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Primo Cubetto Playset

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Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that will teach your child the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands-on play. Montessori-approved, LOGO Turtle inspired.

Breakout Edu Kit

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The Breakout EDU kit includes everything you need to play over 350 games created for the classroom environment. The kit includes access to the new BreakoutEdu Platform to be used while using the kit.

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30 min.
Breakout Edu Kit

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.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

Up the Yangtze

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Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic locales will be submerged, and 2 million people will lose their homes and livelihoods. The Yu family desperately seeks a reprieve by sending their 16-year-old daughter to work in the cruise ship industry that has sprung up to give tourists a last glimpse of the legendary river valley. With cinematic sweep, Up the Yangtze explores lives transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history, a hotly contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle.

Community Garden

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Orville Edwards, an urban naturalist, describes how community gardens can help improve the quality of life in the city. Vacant lots in a neighborhood in Brooklyn are converted into gardens. Edwards works in the largest community garden. Green spaces, like this garden, become a sanctuary for people living in a busy, congested city. They become spaces for people to relax, experience healthy living and socialize with neighbors in a positive way. In this video segment from WILD TV, Edwards shares his hopes that the garden space will be replicated across the United States to bring people together.

SciGirls | Turtle Mania 04: Share

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Gathering data is but a portion of an inquiry investigation; the ultimate challenge is what to do with all that information. In this video clip from SciGirls: Turtle Mania, the girls gather up all the data from their turtle population study and basking platform test. They then interpret their observations, reach their conclusions and set about constructing a coherent and hopefully persuasive presentation. To truly get the most out of their investigation, it’s vital to remain open to new ideas even while sharing their final results.

Eco Electronics

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Engineer Erin Gately talks about the environmental aspects of her job with the printer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard, in this video adapted from DESIGN SQUAD. Erin takes apart old printers and recycles nearly all of the parts so that they can be used in new products. She and a work colleague explain how they are designing two new environmentally friendly printers, using recycled plastic and biodegradable material produced from corn instead of plastic.

NOVA: Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius | Getting an Education

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Learn about the education of chemist Percy Julian. Julian's early educational years paralleled an educational movement that prepared African Americans for industrial jobs, the growing white supremacist movement, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. Julian would eventually move north, and finally to Europe to earn his Ph.D. Explore more about this topic, from the NOVA program Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius.

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

Preserving the Forest of the Sea

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The University Herbarium at the University of California - Berkeley boasts one of the largest and oldest collections of seaweed in the United States, dating back to the time of the U.S. Civil War. Kathy Ann Miller, a curator at the herbarium, leads a massive project to digitize nearly 80,000 specimens of seaweed collected from the west coast of North America. When the project is finished, researchers from around the world will be able to go online and see the digital photographs along with collection information and a map of where the seaweeds were originally collected. 

Career Spotlight: Mechatronics Engineer

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Are you intellectually curious and eager to improve the world around you? If so, you might enjoy a career as a mechatronics engineer—a combination of electrical and mechanical engineering. Discover how mechatornics engineer Leila Madrone is engineering a better world at Otherlab, where she leads an engineering team that is dedicated to improving large solar power fields. She changes the size and composition or heliostats to make low-cost and energy-efficient solar systems. Before joining Otherlab, Madrone graduated from MIT with two degrees in electrical engineering and worked at NASA, where she created a device for taking high-resolution panoramic images. 

Five Years Later, What Were the Effects of the BP Oil Spill?

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Explore the long-term effects of the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from April 20, 2015.

Cleanup Continues at Japan Power Plant Five Years After Tsunami | PBS NewsHour

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See what progress has been made at Fukushima five years after the tsunami with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from March 11, 2016.

Can Coastal Tides Power America?

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Help students understand how underwater turbines turn tides into clean, renewable energy with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from September 16th, 2013.

How Lead Went from Household Staple to Dangerous Toxin | PBS NewsHour

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Learn why lead exposure is still a concern throughout the country with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from October 12, 2016.

Kenya Takes on E-Waste Problem

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Used electronics are one of the fastest growing sources of waste globally, and it is estimated that 15,000 tons of used computers and mobile phones are shipped to Kenya every year. Today, Kenya is trying to tackle the problem by building the country’s first electronics recycling hub.

Use these PBS NewsHour resources to inform students about the massive e-waste challenge created by the United States and other developed nations and how countries like Kenya are capitalizing on it.

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