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As Valentines Day approaches, WGBY prepares to celebrate Love for Learning — a PBS Kids Fan Fair — on February 20th from 10am to 4pm at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.  Fun learning for families will fill the day, which includes PBS KIDS characters Elmo and Curious George, Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, children’s authors and illustrators, a special screening, and much more. Continue Reading »

What can a nuclear physicist and a search for aliens teach us about finding love – and doing math?  In “The Odds of Finding Life and Love,” from the PBS Digital Studios series It’s Okay to be Smart, host Joe Hanson pairs the question of finding love with Enrico Fermi’s paradox of why we haven’t crossed paths with any extraterrestrials, given the billions of stars and planets in the galaxy and 13 billion years of existence.

While considering big numbers, you’ll find thousand of resources

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True to its reputation as America’s Largest Classroom, PBS has many resources to engage young and young adult students in our country’s past, present and future presidents.  Presidents Day | All About the Holidays, accompanied by support materials for grades 1-5, shows how the holiday evolved from a birthday party for George Washington to an observance for all of the Presidents.

Letters to the Next President 2.0 connects 13-18 year olds as they research, write and voice their opinions on issues that matter to them in the coming election. Teachers and mentors can also facilitate civic participation for a new generation by signing up to receive resources and  Continue Reading »

Imaging technology allows scientists and doctors to gather information about the human brain without cutting it open with each technique having its advantages and disadvantages.  In this interactive activity from the NOVA scienceNOW website, students learn about several brain mapping techniques: MRI, fMRI, PET, MEG, DTI, and probabilistic.

Accompanied by support materials, the interactive shows Continue Reading »

Just as viewers turn to PBS NewsHour for trusted news and election coverage, teachers and students can now count on ELECTION CENTRAL, an online destination of election-related resources and content.  Its age-appropriate, thoughtfully curated information will teach K-12 students about the political process throughout the year.

Content in ELECTION CENTRAL will be refreshed weekly and when timely events occur (e.g., after debates or after primary elections).  Features include:

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SciGirls, an award-winning PBS KIDS series, website, and national outreach initiative for ages 8-12, is in its 3rd season.  Inspiring girls to science are animated characters Izzie, her best friend Jake, and the SciGirls — bright, curious, real-life scientist mentors.  Izzie also invites viewers to hang out on the SciGirls website, a safe social networking environment where girls can play games, connect, create personal profiles and avatars, share projects and watch every episode.

You can also find hundreds of SciGirls’ resources for students Continue Reading »

I opened my email from LinkedIn Pulse, curious to find out about “The Best Teacher I Ever Had,” and discovered that the “I” was Bill Gates and the teacher was Richard Feinman, a Nobel Laureate and Harvard prof who had captivated me long ago.  Though I was teaching high school language arts and Feinman was a scientist — he who discovered the cause of the space shuttle explosion — I was drawn to his joy and energy as an educator, something Bill Gates discusses here.

We can all learn something from this beloved teacher about Continue Reading »

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