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Eye of the Cyclops: Adventures In Scientific Exploration

Eye of the Cyclops features scientific explorations in the ecology of ponds, streams, forests, and backyards. A unique visual style places micro-adventurers with the organisms that inhabit these environments. Interacting with the organisms, the Cyclops crew makes fundamental discoveries about the nature of life. These adventures will excite students with the idea of conducting their own explorations with a hand lens or microscope.

  • Plankton Play
    Thursday, October 7
    9:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Cyclops and its intrepid crew of explorers encounter the denizens of the plankton: micro-crustaceans, insects, rotifers, and protists, organisms with unique adaptations for open water life.
  • Decomposers Everywhere
    Thursday, October 7
    9:14 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Settling their craft into the bottom, the micro-explorers discover that the bottom ooze is populated by bacteria, the microbes that break down and recycle organic materials–an unforgettable visual introduction to the concept of organic decomposition.
  • Food Chains Begin with Photosynthesis
    Thursday, October 7
    9:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode, a single algae cell is rescued, and its green secrets are revealed through experiments performed on board the Cyclops. The micro-explorers discover how algae start the food chains that ultimately sustain the fish, birds, amphibians, and mammals living in and around the pond.
  • Protozoans and Algae
    Thursday, October 7
    9:44 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Cruising through the weedy shallows, the crew is amazed at the diversity of protozoans swimming by the observation ports. Through careful observation they discover how these amazing single cells feed, reproduce, and escape.
  • Predators of the Shallow
    Thursday, October 7
    10:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    While engrossed in observing the food capturing and feeding methods used by Planaria, a flatworm, the tentacles of Hydra trap the Cyclops crew where they receive a hands-on lesson in the process of digestion.
  • White Water Adventure
    Thursday, October 7
    10:14 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Trying to return to their pond base, the microexplorers are channeled into the pond outlet, where they tumble into a rapidly flowing stream and discover a world of aquatic insects adapted for life in flowing water even waterfalls.
  • Discovering A Forest Microcosm
    Thursday, October 7
    10:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The microexplorers are channeled into the pond outlet, where they tumble into a rapidly flowing stream and discover a world of aquatic insects adapted for life in flowing water.
  • Backyard Biodiversity
    Thursday, October 7
    10:42 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The microexplorers discover that gardens support a community that includes herbivorous and predatory insects, pollinating insects, and a giant earthworm. They get a look at the animal’s internal physiology.

 

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