Television: Teaching the Scientific ABCs

3-2-1 Contact lifts off on public TV

How do you pet a bee ?

Very carefully.

That sort of whimsical patter is a specialty of the Children's Television Workshop, producers of prizewinning Sesame Street, which uses the pizazz of commercial TV to teach preschoolers their ABCs. In a new educational TV series that begins this week on most of the 282 U.S. public television stations, CTW now applies its zingy production style to a more complex and elusive subject: science. The series of 30-min. shows, with the space-age title 3-2-1 Contact, provides glimpses of...

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