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Monday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. – Sid the Science Kid Earth Day Specials

(Rochester, NY)WXXI celebrates Earth Day with four new episodes of Sid the Science Kid the week of April 18-22 at 1:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011). The new episodes each explore a different science theme related to the environment. Sid, the show's energetic and inquisitive preschool star, begins each episode with a new question and spends a fun-filled day finding answers with help from his friends and family.  Sid and his pals leave the classroom for a field trip to their local science center to investigate and explore.

Where Did The Water Go? airs Monday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. What happens to water that goes down the drain? While brushing his teeth, Sid wonders what happens to all the dirty water when it goes down the drain.  At The Science Center, Sid and his friends explore how water travels in and out of our homes through pipes.  And here's something Sid and his friends never realized: there's lots of water in the world, but you can't drink it all!  We can only use fresh water, and there aren't a lot of fresh water sources in the world.  That's why it's important not to waste water!

Clean Air! airs Tuesday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. and repeats on Earth Day, Friday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. Why does Sid's Dad wear a mask when he paints? Sid the roving reporter is investigating something strange in his backyard--his Dad is wearing a mask while painting. Sid discovers that his Dad is protecting his face so he doesn't breathe in the dirty fumes.  At school, Sid and his friends discover that people and animals on Earth need to breathe clean air, and when we pollute the air around us, it affects the air that everyone breathes.  The kids also discover that trees have a really important role in keeping our air clean!

Reused Robot airs Wednesday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m. Where does trash go when we throw it away? Sid's toy robot is broken, so he wants to throw it "away." Sid's Mom tells him there is no such thing as "away," and when we put something in the trash, we are actually creating waste.  Sid and his friends explore the idea that everything we throw away goes somewhere.  This leads to an investigation of how to recycle and reuse items so that we make less trash.

Save The Stump airs Thursday, April 21at 1:30 p.m. Can an old stump be a home for tiny creatures? Sid is super excited because his Dad is clearing out space in the yard for a basketball court!  While Sid and Dad are surveying the land, Sid notices a big stump teeming with little creatures!  During a special field trip to The Science Center, Sid and his friends discover that there are animal habitats all around us, even in old stumps, and if one habitat is destroyed, all of the other habitats and animals are affected.

Pictured: Sid and his friends
Credit: PBS Kids


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