Spot on Science

Ages: 8 - 12

As the smart and able host of Spot on Science, Margaret Cavalier makes talking about science as comfortable as chatting around the kitchen table.

From lunar and solar eclipses, to the safety of medications, to the gag-inducing amount of sugar in a bottle of soda (or pop as she calls it) Spot on Science is as enjoyable as it is informative. Cavalier’s enthusiasm is appealing and authentic; her curiosity is genuine and her ability to convey concepts is instinctive. Consider her opening comment about the planet Uranus: “It smells like rotten eggs; Nasty.” Or this about NASA’s announcement of exoplanets: “It’s fun to imagine just how different the planets out there are. Maybe one has a sky that’s orange and all the plants are pink … but before I get a head of myself, just what is an exoplanet?” About the bitter cold Cavalier invites viewers to consider: “For instance, you might think of blowing bubbles as a summertime activity, but in the very cold, bubbles don’t pop: they freeze! Breaking them apart is a bit like tearing some very thin paper. But there’s more to these ice bubbles than meets the eye.”

Her delivery and facial expressions serve as expertly executed punctuation points; Not dramatic, simply suitably “grammatically” correct. Cavalier introduces a topic, explains how we know what we know, and provides practical and relatable analogies, often with a dose of humor. Margaret Cavalier’s Spot on Science, is absolutely spot on.

Claire Green ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Claire is president of Parents’ Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children’s interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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