WTF is a “Pitagora-Switch”?
In Japanese pitagorasuichi (ピタゴラスイッチ) is how say in engrish Pythagoras Switch. Despite that mouthful of a name, this educational television show on NHK is a quite fun science program for kids (like me). Watch the Google-Video of the “beautiful mechanism” program segment in which the “Pitagora device” goes into action.
So what is the “Pitagora device” all about? The show targets four to six year old children to help foster and develop their powers of of thinking. Here’s my loose translation of the mission statement the “Pythagoras Switch” children’s show….
Within our daily lives, which we go about without thinking much about the many mysteries, archetypes, themes and more varied ways of thought. For example, have you ever thought why waffles are always the same shape? Behind it all is concept of “having a shape.” There all sorts of these archetypes/shapes: in print, in mass-produced goods and whatnot. Understanding these these “shapes” let’s you grasp how these things work.
“Pythagoras Switch” wants to help kids have that moment of A-HA! We want to raise thinking about thinking, to flip that epiphany switch in every child.
Read a machine-translated version of the official website of NHK’s Pythagoras Switch at:
Translated version of http://www.nhk.or.jp/youho/pitagora.html
Mo’ betta than Teletubbies or sold-their-soul-to-Satan-long-ago Sesame Street!
PS: Be sure to check out this other gr-r-r-eat Rube Goldberg device!