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"How do I get on TV?" and Other Questions and Answers About Science Trek

When are the TV shows?
The live TV Science Trek shows air the third Tuesday of each month during the school year at 2:00/1:00 p.m. MT/PT. You can watch the TV shows on Idaho Public Television or watch them here on the Science Trek website.

How do I get on TV?
First, you have to send in a question! This year we're taking two kinds of questions - written and video. So send us a written question via email or learn all the ins and outs of how to submit a video question.

There is no guarantee your question will get answered on air, but questions that are well thought out and submitted early are more likely to make it on the show.

Here are the deadlines for submission for the 2013-2014 season:
Mars (already past)
Salmon (September 15)
Trees (October 1)
Muscles (November 1)
Simple Machines (December 1)
Weather (January 1)
Birds of Prey (February 1)
The Earth (March 1)
Garbage (April 1)

How do I win stuff for my classroom?
Anyone between the ages of 4 and 13 who submits a question for a show is entered into the drawing. There are some restrictions. Check out the rules on our contest page.

I sent in a question asking for a response and didn't hear anything. What happened?
Sorry, we can't answer individual questions. We can only take in questions for our experts to answer on the air. If you have a specific question you need answered, check out the facts and top ten questions links on each main topic page.

How do you pick topics for the shows?
The show's producer, Joan Cartan-Hansen, meets with educators and science experts to develop each season's topics. We also love to hear from students and teachers about show topics. Do you have a suggestion? Send it in.

Who pays for Science Trek?
The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation is our program's sponsor. We really appreciate their support!

Can I still see the old D4K videos?
Almost all D4K videos can be seen on each topic's main page. There are a few older shows we did not re-encode for the new player because there are more recent shows or for a similar reason, but you can still see them if you would like. Look for the "Archived Shows" link on the specific topic page. The clip will play in its original version. That means you may not be able to see it on a tablet, smartphone and some computers. If you have a question, send us an email.

Who makes Science Trek?
It takes a lot of great people to bring Science Trek to TV and to the web.

Here is the list of people who work on Science Trek:
Joan Cartan-Hansen, Producer/Host
Al Hagenlock, Director/Editor
Jay Krajic, Videographer
Hank Nystrom, Videographer
Cassandra Groll, On-air Digital Graphic Designer
Kris Freeland, Web Producer
Peggy Hurd, Web Content Writer
John Britschgi, Web Coder
Stephanie Dickey, Web Designer
Rick Penticoff, Web Developer
Toni Rome, Site Redesign and Coding
Lisa Sommer, Print Graphic Designer
Jim Hadley, Print Graphic Designer
Anne Peterson, Promotion
Bob Evancho, Promotion
Craig Koster, Chief Engineer
Michael Studor, Boise Engineer
Andy Miles, Boise Engineer
Ken Segota, Moscow Engineer
Dave Turnmire, Pocatello Engineer
Dan Ward, Digital Systems Broadcast Operator
Bruce Reichert, Executive Producer
Jeff Tucker, Director of Content
Ron Pisaneschi, General Manager

Science Trek (D4K) Awards

2013
Emmy Nomination, "Animal Migration," Health/Science Segment
First Place, Website, Special Purpose, Idaho Press Club
Second Place, "D4K Composite," Best TV Graphics, Idaho Press Club
Second Place, "Galaxies," Best Online Only Program-General, Idaho Press Club
Third Place, "Joan's Blog," Best Blog, Idaho Press Club
Third Place, "Galaxies," Public Affairs Program-Studio, Idaho Press Club
Silver Remi, "Galaxies," Educational/Instructional-Children, Worldfest International Film Festival

2012
Gold, Education, Worldfest: The Houston International Film and Video Festival
Finalist, Educational/Instructional, New York Film Festival
Second Place, "D4K Snakes," Public Affairs Program-Studio, The Idaho Press Club Awards
Third Place, Television Writing, The Idaho Press Club Awards
Second Place, Website-Special-Purpose-Broadcast, The Idaho Press Club Awards
Second Place, Specialized Web Site, Society of Professional Journalists, Region 10

2011
Golden Eagle, Children's Programming, Council on International Non-theatrical Events (CINE)
First Place, Teacher Resources, National Educational Telecommunications Assoc. (NETA)
Special Jury Prize, Educational/Children, Worldfest Houston International Film & Video Festival
Emmy Nomination, Joan Cartan-Hansen, Writer/Program, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northwest Chapter
First Place, Web Only: "Exoplanets," Website, Special Purpose, Idaho Press Club
Second Place, "Joan's Science Blog," Best Use of Social Media, Idaho Press Club
Third Place, Joan Cartan-Hansen, Television Writing, Idaho Press Club
Third Place, "D4K," Public Affairs Program, Idaho Press Club
Honorable Mention, "Food Web," International Wildlife Film Festival

2010
Emmy Winner, 10th Anniversary Special, Children, Program Special
Golden Eagle Award, 10th Anniversary Special, Children's Programming, Council on International Non-theatrical Events (CINE)
First Place, 10th Anniversary Special, Instructional Media/Content, National Educational Telecommunications Assoc. (NETA)
First Place, 10th Anniversary Special, Best Audience Promotion, Idaho State Broadcasters Association
Platinum Award, 10th Anniversary Special, Education, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Emmy Nomination, 10th Anniversary Special, Children Program/Special
Second Place, 10th Anniversary Special, Public Affairs, Idaho Press Club
Second Place, D4K Website, Special Purpose, Idaho Press Club
Second Place, Astronomy, Best Online-Only Program, Idaho Press Club
Third Place, D4K Website, Specialized Subject, Society of Professional Journalists
Bronze Award, D4K Web Only, Education Worldfest Houston International Film Festival

2009

Emmy Nomination, D4K, Children-Youth Programming, National Academy of Television Arts and Science-Northwest
Platinum, D4K Website, Interactive- Education, Worldfest
Bronze, D4K, Education, Worldfest
Bronze Telly, D4K Video Shorts, On-line Video, Telly Awards
First Place, D4K, Public Affairs- Studio Program, Idaho Press Club
First Place, D4K Website, Web Site- Specialty, Idaho Press Club
Second Place, D4K Web Extra, On-Line Only Program, Idaho Press Club

2008
Emmy, Children and Youth Programs, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)
Emmy Nomination, Advanced Media: Children and Youth, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)
First Place, Instructional Programming, National Educational Telecommunication Association (NETA)
Gold, D4K Web Extra, Interactive-Education, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Second Place, Public Affairs-Studio Program, Idaho Press Club
Third Place, D4K Website Special Purpose Broadcast, Idaho Press Club

2007
Emmy, Children/Teen Program, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Emmy, Advanced Media: Children/Teens, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Finalist, Educational/Instructional Programs, New York Film Festival
First Place, D4K Website, National Educational Telecommunication Association (NETA)
First Place, Instructional Series, National Educational Telecommunication Association (NETA)
First Place, Specialty Website, Idaho Press Club
Golden Eagle, Children and Youth Programs, CINE
Silver, Education Program, Telly Awards
Third Place, Public Affairs-Studio program, Idaho Press Club

2006
First Place, Website, National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA)
Second Place, "King Tut," Public Affairs-Studio, Idaho Press Club
Bronze Award, "Archaeology," Educational/Children Category, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Second Place, "D4K," Special Purpose-Broadcast, Idaho Press Club
Third Place, Website, Creative Use of the Medium, Society of Professional Journalists, Pacific Northwest

2005
First Place, Instructional, National Educational Telecommunications Association
First Place, Print Design for Poster, Promotion, National Educational Telecommunications Association
Bronze World Medal, "Space Careers," New York Film Festival, Educational/Instructional Elementary

2004
Regional Emmy, "A T-Rex named Sue, Single Spot, Non-News, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)
First Place, "Space Careers," Public Affairs-Studio, Idaho Press Club
Gold, "Building Sue," Educational Commercial, Worldfest, The Houston International Film and Video Festival
Winner, "Space Careers," Children's Programming, The Telly Awards
Bronze, "Dinosaurs," Educational/Instructional Elementary, The New York Festivals
Third Place, D4K Website, Special Purpose Website, Idaho Press Club
Bronze, "Space Careers," Educational/Instructional/Children, Worldfest, The Houston International Film Festival

2003
First Place, D4K Website, Instructional teacher resource, NETA Awards
Second Place, "The Brain," Public Affairs-Studio, Idaho Press Club

2000-2002
First Place, "Dinosaurs 2," Public Affairs-Studio, Idaho Press Club
Second Place, "Dinosaurs 1," Public Affairs-Studio, Idaho Press Club
Honorable Mention, "Astronauts," Honorable Mention, Education, National Park Partnership Awards, National Park Service
*given as part of award prepared by NPS officials at Craters of the Moon National Monument
BLM's 2000 Excellence in Interpretation/Environmental Education Award
* given to BLM for their work with the Dialogue for Kids project

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