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Snow Shelter

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This DragonflyTV segment demonstrates how and why an igloo-like shelter called a quinzhee can keep you warm at night, and illustrates how snow and clouds affect air temperatures and serve as insulators against extreme cold and heat.

Is It Square?

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See three techniques for determining whether a rectangle truly has square corners. Learn more about construction technologies in this animation from Design Squad Nation.

Blossom and Snappy Build Scale Models | Count On It!

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Blossom and Snappy learn about scale models and how they are used in the design and construction of buildings. They visit an architectural firm, a construction site, Clark Atlanta University Art Gallery, and Clark Atlanta University Science Center. They learn how to build their own scale model of a house.

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.

How Architects Use Toy Blocks for Modeling

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In this video from SciTech Now, learn how one Seattle-based architect uses building blocks to unleash his creativity. Although Jeffrey Pelletier mainly plays with building blocks for fun, such as building a 7ft. long spaceship, he also uses building blocks as a modeling tool and source of inspiration for his architecture projects.

Spokane's 21st Century Fox | Local Landmark

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Spokane's Fox Theater has been "The Place to Go" since it opened in 1931. Lines formed around the block to view the latest feature and famous performers graced its stage. Even during its decline, the theater has retained its vestiges of elegance in its faded murals and dusty chandeliers. 

Threatened by demolition, the Fox survived the wrecking ball thanks to the efforts of the Spokane community. The KSPS documentary Spokane’s 21st Century Fox explores the history of the Fox Theater, from its grand opening in 1931 to the renovation process that led to the grand-reopening of the theater in 2007.

These video segments and accompanying learning guide will help students define and analyze “city” vocabulary words, research local historical landmarks, and examine the history of the Fox Theater, a significant cultural landmark in Spokane, Washington. Visit KSPS Education for additional educator resources.

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!

STEM from the START | Materials 7

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The Quinks meet Meghan, a civil engineer. She explains how she builds things like roads and how it is important that she pick the right materials so the road are strong and smooth enough for cars to drive on. Meghan challenges students to use tape and construction paper to build a bridge between books.

Is It Long Enough? - Video | The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

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Nick and Sally find a bamboo stalk that they want to use as a bridge. It’s definitely strong enough... but is it long enough? 

Beaver Lodge - Wild Kratts | PBS KIDS Lab

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Use this game resource to teach children how beavers build a cozy home for their family. Chris and Martin stumble into the cozy home of a family of beavers.

Utiliza este juego par enseñar a niños cómo los castores construyen un hogar para sus familias. Chris y Martin tropiezan en la casa de una familia de castores. 

Building a Beaver Pond

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Explore the building power of beavers and the large impact they can have on the environment when they build a dam! Viewers see an example of a pond that formed as a result of a dam in a river and learn about the habitat created for many animals as a result of the pond!

Greatest Creature Builder - Wild Kratts | PBS KIDS Lab

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Use this video to teach children how beavers build dams that transform the landscapes around them. Chris and Martin meet one of nature's master builders, the Beaver.

Utiliza este vídeo par enseñar a niños cómo los castores construyen represas que transforman su alrededor. Chris y Martin miran a el constructor de la naturaleza, el castor.

Triangles: Testing the Strength of a Gumdrop Dome

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In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, cast members construct simple structures based on the light-but-strong design of the geodesic dome using gumdrops and toothpicks. These gumdrop domes help demonstrate that some shapes, like triangles, are inherently strong while others, like squares, are comparatively weak.

Building the Channel Tunnel

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With state-of-the-art equipment at their disposal, it seems that nothing stands in the way of today's tunnel engineers. This video segment adapted from Building Big, details the technical challenges involved in completing the Channel Tunnel, an underwater tunnel that links England and France for the first time ever, and shows how building teams from the two countries met those challenges.

Tunneling for Water: Understanding the Riverbank Filtration System

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In this video, staff members from Louisville Water Company explain the importance of groundwater, the widespread use of wells, and the riverbank filtration project's unique combination of a collection tunnel and a well system. The head engineer explains the many advantages of using such a system, which is then explored through an animated diagram.

This resource is part of the Louisville Water Company: Tunneling for Water collection.

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