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Get the Math

posted on November 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Get the Math
How is math used in fashion? Or music? Or basketball? Your students will get a real world understanding of algebra with this “Get the Math” multimedia project collection as they learn how professionals working in fashion, videogame design and music production use algebraic thinking. Your class will take interactive challenges related to those careers, prompting them to think about the ways people use math in their daily lives... Read More

Halloween Spooky Science Special

posted on October 31, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Halloween Spooky Science Special
Halloween is today – one of the most fun and festive times of the year for young people! In the spirit of the season, share this resource group from the PBS KIDS series Sid the Science Kid with your class and teach them about some Halloween-related science topics. Along with Sid, yours kids will investigate how bats are helpful creatures that catch mosquitoes, spiders are expert engineer web builders, cats are leaping aerial... Read More

Chemistry and Forensic Science Timeline

posted on October 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Chemistry and Forensic Science Timeline
In the early 1900s, the average American's medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest. Deadly chemicals such as radioactive radium, thallium, potassium cyanide, and morphine lurked in health tonics, depilatory creams, teething medicine, and cleaning supplies. As industrial innovation increased, the tools of the murderer's trade multiplied. However, the scientific knowledge to detect crime and the political will to prevent it... Read More

Sea Creatures

posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Sea Creatures
The sea covers seventy percent of the earth’s surface. The deep sea below the ocean’s surface, specifically, is the largest and least explored place on earth. The fish and other sea animals of the deep sea employ many strategies to surprise their prey including ambush and camouflage by blending into the sea environment. The deeper you go in the ocean, the more unusual and unique the fish appear to be. At the start of this... Read More

Don't Beat the Summer Heat – Turn it into a Learning Opportunity

posted on June 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Don't Beat the Summer Heat – Turn it into a Learning Opportunity
Use the summer heat as a chance to make cooking fun! The sun continuously provides earth with tremendous amounts of solar energy, most of which comes in the form of visible light. Sunlight, when transformed into usable heat, can be a practical source of energy for everyday tasks such as cooking food, heating water, or warming houses. A solar cooker is an insulated box that traps the heat of the Sun for cooking food. What better activity for... Read More

Did you know that you can contribute to scientific research just by playing a game?

posted on May 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Did you know that you can contribute to scientific research just by playing a game?
The latest initiative in the growing NOVA Labs citizen science platform––an online RNA Lab––utilizes puzzles from Eterna, a game that allows players to design RNAs, tiny molecules at the heart of every cell in our bodies. A series of animated videos explains the science behind the game and teaches novices how to play it. The Lab aims to expand the community of participants while giving students and science enthusiasts an... Read More

Dr. Norman E. Borlaug's Legacy Provides Students with Educational Resources and Opportunities

posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM

 Dr. Norman E. Borlaug's Legacy Provides Students with Educational Resources and Opportunities
On March 25, 2014, the State of Iowa celebrated a milestone with the official unveiling of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statue in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Appropriately, the date would have been Dr. Borlaug's 100th birthday and is also National Agriculture Day. Dr. Borlaug of Cresco, Iowa, is known as the "Father of The Green Revolution" and his development of miracle wheat is credited with saving... Read More

Food Is Fuel: How the Body Processes Nutrients

posted on March 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Food Is Fuel: How the Body Processes Nutrients
Have you ever seen a rat inside of a snake’s body and wondered how in the world it is ultimately digested? We can guarantee that your students have probably seen this image and thought it was so cool! Are there certain things that we as humans put into our bodies that take as much effort to transform into energy? This fascinating video excerpt from NOVA scienceNOW addresses these questions and more about the potential energy contained in... Read More

Is Genealogy the Key to Understanding U.S. and World History?

posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Is Genealogy the Key to Understanding U.S. and World History?
Did you know that genealogy can help your students build an emotional connection not only to their past, but to our nation’s history? Take your classroom on a revealing journey back in time with this collection of resources from the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow. Resources include an introduction to genealogical research from two prominent genealogists, clips from the show demonstrating how personal stories connect to larger... Read More

Getting to the Roots of Family Trees

posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Getting to the Roots of Family Trees
Family trees can be more than just a grid displaying who your relatives are. In this activity created by WETA and drawing on material from the PBS documentary series Latino Americans, students are challenged to reflect on their own family’s arrival to America and learn new facts about their cultural history. Inspired by clips from the documentary, students research and fill in as much information as possible on the names and... Read More

Engage Girls in STEM through Mentorship

posted on February 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Engage Girls in STEM through Mentorship
Seeing women who have succeeded in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these mentors as people with lives outside of their job. Twin Cities Public Television brings us the SciGirls, whose bold goal is to change how millions of girls think about STEM. Research shows that, for a variety of reasons, some girls begin to lose interest (and confidence in their... Read More

Building and Designing with Our Buddy, Curious George

posted on February 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Building and Designing with Our Buddy, Curious George
Everyone’s favorite monkey and The Man with the Yellow Hat are here to help your students learn all about engineering, building and design! The Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help young children understand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts, such as measuring, building and simple machines. This collection of lesson plans with Curious George videos offer hands-on investigations and exciting new... Read More

Budget Planning for the Unexpected

posted on January 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Budget Planning for the Unexpected
Have you ever found yourself short on cash at the wrong moment? PBS LearningMedia can help you get serious about planning a budget with this featured resource from Cyberchase. Help Harry figure out his budget for the evening. In the video clip, Harry takes Jenna on a date. When his cousin Harley shows up without his wallet, Harry must change his budget for the evening. Students record the changes to figure out the final amount left in Harry's... Read More

Exploring the World of Science and Engineering

posted on January 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Exploring the World of Science and Engineering
Have you ever pondered how NASA ensures what they send into space is really safe for the environment? Erick Ordoñez is a materials engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, who does this every day and has truly mastered a work-life balance. His story is sure to entice any student who has ever had aspirations of becoming an astronaut or being involved in the exciting world of NASA and outer space in... Read More

Discover Adaptive Technologies Used by Paralympic Athletes

posted on December 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Discover Adaptive Technologies Used by Paralympic Athletes
Ring in the New Year with the PBS LearningMedia staff and some of their favorite digital resources! As we look forward to Sochi in 2014, explore how science, technology, engineering and math can support athletes with physical disabilities as they compete at elite levels. These standards-based resources increase students’ awareness of Paralympic sports; highlighting the adaptive technologies used by Paralympic athletes and showcasing the... Read More
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