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Did you know that among its many resources, PBS LearningMedia also offers e-books?  One fascinating example for students is Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves.  This e-book has videos, animations and interactive graphics that reveal the process that engineers used to create a new design for cookstoves in Darfur.

Additional video includes footage of an engineer at work as well as profiles of others who helped (more…)

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While hardly news to educators, the HuffPost recently reported on a survey from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) confirming that teachers spend a great deal of time reteaching content because of summer learning losses.  Until students attend school throughout the year, resources like This Egg in a Bottle Experiment from Maya, full-time kid from PBS Parents, is one of many summer resources to try and help stem learning loss:

To keep kids learning over the summer, Alabama Public Television (APT) has found PreK-12 resources — for mathematics, reading, science, digital citizenship and more — that you can share with parents.

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Bringing the UniverseWGBH — America’s premier producer of science content for public television and media from Curious George® to NOVA® — has been awarded a NASA cooperative agreement* to develop digital media and online tools for K-12 STEM classrooms. Resources developed from the project, Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms, will be distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia™, impacting millions of students and teachers nationally.

WGBH would appreciate your participation in a brief survey to better understand what types of digital materials are used in K-12 classrooms for STEM instruction and to learn what types of resources are on your wish list.  The survey closes at 11:59pm EDT on Tues., June 14, 2016. Based on the time stamp of your responses, the FIRST and the FINAL 50 respondents will receive a $50 gift card.   (more…)

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PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD is no longer so new, but it is just as endearing and effective as ever.  More than just an offbeat cartoon, it’s a broadcast and digital universe that teaches science and math to young kids — and it’s fully bilingual.  Parents can click the big “Espanol” icon in the corner of any page to expose their kids to these lovable characters talking about STEM concepts in Spanish. ¡Excelente!

A recent summative assessment with 400 families found that English and Spanish speaking children who used PEEP resources were significantly more likely to improve their knowledge of math and science content, increase their interest in (more…)

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“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”  Stephen Hawkings

Perhaps our ability to accept, even celebrate change can help us to think like a genius.

WGBY airs the beginning of Genius by Stephen Hawking on Wednesday, May 18, at 9pm.  In each of six episodes, the renowned scientist  presents three ordinary people with a series of physical and mental challenges to show them how to think like a genius.

You can find  resources on Stephen Hawking, including a lesson plan in which students learn about  (more…)

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Perhaps, like me, you’d never head of SOS Children’s Village schools like this one in Mbabane, Swaziland, where children design a waste bin to reduce litter around their school.  SOS Children’s Villages is a global organization to help orphaned and abandoned children, more than 80,000 boys and girls in over 540 villages in 133 countries, including here in the United States.

PBS KIDS’ Design Squad Global — a 10 month after school program/club — connects 8-13 year olds in the U. S. with those in Swaziland, Botswana, and southern Africa.  You can learn more about this exchange and find Design Squad online resources (more…)

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WGBY airs Part One of PBS’ A Year In Space this Wednesday, March 2 at 8 pm, just 24 hours after astronaut Scott Kelly’s return to Earth.  The quietly powerful trailer suggests the personal nature of a program about the International Space Station, Scott and his identical twin brother Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who retired after his wife was shot during a violent attack in 2011.

To help educators engage on a closer level with this behind-the-scenes look at Scott’s record-breaking 12-month mission, (more…)

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