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Harvard STEM Teaching Videos

hands on science experimentLooking for a way to make probability come to life in your multicultural math class or give students a hands-on feel for fundamental calculus concepts? The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for for Astrophysics has compiled an extensive digital video library designed to enhance the understanding and teaching of K-12 STEM that includes with activities, assessment tools, and case studies – all developed by teachers for use in their classrooms. The 1,017 films are searchable by strand, national or state content standards, and instructional criteria such as engaging students in real-world problems.

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Video: Snow Engineers

castleBenjy Miegs, a snow sculptor and student at Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering, explains snow sculpting in this cool video.

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Videos: Material Marvels

Ainissa RamirezAinissa Ramirez, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale, explains the wonders of her ever-expanding field in a series of YouTube videos. In the latest, she describes how a layer of carbon that is one atom thick, called graphene, will revolutionize our lives.

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MIT+ Offers K-12 STEM Videos

airplane forcesWhy do airplanes fly? What is genetic engineering? To help K-12 students and teachers understand such topics, MIT has tapped its 10,000 brilliant young scholars to create engaging, short videos to supplement classroom instruction.

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Engineering a Difference

engineering a differenceIf safe, clean drinking water flows from your tap, thank the teams of engineers who design, maintain, and upgrade the complex systems that deliver life’s most vital fluid. Indeed, engineering is all about identifying and solving society’s urgent problems–as your students will see in “Engineering a Difference,” an award-winning video series sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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Video Tour: The Ultimate ‘Green’ Building

hot air cool airHere’s a quick, fun video guide to environmental engineering produced by Channel One News. It explores the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the museum’s signature fully planted roof. It also explains the engineering behind the temperature control system in the four-story interior rain forest and includes an interview with an environmental engineer and advice on how to prepare for a career like his.

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Resource: BLOSSOMS from MIT

blossomsThe Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS) initiative, a new project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creates videos with a STEM focus for use in high school classrooms. The program features a library with around 50 math and science lessons, available free for download or as streaming video, and also by request as DVDs and videotapes.

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Lesson: Design a Sturdy Paper Table

Paper TableIn this lesson, students in grades 4-7 explore the engineering design process by building a table out of tubes of newspaper that is strong enough to hold a heavy book. They learn to brainstorm, test, evaluate, and redesign their tables to support more weight and figure out how to keep the table legs from buckling.

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STEM Video Game Challenge Names Winners

Winner and Cousins Test GameTwelve students have won the National STEM Video Game Challenge, according to Education Week. They include a team of students who developed a game called, “You Make Me Sick!” to teach about bacteria and viruses. Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the contest aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passions for playing and making video games.

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