Nova Labs

I’ve had the pleasure recently of playing around with a new PBS Nova initiative called Nova Labs. Using online tools anyone can do actual science that will advance human knowledge. The first lab uses a helioviewer to study the sun. Check it out!

Catching up with AmEx

Looking at my blog, I noticed there were a few things I did last year or earlier this year that I did not mention or link to. Two of them are websites for American Experience films: Oswald’s Ghost and Whitman. Oswald’s Ghost is about the impact of the Kennedy assassination on the nation’s psyche, the…

Technology Teacher

I wrote an article for the Technology Teacher which should be out about now, although they don’t have online access. The article was about Design Squad, an excellent PBS show aimed at the 9 yrs old and above crowd and is reality show where teams compete by building things. Yes, it teaches engineering and science…

The Boy in the Bubble

Embarassingly, I forgot to post before the actual show, but PBS affiliates may be repeating the latest American Experience program this week. The show is on The Boy in the Bubble and I wrote the content for the accompanying website. I will write more later, but suffice it to say for the moment that I…

Race to the Moon

The latest web site I wrote for American Experience is for the film “Race to the Moon” about the Apollo 8 mission that was the first to send me out of earth’s orbit and around the moon. The film premieres on Halloween, Monday October 31, 2005 and is really good. Here’s a photo taken by…

Viva Las Vegas

“Las Vegas: An Unconventional History” is an American Experience 2-part film premiering on PBS November 14 and 15, 2005. Here’s the site. It’s a fun story about a place that seems like a shallow joke. But the beauty of the film is that while there is plenty of goofy kitsch–Rat Pack, 1970s tourism commercials–these segments…