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Teaching Materials

Each SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS program is accompanied by an online teaching guide filled with science activities. Our guides are presented in an easy-to-print format, and educators are encouraged to download and photocopy these materials for use in the classroom.

Each activity is written to the student, with a separate page for answers where appropriate, and National Science Standards and Curriculum Links. Educators should note that each activity is designed to take up one classroom period, except where noted. These teaching materials are recommended primarily for middle school students, though educators may find many activities useful for high school students as well.

Most Recent Teaching Guides

Season 15 Teaching Guides (Fall 2004-Spring 2005)

Surgical Slimmers
- Premiered January 19, 2005


Cars That Think - Premiered January 26, 2005

Going Deep - Premiered February 2, 2005

Chimp Minds - Premiered February 9, 2005

Hot Planet - Cold Comfort - Premiered February 16, 2005

Hydrogen Hopes - Premiered February 23, 2005

Hidden Motives - Premiered March 2, 2005

The Secret Canyon - Premiered March 30, 2005

Cybersenses - Premiered March 6, 2005

Robot Pals - Premiered April 13, 2005

Season 14 Teaching Guides (Fall 2003-Spring 2004)
Losing It - Premiered January 20, 2004

Don't Forget! - Premiered May 11, 2004

Future Car - Premiered May 19, 2004

Hot Times in Alaska - Premiered June 15, 2004

The Dark Side of the Universe - Premiered June 22, 2004

Coming Into America - Premiered July 30, 2004

Season 13 Teaching Guides (Fall 2002-Spring 2003)
Unearthing Secret America - Premiered October 8, 2002
Make Up Your Mind - Premiered October 15, 2002
The Intimate Machine - Premiered October 22, 2002

Forever Wild? - Premiered November 5, 2002
Mysteries of the Deep - Premiered November 26, 2002
Deep Crisis -
Premiered January 28, 2003
The Wonder Pill - Premiered February 18, 2003
Calls of the Wild - Premiered April 1, 2003
You Can Make It On Your Own
- Premiered April 8, 2003
Worried Sick - Premieres June 3, 2003

Season 12 Teaching Guides (Fall 2001-Spring 2002):
Pet Tech - Premiered October 16, 2001
The Gene Hunters - Premiered October 23 , 2001
Dead Men's Tales - Premiered October 30, 2001
Alien Invasion - Premiered November 6, 2001
Growing Up Different - Premiered November 13, 2001
On the Ball - Premiered March 19, 2002
Beneath the Sea - Premiered May 14, 2002
Games Machines Play - Premiered May 21, 2002
The Bionic Body
- Premiered May 28, 2002
A Different Way to Heal? - Premiered June 4, 2002

Season 11 Teaching Guides (Fall 2000-Spring 2001):
Changing Your Mind
- Premiered November 21, 2000
Super People - Premiered November 21, 2000
Life's Really Big Questions
- Premiered December 19, 2000
Affairs of the Heart
- Premiered January 23, 2001
Life's Little Questions II
- Premiered January 30, 2001
Wild Places
- Premiered February 6 , 2001
The Bionic Body - Premiered March 27 , 2001
Chimps R Us - Premiered April 3, 2001
Flying Free
- Premiered April 10, 2001
Fat and Happy? - Premiered May 1 , 2001

TEACHING GUIDES FOR SEASONS 1-10
In these archives from Fall 1990 through Spring 2000 you will find:

  • Hands-on science activities for previous shows.
  • Interactive web-based activities, including a cyber field trip to the Galapagos Islands and a webcast with the Mir Space Station.
  • Information on careers in science.

Tape Purchasing and Off-Air Taping Rights
To purchase videotapes of past and present FRONTIERS programs, please contact Shop PBS, or call 1-800-344-3337. Tapes are $19.98 each, plus shipping and handling.

Educators may record each program as it airs, free of charge, for classroom use up to one year following the premiere date. To plan to record FRONTIERS, be sure to check the TV Schedule for broadcast information in your area, or use the PBS station finder to contact your local public television station. Please contact the producers for further assistance.

 

 

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