Five Favorite Educational TV Shows From My Youth

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I should have known that I would love mathematics from the TV that I watched as a kid. I was into Mr. Wizard, Beakman’s World, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Encyclopedia, and Square One TV. I want to talk about all of them today.

Mr. Wizard

I think that a lot of kids of my generation are familiar with Mr. Wizard. It was on Nickelodeon when I was a kid. I used to wake up early in the morning to catch it on TV. It is so classic that they made fun of it on Dinosaurs.

Beakman’s World

I remember watching this on Saturday mornings. It was much sillier than other shows of this type. I learned the colors of the rainbow as ROY G BIV because of this show. The assistants changed a lot. Here is a clip from the show.

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye was probably the most popular out of all the science show hosts that I knew of as a kid. There used to be science segments after the Back to the Future cartoon performed by Bill Nye. I always wondered if that was what got him his show. I don’t remember much about it but I did love it as a kid.

Encyclopedia

Similar to QI, this show showcased topics that started with the same letter. The letter changed every episode. It was mostly sketched-based. What I loved most about this show was the music. The band, Betty, was very memorable.

Square One Television

Out of all the shows mentioned, this is the only one that exclusively featured mathematics. It combined sketch, game shows, and parody to get kids interested in math.

Perhaps one of the great aspects of this show was the serial nature of one of its regular segments. It was a parody of Law & Order called Mathenet. I dug the characters and could never wait to see how these episodes ended. Overall, it was a great show for teaching the more abstract parts of mathematics to young kids.

Inspiration

I’ve been thinking a lot about my life lately. What I want to do and where I am going. I was so influenced by these shows and when I think of them they spark my creativity. I want to do something creative with mathematics.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a science writer. Where I fit in as someone who doesn’t have a journalism or scientific background. Is it okay just to do the research? Or do you need the degree? Will anyone take me seriously?

These are the questions that I ask myself. For now, I’m content to just write here on my blog about what interests me about mathematics. I would like to make this my career though.

Did you watch any of these shows as a kid? I would like to hear from people if they watched educational shows as children. If it also influenced you in any way. Did you go into science because of something you watched?

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