solve a birthday mystery. Meet a criminalist who does scientific sleuthing. [28 minutes]

  • Engineering (#305)

    The kids get a rise out of engineering a hovercraft and get mooving designing a milk- carton boat. [28 minutes]

  • Planet Earth (#306)

    Rafters explore the ecology, geology and thrills of the infamous rapids known as Satan's Cesspool. [28 minutes]

  • Animal Behavior (#307)

    Horse around while investigating equine communication. Are sharks and rays really kissing cousins? [28 minutes]

  • Speed (#308)

    Speedskaters explore moves to melt the competition. Rev up to design the speediest NASCAR racer. [28 minutes]

  • Health (#309)

    Learn how cats and hounds help kids heal. "Glo Germ" technology tracks the common cold's source. [28 minutes]

  • Habitats (#310)

    Things get rocky while exploring California caves. Get a jump on investigating malformed frogs. [28 minutes]

  • Games (#311)

    Lara pulls her own weight when investigating how her tug o'war team can trounce the big kids. [28 minutes]

  • Space/Astronomy (#312)

    The kids use microgravity demonstrators to show what puts the spring in an astronaut's step. [28 minutes]

  • Dogs (#313)

    The gang decides which sled dog should lead the pack and compare their pooch pal's colorblindness. [28 minutes]

  • Energy (#401)

    The kids study sword science with a fencing investigation and study tae kwon do movements. [28 minutes]

  • Engineering (#402)

    Kid engineers tune up their ice bike for a race. A young inventor and his robot face a rumble. [28 minutes]

  • Animal Behavior (#403)

    The kids explore which rabbits are the best athletes and dive into a sea lion investigation. [28 minutes]

  • Friction (#404)

    Investigate the icy sport of curling and get a rise out of engineering a real hovercraft. [28 minutes]

  • Sound (#405)

    Brittney and Maggie explore communication using the bumpin' backdrop of a volleyball game. [28 minutes]

  • Canines (#406)

    Explore pack behavior to determine the "top dog." Which sled dog should lead the pack to victory? [28 minutes]

  • Science at Play (#407)

    The kids use clowns, juggling and science to demonstrate how unreliable human perception can be. [28 minutes]

  • Earth Systems (#408)

    Join some young desert scientists as they discover how plants survive in harsh conditions. [28 minutes]

  • At The Zoo (#409)

    The kids invent enrichment equipment for zoo animal and explore animal communication. [28 minutes]

  • Chemistry (#410)

    Chemists explore the science of make-up. The kids turn into forensic scientists to solve a mystery. [28 minutes]

  • Human Body (#411)

    Divers make a scientific splash. The kids grab their boots, poles and swimsuits for ski jumping. [28 minutes]

  • Mammals (#412)

    Travel to Africa to check out cheetah science. Track the growth patterns of newborn zoo animals. [28 minutes]

  • Simple Machines (#413)

    Jonathan and Angus from Michigan work with their local science center o learn about trebuchets. [28 minutes]

  • Pittsburgh (#501)

    The gang investigates why bogs help keep organic material from decaying and view preserved humans. [28 minutes]

  • Dallas & Fort Worth (#502)

    Brandy and Ashley dig for microfossils with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. [28 minutes]

  • Los Angeles (#503)

    Milan & Harison compare bottom feeders at Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific to those in the wild. [28 minutes]

  • Minneapolis & Saint Paul (#504)

    Inspired by the movie Stomp, the kids create musical instruments at the Science Museum of Minnesota. [28 minutes]

  • New York (#505)

    Explore the New York Hall of Science, the Bronx Zoo's Congo Gorilla Forest and Central Park. [28 minutes]

  • Phoenix & Tucson (#506)

    The kids learn about construction at the Arizona Science Center's "Many Hands Make a Home" exhibit. [28 minutes]

  • San Francisco (#507)

    Claire and Nisha walk the San Andreas and Hayward fault lines to learn what causes earthquakes. [28 minutes]

  • Alaska (#601)

    Learn about changes in glaciers over time at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. [28 minutes]

  • New Mexico (#602)

    Alex and Andrew learn how hot air balloons fly & visit Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta. [28 minutes]

  • North Carolina (#603)

    Tromp through diverse wetlands after a visit to the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science. [28 minutes]

  • Montana and Yellowstone (#604)

    Dig up a dino bone at Egg Mountain, visit the Museum of the Rockies & explore Yellowstone geysers. [28 minutes]

  • New England (#605)

    The gang prepares a kinetic sculpture at the MIT Museum and visit the Montshire Museum of Science. [28 minutes]

  • The Deep South (#606)

    The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science's swamp exhibit inspires the gang to study alligators. [28 minutes]

  • Hawaii (#607)

    Investigate the formation of the youngest islands and lava flow at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. [28 minutes]

  • What's Nano?/Where's Nano? (#701)

    The kids visit the Museum of Science in Boston and find nanoscale objects at Harvard University. [28 minutes]

  • Hockey Sticks/Butterfly Wings (#702)

    The kids explore butterfly wings at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham and Duke University. [28 minutes]

  • Surface Area/Stained Glass (#703)

    The importance of surface to area to volume ratio is explored at the Science Museum of Minnesota. [28 minutes]

  • Gecko Feet/Nasturtium Leaves (#704)

    The climbing ability of different lizards is compared at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. [28 minutes]

  • Self Assembly/Bone Regrowth (#705)

    The kids visit the Children's Museum of Houston and make and pop microcapsules at Rice University. [28 minutes]

  • Water Clean-Up/Nanosilver (#706)

    The kids collect soil samples from a contaminated site and test them at Penn State University. [28 minutes]

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