BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 4, 2021) – DIY Science Time, a new program from Alabama Public Television that encourages students and their families to follow along with experiments at home, heads to our airwaves and website this month. The program is designed for students grades 4-6, but may also be of interest to younger or older children. New episodes will premiere each Friday at 3:30 p.m. on APT beginning March 19, and will simultaneously be made available to stream online at diysciencetime.org. A repeat broadcast will air on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m..
The creation of DIY Science Time is a part of APT’s continued efforts to serve Alabama students and their families during a school year that has been disrupted by COVID-19. Alabama Public Television has been committed to providing learners of all ages with high-quality, educational programming during the pandemic through the Learn at Home initiative.
“APT has worked tirelessly over the past year to meet the needs of Alabama students, their families and educators during this unprecedented and challenging time,” said Dr. Cindy Kirk, VP of Educational Services at Alabama Public Television. “The premiere of DIY Science Time marks a new and exciting chapter in APT’s service to the people of Alabama. Our aim is to bring students and their families together to learn about science, all while having fun.”
DIY Science Time is hosted by co-creator Kevin Cornell, also known as Mister C, a science-loving, STEM-driven educator who investigates the world through experiments, demonstrations, and activities. Viewers are invited to join Mister C and his science crew to complete fun DIY science experiments, using household materials.
“DIY Science Time provides authentic learning experiences and reminds all learners that science is wherever you are!" said Mister C. “Each episode is specifically designed so that students, along with their families, can follow along and conduct experiments of their own at home by using ordinary, household objects. This does more than simply help students learn about STEM topics. The program facilitates confidence, encourages critical thinking and allows students and families to bond while learning together.”
Prior to creating DIY Science Time, Mister C spent 19 years in education as a classroom teacher, principal, curriculum specialist and district administrator. Series creators Heather Cornell and Kevin Cornell, Ed.S., are Ohio Valley NATAS Emmy Award-winning producers for Speakers & Beakers, and the creators of Full STEAM Ahead, which airs on PBS stations across the country.
Executive producer for DIY Science Time is Heather Daniels-Whitson, Director of Education Production & Digital Media, where she has developed multiple national and regional award-winning documentaries, educational broadcast programs and interactive web experiences.