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Episode 110 - Taking Chances, Making Mistakes, & Getting Messy!

June 6, 2024

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Taking Chances, Making Mistakes, & Getting Messy

This week, 16:1 explores the origins of “The Magic School Bus,” the beloved children’s television series designed to engage young learners with scientific topics and other curious learning adventures.  The franchise, which started as a children’s book series written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen in 1986, emerged from Scholastic Co.’s vision of blending science with fiction. The franchise sold 93 million book copies worldwide, captivating young minds and paving the way for its evolution into a popular TV show.

From 1994 to 1997, “The Magic School Bus” brought science to life on PBS, with Ms. Frizzle, voiced by Lily Tomlin, leading her fourth-grade class on magical field trips. Each adventure, from exploring the solar system to journeying inside the human body, made complex scientific concepts accessible and fun for young learners. Today, the series continues to inspire through its presence on Netflix and has recently gotten a reboot, “The Magic School Bus Rides Again.”

We discuss the show’s pedagogical approach, its effective use of repetition to reinforce concepts, and its clever handling of creative liberties with science. We also share behind-the-scenes stories and insights into the animation and voice acting process, revealing the dedication to making the show both scientifically accurate and entertaining. Tune in to hear our personal reflections on favorite episodes and how “The Magic School Bus” has shaped our understanding of science.

Sources & Resources:

Clarence Thomas attacks Brown v. Board ruling amid 70th anniversary

22-807 Alexander v. South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP (05/23/2024)

Misrepresenting Justice Thomas on Brown | National Review

The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane

MLB Negro League stats leaderboard changes record book

Remembering ‘Magic School Bus’ Creator Joanna Cole : NPR

Ms. Frizzle creator leaves behind a legacy of learning | Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

This School Year, Unleash Your Inner Ms. Frizzle – The New York Times

Kate McKinnon Shines as the New Ms. Frizzle on Netflix’s ‘The Magic School Bus’ Reboot — Watch the Trailer

The Magic School Bus (TV series) – Wikipedia

The Magic School Bus “Behind the Scenes” (1996)

The Magic School Bus on Vimeo

The Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System : Microsoft : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming

The Magic School Bus Rides Again – Wikipedia

List of The Magic School Bus episodes – Wikipedia

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