Trying to raise environmentally conscious children in a world filled with iPads and televisions is an ever-constant challenge. As a mother of a young daughter I struggle to make her aware of the biology in the world around her.
Yet more and more, I’m finding it might not be as difficult as I thought. Lately I’ve seen cartoons that are not only teaching scientific concepts, but that are on the cutting edge of biological education. For years I’ve praised and pointed anyone who would listen to The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That Episode 112 about bat echolocation as a fine example of science in cartoons (and of what we do at Wildlife Acoustics).
The show illustrates the science of echoes and how bats use them to navigate and forage in a way that any young child could appreciate.
In fact, I feel this episode would be a great complement to anyone who plans on using our upcoming Echo Meter Touch as a teaching tool for elementary students. (Something to think about…)
Just yesterday I had to pause again. The Octonauts (Series 1, Episode 23) had an entire episode about the Blue whale and how the noise in our oceans was affecting the species’ ability to communicate and navigate with sonar. My daughter was absolutely riveted.
I was thrilled. This was a textbook application for Wildlife Acoustics marine noise monitoring solutions. My job was suddenly obsolete. On the bright side, maybe now we can just watch cartoons!
In our fast paced, technology-driven world, there is a risk for children to grow up without a connection to what is happening in the natural world. I’m grateful to cartoon-land for making sure that doesn’t happen with such wonderful and relevant content.