Monthly Archives: October 2009

Episode 54: Banana Silk Clothe

Having been lost for 20 years, Kavalan’s banana silk weaving technique was restored during a movement in the 90s. The tribal elders are once again picking up the tradition to weaving banana silk clothing and bags sturdy enough to carry a person. Therefore, in this episode, children experiment with water bottles to find out out how the banana silk was able to spread out the tension. They also find out that longer strands are sturdier, and they can be weaved into clothes and other household items.


Episode 53: Pestle Playing

Bunun’s pestle playing uses 8 to 16 wooden pestles. By taking turns tapping on the stone tablet, the different notes could produce beautiful melodies. Through experiments, the science teacher of this episode helps kids to understand the creation of sound, and realize that the different sizes of the pestles can create different notes. The shorter the pestle, the higher the tone.

Episode 52: Amis Flute

Nomodac a tipolo is a traditional Amis flute. It uses a section of soft bamboo. With a knife, the flute maker would carve out the inner part of the bamboo, but carefully keep a thin bamboo membrane. Two holes are opened up on the ends of the bamboo. When one plays it, the air vibrates the membrane to make sound.
This episode uses straws and plastic wraps to teach kids about resonance.

Episode 51: Filtering Muddy Water

When there is no clean water in the mountains, what should one do? This episode of Little Science Hunters is filled with different kinds of water filtering materials, such as using a bamboo as a straw, using a cloth as a simple filter, and one could drink the water immediately. In this episode, the teacher helps the students understand the circulatory system. After exercising, one’s body temperature would rise, the heart rate would increase, as well as the blood flow. It is the body trying to get rid of heat and waste.