Season 41 of Sesame Street continues its focus on science education as the series transitions from children “exploring” to “investigating” as they use the processes of scientific inquiry to solve problems and answer questions through observation and experimentation.

Children have a natural proclivity to learn, discover, and explore. Through science, their innate sense of awe and wonderment can be fostered. Science education, which taps into all domains of child development, supports children’s learning in language development, mathematics, scientific reasoning, problem solving and critical thinking. It provides children with the tools to develop essential cognitive, social and emotional skills, such as collaboration and persistence, while teaching them how to overcome obstacles when faced with challenges and failures. Through the lens of scientific investigation, children learn to ask questions, make observations using all their senses, document changes and form conclusions. Children can build on their working knowledge of the world as they make connections and grapple with the meaning of their new discoveries.

Connecting children to concepts such as characteristics of living things (what’s alive, plants, animals), elements and changes of matter (solids, liquids, gas), color and light, and how the body works allows them to develop a richer understanding and awareness of the world around them, while also motivating them to become scientists.