Synopsis by Nathan Southern
ZOOM is a children's series from PBS that began airing in 1999 and thereafter successfully revamped a hugely popular 1972 PBS educational series of the same name. The idea behind the series involves encouraging young viewers to drop their passivity and plunge into life, taking an active role from day to day -- with 30-minute episodes that weave together cooking, craft-making, devising scientific experiments, designing and playing games, and innumerable other activities that make learning fun. As a follow-up to the ZOOM: America's Kids Respond episode from fall 2001, ZOOM: America's Kids Remember debuted around the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Whereas, in the former, a group of children worked through their reactions to the tragedy, in the latter, Nancy Karibjanian and Dr. Dan Gottlieb co-host a 60-minute forum of teenagers examining issues that arose during the ensuing year. The program explores multi-cultural awareness and conflict resolution, and celebrates the resilience and inner fortitude of young people. ZOOM: America's Kids Remember received the Certificate of Creative Excellence in the Current Events, Special Events category at the 2003 U.S. International Film and Video Festival.
child, national-tragedy, September 11th