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Animal Adaptations: Polar Bear Paws

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Polar bear cubs learn how to walk through snow and over ice in this video from NATURESnow Bears.” In the accompanying classroom activity, students use the engineering design process to design a slip stopper, mimicking the adult polar bear adaptation of footpads that prevent sliding on ice. Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions and vocabulary.

Electricity | Science Trek

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In this video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek you follow electricity from its generation at a hydroelectric plant to your home, while learning some of the vocabulary about electricity. Discover some other sources of electricity, and why it is so dangerous.

SciGirls | Alma Stephanie Tapia: Ingeniera en Materiales / Materials Engineer

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Alma Stephanie is a Metallurgical and Materials Engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

NOTE: Video is in Spanish, with subtitles in both Spanish and English.

SciGirls | Mejorando Procesos 03: Prueba y Compartir (Test and Share)

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After brainstorming the girls come up with some ideas about how to make the process of filling backpacks more efficient. They test their ideas by asking for some help from friends. After determining the most efficient new process the girls train the food shelf volunteers and staff.

Creating Comics | Media Arts Toolkit

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Reading and creating comic strips and comic books are engaging ways to promote literacy at any grade level and across content areas. The students in this video are members of a high school comic book club and have access to drawing tablets and Adobe Photoshop, so they can achieve sophisticated results. Even without such software, however, teachers can still integrate digital comics into a wide range of teaching situations. 

There are a number of comic books, especially contemporary ones, that are not “school appropriate,” so you might want to guide students’ web research on comic books.

Deepfakes: Can You Spot a Phony Video? | Above the Noise

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Recently, a doctored video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi got millions of views on social media. Deepfakes are becoming easier to make and spread, and Above the Noise is here to help people understand this new phenomenon and what to do about it. 

Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

 

 

Hard Times at Home | Moon Memories

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Outside of working for a moon landing, there were more challenges for NASA employees and contractors.

Should We Get Free Money from the Government? | Above the Noise

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When the robots come to take our jobs, what are we all going to do to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table? That’s the question that the universal basic income (UBI) hopes to answer. The government gives everyone JUST enough money to afford the basics so that no one falls into total, abject poverty. Supporters think a universal income is essential to fight financial inequality and help the millions of people who could lose their jobs to artificial intelligence. But opponents think it would be WAY too expensive and could hurt the economy by stripping away the incentive to work. Where do you stand? Is the universal basic income a good idea or bad idea? Have your students join the discussion with other students across the country on KQED Learn. (Log in required.)

Drought Case Study: California

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See how severe drought impacted people in California and learn how communities adapted to the water shortage. Use this resource to provide relevance and context for learning about drought and opportunities for students to evaluate adaptation strategies.

Robotics | Science Trek

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This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek defines a robot, explains the 3 parts of a robot, and informs us of some of the many different ways they are used.  Then Josh Johnston, research scientist at Boise State University and Dean Klein, Vice President of Advanced Memory Solutions at Micron, will answer students’ questions about robots on "Robtics: The Web Show."  And on our "Watch This" segment Scientists at UGOBE explain how they designed and built Pleo, a baby Camarasaurus dinosaur toy.

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