In “Disappearing Hot Dogs,” Yana thinks picking up her fork makes hot dogs magically disappear.Families are encouraged to play along as she,Egbert, and Izzie discover the surprising (four legged)cause of the disappearing hotdogs—and the difference between confounded evidence and isolating variables.
Yana & Egbert
“Mystery Box” teaches children about experiments. Yana and Egbert explore the distinction between“just guessing” and “hypotheses.” They abandon wild guesses about what is inside a mysterious box when Izzie the Ostrich points out a potential experiment. Can they find out what’s really inside?
"Picnic Panic" helps kids understand the difference between rare and common causes. Egbert Finds his picnic ruined. Who did it? They find some hairs at the crime scene and get side-tracked by half remembered stories and scary worries until the learn to focus on common causes rather than rare ones and realize that "things that happen most of the time, cause most of the things that happen."
"Sneezing Aardvarks” begins with two bands of aardvarks fighting over whether white pepper or black pepper is sneezier. Yana and Egbert create a contest to see who is right. Children can see intuitively how randomly distributed differences between groups don’t affect our ability to decide whether systematic differences between groups affect outcomes.
In “Suspicious Gumballs” a string of gum balls all the same color mysteriously fall out of a gum ball machine, and Yana and Egbert discover who’s responsible. This episode encourages families to explore the relationship between samples and populations, and random versus selective sampling processes.