The week of February 17th is National Engineers Week. WBGY’s video lending library has a number of titles covering topics such as bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, the building of the Panama Canal and other feats of design and engineering. (more…)
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- The Sweet Science of Chocolate | Grades 4-13+ | Video | Chocolate makers explain the elaborate engineering and chemistry behind this tasty treat
While a recently posted Design Squad challenge has closed, here’s another with 25 days left to enter! Design Squad invites students to enter their Build It Better challenge — to design improvements to things that they use everyday. During the month of November, the series is presenting three themed design challenges along with matching photos to get students started. Students can use their sketch-on-sketch feature to sketch designs and improvements on top of the provided photos to show how they would make the original item better.
Approved designs will be shared on the Design Squad website and kids can use stickers to vote for their favorites. Nate and Deysi, the show’s motivating engineer hosts, will also share their top picks for each theme on the website. At the end of the month, the designs with the most votes, plus a few that Nate and Deysi choose, will get special virtual stickers to use on their website!
Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged brain injuries, classroom, engineering, frontline, grades 5-8, grades 9-12, lesson plan, NFL, pbs, pbs learningmedia, science, technology, video on October 7, 2013 |
This Tuesday, October 8, at 9pm, WGBY airs League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis. In a special investigation, FRONTLINE joins prize-winning journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada to reveal the hidden story of brain injuries and the NFL, which is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has covered up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players.
The FRONTLINE investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, death, and other devastating consequences for some of football’s all-time greats. Watch a preview.
Here are a few examples from pages of classroom resources about the brain at PBS LearningMedia:
Whether you’re a seasoned professional, a new educator or somewhere in between, we hope you trust, value and rely on PBS Education resources. Here are two new and noteworthy ones from Design Squad Nation that may be helpful as you begin to find inspiration for the coming new school year:
Mission Solar System
New Resources | Grades 4-8
NASA and Design Squad Nation have teamed up to inspire a new generation of engineers with this engaging collection of hands-on activities. Explore it here!
Back to School Webinar
Aug. 21 | 10-11AM EST | Free
Looking to incorporate resources from the new Back to School Webinar collection into your classroom or after-school program? Then this webinar is for you! Email Design Squad Nation to sign up (subject: “WEBINAR”).
This DVD is timely, with vacation on everyone’s mind at this time of year! Get pre-schoolers and kindergarteners in the right frame of mind to make productive use of their summertime. And we know that even older children love watching and meeting Curious George.
In this DVD George’s 8 fun-filled shows — each with a companion episode starring real kids — teach valuable lessons in science, math, and engineering that kids will want to watch over and over again. Borrow Curious George Takes a Vacation (I.D. 2108) for a month by clicking here
Posted in PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged classroom, engineering, grades 5-8, grades 9-12, ITEA National Study of Technology Content Standards, MA Curriculum Frameworks, pbs, science, STEM, Video Lending Library on May 31, 2013 |
DESIGN SQUAD NATION is a 10-part series of TV shows and video blogs that build on the success of the award-winning PBS reality competition series DESIGN SQUAD to get kids excited about engineering. DESIGN SQUAD NATION is high-energy, high-drama reality TV led by Judy and Adam, two professional engineers who work with kids around the world to make their wishes come true through engineering. View a slideshow or watch this sample video about how kids can build their own rollercoaster!
You can use these activities, animations, video profiles, and episodes in classrooms and afterschool programs, in libraries and museums, at events and at home. Find resources by topics such as Electricity, Health, Sound/Music and Space/Transportation, and download various guides for school and afterschool programs like the Educators’ Guide. Organized by theme, the guide has 10 activities focused on electricity, force and energy, structures, and simple machines that correspond to the ITEA National Study of Technology Content Standards and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Science and Technology/Engineering Standards.
Design Squad is a reality competition series where eight teenagers learn to think smart, build fast, and contend with a wild array of engineering challenges. With Design Squad Nation, engineer co-hosts Judy and Adam travel across the country, working side by side with kids and using engineering to turn kids’ dreams into reality. On the Web, Design Squad provides students with a forum to brainstorm, submit project ideas, and respond to the ideas of others through sketches and real world prototypes. Check out this clip below in which a cast member designs, prototypes, and completes a working pulley.
From staff and wire reports, eSchool News, October 16, 2012 — The government recognizes that we need to get more students interested in math, science and technology if America is going to compete in an ever increasingly technology-based world. In Connecticut, a group of teenagers have teamed up with a local engineering firm to build an electric car. Seventh graders in some Illinois schools are designing playground equipment using advanced modeling software. Middlesboro, Ky., eighth graders are going to have a “robot drag race” later this year. These and many more projects across the nation are made possible by the nonprofit organization Project Lead The Way (PLTW), which provides STEM curriculum and programs to schools across the country.
PLTW uses project-based learning to prepare students for the global economy. It also offers professional development for teachers and includes a network of educators, students, universities, and professionals who work together to design the curriculum.
Read the entire story by clicking here.
Sid the Science Kid’s “Technology & Engineering Week” starts today, running from December 5th – 9th, with new episodes that have a special focus on inspiring young children to take an interest in science. The kick off episode, “I Want to Be a Scientist” stars Emmy award-winning actress, America Ferrera as the voice of Dr. Rosalinda Cordova.