FRIENDS OF RESEARCH AND ODD GADGETS (F.R.O.G.) is an innovative half-hour science series from the producers of the award-winning OWL/TV.
F.R.O.G. lifts science off the textbook page into the real world to show how enjoyable and challenging science can be. Four kids tackle their own hands-on projects in a clubhouse filled with atmosphere and old junk- cast-off materials, tools, gizmos, and gadgets that provide the kids with plenty of inspiration. Inventiveness and discovering how things work clearly excite the "froggers."
In each episode the kids tackle a new problem. When the kids need help they call on "The F.R.O.G. Files"-computers with the latest technological facts. An amphibious mascot and hip, animated frog add to the fun.
Individual programs can be purchased separately at $49.00 or rented at $20.00 each.
The 13 individual half-hour programs are:
101: An Energy-Efficient Dog House
In an experiment in energy conservation, the Froggers build a doghouse. Special focus on insulation, efficiency, and double-paned windows.
102: Solar Energy Dog House
The Froggers try heating their doghouse with solar power. Special focus on solar collection, heat pumps, and storage batteries.
103: Underwater Worlds
The Froggers compare an aquarium and scuba diving. Special focus on how fish and humans obtain oxygen while underwater, swim bladders for buoyancy, and filtration systems.
104: City Lights
The Froggers set up a miniature toy train city. For lights, they learn how to generate electricity. Special focus on hydro, nuclear, and pedal power.
Comparing a chicken claw and human hand, the Froggers decide to build a robot model. Special focus on joints and hinges, industrial uses of robots, and robot gadgets.
106: The Great Electric Car Race
The Froggers build a miniature racing car that's powered by electromagnets. Special focus on polarity, constructing electromagnets, industrial uses of magnets, and linear motors in vehicles.
107: A Wet And Wild Frog Trap
From water fights to building a Rube Goldberg-type water trap, the Froggers learn about pumps, water wheels, and flush valves. Special focus on municipal water supply systems and waste treatment plants.
108: It's About Time
Froggers get stuck in a time machine. Special focus on the inner workings of clocks and on the variety of ways that time has been measured through history.
109: Dream Car
Froggers create a soapbox car. Special focus on wheels and bearings, aerodynamics, and the fuel efficiency of gasoline engines.
110: IC'S What You Sees
Froggers create a computer-animated movie. Special focus on how computers work, computers in the classroom, and computer animation.
111: Sound Advice
Froggers make a box that sees sound, an oscilloscope. Special focus on pipe organs, synthesizers, electronic signals, and sound vibrations.
112: SFX And The Movies
Froggers make their own scary movie with special effects. Special focus on special effects studios, lighting techniques, and makeup.
The Froggers create their own Public Service Announcement. Special focus on filming commercials, community television, and how TV cameras work.