Watch and Learn

  • Nov 18, 2015


Currently airing on National Geographic Channel, Breakthrough is a landmark series of six documentary films that explore new realms of scientific research in a variety of fields. And as a gift to educators, the series is accompanied by a web-based learning module that allows you to bring that cutting-edge science into K-12 classrooms!

With an eye toward the future, especially as it concerns passionate innovation and the evolving relationship between people and technology, each hour-long episode of Breakthrough is directed by a well-known Hollywood personality who approaches the material as a passion project:

Episode 1: Fighting Pandemics (Peter Berg)
Episode 2: More Than Human (Paul Giamatti)
Episode 3: Decoding the Brain (Brett Ratner)
Episode 4: The Age of Aging (Ron Howard)
Episode 5: Energy on the Edge (Akiva Goldsman)
Episode 6: Water Apocalypse (Angela Bassett)

Says Angela Bassett, whose Water Apocalypse deals with efforts to ensure that people everywhere have access to clean drinking water, “I would most like this film to be an impetus for inspiring young, creative minds, and even mature minds, to come up with innovative ideas that help solve our water problem. First, we have to think about it. We have to be concerned about it. We have to know that there is a problem.”

For more on the series, watch the trailer below. And for ideas on how to bring this important material to life in your classroom, be sure to check out Breakthrough‘s Innovation Lab, an online interactive education hub that offers engaging ways for K-12 students to learn more about the topics covered.

Breakthrough airs Sunday nights at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT on National Geographic Channel (DIRECTV channel 276).
Complete episodes are also archived for viewing on the Breakthrough web site.

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—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

Where to Watch the Finals of the 2015 National Geographic Bee

  • May 15, 2015


And then there were ten—ten finalists, that is, culled from the more than fifty who proudly represented their states, territories or Department of Defense schools in the nation’s premiere geography competition. And now it’s time to crown a champion.

Looking for something fun and educational to watch on TV this week? Tune-in as the 10 finalists assemble in Washington, DC for the last round of the 2015 National Geographic Bee, moderated by journalist Soledad O’Brien.

It premieres tonight, May 15, at 8pm on National Geographic Channel (DIRECTV channel 276), and will be repeated Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD.

The program is also being carried by PBS. Check local listings.

The annual NatGeo Bee is open to students in grades 4-8. Do you know any young people who have what it takes to enter next year’s competition? Check out the early bird registration process.

And to find out about other great educational shows and resources, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio