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For more than 40 years, NOVA has been on a singular mission: to bring science to life for everyone, by creating inspiring, entertaining and educational science specials and programming for television and the internet.

With the support and passion of “Viewers Like You,” we’ve aired more than 750 NOVA programs, inspiring a love for the wonder of science in curious minds of all ages - kids and adults. As a result, we’ve also become a trusted resource in classrooms across the world. Science teachers and parents love sharing NOVA with kids to make science real for them.


Over the years we’ve taken viewers to every corner of the planet (and universe!) We’ve been honored to receive numerous Emmy® Awards, Peabody Awards, and many other television and education awards for our work. But even more importantly, we hear from hundreds of scientists and teachers who tell us that NOVA is the reason they fell in love with science to begin with.

Now we’d like you to join us for our next big experiment: NOVA’s first-ever crowdfunding campaign!


Well, we're here for two reasons. 

Sure, we're here because this special needs funding – at least $200,000 on Kickstarter will be enough to let us really get to work on Beyond the Elements - but, even more importantly, we're also here for the crowd. (That's you!)

CROWD. By going on this adventure together, we're excited to get to know all of you better, and to have you as part of the extended NOVA team. We want you to be part of the mission, and to join us in making the show that has inspired generations of kids to see the world in new ways, fall in love with science, and become actual scientists!

FUNDING. Working together, we're hoping to raise at least $200,000 on Kickstarter. With your support, we want to create an often-requested special that will work as a follow-up to one of our most-watched and most-beloved specials – Hunting the Elements – which took viewers around the globe to see the incredible properties of the elements in action. 

Now, we want to take the next step -- and through Kickstarter, we can all work together to make it a reality!


Together, we want to pick up where Hunting the Elements left off: with the help of host David Pogue, our new special will take viewers Beyond the Elements to discover the invisible world of molecules. It’s the hidden science that makes up everything in the known universe!

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? There are only about 90 naturally occurring elements in the universe—but they can combine in over 100 million ways to make up everything we know—everything we’ve ever encountered, from the air we breathe to the ketchup we put on our burgers.

WHAT WILL IT COVER? We think there are some incredible stories that we can tell to bring that invisible world to life, and that's what Beyond the Elements will do. David Pogue will be our host on an adventure around the world, as we go on a quest to unlock the secrets of molecules, both human-made and natural – from poisons to peppers and everything in-between!

WHY IT MATTERS: Our goal is for Hunting the Elements and Beyond the Elements to be a perfect "pair" – and together, to provide an exciting, comprehensive introduction to chemistry that can catalyze a positive reaction in curious minds of all ages. (Sorry. Those are the only chemistry puns we'll make.)

MORE THAN JUST A SPECIAL: In addition to the broadcast special – which, like all NOVA programs, will be free to the public on PBS and the internet for a period of time, we're also aiming to do a lot more! We'll produce everything from free accompanying classroom materials to free, immersive VR content, that will let you go even deeper – jumping inside the microscopic world of molecules to see them for yourself!

The best part? We want you to be there with us every step of the way, so we've made plans to give you an unprecedented behind-the-scenes "pass" to find out everything that goes into making a NOVA special -- and since we're involving you before the special airs on television, we're excited to have your input, suggestions and feedback as part of the creative process!

Great question! Here are two answers.

You’ll be helping build a better future.

The future of our planet, and the human race depends on each generation finding that personal love for and appreciation of science. And now, more than ever, it’s important to reach as many people - and kids - as possible.

Why? Take a look at these statistics:

(These are real facts! Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)

How can this be happening? Especially when we know that science helps us:

These are the things that motivate us every day to create the best science programming possible. Inspiring people - and the future of our country - to love science is essential to our survival.

But of course, there are rewards for helping us as well.

In order to ensure that as much of your money goes towards making Beyond the Elements as possible, we’re keeping our rewards simple. Backing can get you a few carefully selected goodies, including:

  • Everybody who backs will get periodic updates from NOVA. We’ll take you behind the scenes and let you in on our process as we make Beyond the Elements.

  • At $35 and above: If you’re helping make the special possible, it only makes sense to give you a digital download of Beyond the Elements.

  • At $50 and above: We’re printing up exclusive premium t-shirts just for this campaign. You’ll get to show off your love for science and NOVA to the world.

  • At $100 and above: Rachel Ignotofsky, the New York Times best-selling author and brilliant illustrator behind Women in Science, has made an 11x17” art print just for this campaign! Celebrate all the everyday tools that scientists use to make our world a better place! (Get more details about the art print in this backer update.)

Exclusively designed and printed ONLY for this campaign!
Exclusively designed and printed ONLY for this campaign!

 

And because teachers and students are important to us, we’ve set up a clever way that you can impact them very directly - by giving them NOVA!

In addition to grabbing great rewards for yourself, you can send copies of Hunting the Elements, Beyond the Elements, and other essential NOVA episodes to the teacher or school of your choice. If you don’t have a teacher or school in mind and still want to help, we’ll find one for you!

It’s a great way to support the campaign and show your appreciation to the hard-working teachers who directly inspire our kids every day in the classroom.

 

 

 

Paula S. Apsell is the Senior Executive Producer and Director of the WGBH Science Unit. She is a recipient of the Bradford Washburn Award, the Carl Sagan Award, the American Institute of Physics Andrew Gemant Award, and the Planetary Society’s Cosmos Award, among many others.

FAVORITE ELEMENT: Gold has two qualities that you might not think go together. It glitters and it’s got substance. In that way, it’s just like NOVA–both entertaining and educational—the gold standard of science programming!


David Pogue is a former New York Times tech columnist, the current tech critic at Yahoo Finance, and author of 104 tech books. He’s hosted more than a dozen programs for NOVA, including the Making Stuff Series, NOVA ScienceNOW, and Hunting the Elements.

FAVORITE ELEMENT: My favorite element is sodium, because its violent reactivity with water was my introduction (via mad scientist Theo Gray) to the insanely cool world of pure elements that most people will never see!

Chris Schmidt is NOVA’s Senior Producer and the Executive Producer for Beyond the Elements. He was Executive Producer, Writer, and Director on many other David Pogue films, including the Making Stuff series and Hunting the Elements.    

FAVORITE ELEMENT: At the moment, silicon (Si) is my favorite element because I find it to be sadly tragic. It’s right below carbon on the periodic table, and it so wants to be able to do all the things carbon can do. But its bonds aren’t quite as strong or flexible and it can’t keep up with carbon’s social life, moving easily between the air, the water and the earth. Still, it’s got a great work ethic and it does its best. And even though we may never find alien life based on silicon, good old number 14 has given us plenty to be grateful for, like glass and computers! Thanks, silicon!

Pamela Rosenstein manages the development of multipart series and specials for NOVA and the WGBH Science Unit. She supervises the development pipeline of projects for foundation and government funding, overseeing concept development, fundraising strategies, proposal development, and stewardship of strategic partnerships.

FAVORITE ELEMENT: Helium, because I find it amazing that something produced naturally through radioactive decay can make you squeak. But don’t inhale too much; it is a finite resource, after all.

Tim De Chant is NOVA's senior digital editor and the founding editor of NOVA Next, NOVA's digital magazine. He is also in charge of NOVA's social media strategy. 

FAVORITE ELEMENT: Carbon is my favorite element because it can tell us an incredible amount about the natural world. In tree rings, carbon isotope ratios can also tell us if the conditions in which the tree is growing have changed over its lifetime!

Ralph Bouquet is the Education and Outreach Manager at NOVA. Ralph helps make NOVA a valuable resource for educators through the production of digital resources like videos and web games, professional development opportunities, and collaboration with STEM education organizations. 

FAVORITE ELEMENT: Calcium, because it helps me rationalize my love for cheese.

Allison Eck is NOVA’s primary social media editor—the voice of NOVA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She also writes for NOVA Next. She alternates between keeping her finger on the pulse of science news and interacting with our smart viewers and readers (i.e., YOU!).

FAVORITE ELEMENT: Bismuth, because its crystals grow in a staircase-shaped formation that reminds me of an M.C. Escher drawing.

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    JOIN THE MISSION

    Ready to team up and help us make BEYOND THE ELEMENTS? We’ll let the world know! Chip in at this level and receive an official thank you on the NOVA website.

    Plus, get more than a year of exclusive BACKER UPDATES, including fun and unexpected dispatches from David Pogue and the NOVA team.

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    DOWNLOAD THE SPECIAL

    You're helping make BEYOND THE ELEMENTS, so we want you to have a copy to keep for yourself. Get your very own DIGITAL DOWNLOAD* of the finished special.

    * See the FAQ for more details.

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    WEAR THE SHIRT

    Wear your love of science loud and proud with this exclusive premium-quality tee produced for this campaign.

    Plus, get everything in the previous packages!

    PLEASE NOTE: Shipping costs are NOT included now. You'll pay them separately after the campaign ends: we estimate around $8 - $10 in the USA. Also, rewards will arrive at different times over the next 6-24 months, and delays are always possible.

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    New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, Rachel Ignotofsky, has created an exclusive 11x17" art print just for this campaign! Celebrate the everyday tools that make science happen. This piece is only available here and will be a one-time, limited run!

    Plus, get everything in the previous packages!

    PLEASE NOTE: Shipping costs are NOT included now. You'll pay them separately after the campaign ends: we estimate around $8 - $10 in the USA. Also, rewards will arrive at different times over the next 6-24 months, and delays are always possible.

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    CHOOSE A BOOK + GET THE POSTER & DVDS!

    We'll send you an autographed copy of either the THE ELEMENTS book or MOLECULES book, both by our friend Theo Gray. These detailed books are gorgeously designed and illustrated to let you see substances up close, at the atomic level, and to appreciate the full wonder of Earth’s elements and molecules!

    Plus, get the official CAMPAIGN POSTER (a big one! 27”x39”) featuring the periodic table, and DVD or BLU RAY COPIES of both HUNTING THE ELEMENTS and BEYOND THE ELEMENTS. If you’d rather stick to digital, we’ll let you choose to donate your DVD copies of the specials to a school library!

    PLEASE NOTE: If you're choosing between two rewards, you don’t have to tell us now — we'll ask you for your choice after the campaign ends!

    Shipping costs are NOT included now. You'll pay them separately after the campaign ends: we estimate around $28 - $30 in the USA for all the stuff in this package. Also, rewards will arrive at different times over the next 6-24 months, and delays are always possible. Please see the FAQ for more details.

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    VIDEO CHAT w/ DAVID POGUE

    Need someone to help Dad set up his new iPad? Computer taking forever to start up? If only you could call Yahoo’s chief tech critic…Oh wait: Now you can!

    Get a PERSONALIZED TECH SUPPORT VIDEO CALL with David Pogue himself, lasting up to 30 minutes, to ask for tech help, life advice, or anything else you want!* Plus, you'll get everything in the $250 package.

    Shipping costs are NOT included now. You'll pay them separately after the campaign ends: we estimate around $28 - $30 in the USA for all the stuff in this package. Also, rewards will arrive at different times over the next 6-24 months, and delays are always possible.

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    LIVE SCIENCE EXPERIMENT w/ DAVID POGUE

    For a truly unique learning experience, David Pogue will link up with you in an online video chat to do a live science experiment with your family or class! We’ll even send you the materials ahead of time. It’s like being a part of your own personal science show! Plus, you'll get everything in the $250 reward package!

    Shipping costs are NOT included now. You'll pay them separately after the campaign ends: we estimate around $28 - $30 in the USA for all the stuff in this package. Also, rewards will arrive at different times over the next 6-24 months, and delays are always possible.

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    PRIVATE LUNCH w/ DAVID POGUE

    You and a friend will meet in New York City or San Francisco* for a LUNCH WITH DAVID POGUE at one of his favorite spots. Pick his brain about hosting NOVA, current technology trends, or writing for Yahoo! David’s done it all, and he has incredible stories to share with you. Meet up, chow down, and be entertained.

    Plus, you'll get everything in the $100 reward package!

    * Your choice of NYC or SF, but travel and accommodations are not included.

    PLEASE NOTE: Shipping costs are NOT included now. You'll pay them separately after the campaign ends: we estimate around $8 - $10 in the USA. Also, rewards will arrive at different times over the next 6-24 months, and delays are always possible.

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    FIELD TRIP: SPEND THE DAY AT NOVA HQ

    Always wanted to know how NOVA gets made? Are you an avid public television fan? Know an aspiring science documentary filmmaker?

    Come to NOVA HQ at WGBH in Boston and spend the day like a producer! You and a guest will be invited to our offices* where you’ll tour WGBH, participate in the screening of a past NOVA program with NOVA producers while they explain the behind-the-scene decisions that led to the final product, visit with a NOVA editor who will show you how a documentary gets assembled, and even drop in on the other national television and radio productions made at WGBH. At the end of the day, Senior Executive Producer Paula Apsell will treat you to a dinner with other key NOVA staff.

    *Travel costs to Boston/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

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    • Dinner for 2 with key NOVA staff
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    FIELD TRIP: PHYSICS DAY AT FERMILAB

    Spend the day at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory - or Fermilab, home of the famed Tevatron particle accelerator - in what is sure to be the ultimate field trip for any science enthusiast. You, a friend, and a small group of backers will join David Pogue at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois* for a once-in-a-lifetime look at the workings of a landmark lab dedicated to understanding the smallest building blocks of the universe we live in.

    Your day will include an exclusive tour of the laboratory, meetings with physicists in the lab’s control rooms, lunch and dinner with Fermilab scientists and David Pogue, a mini-class on particle physics, dark matter, and dark energy presented by a Fermilab scientist, a Q&A session, and more!

    *Travel to Fermilab and accommodations are not included. Please see FAQ for more details and limitations regarding this reward level before purchasing.

    This level is generously sponsored by by the Fermilab Friends for Science Education, who arranged the tour exclusively for this campaign.

    Includes:
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    • A comprehensive tour of Fermilab
    • Lunch and dinner with David and Fermilab scientists
    • Meetings with top Fermilab physicists
    • A mini-class on particle physics and dark matter
    • Merchandise from the Lederman Science Center
    • Photos of your trip
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    LIVE ELEMENTS EVENT w/ DAVID POGUE

    NOVA always brings science to life, but with this reward, David Pogue will bring NOVA right to your school (or museum) to host a LIVE PROGRAM about the wonders of chemistry and the periodic table!

    He’ll do live experiments, tell amazing science stories, and captivate the crowd with his infectious enthusiasm.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a standalone reward. It doesn’t include any other rewards and is not included in other reward packages.

    * This pledge covers David's travel and accommodations covered up to $500. Reward only available in United States and Canada. Some locations may require an additional travel fee. See the FAQ for more details.

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    GET THANKED ON AIR!

    PBS programs have a long history of thanking their major funders and “Viewers Like You” at the beginning of the program. Now have your name appear there! At this level, you’ll be thanked by name in the opening funder credits of Beyond the Elements when it airs on PBS stations around the country. And you’ll deserve it!

    PLEASE NOTE: Broadcast funders cannot be anonymous or have a close connection to the program content (e.g., advocacy or business interests related to program subject matter, production process or the production team). All pledges must be made by private individuals only, be in their legal name and meet applicable PBS funding guidelines. Please see the FAQs for additional information we will need from you after the campaign ends.

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    • An on-site visit to spend the day at NOVA's offices in Boston, MA
    • Dinner with Paula Apsell, long-time executive producer of NOVA
    • 5 schools of your choice will receive both NOVA Elements specials
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