• DragonflyTV . Podcast - Robot War | PBS KIDS GO!

    I build robots that battle against other bots. One of my first bots was TurboGnome. It faired well in its matches, but my last competitor defeated TurboGnome pretty badly. I wondered: How could I build and design a robot that had a more effective weapon? ...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Ice Bike | PBS Kids Go!

    We are Bob and Brennan, and we are into a very cool, very slick sport: ice biking! Our school holds an annual ice bike race, and goal is to design and build the winning bike. We know we want to modify one of last year's top models by adding studs to the tires. The studs will give us traction, kind...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Sand Dunes | PBS KIDS GO!

    It's an ocean of sand here at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Sand Dunes. Just like us, sand dunes come in different shapes and sizes. One of the coolest differences between sand dunes is the plants that grow on them, but we didn't understand why some dunes are full of plants and others aren't. So we decided...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Turtle Babies | PBS KIDS GO!

    We swim in the slow lane because we love turtles! We work with researchers from the Marine Life Center. They study the habits of three endangered turtles - the leatherback, green sea, and loggerhead turtle. All of these turtles lay their eggs on our beach, so we wanted to know how many loggerhead...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Circus Stunts | PBS KIDS GO!

    We're students at Circus Juventas, a circus arts school in St. Paul, Minnesota. I guess you could say that our lives really ARE a three-ring circus! One of our hardest performances is the tightrope. Sometimes we carry a balancing pole. Sometimes we use no pole at all. Our question is: How does a pole...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Sled Dogs | PBS KIDS GO!

    We live in Minnesota, and our whole family raises and races sled dogs. We race 4-dog, 6-dog, and 12-dog teams. Selecting the dogs to make up a team is a tricky process, because the dogs don't just have to run fast, they have to get along as a team. We are trying to put together a new team of four...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Cheetahs | PBS KIDS GO!

    DragonflyTV has gone global! We are Mickey and Caroline, and we are at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, located in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. We are working with Dr. Laurie Marker, who told us that the Fund protects cheetahs that were either orphaned when their mothers were killed or captured by farmers...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Diving | PBS KIDS GO!

    We are Jaq and Niki, and we always make a splash with our favorite sport: diving! Actually, just the opposite is true; we try NOT to make waves. Since competitive divers are judged on form and entry into the water, less splash is better. So let's dive into our DragonflyTV question: How should we dive...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Baby Animals | PBS KIDS GO!

    It does not matter if animals are furry or feathered, we are wild about all of them! We went to the zoo last spring and noticed a bunch of new baby animals. We knew they would not stay little for long and wondered which animal would grow the fastest: a calf, a chick or a piglet? ...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Basketball | PBS KIDS GO!

    We are into hoops big time, whether it is one-on-one, three-on-three, in the gym or on the asphalt. We were working on our jump shots, and noticed that kids younger than us shoot from their chin, but kids older than us do overhead shots. We wondered what the difference was between the two shots. Our...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Caves | PBS KIDS GO!

    We love to plan mysterious adventures in our home state of California, and what is more mysterious than a deep, dark, rocky cave? We explored the California Cavern to answer this DFTV question: how do cave formations change as we explore the deepest parts of the cavern? ...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Martial Arts | PBS KIDS GO!

    We are black belts in Tae Kwon Do. And with an upcoming competition, we wanted to figure out how to improve our kicks. So we asked: What makes a strong kick? ...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Fencing | PBS KIDS GO!

    En garde! We are Paula and Alyssa, and we love fencing. Some people think fencing's old fashioned, but it's got to have something going for it, because it's been around over three thousand years! In modern fencing, electronic sensors tell you when a hit is scored, so accuracy is key. Since we're always...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Coral Reef | PBS KIDS GO!

    We want to get to the bottom of things. Especially the ocean! We built an ROV, which stands for Remotely Operated Vehicle. We control it from above and it goes way down into the ocean. When we heard that some of the Florida Keys' coral was diseased, damaged and beginning to die, we wanted to learn...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Hovercraft | PBS KIDS GO!

    Who doesn't love to rise above it all? We're into engineering, so we built our own hovercraft. But it didn't work very well on grass. Our question: How can we optimize our design to create the best air film? ...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Extreme Sounds | PBS KIDS GO!

    We live in one of the world's noisiest cities, New York City. There's so much going on here that it's hard to hear yourself think. Our DragonflyTV question was: Are the sounds of the city as loud as we think they are? ...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Hip Hop Dancing | PBS KIDS GO!

    We've been taking dance lessons for years. We've noticed that some tunes are easier to dance to than others and we guessed that it has something to do with a song's tempo. Tempo is measured in beats-per-minute (BPM). Our DragonflyTV question was: How does the BPM of hip hop music affect the way a...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Kart Racing | PBS KIDS GO!

    We like to beat the boys on the racetrack. In fact, we call our team "Beat the Boys!" Our races are on different tracks with different conditions, so we have to adjust our karts before each race. The gears are the main thing we change. Each gear has a different number of teeth and each gear changes...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - F-Scale | PBS KIDS GO!

    We watched a news report on the destruction caused by a tornado in Siren, Wisconsin. This report made us curious about how tornado experts study tornado damage. We asked permission from Siren city officials to visit the town and examine the evidence. Our question: How do you determine the strength...

  • DragonflyTV . Podcast - Ice Skating | PBS KIDS GO!

    We're good friends and our favorite activity is figure skating. Even though we've been competing for years, our heads still get jumbled during spins. So, we wanted to figure out what makes us the most dizzy: How we hold our heads when we spin or where we look? ...