Archive for the ‘Engineering’ Category

You can plan ahead for upcoming professional development and classroom webinars such as one on the science of the brain with Dr. David Eagleman, host of the PBS series “The Brain with Dr. Eagleman,” premiering Wednesdays, October 14-November 18 at 10pm on WGBY.

And if you were unable to attend PBS LearningMedia’s recent webinar, “Recounting America’s Greatest Stories: A Conversation with Ken Burns,” you can view or share it with students, friends, and colleagues anytime.  To find  (more…)

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local_spot_odd_squadWith help from three awesome interns, WGBY held Odd Squad Camp at the YMCA of Greater Springfield this summer from July 27 – July 30. Children 6-8 years old stepped into the shoes of Odd Squad agents to solve and report a series of odd cases as they engaged in interactive content, games and crafts. Real-world activities enabled the young “agents” to apply specific math skills modeled in Odd Squad, the new PBS KIDS show that garnered 6 daytime Emmy nominations this year.

Odd Squad characters — played by accomplished young actors — challenge young viewers and make them curious.  As with all PBS KIDS characters, they motivate young people to learn and have fun at the same time. (more…)

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With nearly 4,500 hours and 180 days in space as a NASA astronaut, Cady Coleman is a veteran of two space shuttle missions and was part of a six-month tour on the International Space Station.  Her comment to Sandra Bullock in this video — that she deliberately let her hair grow for this mission so girls watching would clearly recognize her as a woman — suggests her strong commitment to education as well as to space flight.

With a doctorate in polymer science and engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BS in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she’s a great example of the heights that women and men can reach.  Making her home here in western Massachusetts, Coleman has an impressive list of accolades in science and space and is featured on MAKERS, the largest video collection of women’s stories.  You can view  (more…)

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At WGBY’s Asparagus Festival on Saturday, many parents shared their trust in PBS KIDS programs and resources.  Kart Kingdom, recently added to PBS KIDS online sites, has curriculum and educational resources developed with the help of an educational advisor at Arizona State University’s Center for Games and Impact.  Based on system thinking curriculum, Kart Kingdom helps individuals understand systems and how they work.   (more…)

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WGBH Public Television will once again be at TouchTomorrow — Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s free, family-friendly festival of science, technology, and robots.  On Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10am until 4pm, WPI will again transform its campus into a festival of hands-on technology and exhibits celebrating the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge.  You’ll find activities from Curious George, NOVA, and (more…)

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Beginning in middle school, students can join the MOUSE Squad, which trains them to become technology experts in their schools. As 11th and 12th graders, students can start to design new technologies in the MOUSE Crops. After selecting a service-orientated theme, the MOUSE Corps members design, test, and refine technologies that benefit other people. In this excerpt from American Graduate Day 2013, hear what MOUSE students have to say about the program.

You can find PBS LearningMedia support materials about how MOUSE is engaging middle and high school students in technology and engineering with a mission of learn, lead, create, collaborate with tech projects.  (more…)

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On April 16 from 7-8pm, you can join an educator webinar entitled Cultivate Creators through Coding and STEAM.  (As you may know, STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Mathematics.)  PBS LearningMedia is offering this free professional development session on how teachers are coding and technology to introduce opportunities for creative expression across the curriculum to support learning outcomes (i.e., turning STEM into STEAM).  Attendees will learn how (more…)

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