Synopsis by Sally Barber
Bright Sparks is a 12-part science and technology series created to stimulate children by introducing complex ideas in an entertaining and fun format. Programs blend animation and live action to offer a fast-paced and imaginative lesson. Animated hosts travel around the globe to demonstrate the wonders of science and modern technology. Volume four, Bright Sparks: Computers, examines the evolution of this tool, beginning with the abacus, which first emerged 5,000 years ago. Viewers learn how all computers function on three factors: they add, subtract, and store data. This comprehensive look at computers encompasses the development of this important tool, and also provides a detailed look at how computers work. Other programs in the series are Bright Sparks: Trains, Planes, Boats and Cars, Bright Sparks: Water, Water Everywhere, and Bright Sparks: The Solar System.