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Previous episodes of QUEST were made possible by a television demonstration grant from Rural Economic & Community Development. Below is an overview of this grant and it's goals, as well as links to download the transcripts of the episodes funded by this grant.

A Television Demonstration Project To Enhance Opportunities For Basic Science Education In Maine Thereby Supporting Maine People's Ability To Expand Their Understanding And Concepts Of Their State's Rural And Agricultural Activity

QUEST is made possible by a television demonstration grant from Rural Economic & Community Development.

  • 10 prime time, one-hour television programs
  • 20 classroom videos (10 for grades 4-8 and 10 for high school)
  • 10 packets of printed classroom materials
  • One CD-ROM
  • A minimum of 20 coordinated or sponsored community events that relate to the topics presented in the series


1. Create new opportunities for Maine people to learn basic science principles.

  • Encourage viewers to become better observers.
  • Help viewers learn a more critical, analytical thought process.
  • Give them the joy of discovery.
  • Allow them the pleasure of doing this while they are exploring Maine.

2. Provide new materials for teachers and students to use in the study of scientific principles in the classroom.

  • Demonstrate how we can use television/video/imaging to educate and inform in ways that cannot be done with the written word alone.
  • Take students on "field trips" to meet people and see things (especially some of the technology) they might otherwise not experience in Maine.
  • Offer some interactivity.
  • Use special effects and animation to convey complicated concepts.

3. Help viewers and classroom students make connections between these newly learned principles and the decisions and public policy choices they will be making regarding Maine's future, with special emphasis on rural and agricultural economy and the management of its natural resources.

  • Give viewers enough information for some closure but encourage them to ask more questions.
  • Encourage viewers to apply the scientific thought processes introduced in the series to these decisions they are making.

4. Update the image of rural and agricultural Maine by:

  • Showing Maine people at work as scientists, especially in rural and agricultural sectors.
  • Demonstrating the sophistication of scientific pursuits and applications here in Maine.

5. Address student aspirations by:

  • Introducing students and the general viewing audience to a wide variety of career choices.
  • Featuring women to encourage participation by girls.

QUEST Transcripts

Program #101 How Clean is Clean Enough? (pollution)
Program #102 Weather Wise
Program #103 Origins (geology)
Program #104 Gulf of Maine
Program #105 Waterways
Program #106 Maine Woods
Program #107 Sustainable Agriculture: Solution or Fad?
Program #108 Biotechnology
Program #109 Healthcare
Program #110 Information Superhighway
Program #201 Maine Digs (archaeology)
Program #202 Shipwrecks!
Program #203 Maine Flora
Program #204 Maine Fauna

National Science Foundation Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Maine Forest Products Council Irving Woodlands, LLC Desiree Carlson, M.D. More Connected. More Maine.

Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Forest Products Council, Irving Woodlands LLC., Desiree Carlson, M.D., and gifts to More Connected. More Maine, The Campaign for Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Programming.

A list of other funders includes:
The Davis Family Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Lincoln Ladd.

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