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dudeling has been *really* struggling.  tonight, I just happened to be watching "how the universe works" (amazon prime).  I wasn't even going to try  to get him to watch it.  but he came up - and loved it so much, he insisted on watching another episode.  sure, he'll do things to stay up - but he was paying rapt attention (and making occasional comments.).  so, pretty sure he was enjoying it.  he used to love modern marvels.

so - anything along those lines?

math, science,  engineering/physics/chemistry (no animals please. he used to be terrified of the anamorphic dinosaurs at our local science museum.)

youtube/Netflix/amazon  - or can wax creative.

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Prototype This: https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/prototype-this/  A team of engineers and designers plan and create a prototype of some wacky invention.


Twisting the Dragon's Tailhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPOijjgYD2I  A three-part series about uranium - its history, its uses. This is fantastic. We've watched the series several times over, it's so good.


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11 hours ago, moonflower said:

My favorite documentary is In the Shadow of the Moon, about the Apollo missions.  It consists of archival footage and interviews of astronauts, that's it.  It's very good.


I'm going to have to look for that one. My suggestion was going to be Rocketmen, which is similar and also really good. 

How Stuff Works is always fascinating to me. 

Planet Earth? I think some of them are focused on places rather than animals


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You can access a lot of PBS videos by becoming a supporting member through PBS passport. I think contributions start at $5/month.

The Earth from Space video is here on youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpFryXQbVEA

NOVA Hunting the Elements https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H0n0dQe8nE

The Pluto Files https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu0u5Mlfcbs

Suggestions below are science/engineering related youtube videos, but not full length documentaries.

Mark Rober New Ideas Science Engineering https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY1kMZp36IQSyNx_9h4mpCg 

(Be sure and check out the fluidized air bed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My4RA5I0FKs

Veritasium videos are really good!  https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium/videos

Physics Girl  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7DdEm33SyaTDtWYGO2CwdA

PBS Spacetime  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ_7g/videos

Periodic  Videos:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtESv1e7ntJaLJYKIO1FoYw

NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs, usually not lengthy though : https://www.youtube.com/user/JPLnews/videos

National Geographic How to Survive Quicksand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2VJqud3Ls8 and also BBC Earth Lab Cinema Science https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNVNivc8O6c


One Strange Rock (Netflix)

Not a documentary, but satellite tracking is pretty cool:  http://stuffin.space/

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