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July 4/5, 2020 (ITO 1803) Protecting Forests, Enhancing Lives
What is the difference of a protected vs. a preserved forest and how are our lives enriched from proper forest management? These answers and more fill up this half-hour as we follow the practices of a naturalist and sustainable harvesting technicians.
July 11/12, 2020 (ITO 1805) Avian Stewards
Discover how to become an avian steward as we visit a variety of birds big and small, including ospreys, herons, waterfowl, eagles and migrators. Plus learn what you can do at home to make your yard bird-friendly.
July 18/19, 2020 (ITO 1801) Becoming Stewards: Waste Resource Management
This episode explores waste resource management and how youth can become stewards of sustainability. It looks at all that goes into a landfill, how recycling happens, what to do about new emerging hazardous waste products, and the future of the industry through the eyes of young leaders.
July 25/26, 2020 (ITO 1802) Field Trip: Careers in Agriculture
This episode examines some of the careers that surround soy production. Whether it’s being a veterinarian for large animals, flying drones, brokering commodities or selling and repairing farm equipment, various skill sets complement the life of a soybean farmer.
Aug 1/2, 2020 (ITO 1501) Cost of Clean Water
To discover sources and solutions to pollution in watersheds across Wisconsin, our ITO team of “Eco-investigators” wade into the science of water quality. From climbing rooftops in Milwaukee to kayaking down remote rivers, the show explores the challenges and technology experts use in protecting our precious water resources.
Aug 8/9, 2020 (ITO 1502) Turning Crude Oil into Gasoline
Our ITO adventure team helps unravel the complex chemistry and physics of how a hi-tech oil refinery turns worthless heavy crude into the transportation fuels that drive and fly our society. You won’t believe what they uncover in rearranging hydrocarbon molecules like Legos! They also explore the refinery’s impacts on local air and water quality.
Aug 15/16, 2020 (ITO 1503) The Science of Industrial Sand Mining
Going undercover as “kids on a mine tour” our ITO investigators reveal the technology and physics of a modern industrial sand mine. They focus on the science and practices that impact the environment while decoding the unique
Aug 22/23, 2020 (ITO 1504) A River Reborn
A team of students explores the history and future of humanity’s relationship with the Boardman River. A story unfolds about the challenges of trying to turn back the hands of time by removing dams to once again connect the river with the waters of Lake Michigan.
Aug 29/30, 2020 (ITO 1911) Electrifying Careers in Energy
Our ITO investigators have a new secret mission: to go undercover and reveal the true story behind electricity! Join our investigation and decode the exciting careers in energy and the parts of the “electrical transmission system” that impact our world today.