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Chicago Schools Try Online Science

Child Learning from ComputerTwenty one Chicago schools are trying out a digital science program from Discovery Education, hoping to raise low levels of science readiness. “We’re trying to connect with students where they’re at,” said John Loehr, Chicago Public Schools’ science director. “It’s an environment they can respond to, and then we can give them the resources to expand and keep learning.”

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Television Series: Dean of Invention

Dean of Invention_Title_v03Dean of Invention is a new television series, airing Fridays, 10 PM E/P on Planet Green, hat features futuristic visions of what science and technology can do to save our planet and improve our lives today. The first episode begins Friday, October 22, 2010. Visit the Website for more news, video, and discussions on inventions.

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Feature: High Spire Act

Jonathan FoyleIn Scaling Britain, a new BBC TV program on English engineering and architecture, Jonathan Foyle clambers up iconic buildings to explore such intriguing topics as the physics of flying buttresses, and the materials science of stained glass.

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Event: X-Prize Automotive Prize. Sept. 16, 2010

xprize car competitionNational Geographic airs a Sept. 16, 2010 TV special on competitors who undertook the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE challenge to create the world’s most fuel efficient car. The Geographic episode coincides with public award ceremony in Washington, DC, for the winners of $10 million contest.

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Website: A World of Space from NASA

NASA’s Multimedia Gallery provides educators a wealth of supporting material, from an extensive image gallery — featuring current and historic NASA missions, the planets of the universe, and the latest material from the Hubble Space telescope –videos, podcasts, NASA television, blogs, and interactive features.

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Website: SciGirls from PBS

SciGirl is a new TV show and interactive website aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with an engaging combination of actual girls exploring real-world science and math alongside successful female mentors in the field – plus an online destination unlike any other where young viewers can share their own exciting ideas and projects.

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Webcasts: MESY

MESY (Math, Engineering, Science and You) is a colorful program of New Hampshire Public Television that aims to engage and excite kids, parents, educators, and community leaders about the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

With separate sections devoted to math, engineering, and science, respectively, the MESY website offers videos and PBS programming, activities, links to other websites, and a list of New Hampshire state standards.

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T.V. & Video: Nat’l Geographic

Engineering Wonders and Man Made are only two of several online shows made available on the Science and Technology section of the National Geographic Channel Website. The videos, which range in topic from volcanoes to skyscrapers, Apache helicopters, the polar station, and the engineering of the Wonder Bra, are each about 3 minutes in duration.

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Sesame Street Goes Green

Celebrating its 40th anniversary as a PBS staple, Sesame Street goes green this year with targeted eco-friendly programming. The new two-year curriculum focuses on environmental issues and education, but leaves out the “scarier” topics such as global warming and deforestation.

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