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Machinist | Great Job!

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Machinist John Morris uses a computerized machining center to produce complicated parts out of metal & plastic that are accurate to fractions of an inch.

Career Connections | Supply Chain Manager

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Meet a warehouse manager who explains how he uses supply chain computer technology to monitor inbound and outbound products in his rewarding job in a large, 24/7, warehouse operation.

Cheese by the Numbers: 33

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Do you know what percentage of milk produced in the U.S. is used for cheese? Do you know how much milk you need to make a pound of cheese? Find out in this segment of Cheese Cubed.

NOVA: Making Stuff Faster | The Math Behind Package Delivery

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Learn how UPS, a global package delivery company, has developed an algorithm to schedule routes for its delivery trucks in this video from NOVA: Making Stuff Faster. Host and technology columnist David Pogue examines how difficult it is to find the most efficient way to visit multiple locations—a mathematical challenge known as the "traveling salesman problem." UPS has developed a system that breaks the problem down into smaller problems so that a computer can approximate the best solution without having to do an astronomical amount of calculations.

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

Career Connections | Architect Sports Planner

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An associate principal of an architectural firm that designs stadiums and athletic facilities talks about his love of drawing from a young age and how he thinks "outside the box" to make a client's vision a reality.

Career Connections | Construction Manager

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Learn from a construction manager at a major construction firm about how drawings are made and how quality control is performed. Hear about safety, change orders and the importance of following the budget.

Quantus

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Learn about the use of quantification, coordinates and basic foundations of model construction and animation using a computer.

What is a fractal (and why do they matter)? | MIT's Science Out Loud

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Fractals are complex, never-ending patterns created by repeating mathematical equations. Yuliya, a undergrad in Math at MIT, delves into their mysterious properties and how they can be found in technology and nature.

Applied Imagination | Muse Moments

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Meet the Applied Imagination team, visit the workshop, and witness the process of creating intricate garden railway displays. Each building in these tiny towns is historically accurate, architecturally correct, and constructed of plant materials.

Design Squad: Sound

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Learn about the fundamentals of sound as student teams create percussive and stringed instruments for a local band, in this video segment adapted from DESIGN SQUAD—a PBS TV series featuring high school contestants tackling engineering challenges. In the process, the teams learn about the physics of sound and music and then apply this knowledge to the construction of their own instruments. Watch to find out which instruments the band finds worthy of debuting in their next live show.

MN Original | Assemblage Artist Jan Elftmann

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Learn how Jan Elftmann’s penchant for collecting objects shines through in all of her work. She makes art approachable for the every day person in her playful assemblage work and eye-catching art cars.

Elftmann helped found the Minnesota ArtCar Parade after she completed her first art car–a pick up truck covered with 10,000 wine bottle corks. She’s currently working on her third art car.

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Clifton Suspension Bridge

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This video segment from Building Big highlights the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of the earliest of its kind. Though it was completed in 1864, when pedestrians, animals, and horse-drawn carriages were its main forms of traffic, its iron chain-link cables and stone piers today carry four million cars and other vehicles a year.

Designing the Mall | The National Mall - America's Front Yard

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Learn about the evolution and design of the National Mall from its inception and explore the early considerations made by its designer, Pierre Charles L’Enfant. The design of the capitol city involved converting tidal flats, forests, and farmland into the major landmarks we see today. L’Enfant placed major landmarks on high points, placing the Capitol Building on the highest spot. Other design elements included a space for the President's house, the Washington Monument, and a grand promenade, lined with buildings and a broad canal, better known today as our National Mall.

A New Medium | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Learn how Jim Henson’s childhood in rural Mississippi influenced his career and his passion for drawing and building things in this excerpt from the video In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. See how 12-year old Jim is drawn to the new medium of television and the art of ventriloquism, particularly that of Edgar Bergen.

Puppet Partnership | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Explore the early years of Jim Henson and puppeteer Frank Oz’s unique creative partnership in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. The puppeterring duo first met in 1960 when Oz was just 17-years old. Their pioneering work in early 1960s television, including the network variety series The Jimmy Dean Show, reveals the complexities of their relationship.

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