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Rocky Mountain PBS

The Space Foundation provided the scripting and talent for video vignettes featured on two Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS) educational programs for students - Matchwits and Homework Hotline. The Matchwits segments pose video questions for student competitors and the Homework Hotline pieces explain scientific principles with space examples. Space Foundation Director - Education Bryan DeBates (pictured above) and former Space Education Specialist Bobby Gagnon wrote and starred in the segments. In addition to being broadcast during children's programming, the segments are posted on the RMPBS and the Space Foundation website. RMPBS is also now a Space Foundation Certified Educational Product.

Watch the videos:

Foundations of Science: Density
Space Foundation Director - Education Bryan DeBates uses balloons to explain density.

Foundations of Science: Newton's Third Law of Motion
Space Foundation Director - Education Bryan DeBates uses rockets to explain Newton's Third Law of Motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Foundations of Science: Microgravity
Space Foundation Director - Education Bryan DeBates explains microgravity.

Foundations of Science: GPS
Space Foundation Director - Education Bryan DeBates explains how the Global Positioning System (GPS) triangulates position.

Foundations of Science: Microgravity and the Human Body
Space Foundation Director - Education Bryan DeBates talks about how the human body reacts to microgravity.

Foundations of Science: Newton's Laws of Motion
Space Foundation Director - Education Bryan DeBates talks about inertia; the relationship between force, mass and acceleration; and actions and reactions.

About Matchwits

Matchwitsthe long-running program produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in Pueblo, Colo., is a weekly, high school statewide academic quiz program that is hosted by Craig Eliot. The on-air tournament is made up of four rounds of competition including the championship game. The game is made up of three rounds including toss-up questions allowing individual players to answer for their school and Speed Round questions where each school works as a team to answer as many questions as possible in a short period of time. As the rounds progress, the difficulty of the questions asked increases. Questions in the On-Air Tournament include, but are not limited to, English, history, geography, science, current events and math.

About Homework Hotline

Homework Hotline is a call-in program on KTSC Channel 8 in Pueblo, Colo., which airs live each weekday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. during the school year, September through May. Homework Hotline is designed to help students with their math and science homework. In addition to tackling homework problems, each day Homework Hotline introduces a "Secret Word" for young viewers to guess, based on a clue given on the air. There's also a "Brain Teaser" game which offers a clue a day until the answer is revealed on Fridays. Participants who win in these daily and weekly competitions earn special prizes. The program is produced by Rocky Mountain PBS, with KTSC staff members leading a team of local college or high school students who are studying television production.

About Rocky Mountain PBS

Rocky Mountain PBS is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member non-commercial educational public television station in Colorado. Headquartered in downtown Denver, the station reaches one million viewers in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico each week with provocative and inspiring local, national and international programming. Founded in 1956 as Colorado's first public television station, Rocky Mountain PBS is now Colorado's only statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU).

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