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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  • 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!

  • Astronauts
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    August 4, 2014

    The Big Question: ,Can kids go into space?, Harrison wants to go to space, but first he'll have to learn how to float in zero gravity, sleep ,standing up,, and figure out how a rocket works. Fortunately, he knows some real astronauts who can help him out. Challenge: Challengers in a ,zero gravity, rig compete to see who can fix a broken satellite the fastest. In the Field: At the Canadian Space Agency, Harrison samples astronaut food and learns how to ,catch, a delivery of space groceries with the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

  • Cars
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    May 26, 2014

    The Big Question: Is a Ferrari faster than a cheetah? Harrison finds out how a car works when a teenage race car driver brings her mini Formula 1 to Harrison's house. Challenge: Challengers race remote-controlled cars along a track filled with obstacles to understand how road conditions can make driving hazardous. In the Field: Harrison goes to a race track and gets to drive a real Ferrari! Then, with an expert driving instructor at the wheel, they burn rubber to see who's faster - the Ferrari or a cheetah?

  • Water
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    March 17, 2014

    Question: ,Will water ever go extinct?, Harrison's water is shut off today because of a water main break, so he's extra interested in how water is formed, and how we can conserve it. Challenge: In some countries, kids have to carry water from a well instead of getting it from a sink. Our challengers compete to see how much of their daily water they can carry before time's up. In the Field: Harrison goes to fire-fighter training, where he puts out real fires with water.

  • Best of Finding Stuff Out
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    November 29, 2013

    As Harrison prepares for his school science fair, he realizes that science is all around us. Highlights from this past season, including questions about the sun, plants, teeth and spiders, help prove his point.

  • Sports
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    October 11, 2013

    Harrison takes an in-depth look at sports - from the precise designs of the various balls, to the specialty clothing, to the importance of practice. There's a lot of science in sports; Harrison finds out how even cheering for your favourite team is good for you!

  • Growth
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    October 4, 2013

    Every living creature that is born grows up. But HOW do they grow, and WHY do they stop growing? Harrison finds out if girls grow faster than boys and if you can make yourself grow taller. He also uncovers the real difference between humans and other creatures, and how scientists are working to make us more like salamanders.