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3-2-1 Contact

Season 7 1988

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  • 1988-10-10T04:00:00Z on PBS
  • 30 mins
  • 15 hours, 0 mins (30 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
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The product of three years' development, 3-2-1 Contact (B. 1980 D. 1988) stands as the third-longest-running series ever produced by the Children's Television Workshop (as it was then called). Its premise was to bring the world of science, and all its excitement, to middle-school students, particularly girls and minorities. Through seven seasons, various hosts traveled around the world to find science in everything. Over the years, features such as clever animation, biographies, and the detective series The Bloodhound Gang were included. Complementing the series for middle-school students and teachers alike was 3-2-1 Contact magazine, edited by Jonathan Rosenbloom. In the first season of 3-2-1 Contact, three hosts Lisa, Marc, and Trini met at a regular set, called the "workshop," to discuss their scientific adventures. It looked every bit the science equivalent of The Electric Company, with loads of animation and regular celebrity segments.

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30 episodes

7x01 Antarctica: Getting There

  • Season Premiere

    1988-10-10T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Debra learns that getting to Antarctica from the United States is no easy task, but seeing Emperor penguins makes the trip worthwhile.

7x02 Antarctica: Getting Around

  • 1988-10-11T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Travel at the bottom of the world is difficult and dangerous, as Debra discovers by climbing out of a crevasse, flying to the South Pole, and driving over ice.

7x03 Antarctica: Life On The Edge

  • 1988-10-12T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Most of Antarctica has such a harsh climate that almost nothing can live there, but Debra finds one place where penguins and seals do well: at the ice edge.

7x04 Antarctica: Life Under The Ice

  • 1988-10-13T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

In the icy waters surrounding Antarctica is a wealth of sea life, including jellyfish and a kind of fish that has antifreeze in its body.

7x05 Antarctica: The Desert Continent

  • 1988-10-14T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Debra reviews (for the last time) her plane journey to Antarctica. She defines a desert (of which Antarctica is the largest). A glimpse of the weather base at McMurdo Station gives weather reports that affect everybody on the ice. Debra flies to Taylor Valley, a dry area with little ice, to meet a geologist.
MUSIC VIDEO: Arctic vs. Antarctic.

7x06 Your Body: Twins

  • 1988-10-17T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Stephanie Yu is at a twins convention. Balancing this is a filmed sequence on twins from England. The Bloodhound Gang reruns "The Case of the Educated Pig," the mystery that started 3-2-1 Contact back in 1980.

7x07 Your Body: Having a Baby

  • 1988-10-18T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

This show follows an expectant mother at ultrasound and other key moments that lead up to the birth of a new child.

7x08 Your Body: Sleep

  • 1988-10-19T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

David and Stephanie submit themselves to a sleep chamber to help in a scientific study of sleep. The Bloodhound Gang recycles (from Episode 6, "The Case of The 264-Pound Burglar, Part One." (Concludes in next episode.)

7x09 Your Body: Spinning

  • 1988-10-20T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Dancers can't afford to be dizzy, which we see prior to discussions of the inner ear. The Bloodhound Gang solves "The Case of the 264-Pound Burglar."

7x10 Your Body: Your Health

  • 1988-10-21T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Todd compares health care in New York City and Kenya where doctors and nurses may have to travel long distances to reach sick patients and prevent disease.

7x11 Australia: Platypus & Echidna

  • 1988-10-24T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

In an element common to all five shows of Australia week, David gives an explanation on how Australian animals evolved separately from life on the other continents. It all deals with the splitting of continents from a giant mass of land. With that explanation out of the way, David and Michele, our Australian cast member, track and examine a platypus and an echidna, two unusual animals found only in Australia.

7x12 Australia: Moths & Beetles

  • 1988-10-25T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

There are strange animals in Australia with even stranger eating habits. Get a glimpse of what David discovers about moths, beetles, and Australia's aboriginies.

7x13 Australia: Emu & Kookaburra

  • 1988-10-26T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Both the emu and kookaburra are indigenous to Australia. David gets to see them both after reviewing how Australian animals got to be so unique.

7x14 Australia: Koalas

  • 1988-10-27T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Koalas are one of the most recognized species unique to Australia. David Quinn koalas in their natural environment: the eucalyptus tree.

7x15 Australia: Kangaroos

  • 1988-10-28T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

G'day, mate! David discovers the life of the kangaroo, and helps take a survey of them.

7x16 Structures: Bubble, Bubble

  • 1988-10-31T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Hopey and Todd see a bubble show and meet the man behind it to learn more on bubles. Included is a simple mixture for soap bubble solution.

7x17 Structures: Pipes and Reeds

  • 1988-11-01T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

There is surprising strength in a tube because it is hollow. We see how tubes are used in bicycles, organs, and roofs.

7x18 Structures: Chaos and Computers

  • 1988-11-02T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Stephanie Yu discusses snow crystals and their patterns, or "habits."

7x19 Structures: Running Robots

  • 1988-11-03T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Just what are robots, and what are they meant to do? Miguel finds out the truth in a sequence recycled from 1983. The "running" element comes from observing animal locomotion.

7x20 Structures: Suspended in Air

  • 1988-11-04T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Todd introduces bungie jumping the way it began. It talks about the strength of ropes.

7x21 Greece: The Journey Begins

  • 1988-11-07T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Hopey begins her week in Greece by checking out an island formed by volcanoes.

7x22 Greece: Under The Ash

  • 1988-11-08T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

What is the truth about cities buried in volcanic ash? Hopey finds out a few things about the ancient cities of Io, Ancient Thira, and Akrotiri.

7x23 Greece: Before History

  • 1988-11-09T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Hopey continues her observations with archaeologists in the ancient city of Akrotiri.

7x24 Greece: Sheep & Cheese

  • 1988-11-10T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Hopey sees the old and new ways sheep's milk becomes cheese. The Bloodhound Gang is trapped in "The Case of the Thing in the Trunk" from Season 1. (Concludes in next episode.)

7x25 Greece: The Parthenon

  • 1988-11-11T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Hopey finds engineers trying to keep The Parthenon standing, but it's not without catches. The Bloodhound Gang breaks through "The Case of the Thing in the Trunk."

7x26 Island: Parrot Fish

  • 1988-11-14T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Stephanie Yu greets us from Huckleberry Island in New York and describes the location of Bonaire Island in the Netherland Antilles, where Todd and Debra do their parts of the show from.
SONG: It's An Island
Todd and Debra visit with Jules VanRoy as he studies the Parrot Fish and its importance to the ecology of the coral reef system. Todd and Jules go diving with a special underwater computer to record the activities of the Parrot Fish. Todd and Deborah explain how SCUBA gear works.
ANIMATION: How islands are formed
Todd and Debra talk about island geology with Eric Nuden from the highest opint on Bonaire Island.
SONG: How Do You Get To An Island?
Todd and Debra discuss shoreline geology.

7x27 Island: Lizards

  • 1988-11-15T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

SONG: How Do You Get To An Island?
Stephanie Yu greets us from Huckleberry Island in New York and describes the location of Bonaire Island in the Netherland Antilles, where Todd and Debra do their parts of the show from.
Todd and Denise Deering, grad student from the University of Vermont, study the Blue-Tailed lizard, a plant-eating lizard.
Scientist Song, recycled from weeks before.
Debra and Denise Deering go looking for bats in a cave.
Todd and Debra go SCUBA diving at night for nocturnal sea creatures.
SONG: It's An Island

7x28 Island: Coral

  • 1988-11-16T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Stephanie Yu greets us from Huckleberry Island in New York and describes the location of Bonaire Island in the Netherland Antilles, where Todd and Debra do their parts of the show from.
SONG: It's An Island
Todd and Debra study Coral formation with Marine Biologist Eileen Morse.
Todd and Debra help Mary Lasenko map a coral reef.
SONG: How Do You Get To An Island?
Stephanie Yu explores the remains of a burned-out house.
Todd and Debra help archeologist Jay Havaser search one of Bonaire's shelled bays for archaeological artifacts and examine ancient cave paintings on the walls of a cave.
Todd and Denise visit a 5th grade school in Bonaire to discover that the students speak up to 5 different languages.

7x29 Island: Flamingos

  • 1988-11-17T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Stephanie Yu greets us from Huckleberry Island in New York and describes the location of Bonaire Island in the Netherland Antilles, where Todd and Debra do their parts of the show from.
SONG: How Do You Get To An Island?
Stephanie Yu identifies the birds of Huckleberry Island.
Debra goes counting flamingoes with a local expert.
Todd goes to Bonaire Salt Flats and learns how sea salt is cultivated.
Todd and Debra go diving with Dee Skar in one of Bonaire's old peirs and look for dangerous ocean life living in the garbage below.
Susan Swigert shows Todd how to do good underwater photography.

7x30 Island: Conch

  • 1988-11-18T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Stephanie Yu greets us from Huckleberry Island in New York and describes the location of Bonaire Island in the Netherland Antilles, where Todd and Debra do their parts of the show from.
Todd and Debra go diving in a coral reef.
SONG: How Do You Get To An Island?
Stephanie Yu teaches us that fishing is hunting.
Todd and Debra help Robbie Henson, marine biologist, collect wild conch eggs and cultivate conch in the lab.

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