Plants

When Giant Fungi Ruled | Eons

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420 million years ago, a giant feasted on the dead, growing slowly into the largest living thing on land. It belonged to an unlikely group of pioneers that ultimately made life on land possible -- the fungi.

Scientist Profile: Forest Canopy Researcher

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When Forest Canopy Researcher Nalini Nadkarni was young, she studied dance and biology. Now she puts on climbing gear and spends her time high up in the forest canopy of Washington State. The canopy is one of the last frontiers on Earth, and Nalini is studying how some plants in the canopy--called epiphytes--survive without having their roots in the ground. (Spanish version also available)

Episode 5: Big Man on Campus | Road Trip

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We take a closer look at the fields and careers of golf course management, mechanical engineering, welding, motorcycle service technology, optical lab technician, air conditioning technology, environmental technology, and commercial photography in this episode of Road Trip. When an older middle school student threatens to drop out, Daniel takes him on a series of special Road Trips in order to pique his interest in future career opportunities. Featured schools include: Augusta Technical College, Dekalb Technical College, Coastal Georgia Community College, and North Georgia Technical College. 

Dinosaur Train | A Plant that Eats Bugs!

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The Pteranodon family goes on a search for a plant that eats bugs as part of a scavenger hunt. They find the Drosera plant and learn that it has a tube-like structure as a stomach and attracts bugs because of its nectar.

Dinosaur Discoveries: Flowers | Dinosaur Train

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In this Dinosaur Train clip, Dr. Scott the Paleontologist discusses flowering plants and their appearance in the Cretaceous Period, near the end of the age of dinosaurs. They quickly took over the plant world.

Modern Sweetness: Genetically Engineering Apples

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Learn how scientists are attempting to enhance apples' defenses through genetic engineering.  Consider why it is important that they have a wide variety of genes with which to work.

 

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

Animal Power! | PLUM LANDING

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Explore a range of amazing skills and behaviors that animals use to survive in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. This media gallery pairs a PLUM LANDING animation and a related hands-on activity to provide about one hour of programming. Start by having kids watch Squirrel for a Day, a short animated video about how squirrels in cities and towns find water to drink, even on a dry day. Then, head outdoors for Animal-ympics, a hands-on contest that pits kids’ skills against the feats of amazing animal athletes. If time permits, wrap up your day by completing one or more of the “Explore Some More” activities.

Diversity of Hardwoods at Congaree Swamp

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The Congaree Swamp National Park is located on the floodplain between the Upper and Middle Coastal Plain provinces in South Carolina. Approximately 10 times a year, the Congaree River floods, providing essential nutrients for stimulating plant and wildlife growth in the swamp. In this video segment from NatureScene, learn about the identifying characteristics and habitats of southeastern hardwoods as host Jim Welch and naturalist Rudy Mancke explore one of the best-preserved examples of a mature forested floodplain.

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

Plant for the Planet

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11-year-old Felix Finkbeiner from Germany, inspired by Wangari Maathai, plants millions of trees. We learn from him how trees take up CO2 and help mitigate climate change. Students can research which tree species take up the most CO2. They can also calculate how much a tree takes up as it grows by measuring the circumference of its trunk. Plant trees in your schoolyard and community and track the growth of each tree (height and trunk diameter DBH) for an LTER (Long Term Research project) and carbon sequestration over time.

Rare Nebraska Featuring the Loess Canyon

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As a companion to NET’s The PlainStory podcast, NET has produced a set of immersive, experiential videos designed to give viewers a taste of rare Nebraskan habitats via 360 video and audio. We recommend viewing these using the Chrome browser and using headphones to get the full audio effect. We also recommend checking out The PlainStory podcast at plainstorypodcast.org, or wherever great podcasts are downloaded.

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