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Discovery; Why Do Things Differ

Approximate date: 1957-1958

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Why Do Things Differ
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"Discovery," produced by WGBH-TV, aims to make learning about the world in which we live an adventure for young people -- an adventure that opens the doors to ? of scientific knowledge. Living animals and plants become illustrations for what the producers of "Discovery " call "how learnings" -- ? thing causes something else, how change in one situation is related to ? animals are adapted to live in their specific environments, and how plants and man are related to one another. Aiming not only to stimulate intelligent curiosity about the world around us, but hoping also to encourage creative ? on the part of young viewers, emphasis is placed on what the child can do. Guests on the programs include scientific experts as well as boys and girls with science hobbies. The presentations are atraightforward and the demonstrations are interesting and unusual enough to command the attention of upper elementary school students, junior high and even high school biology classes. The producer, writer and narrator of the "Discovery" series is a young woman from North Carolina: Mary Lela Grimes. All of her life she has had nature hobbies such as collecting butterflies, keeping wild pets, naming plants, studying and watching birds. After her graduation as a Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina, she became director of the Durham Children's Museum and wrote a daily column on nature for the Durham Herald Sun. When she and her husband moved to Boston, she joined the staff of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, working on the elementary science teaching program. She also did newspaper, radio and TV for the society and helped organize and direct the Society's Wildwood Nature Camp (?) at Camp Barre, North Carolina. In 1954, Mrs. Grimes was awarded a fellowship to study communications by the National Wildlife Federation. She spent a year at Boston University (where she received her M.S.) and then began working ? in planning science programs for children. It was here that the idea of "Discovery" was born.

Series release date: 1956

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Series Description: "Discovery," produced by WGBH-TV, aims to make learning about the world in which we live an adventure for young people. Directed by Robert Larsen.

Program description: Following on the story of the Beagle's voyage this program will dramatize the questions raised in Darwin's mind after he came back to England with a vast collection of many different species and the mass of information on the geology, flora, and fauna of South America and the places where the Beagle's journey allowed him to explore.

His questions were the basic ones which still excite us and which have answers that for a long time to come will be elaborated and improved upon. Why do the same species of animals differ when they are found in different locations? Why and how do different species arise? Do new forms appear suddenly?

By graphic illustration, slides, and live animals some of the simple concepts of the origin of the species will be brought out.

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Grimes, Mary Lela (Series Producer)
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