Finding Stuff Out

Finding Stuff Out is a show that instills children with a fascination for the real-world application of science: physical and life science, mathematics and technology. With actual kids getting access to places the home viewer doesn't normally get to go and featuring kid participants engaged in activities the the home viewer doesn't normally get to do.

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  • "Best Of " season 3
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    November 10, 2014

    Harrison's little sister decided to ,improve, Harrison's show by mixing up all the clips - and adding sparkly dancing unicorns. Now Harrison has to put his show clips back in order. As he goes through them, he notices that his sister picked clips that show how weird and surprising science is. Maybe she arranged them well after all (except for the sparkly unicorns, of course!).

  • Skin
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    November 3, 2014

    How come humans don't have scales? Harrison investigates the stuff that holds us in: skin. With help from a special-effects make-up artist, he finds out the science behind scabs and bruises, and even learns how to make cool fish-monster scales. The Challenge: Are parts of our skin more sensitive than others? Blindfolded challengers have to identify mystery objects rubbed against their foot, leg, and hands. In the Field: Harrison goes to the beach with a skin scientist to test how sunscreen can protect UV-sensitive Frisbees from turning purple.

  • Robots
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    October 27, 2014

    Question: When will I have my own personal robot? Harrison and a cheeky humanoid robot named Nao 1337 compete to see whether humans are better than robots. Along the way, Harrison discovers robots that'll do everything from vacuum your room to play chess against grandmasters. Challenge: Kids from a champion robotics club strut their stuff as they compete to see who has the best robot. In the Field: Harrison visits a tetraplegic who can do amazing things with her robotic arms.

  • Tails
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    October 20, 2014

    Why don't humans have tails? Harrison's computer says that people do have tails. How is that possible?! To find out more about tails, Harrison invites animal experts who bring over a live kangaroo, skunk, marten, and snapping turtle. Turns out, different animals use their tails for different purposes. The Challenge: Does a rabbit's short tail make it harder to catch? To find out, challengers put on both long and short tails, and then have to run for their lives, as carnivores, try to catch them by the tail. In the Field: Harrison visits a paleontologist at the natural history museum. By comparing vertebrate skeletons, Harrison discovers that tails - including our tailbones -- are evolutionary adaptations.

  • Rocks
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    October 6, 2014

    The Big Question: ,When you squish a piece of coal, how does it turn into a diamond? Harrison wants to find out if he can really make gems from charcoal or gold from lead. A geologist guest shows him that other kinds of rocks are cool too, especially meteorites. Rocks rock! Challenge: Challengers pan for gold in a stream, just like old-time miners. But watch out for fool's gold! In the Field: Harrison rappels down into a cave to see how stalactites and stalagmites are formed.

  • Investigations
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    September 29, 2014

    Question: ,What clues do detectives need to figure out a crime?, Someone took a bite out of Harrison's cheese sandwich! Who was this nefarious nabber? To find out, Harrison brings in a detective and a forensics expert to collect fingerprints, DNA evidence, and other clues. Challenge: How reliable is eyewitness testimony? To find out, challengers watch a video of a ,crime,, and then Harrison and the detective quiz them about how much they remember. In the Field: Harrison visits the world's cutest crime fighters: police dogs! To test how they can sniff out a criminal, Harrison hides while the dogs follow their noses to find him.

  • Pets
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    September 15, 2014

    The Big Question: Why don't people have wild animals as pets? Harrison starts a pet-sitting service, but he's soon overwhelmed by how much work it is, especially when one of the pets turns out to be surprisingly wild. Fortunately, a zoo-owner friend helps him out. Challenge: Harrison's studio is full of real animals - a bird, dog, hamster, and a cat. Challengers have to match various pet foods, toys, and other pet-care items to the correct pet before time's up. In the Field: Harrison visits a professional dog-trainer to get help with a particularly unruly puppy.

  • Reptiles
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    September 8, 2014

    The Big Question: ,Do dragons exist?, Harrison goes on a quest to find the biggest, dragon-iest reptiles in the world. Challenge: How can snakes move without legs? To find out, challengers squeeze into ,snake suits,, then race to wriggle their way to the finish line. In the Field: At a reptile zoo, Harrison handles real-life crocodiles and meets a cousin of the fearsome Komodo dragon.

  • How Things Break
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    September 1, 2014

    The Big Question: How can you break things with a karate chop? Harrison is on a quest to break a karate board with his bare hand, but first he'll need some expert help - from a materials engineer and a karate master -- to understand the science behind why things break. Hiii-yaaa! Challenge: Kids compete in an egg-drop challenge, to see what kind of padding materials can protect a raw egg when it's dropped from a great height. In the Field: Harrison has a dynamite time at a rock quarry when an expert helps him blow up rocks with real explosives!

  • Poop
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    August 28, 2014

    How do flowers poop? Hold on to your nose! Harrison decides to do a show about, well, you know. He's visited by a paleontologist who brings million-year-old fossils of dinosaur poop. The Challenge: Challengers have to pick apart fake animal poop to find bones, berries, and grass, and then guess whether the animal who made the poop was an herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore. In the Field: Harrison and an animal biologist collect real animal poop in the woods, and then examine it in the lab. P-U!