Galileo and the Inevitability of Ideas
Learners research Galileo's work and contributions to science. They make a timeline of Galileo's life, discuss the historical context for his book "Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems" and examine his trial by the Inquisition for heresy.
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Does the Universe Have a Purpose? feat. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Why are we here? There are so many possible ways to answer the question, but which answers are based on empirical data? Pupils discover the many perspectives on this age-old brainteaser. The narrator explains the topic through the ideas...
3 mins 9th - 12th Science
Why Does Earth Have Deserts?
Deserts make up 33 percent of the land surface area on the earth, so why does Earth have them? The video explains the wind and weather patterns that lead to deserts as well as rain forests. It details how this is related to the ocean...
2 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Declaration of Independence
“Was the writing of the Declaration of Independence an inevitable event?” Class members tackle this question as they read online chapter 1 of Carl Becker’s The Declaration of Independence: A Study on the History of Ideas. Then, after...
9th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
The Story of India - Ages of Gold - 3/7
Long before Galileo, Indian astronomers understood the nature of the universe. Part three of this seven-part series shows the Renaissance-like thinking and interpersonal relationships that define much of Indian philosophy. The Kama Sutra...
8 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History