The Beginning with Rex Trailer

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In honor of the March 12, 1999 anniversary of the idea for Catch the Science Bug, we would like to share with you an interview between Rex Trailer, former host of Boomtown, and Kim Bent that was recorded on the very first day that Catch the Science Bug was broadcasted from PBS Rhode Island on November 13, 2006!

 Since the beginning, we have met so many people that are huge Rex Trailer fans.  From working with Rex, I can firmly attest that he lives up to everything you would want in a childhood hero!  THANK YOU Rex! Your legacy of helping children will live on through Science Bug.

 Thank you to everyone who helped Catch the Science Bug grow to where it is today! We could not have done it without all of you who have supported us in countless different ways- a big hug of appreciation is being sent to ALL of YOU!

“Catch the Science Bug” Series on PBS Rhode Island Receives Silver!

The “Catch the Science Bug” series on PBS Rhode Island has won a Parents’ Choice Silver Award! 

The idea to create a series was presented to me in 1999.  I was taking a class at Emerson College taught by Rex Trailer  former host of Boomtown. One day after class, Rex suggested that I host my own children’s television show on science.  This was like telling an aspiring high school hockey player that he could be the next Tim Thomas. I had no idea how this would all come together but had to try. Slowly but surely the pieces fell into place.   I couldn’t be more thankful that I caught the Science Bug and went along for the ride.  There have been over a thousand people who helped make Catch the Science Bug what it is today.  Sending all of you a BIG THANK YOU!  

Our next step is to reach even more children by making these episodes available on DVD.  We will keep you posted on our progress via blog entries.

A Happy Almost!

In March I entered an Oprah “call for viewers”. You had to state how the show has made an impact in your life.  Although I have learned many things from watching, Oprah started “Live Your Best Life” at the same time I started Catch the Science Bug.  The programming provided invaluable inspiration and direction when I was starting from scratch. 

In April, Harpo called and said that liked what they learned and we made the first cut for a photo appearance on the show. However, this particular segment did not make it to air but we are still very grateful, thrilled and humbled to be acknowledged by the Harpo producers.  By teaching and promoting science, we hope to inspire others to LIVE THEIR BEST LIFE!!!!   

Thank you Oprah and all the producers at Harpo Productions!   You’ve had a BRILLIANT 25 years!

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teachers that provides lessons, learning tools, continuing education opportunities, guides, articles and much more for teachers. Check out our interview for teaching tips, up-coming episode information, and learn who we picked as our Science Hero! 

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Website Honored by Parents’ Choice

This fall the Catch the Science Bug website was awarded a Silver Choice Parents’ Award! It’s an honor that reflects our intention to create a website that delivers to you science information in a fun and interesting manner. We are very grateful for this recognition.

Catch the Science Bug Selected as one of the Top-Rated Educational Nonprofits in the US

A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of you who have HELPED us become what we are today!  We appreciate your participation and support that has allowed us to grow and become one of 90 educational nonprofits rated as “tops” in the United States!  See the entire list at Great Nonprofits.

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