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Soil | Science Trek

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Soil is the top layer of the Earth. Without soil, there would be no life on our planet. There is a lot more to the study of soil than just dirt. On this month’s Science Trek, host Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guests, David Huber and Carla Rebernak, will answer students’ questions about soil and the environment.

How Horses Read Our Expressions

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You can often tell how someone is feeling by the expression on their face, but did you know horses can recognize expressions too? This video from NATURE: Equus, "Story of the Horse” shows how scientists discovered that horses not only express many different emotions, they can also recognize expressions of emotion in other horses and in people. This lesson can be used to help students develop their own emotional awareness. Discussion questions and a fun “Emotions Charades” game help students recognize emotions in other people, and understand their personal reactions to the emotions of others.

Where Did "The Eagle Has Landed" Come From? | Your Space Place

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The Apollo Program got us to the moon! Apollo Elementary is one of the many schools in Brevard County with a space-related name. The history of the mission is very important to the school and to the space coast. 

Can You Make a Plaster Cast like a Crime Scene Investigator? | Science-U

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The Science-U campers used plaster casts to determine who left shoe prints at the scene of the crime. You can set up your own mystery, or just have fun making plaster casts out of anything you want! Try it yourself with our step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable support materials, or on the Science-U.org website.

Bears | Science Trek

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This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek shows bears' adaptations for eating. These include prehensile lips, and claws. It explains that they have to eat a lot before their winter hibernation.  Then  join two biologists as they set a trap for a bear as part of their research project about bear movement. Learn what a GPS collar is used for and what information a bear's tooth reveal.

Astronomy | Science Trek

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Astronomy is the study of the things beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, everything from the tiniest parts of the atom to the vast cosmos. Learn more about the science of astronomy. Learn the difference between an optical telescope and a reflecting telescope like the Hubble Space Telescope. Discover the benefits of having a telescope in space rather than on earth and the future plans for telescopes in space. Then Kenneth Carpenter, Hubble Space Telescope Operations Project Scientist answers students' questions in the Web Show.

Cat Adaptations: Agility

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Cheetahs are extraordinary animals. Not only can they run at tremendous speeds, they are also extremely agile creatures. In this video from Super Cats: A NATURE Miniseries, students explore how cheetahs’ unique body structures help them move quickly to catch prey. After watching the video, students can test their own agility with the Run Like a Cheetah activity.

Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions and vocabulary. For more resources from NATURE, check out the collection page.

Barbara Morgan, Educator in Space | Science Trek

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President Ronald Reagan launched the teacher-in-space program and Barbara Morgan signed up. She wanted to show her students in McCall, Idaho that her classroom could be anywhere, even beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. But tragedy almost derailed her chance. Learn how Morgan became American’s Educator Astronaut and taught us all how to reach for the stars.

Dinosaurs with David Varricchio | Science Trek

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Paleontologists are finding more and more about dinosaurs every day. Recent finds tell us more about the color of their skin, if they had feathers, how they lived and how they died. Paleontologist Dave Varricchio takes us on a tour of a dinosaur dig and answers students’ questions about dinosaurs.

Animal Migration | Science Trek

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Animal migrations don’t just happen in the spring and aren’t just something birds do. Lots of different animals migrate and for good reasons. Why? What is it that drives animals to move from one part of the country to another and then back again?

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