These days it seems that there is not much on television that can provide children and students with educational value. This has led many people to condemn television altogether, saying it is harmful and just make people consume content that is just killing their brain cells. It is easy to switch on the television and find something fun and entertaining to watch, but what is even harder is to wade through the myriad of shows to find something that is also educational. That is why we have listed seven shows that can help children and students master their academic skills from science to critical thinking writing.
1. TED Talks
If you are looking for a video collection that covers a variety of topics, then TED Talks is for you. They offer a fantastic experience as you get to watch videos and conferences from a variety of scientists and scholars. The aim of the videos is to spread ideas by allowing speakers from different fields, like science, business, and entertainment, to cover topics through short talks. These videos are available in over 100 languages and only last about 18 minutes on average. Even though they are short, the speakers are able to tell the audience enough information about the topic to make them extremely knowledgeable.
2. Bill Nye, The Science Guy
This is a classic show featuring one of the most influential figures in pop science, Bill Nye. He is not your average science educator, and you can see it in the way Bill Nye presents science to his audience. This show was aimed at teaching pre-teens science, but the content can be enjoyed by anyone, even if you are a college student. In the show, Bill Nye talks about scientific concepts with wit, humor, and enthusiasm that is entertaining and profoundly educational. Bill Nye is charming and a delight to watch.
3. Frozen Planet
Nature shows are always a joy to watch since you get to learn about other life on the planet. For people who are curious, this show is a good way to satisfy curiosity. Frozen Planet is about life in Antarctic and Arctic regions, which means viewers get to learn about polar bears, penguins, seals, and many other creatures in these regions. What’s more, this show also sheds some light on the impact we as humans have had on the planet and how it is affecting the life in these regions. It is truly an eye-opener and causes one to think more about what is good for the planet and its life, making it a truly valuable show for students who are interested in the environment.
4. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
This series is hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist, and it is a follow-up to the classic 1980 show hosted by Carl Sagan, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. This show explains what science has uncovered about the mysteries of the universe, from the big bang theory to evolution, without overwhelming the audience. With each episode, Tyson captivates the audience with his enthusiasm and knowledge of science mixed with some stunning special effects and animations, as well as humor to lighten things up. Learning about how far humanity has come is not only educational but an eye-opener as well, something which can spark the imagination and encourage curiosity.
MythBusters is one of those shows that requires you to turn on your critical thinking and investigative skills. Since the first episode aired in 2003, MythBusters has been a fun way to watch the hosts of the show, Adam and Jamie, put some of the world’s common myths on the center stage and design experiments aimed at uncovering the reality behind them. This show teaches the audience to put what they think they know to the test. After all, uncovering what a myth is and what a fact is have led to the scientific progress. Many children and students can benefit from the approaches taken in the show.
6. How It’s Made
Ever looked at something and wonder how it’s made? Then, you should watch this show about, you guessed it, how it’s made. This show, which you can find on the Discovery Channel, takes you on a journey to manufacturing plants and factories, showing you how common household items are manufactured. This show takes you through the step-by-step process as the narrator explains clearly what is happening, making you an expert by the end of each episode.
7. The Doctors
If you are interested in becoming a doctor or just interested in health in general, then, you should watch The Doctors. This show interviews professionals from the health and wellness field to talk about real-life medical stories, provide answers to medical issues, and share useful tips about wellness. They even talk about the latest cutting-edge technology in the medical field. The show is hosted by Dr. Travis Stork, Dr. Andrew Ordon, and Dr. Nita Landry.
The shows listed above are both entertaining and educational for a variety of children and students to enjoy and learn something in the process. Television isn’t all about hit reality shows and soap operas. With the television shows listed above, television becomes so much more than just killing brain cells, it becomes a legitimate way to master academic skills.