Popular Mechanics for Kids
Popular Mechanics for Kids is an educational Canadian television series based on Popular Mechanics magazine. It was notable for starting the careers of both Elisha Cuthbert and Jay Baruchel. The show's purpose was to teach viewers how things work. It was awarded the Parents Choice Award in 2003, and was nominated for the Gemini Awards.The series aired from 1997 to 2001, and re-runs of the show continued to air on many channels until 2008. It aired on BBC Kids and Discovery Kids until December 31, 2009. After the closure of Discovery Kids Canada, BBC Kids stopped airing re-runs in all countries except Canada. The reruns on BBC Kids in Canada ended on May 14, 2011. As of 2013 re-runs of the show continue to air on Knowledge Network. Along with Cuthbert and Baruchel, the cast included Charles Powell nicknamed "Charlie" for the series, Tyler Kyte, and eventually Vanessa Lengies.The show was filmed primarily in Montreal, Quebec, and is currently distributed on VHS / DVD by Koch Vision.
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Season 1Prime Video | Tubi TV | Rent or Buy
S01 E02Sep 14, 1997
Submarine Sep 14, 1997 Large and small submarines are discussed along with sub fries and sub science.
S01 E03Sep 21, 1997
Hollywood FX Sep 21, 1997 Demonstrations of Saloon Brawls are shown, Information on fake Blood and gun fights are told. Learning about how Boat Chases work.
S01 E04Sep 28, 1997
Zoos Sep 28, 1997 Taking care of Elephants, and explaining about Termit Mounds and Iguanas.
S01 E06Oct 12, 1997
Roller Coasters Oct 12, 1997 This episode is about the science of Coasters, the thrill factor, marathons and the explanation of centripetal force.
Season 2Tubi TV
S02 E01Feb 8, 1998
North Pole Feb 8, 1998 Huskies used in near the North Pole. The enjoyment of Igloo Building, about Northern Cuisine, and how Ice Cream is created.
S02 E02Sep 6, 1998
Whodunnit!? Sep 6, 1998 Find out the Crime at the Crime scene, the use of spy gear, and spy gadgets. How a polygraph is used to detect most of the ones that did the crime.
S02 E03Sep 13, 1998
Gross Out Sep 13, 1998 Digestive system, disgusting things, snot, and recycled pet-food.
S02 E05Sep 27, 1998
Police Force Sep 27, 1998 Car Chases, ManHunting, thief proofing bikes, and about guns.
S02 E06Oct 4, 1998
Sports Oct 4, 1998 The art of goaltending in hockey, snowboarding physics to help to snowboard better, How surfing is done on the waves, and running.
Season 3Prime Video | Tubi TV | Rent or Buy
S03 E01Sep 5, 1999
Cool Schools Sep 5, 1999 Tyler holds his breath for a class at the underwater acting school, while Vanessa gets the lowdown on high-tech protection at a school for bodyguards. Then, she goes over to a school in Nevada where she learns the awesome power of the mammoth land vehicle called a Hummer.
S03 E02Sep 12, 1999
Ticket To Ride Sep 12, 1999 They are Awesome Amusements! The team travel to Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure, in Florida to discover what makes this giant theme park so great. Elisha buckles up for a ride in the gut-wrenching Incredible Hulk Coaster while Tyler gets drenched in Poseidon's Fury when he walks through a forty foot tunnel containing thousands of gallons of water and enters the underworld where a battle of Poseidon and Zeus began. Then, he heads to the Triceratops Encounter and learns how advances technology makes the dinosaur come alive.
S03 E03Sep 19, 1999
Sea Creatures Sep 19, 1999 Tyler takes a dive with the dolphins off the Florida coast and then heads back to dry land where he helps the doctors at Sea World nurse a sick turtle and manatee back to health. Vanessa has a whale of a time with the humpbacks off the coast of Newfoundland and finds out what blubber tells us about the largest animal on the planet.
S03 E04Sep 26, 1999
Dirty Work Sep 26, 1999 Vanessa searches through New York City's garbage dump looking for something very special that she accidentally threw away. Tyler also gets his hands dirty when he takes a romp with rhinoceros to find out if he has to do to become a zookeeper. Vanessa holds her nose to discover how fish get from the ocean floor to our dinner tables when she visits a very stinky fish-gutting factory.
S03 E05Oct 3, 1999
Slither And Slime Oct 3, 1999 Vanessa goes to see and find out information about the largest species of octopus in the world while Elisha watches as a frozen frog gets a new lease on life. Tyler worms his way into a special farm for the creepy crawlers and finds out why they really are a fisherman's best friend.
S03 E06Oct 10, 1999
Body Mechanics Oct 10, 1999 Tyler takes a breakdancing lesson , learning how to produce those amazing moves. Vanessa get some real-life training in fixing broken bones when she hangs out with an orthopedic surgeon, she had a chance to break a bone on a real human skeleton and watch the delicate operation of re-setting it. Tyler also gets medical this week when he joins the team of doctors tuning up super athletes for a triathlon race.
S03 E07Sep 17, 1999
Spook Out Sep 17, 1999 Tyler hunts down the ghosts haunting the USS Homet ship and he was also able to visit a real house of bug horrors to discover how the poisonous venom from a tarantula can help medical science. Vanessa gets all made up as a zombie creature and tries to scare the kids at the Thrillvania theme park in Texas.
Season 4SnagFilms | Tubi TV
S04 E01Jan 7, 2001
X-Treeme Rides Jan 7, 2001 Tyler starts us off when he takes to the skies in a powered parachute plane and then he gets ready for his next adventure on a mountain in Virginia. To play Street Luge, Tyler must wear protective body gear and lay down on a luge board just two inches from the pavement. The speed of the descent depends on the steepness of the hill. Vanessa receives a kite skiing lesson in Oregon, which is similar to water skiing, but the kite stands in for a boat, a kite skier can reach speeds of up to 20 mph using only the power of the wind and a 20 foot kite. Charlie builds an extreme ride by attaching cables between two trees and using a pulley to get your body from one spot to the next.
S04 E02Jan 14, 2001
Fighting Disaster Jan 14, 2001 Vanessa travels to Oregon to create a real landslide, and she learns that scientists uses a unique outdoor laboratory to find out more about the patterns of landslides and how to prevent them from destroying the environment. Vanessa down to the coast of Los Angeles where she trains with the Collapse Rescue Team (a group of scientists who save people from such emergencies as collapsed buildings, stalled elevators and vehicle accidents). Tyler gets a chance to see how real life disasters are dealt with when he goes out into the field with a crew of fire researchers and helps them set a room ablaze! By setting these kinds of controlled fires, scientists are able to learn and devise the most powerful fire-fighting technique.
S04 E03Jan 21, 2001
Escape Jan 21, 2001 Vanessa catches up with Dean Gunnerson, one of the most famous escape artists in the world while Tyler visits a cockpit of an underwater helicopter and finds out what it's like to be trapped inside something that is slowly sinking to the bottom of a deep pool. He arrives later in Delaware and tries out a life chute designed to rescue people from high rise fires while Charlie shares a few tips on the art of escape.
S04 E04Jan 28, 2001
Horseplay Jan 28, 2001 Popular Mechanics for Kids goes behind-the-scenes at the world renowned Strathcona Mounted Troop (the only non-British Cavalry Unit in history to mount the Queen's Life Guard at Buckingham Palace). Tyler participates in the Musical Ride and finds out how the twenty horses are taught to obey the riders instructions, and after, he prepares to enter the world of jousting where he will learn about the history of the sport. He will sport a ten-foot lance, and fit inside a full suit of armour and rides a horse. Vanessa heads west to Alberta's cowboy country where she learns all about the rigors of the range. Wearing authentic cowboy gear, she saddles up with a real cowboy for some calf-roping, cattle herding and lasso tying while Charlie shows us the art and science of throwing a lariot.
S04 E05Feb 5, 2001
In Deep Water Feb 5, 2001 Tyler goes underwaterat the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California where he uses a remote-control operated vehicle called a ROV and explores the largest submarine canyon on the continent's West Coast. With deep sea depths reaching more than 10,000 feet, Tyler assists scientists in the search for never-before-seen life forms at the bottom of the ocean floor. Tyler receives a diving suit that weighs a full ton, and after securing his oxygen supply, he accompanies underwater welders. He'll find out how this unique skill is used to repair pipelines, drilling rigs, ships, barges and even nuclear power plants and how some amazing tools can produce enough heat to melt steel even in the icy cold temperatures of the ocean. After all of Tyler's adventures, he goes to Jules's Underwater Sea Lodge, which is a hotel underwater! Built in a lagoon some 30 feet underwater, the Lodge has only four rooms each with its own supply of air sent down from the surface using an umbilical cord
S04 E06Feb 12, 2001
On The Front Lines Feb 12, 2001 Tyler joins the Skyhawks, which is Canada's elite parachute team and he gets ready to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet above the ground. Strapped to the back of one of the Skyhawk jumpers, he will be able to see exactly how these tandem jumps are orchestrated and the special skill it takes to execute such a daring adventure. These parachutists are trained to land these dangerous jumps to get medical personnel into remote areas where help is needed such as avalanches, floods, plane crashes an war zones. Vanessa takes to the skies of California to fly her own fighter plane in a high-speed airborne dog fight! She proves just how daring she can be when she loops, turns and rolls her own plane and then attempts to 'shoot down' an enemy aircraft with high-tech laser beams. Vanessa gets to operate an eight-wheeled army surveillance truck called the Coyote. Able to spy on targets up to thirteen miles away, the Coyote is a state-of-the-art surveillance vehicle used in both military and non-