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Kid Science is the aesthetic surrounding educational efforts to make science appealing to children through presenting the field as fun, with kooky characters, bright colors, highly stylized images, and doable experiments. Different schools, museums, television programs, and children's toys utilize the aesthetic to inspire students to pursue science in the future. Because of this, many young children go through a phase in their life where they are obsessed with a subject such as dinosaurs or train engineering. Unfortunately, many of the efforts into kid science are marketed towards boys, but the subject is gender-neutral.

It emphasizes all fields, but paleontology, zoology, entomology, and astronomy are the most popular subjects. Because the children are not advanced enough to understand the basis of multiple subjects such as DNA or mathematics, great emphasis is put on imagination, memorization, and simple experiments that could be done at home. Teachers and exhibit designers seek to show students the scientific processes directly, with tours, pets, and movies.


Visuals

  • Animal adaptations
  • Baking soda volcanoes
  • Bright block lettering
  • Butterfly and frog life cycles
  • Chemistry sets
    • Colorful liquids and density experiments are the most popular
  • Dangerous natural phenomenon such as volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Dinosaur battles
  • Educational video games such as Animal Jam
  • Fossils stylized as whole pieces
  • Food science, such as rock candy
  • Fun facts related to the size, traits, and behavior of animals
  • Geodes and other attractive minerals
  • Personifications of organisms; they would introduce themselves to the reader/watcher
  • Physics applied to "cool" subjects like rollercoasters and car racing
  • Picture books
  • Rocket ships
  • Science museums
  • Scientists in white lab coats with quirky but approachable personalities
  • Tools such as telescopes and microscopes
  • Safety goggles and lab coats.


Media

TV Shows

  • Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993)
  • Magic School Bus (1994)
  • Dexter’s Laboratory (1996)
  • Dinosaur Train (2009)
  • Wild Kratts (2011)

Albums/DVDs

  • Science Rock by Schoolhouse Rock (1978)
  • Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants (2009)

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