Computer Science

Bad Maps

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X marks the spot as you and other pirate captains piece together scraps of maps, sending minions stumbling around the island - leading some to traps and others to treasure. But beware, other captains’ instructions may work against you. Yargh!

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Middle
High
Content Area: 
Computer Science
Play Time: 
60 min.
Bad Maps

Factory Funner

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In Factory Funner, players are factory managers who select and install machines in their factory. They try connect all machine input and output pipes to the right reservoirs or to other machines in order to build the most profitable configuration. A new machine brings revenue.

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Middle
High
Content Area: 
Science
Computer Science
Play Time: 
40 min.
Factory Funner

ReadyFor Breakout Edu Kit

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The Breakout EDU kit includes everything you need to play over 350 games created for the classroom environment. The kit includes access to the new BreakoutEdu Platform to be used while using the kit.

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Primary
Elementary
Middle
High
Professional
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ELA
Math
Social Studies
Science
Fine Arts
LOTE
Computer Science
Special Education
Family/Consumer Science
Business/Technology
Library
Other
Play Time: 
30 min.
ReadyFor Breakout Edu Kit

Water: Central Utah Project (Part Four)

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Learn about the impact of the Central Utah Project, a water resource and electric energy development project, on the Bonneville area. This video is extracted from the 22-part video series The Geography of Utah, conceived and written by Albert L. Fisher, PhD (University of Utah). The series encompasses the political, cultural, historical and sociological geography of the state of Utah. It describes the activities, the land and the people. Much of the video material was videotaped on location throughout the state of Utah, giving the student and interested viewer valuable field trip experiences.

Glory: The Rough Road to Space

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In this video from NASA, engineers describe the conditions facing the Glory spacecraft as it launches and then travels in a Sun-synchronous, low-Earth polar orbit, observing and tracking conditions on Earth. Engineering considerations include thermal stress, structural integrity, and vulnerability to vibrational effects during launch.

NOVA: Making Stuff Colder | Preserving Permafrost

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Learn about a device that helps keep permafrost frozen and preserve the stability of the frozen ground in this video from NOVA's Making Stuff Colder. Host and technology columnist David Pogue explores how the structural integrity of permafrost is compromised when it warms, and finds out how thermosyphons prevent the ground from warming. Thermosyphons draw heat from the ground; this makes the liquid inside the tube turn into a gas, which then moves up the tube and transfers the heat to the air. Thermosyphons are successfully used around buildings, roads, and the Alaska oil pipeline to help keep the ground frozen.

 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Chapter 4: Decomposing Discovery | Raw to Ready: Mack Truck

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This chapter of Raw to Ready: Mack Truck highlights how the organic matter that has been decomposing in oceans, riverbed, and swamps for 300 million years mixes with mud and sand to create petroleum. In 1907 Dr. Leo Bakeland was looking for a new way to insulate electrical cables. His experiments with petroleum and formaldehyde lead to the discovery of a hard moldable substance he names bakelite. Bakelite is the first synthetic polymer plastic. Petroleum-based plastic is used today to make up the strong and lightweight hood of the Mack Truck.

Geoffrey Cousins l Heart Surgeon

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Dr. Geoffrey Cousins is a heart surgeon who describes his upbringing in southern West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan, explains why he chose a career as a heart surgeon, and provides advice to students who are interested in a medical career.  Curriculum relates to research in advances in medical care in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and to analysis of data from EKG and EEG testing.  A guided viewing worksheet is also provided.

Creating an Aircraft Industry

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Examine the early days of aviation and what led Bill Boeing to industrialize the Wright Brothers’ invention, in this video from WGBH and The Documentary Group. One hundred years ago, air shows thrilled large crowds of people. Even though the wood, wire, and cloth airplanes were noisy and somewhat unsafe, they caught Boeing’s imagination. He embarked on building an airplane manufacturing business, filling military orders at first. When World War I ended, he began making planes to transport the mail. Through airmail transportation, Boeing set the groundwork for today’s domestic airline network. This resource is part of the Aerospace Engineering Collection.

NOVA | Swarming Drones

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Roboticist Vijay Kumar explains the sensing systems in his drones in this video from NOVA. He is funded by the military to develop drones that can work autonomously. Currently, the drones he has developed can fly in formation only through communication with a computer, which tells them where they are in space relative to other drones. The goal is to enable the drones to do that automatically, so that they can maneuver anywhere without intervention.

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