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"Something Old, Something New..."

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young scientists learn about DNA replication through a video and model creation. They answer analysis questions before exploring the role of mutations and then complete a summative assessment.
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Genetics, Genetics, and More Genetics: Exploring Independent Assortment and Non-Mendelian Genetics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Two individuals share 99.9 percent of their genetic codes, yet diversity is observed everywhere. Young scientists learn about diversity through hands-on activities and an experiment. They apply the concepts of independent assortment and...
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Enzymes in Action

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Enzymes play a role in almost every function in the human body. Scholars explore three variables related to the use of enzymes. They observe a catalase reaction, experiment with substrates, and examine reactions rates. 
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Do You See What I See?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In only nine months, a small group of cells grows into a fully developed baby. Pupils learn about the development of an embryo to a fetus to a baby. They identify each step of weekly development. Young scientists look at ultrasounds to...
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A Whole New World: The Search for Water

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars find Earth won't support humans much longer and need to identify a planet with water to inhabit. They test four unknown samples and determine which is the closest to water. Then they explain and defend their results.
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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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How Does Your Garden Grow?

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Seventy thousand different types of soil exist in the United States alone. Young scientists learn about the importance of soil to the food supply. They test soil for a variety of factors and determine the best place to set up a community...
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Grandma's Learning to Text

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Evolution happens over generations, so how do we observe it? Scholars learn to look for patterns and create cladograms. Then they apply those lessons to the evolution of technology over many generations.
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From the Dark, Damp Places

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Mosses and liverworts do not have any vascular tissue, unlike other plants. Young scientists learn more about these rootless plants through hands-on dissection and research on their life cycles as they get their hands dirty for a fun...
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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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Beyond the Slinky

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Scholars observe the effects of microwaves before starting a series of eight hands-on investigations. Then they sort waves by wavelengths and learn what connects microwaves to visible light to water waves and more to finish the...
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All Work and No Play

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Car crashes provide a good method for studying kinetic energy transfer. Scholars explore energy through hands-on simulated crashes. They work together to design their own experiments and apply the knowledge gained to a situation that...
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How EGG-ceptional Are We?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Are women's eggs similar to chicken eggs? Scholars compare eggs from a variety of species to better understand embryonic development. Connections to evolution through hands-on activities help to cement the new vocabulary introduced.
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Happy, Sad, Sleepy, Mad

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars learn not to overreact as they classify chemical reactions. Starting with learning the basics of classification and moving onto applying all of the correct scientific vocabulary, young scientists master chemical reactions. Six...
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Drought and the Dust Bowl

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
What caused the dust bowl, and should we worry about it happening again? Scholars look at various data to come up with their hypotheses. Then, they experiment to find some of the factors that contributed. Finally, the video has them look...
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Cystic Fibrosis: A DNA Case Study

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Around six percent of babies are born with serious genetic disorders. Young scientists learn more about what causes these disorders and the effect they have. They begin with a case study of cystic fibrosis before expanding to research...
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A Trait Accompli: An Introduction to Mendelian Genetics

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Young scientists learn the laws of genetics through data collection and research. They use discussions and online resources to develop an understanding of the related vocabulary.
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All Charged Up

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Most have felt a static electricity shock, but what actually causes it? Scholars observe, develop a hypothesis, experiment, and learn about static electricity. Through multiple short writing samples, they describe static electricity in...
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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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Could We Cure Aging During Your Lifetime?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
As human lifespans increase, more time is spent sick or in pain than ever before. A brief video introduces some research on how to reduce the amount of our lives that are disease free. Each of these methods offers some promise for a...
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How Does the Immune System Work?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The human immune system doesn't always prevent us from getting sick, so what is it doing? Young scientists watch a short video explaining what the immune system is and how it works. Then, they answer eight questions to prepare for an...
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Who's at Risk for Colon Cancer?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Colon cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Scholars learn how colon cancer develops and spreads. They also learn risk factors, tests, and treatments before answering eight comprehension questions.
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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...