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Nanotechnology

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Western Carolina University Professor Mary Anna LaFratta challenged her motion graphics students to create short animations about something so small you can’t see it even with a conventional microscope. Working with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), they created a project that spans science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) to illustrate the uses of nanotechnology. Watch this six-part series of student animations.

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Cooking Cookies with Solar Power

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The ZOOM cast tests two homemade solar cookers to determine which one can cook a "s'more" faster. Both designs exploit the fact that heat flows in three ways: by conduction, convection, and radiation. Though one cooker performs better than the other, they both outperform the experiment's control setup.

Funny Boat

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It may be admirable to create something useful out of garbage, but it could be risky to trust your life to a boat made from items others have thrown away. In this video segment adapted from FETCH!™, cast members put their engineering design skills to the test when they are challenged to construct a boat that floats, can be steered, and is propelled by something other than oars. This resource is useful for introducing components of Engineering Design (ETS) from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to grades K-8 students.

Columns: Hillary's Neighborhood

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In this video segment from ZOOM, Hillary, from Randolph, MA, proves she knows a thing or two about columns. She identifies their structural components, explains how and where they are used, and encourages viewers to look around their own communities for columns. If they're anything like her town, columns are everywhere!

Curious George: Ramp-n-Roll

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George must figure out how to build a ramp so that Hundley, a little dachshund, can get out of a basement window in this video excerpt from Curious George: Hundley’s Great Escape. In the accompanying lesson plan, children play with ramps and objects that roll in order to understand simple machines.

This resource is part of the Curious George STEM Collection.

Curious George: Blast Off!

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George travels in a rocket to the International Space Station in this video excerpt from Curious George’s Rocket Ride. In the accompanying lesson plan, children build and launch their own air-powered rockets, exploring air’s power to move objects and testing different designs.

This resource is part of the Curious George STEM Collection.

Curious George: Going Green

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George transforms his "junk" collection into a work of art and helps his friends become the winners of Pretty City Day in this video excerpt from Curious George: Junky Monkey. In the accompanying lesson plan, children make boats with materials that might have otherwise been discarded. In sailing their boats, they also learn about how air can make objects move.

This resource is part of the Curious George STEM Collection.

Blossom and Snappy GO GO GO | Count On It!

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Robbie's car needs to go to the auto mechanic, so Blossom and Snappy think of other ways she can get to work. They learn how the Atlanta transit system works, they visit the airport, and they even explore the possibilities of Robbie renting a car, riding a skateboard, a wagon, going horseback, roller-skating, or climbing a tree.

Gator Farm | America's Heartland

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Cattle, horses, or pigs are usually what you think of when you think of livestock. Well, in Florida this farm raises Alligators. Take a look at this unique niche farm and how they operate. 

Dinosaur GPS

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A paleontologist experiments with using Landsat spectral signatures to find fossils.

Nature Cat | Breezy Rider

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Nature Cat and his pals are enjoying a windy day by flying kites in the park. But the merriment takes a turn when a strong gust of wind blows Squeeks’ kite up into the sky with Squeeks still holding onto it! Nature Cat, Daisy and Hal snap to action, chasing the kite to get Squeeks, tally ho!

Dinosaur Train | Introducing the Dinosaur Train Submarine!

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In this Dinosaur Train clip, Mr. Conductor unveils the new Dinosaur Train Submarine, enabling the gang to follow their friend Elmer Elasmosaurus and his family as they migrate to follow their prey.

Meet G.L.O.G. - Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab

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Help children build vocabulary and understand STEM education concepts. T.D. imagines the future of an ever-increasing pile of garbage, named "Glog."

Este video se centra en ayudar a niños para aprender vocabulario y entender los conceptos de educación STEM. T.D. imagina el futuro de una pila creciente de basura, denominada Glog.

Champion Mistakes | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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Creating a learning environment where mistakes are seen as welcome obstacles to overcome can help lead to new discoveries and the ability to persist through tough challenges.

Learning Resources | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8. Below you can find resources and activities designed for educators to support the use of the app in both formal and informal learning settings.

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