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Frenemies, Bros and Killers: A Lesson in Symbiosis

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Animals and plants develop relationships and rely on each other to survive. Pupils learn more about symbiosis through a video, a hands-on matching activity, and a game. They differentiate and describe each type on a written evaluation.
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Phases of the Moon

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The moon takes just over 27 days to orbit around Earth. Young scientists position themselves as the earth as they rotate around the sun and hold the moon. This allows them to observe the patterns and phases of the moon.
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Layers of the Earth

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
We can't dig a hole through the Earth, so how do we know about the layers beneath our feet? Scholars learn about layering through hands-on exploration of common materials. They study the characteristics of each layer and apply their...
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Journey Through the Spheres of the Earth

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Each of the Earth's spheres interacts with the other spheres in predictable ways. Young scientists explore these interactions through a hands-on activity, graphing, and watching a video. They summarize their knowledge in a video or...
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It's Not All Visible

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Electromagnetic waves travel though empty space, something no other wave type can accomplish. Young scientists learn more about the entire spectrum of electromagnetic waves. They sort cards and apply their knowledge to create models of...
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Edible Plate Tectonics

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Many people think they can't observe plate tectonics, but thanks to GPS, we know that Australia moves at a rate of 2.7 inches per year, North America at 1 inches per year, and the Pacific plate at more than 3 inches per year! Scholars...
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Fragrant Pheromones

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Young scientists learn the importance of experimental design and the key elements of an experiment. Through observing videos and designing their own experiments, scholars apply each lesson plan they learn.
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Expanding the Universe

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
When Einstein first heard the theory of the expanding universe, he dismissed it as bad physics. Now scholars learn about the theory and how scientists prove it has merit. Through a hands-on simulation and videos, class members measure...
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An Investigative Look at Florida's Sinkholes

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
In May of 1981, the Winter Park Sinkhole in Florida first appeared and is now referred to as Lake Rose. Scholars learn about the causes of sinkholes through an inquiry project. Then, they analyze recent data and draw conclusions to...
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What Are Mini Brains?

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Scientists grow tiny brains outside an organism in their labs. How this is accomplished and why become the central focus of a video and discussion. After viewing the core lesson, ten questions check for content mastery and prepare young...
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Why do Animals Form Swarms?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Swarms contain no leader, yet often act with an intelligence higher than any individual member. Birds, insects, and fish all commonly swarm for a variety of reasons. Scholars learn about swarming behavior in a short video before...
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Avoid Electric Shock Getting Out of a Car!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Can you avoid static shocks? As part of a larger physics series, an electric video explains what a static shock is and why it happens. Then, the narrator offers an idea for reducing your shock when exiting a car. She also includes a few...
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DNA Doesn’t Look Like What You Think!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
DNA forms a double helix, but that is not what it looks like. A fact-filled video takes on this inaccuracy as part of an extensive playlist on biology. It shares the recent discoveries about what DNA looks like as well as the many...
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Orchid Mantis: Looks That Kill

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Rather than hunting for food, the orchid mantis entices the prey to come to it. A cool video discusses this type of mimicry as part of a larger biology playlist. The orchid mantis appears like any typical orchid to us, but it stands out...
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Nature's Living Fireworks!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Seventy-five percent of ocean species create their own light. Bioluminescence stars in an enlightening biology video that takes a look at some cool species. From fireflies to deep sea creatures, the video explores the process,...
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A Mammoth Undertaking: The Science of De-Extinction!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
If scientists could use biotechnology to bring back extinct species, should it? A thought-provoking video explores the technical and ethical considerations of this question as part of a larger biology playlist. It explains what would be...
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CRISPR and the Future of Human Evolution

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Will survival of the fittest be replaced by designer babies and eugenics in the near future? The technology exists now, but scientists still debate how to best use it. The future of the human race depends on the decisions made, but no...
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Where Did Humans Come From?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Part of a biology playlist, the video discusses human ancestry and represents the first in a smaller four-part series exploring humans. It describes the fossils found, where the fit on the family tree, and why there are so many missing...
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The Superb Owl!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What if we described an animal like we describe a football team competing in the big game? A cool video attempts to do just that as part of a larger biology playlist. It discusses an owl with superb adaptations and anatomy to survive in...
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How Many Species Are There?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientists discover over 15,000 new species each year. Despite studying life on our planet for all of human history, we still don't know how many species exist on Earth. An informative video from a biology playlist presents the dilemma,...
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Pigeon Story: How the Rock Dove Became the Sky Rat

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
After training, pigeons can recognize correctly spelled words among misspelled words. In addition, they can use number sense to count, memorize thousands of pictures, and use navigational aids humans don't understand. As part of a larger...
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The Surprising Origin of Thanksgiving Foods

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Many of the foods pilgrims ate include foods people still eat at American Thanksgiving celebrations today. The turkey, a domesticated animal native to the Americas, often finds itself the center of attention on this holiday. Today's corn...
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We've Got Ants in Our Plants!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Some ants are so aggressive, they can repel an elephant. Viewers learn this fact and more in an engaging video that is part of a larger playlist on biology. It discusses the relationships between ants and plants. While plants provide...
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Is Sugar a Drug?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Did you know that sugar stimulates the same areas of the brain as cocaine and heroin? As part of a biology playlist, the thought-provoking video discusses if sugar should be considered a drug. It talks about our need for sugar, our...