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Clubhouse Theme: What Is Sound? | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Abby Brown, KIDS Clubhouse Adventures co-host, loves to help kids have fun while learning! In this segment, Abby teaches kids about sound. Whether used for entertainment or communication, all sounds are created the same way, with tiny vibrations.

Get Up & Go Play!: Simple Machines | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Playing outside makes kids happier, healthier and stronger! In this segment of KIDS Clubhouse Adventures, Abby Brown visits a playground with a group of kids. Together they discover that their park is full of simple machines!

The Geology of Iowa's Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve | Iowa Land and Sky

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With 510 acres, Big Sand Mound is home to undisturbed prairies, shallow ponds and woodlands, and it has the highest concentration of threatened and endangered species in the state. Of more than 400 different plants at the site, 80 percent are native. The preserve is jointly owned by MidAmerican Energy Company and Monsanto Company, with MidAmerican Energy owning 420 acres and Monsanto owning 90. The sand prairie of Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve in unlike any other sand prairie in Iowa, the result of sentiment residue from glacier melt.

Farmers' Debts Increase (7) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Farmers problems increase during the late 1970s and through the 1980s as interest rates continue to skyrocket, land prices plummet, and farmers find themselves over-leveraged. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Lessons Learned (20) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Many lessons are learned from the farm crisis of the 1980s, while those lessons not learned leave open the possibilities of those events repeating. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Get Up & Go Play!: Active Storytelling | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Playing outside makes kids happier, healthier and stronger! In this segment of KIDS Clubhouse Adventures, co-host Abby Brown goes to the library to teach kids an active way to tell stories. Using a soft foam toy, kids create storylines as they toss the toy from friend to friend, each adding their own embellishment.

Get Up & Go Play!: Horseback riding | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Playing outside makes kids happier, healthier and stronger! In this segment of KIDS Clubhouse Adventures, Abby Brown goes horseback with kids. Together they discover how riding horses can feel a bit like a fairy tale as they imagine where they’d go and who they’d be in a fairy tale of their very own.

Scientists Study Endangered Species in Iowa's Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve | Iowa Land and Sky

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With 510 acres, Big Sand Mound is home to undisturbed prairies, shallow ponds and woodlands, and it has the highest concentration of threatened and endangered species in the state. Of more than 400 different plants at the site, 80 percent are native. The preserve is jointly owned by MidAmerican Energy Company and Monsanto Company, with MidAmerican Energy owning 420 acres and Monsanto owning 90. Josh Otten, scientist and researcher, and Don Becker, conservation technologist, explain the processes used to track, monitor, and protect yellow mud turtles, ornate box turtles, and the pocket mouse. 

 

Debating Farm Crisis Causes and Solutions (9) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Politicians and policymakers debate the causes and solutions for the farm crisis. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Get Up & Go Play: Musical Hula Hoops | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Playing outside makes kids happier, healthier and stronger! In this segment of KIDS Clubhouse Adventures, co-host Abby Brown plays Musical Hula Hoops with a group of friends. The only way to stay in the game, is to listen closely to the music so that when it stops, you won’t be stranded without a hula hoop!

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