Geography

Designing and Engineering the Colosseum | Time Scanners: Colosseum: Chapter 2

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To learn more about the engineering design of Rome's Colosseum, the team travels to the city of Pozzuoli in this segment from Time Scanners. Pozzuoli's smaller, yet beautifully preserved amphitheatre is extremely similar to the Colosseum's design. The team explores the hypogeum, an area beneath the fighting arena from where the Romans staged the gladiators and wild animals before the fights.

A Defiant Day in Court for Egypt’s Ex-President

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 5th, 2013.

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi appeared in court Monday to face criminal charges of inciting violence. 

Campaign: Political Campaigns in Japan

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This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film Campaign, a peek into political campaigning in Japan as experienced by a man running for a critical seat on a suburban city council. Classrooms can use this lesson to examine Japanese campaign strategies that are restricted and permitted by law, and then discuss how these activities could affect the strength of the country's democracy.

Inside Herodium | Time Scanners: Jerusalem: Chapter 3

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Travel with a team of expert engineers and archaeologists to the ancient site of Herodium, Israel in this segment from Time Scanners. The team uses laser scan technology to discover what techniques Herod used to build the mountain and then they recreate what the once opulent palace would have looked like.

Minorities in Homogenous Communities | America by the Numbers

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Learn about the complexity of being a minority in a majority-Caucasian community, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Hear from Joshua "Hoss" Hoston, the only African American firefighter in his town. Find out how the demographic shifts in Northern Idaho since the 1990s have affected him and his family.

Raising the Roof | Time Scanners: Colosseum

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See how a team of engineers uses technology to reimagine a roof covering Rome's Colosseum in this clip from Time Scanners. For evidence and clues to the past, the team takes to the sky to see how vertical masts dotted around the stadium may have created an awning system.

Teddy Roosevelt and the Grand Canyon | Ken Burns: The National Parks

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In May 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt traveled to the Grand Canyon. It was his first visit and he was overwhelmed by the vista from the south rim. Said Roosevelt to the crowd that had gathered to greet him, "leave it as it is; the ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it."

Nepal Earthquake Destroys Ancient Temples, Historic Sites

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See the extent of the damage to Nepal's temples with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 7, 2015. 

Syrian Child Refugees Work in the Fields

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Go inside the lives of children whose families have been displaced by ISIS with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from December 8, 2014.

Water in the Jordan Desert | Time Scanners: Petra: Chapter 3

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See how an ancient system of cisterns served the city of Petra in this segment from Time Scanners. The team uses their radar scanning technology to explore underground water cisterns that would have been used for drinking and bathing.

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