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Sid the Science Kid
First aired September 1, 2008
Last aired
Network PBS
Seasons 2
Episodes 69
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Sid the Science Kid is an original preschool television produced by The Jim Henson Company. The show features real-time computer-generated puppets, brought to life with the Henson Digital Performance Studio. Production began in the fall of 2008 with 42 half-hour episodes of Sid the Science Kid having initally been ordered; a special vacination episode was produced in the fall of 2009; and a second season, comprising of 13 additional episodes, begin airing in fall 2010. The series debuted on PBS Kids on September 1, 2008[1], with a two-year on-air commitment.[2]

The main character in the show is Sid, an "inquisitive youngster" who uses comedy to tackle questions kids have about basic scientific principals and why things work the way they do. He tries to answer questions and solve problems with the help of his classmates (May, Gerald, and Gabriela), his teacher (Susie), his parents (Mort and Alice), his paternal grandmother and even his baby brother (Zeke).

In March 2013, Sid debuted in his first full length movie.

Content and Structure

Good Laughternoon

The conceptual content of Sid the Science Kid is based in national science learning standards, cognitive learning theory, and on the preschool science curriculum, Preschool Pathways to Science.[3]

Each week's episodes are built around a single scientific theme or concept. The first week (episodes 1 - 5) focus on scientific tools and concepts (such as charts, observation, estimation, and measuring). The second week (episodes 6 - 10) focuses on changes and transformation (including decay, growth, freezing and melting, and the effects of heat). The third week (episodes 11 - 15) focuses on the senses (including touch, smell, sight, and hearing). The Friday shows are designed to review, reinforce and summarize the central concept of the week.

One recurring segment, "Good Laughternoon", features the kids opening panels in a brightly-colored playground structure and telling jokes. The format and set borrow heavily from the closing "joke wall" of Rolan and Martin's Laugh-In, but for a pre-school audience. Other recurring segment include The Sid Survey, Rug Time, The Super Fab Lab, Susie sings, and Sid's "super-duper-ooper-schmoper" big idea.

Episodes and Cycles

See Sid the Science Kid episodes

Tools and Measurement

Transformation and Change


Senses


Health


Simple Machines


Backyard Science


Human Body

Weather


Force and Motion


Light and Shadows


Environmental Systems


  • Where Did the Water Go?
  • Clean Air!
  • Redused Robot!
  • Save the Stump!

Technology


  • The Computer Amazing Science Tool
  • The Big Cheese
  • Sid Wings It
  • Sid Engineers a Solution




Living things

Sid's Pet Project

Sleep Who Needs it

Seed the Science kid

The reason sid's sneezin

Specials


  • Getting A Shot: You Can Do It!
  • No School Sing-Along Special
  • Sid's Backyard Campout
  • Halloween Spooky Science Special
  • I Want to be a Scienist
  • Get Up and Move
  • Rock n Roll Easter

History and Development

What's the Big Idea

Early show title with then-star "Josh"

Sid the Science Kid was developed by Halle Stanford and Jim Lewis. The initial concept was to create a show to teach science concepts to pre-school kids. The series went into production in the fall of 2007.

Jim Lewis discussed his role in the creation of Sid the Science Kid in a 2008 interview, stating:

I was the first guy in. I worked with an executive at Henson, someone I've worked with for years, Halle Stanford. They had an idea there for a science program – basically a pre-science, I forget what the exact term was, but it was to teach science concepts to pre-school kids... My involvement in that was I helped developed the show. I basically got it up to the point where it was sold to KCET, which is the public television station in Los Angeles... When they actually wanted to go into production, I realized I'm too old for this, I don't want to be a show runner – it's a lot of work. So I found someone that Halle and I had both worked with, Bradley Zweig, an enormously talented writer whose worked on a variety of things, I'm sure you can look up on imdb. He's very funny and has just the right sensibility and he's a lot younger than me, and more willing to work brutal hours for the 18-months it takes to do that kind of thing. And he ran the show and executive produced it with Brian and Lisa and Halle. And I wrote a few scripts, you know, and I feel part of it's my baby – but they deserve all the credit.

Jim Lewis[4]

The original working title for the series was "What's the Big Idea?" and the central character, Sid, was originally named Josh.[5]

Sid's personality was originally based on executive producer Halle Stanford's son Max.[6]

The initial conceptual designs for the characters were completed by Elanna Allen, while Creative Supervisor Peter Brooke ensured that the original concepts and designs were maintained when translating into the 3D world of the Henson Digital Performance Studio. Brooke sculpted detailed maquettes of the characters to help translate the designs into 3D.


Awards and Honors

In 2009, Sid the Science Kid was awarded the Parents' Choice Award and was called "Recommended Television for the spring of 2009" by the organization.

In May 2009 the nominees for the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced. Sid the Science Kid is nominated in two categories - "Outstanding Children's Animated Program" and "Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design". The winners were announced at a ceremony on August 30, 2009.

The series was nominated by the Television Critics Association for a TCA Award in "Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming."


Credits

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Cast

Crew

See Also


References

  1. The Jim Henson Company and KCET in Production on Sid the Science Kid for PBS Kids
  2. Brandolution named licensing agent for US. and Canada for The Jim Henson Company's newest preschool series "Sid the Science Kid".
  3. Sid the Science Kid - Educational Philosophy
  4. The MuppetCast with Steve Swanson Show #83: November 9, 2008 - Interview with Jim Lewis (1:10:18)
  5. Henson Prepares to Ask "What's the Big Idea?"
  6. TV Guide Channel: Sid the Science Kid

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