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Magnapinna Squid | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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"We were doing a dive with our remote vehicle off of Hawaii at about 4,000 meters ... and saw what looked like a rope hanging in front of the camera," says David Clague of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). "It turned out to be one of the arms of this gigantic squid! None of us had seen anything like it." Join Michael Hearst from Songs for Unusual Creatures as he visits David at MBARI in Moss Landing, CA to discuss the Magnapinna Squid. Then undulate along to spectacular footage of this unusual creature while music is performed on trumpet, trombone, and tuba.

Elephant Shrew | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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It's true; it's true; there's an elephant shrew! Surprisingly, it's not related to the shrew at all. In fact, it's more closely related to manatees, aardvarks, tenrecs, and -- you guessed it -- elephants! Join Michael Hearst from Songs for Unusual Creatures as he visits the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Then check out his band performing the song he came up with for these unusual creatures. 

Jesus Christ Lizard | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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Behold the Jesus Christ Lizard! People have given the common basilisk this name because of its amazing ability to run on water. This unusual creature inspired Michael Hearst from Songs for Unusual Creatures to compose a song for the toy piano and his friend Margaret Leng Tan was kind enough to play it.

Light Painting | Full-Time Kid

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Do you have a camera? Then you can learn to paint with light! See all the fun shapes Mya, the Full-Time Kid makes and make some of your own!

Homemade BIRD HOUSE | Full-Time Kid

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Make your own birdhouse in this simple project using all household recyclables! Birdwatching is a fantastic outdoors activity, and by adding birdhouses to your backyard you’re creating a safe and welcoming place for more birds call home.

Star Trek at 50: Science Fiction or Science Fact? | STEM in 30

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50 years ago this September, one of the most popular shows in the history of television premiered. Star Trek has inspired generations of scientists, astronauts, and engineers, and introduced many technologies that have gone from science fiction to science reality. Boldly go on a voyage with STEM in 30 as we explore the Star Trek universe, including the studio model of the starship Enterprise on display in our Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

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.

DIY Sponge Balls | Full-Time Kid

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These simple sponge balls are fun, safe and easy to make! Just grab some sponges, scissors and zip-ties or rubber bands!

DIY Melted Crayon Art | Full-Time Kid

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Recycle old crayons into beautiful art! Use a hair dryer to melt the crayons or leave outside to melt under the sun.

Mark Catesby Explores New Worlds

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[00:29:37] Shorter edited version provided by the Catesby Commemorative Trust. In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches.

Pitch: Straw Kazoo

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In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members make a simple musical instrument from a straw. Through their exploration, they discover that pitch--how high or low a sound seems--can be altered by simply shortening the straw. This demonstrates the direct relationship between pitch and the amount of vibrating air contained in a musical instrument.

Hana's Japanese Drums

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Drums have played an important role in many cultures for thousands of years. In this video segment from ZOOM, a young girl named Hana talks about her interest in the art of Japanese Taiko drumming and describes the drums and techniques involved in this traditional art form.

DIY Piñata | Full-Time Kid

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Make a paper mache piñata and stuff it with your favorite candy or toys. Enjoy destroying it with friends or family!

Kites | STEM in 30

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Did you know that the first aeronautical object in the National Air and Space Museum collection is a kite acquired in 1876? Kites aren’t only fun objects to fly at the beach or on the National Mall, they have a long and important history. The Wright brothers tested their wing warping theory with a kite and kites have also been used during wartime. In this episode of STEM in 30 we’ll look at not only how kites fly but their importance to aviation history.

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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