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Pitch: Super Sounding Drums

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The construction of a drum -- the materials it is made of, its size and shape, and the tension of its top, or drumhead -- all affect how the drum sounds. In this video segment, two members of the ZOOM cast create drums of different sizes, shapes, materials, and tensions, and compare the results.

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

Balloon Brain: Designing a Helmet

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As humans, we thankfully have more going for us than the balloon brains depicted in this video segment adapted from ZOOM. Still, the failed efforts of some of the ZOOM cast members to design adequate protection for their balloon brains illustrates the importance of wearing a proper helmet and protecting your own brain whenever you skate, rollerblade, ski, or ride a bike.

Rivers | Science Trek

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This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek takes you down Idaho's Snake River as it explains river formation, use, and terminology. What is an inner and outer bank, an oxbow, a meander and what makes rapids, are some of the questions that will be answered.

Triangles: Designing a Newspaper Chair

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Once it's been read, there's often little more to do with the daily newspaper than to add it to that towering stack of recyclables we collect each week. In this video segment, however, the ZOOM cast demonstrates how innovative design can turn this otherwise flimsy material into a relatively solid piece of furniture.

It's a p-h!

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, the puppet band Phish performs a rockin' song about the “ph” sound. Some featured words are: photo, phonebook, pheasant, phantom, phony, alphabet, phonograph, catastrophic, paragraph, autograph, philosophic, euphoric, and phenomenal. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

Kid Inventor: The Collapsible Lacrosse Stick

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Many inventions are born of a need to be able to easily store or transport an item without negatively affecting its intended function. In this video segment from ZOOM, a young inventor named Lauren explains the motivation behind her collapsible lacrosse stick.

Turtle Defense

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In this video from the WPSU’s series Outside, a staff member from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center at Penn State University explains how some species of turtle protect themselves in their environment. Turtles, like many other species, are facing obstacles that threaten their survival. Some of these obstacles have threatened turtle survival for centuries, while others have emerged more recently and are caused by human activities.

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

Animal Families | Everyday Learning

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Families are our introduction to society. By living and growing within a small connected group, we are prepared for encounters with larger groups within society. Animal families provide a great example of similarities and differences within various family groups. This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Wolf Research | Science Trek

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This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek shows the process a research biologist goes through to trap, measure and put a radio collar on wolves.

A World Tour of Clocks

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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Harry discusses the importance of telling time and describes the ways that people are able to keep track of time. He describes a variety of different timekeepers, such as clocks, watches, and hourglasses. He also discusses the difference between digital and analog clocks.

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