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To help students better understand the transistor and its impact on technology,
the documentary and Website Transistorized! is accompanied by this
Teachers' Guide. It was produced by Twin Cities Public Television in collaboration
with ScienCentral and the American Institute of Physics, and made possible
by a grant from the Lucent Technologies Foundation.
The Teachers' Guide includes a range of activities, appropriate for
middle-school or high-school use, plus a series of profiles of young scientists
and their work. See also our Teacher's Guide to Moments
of Discovery, and another Website using history to enhance high-school
science teaching. (Among other possibilities, students could compare what
they find there to the story of the transistor's discovery.)
Table of Contents
Lesson 1: The Story of the Transistor
Students view the video Transistorized! and discuss key factors that led to the invention of the transistor.
Lesson 2: Scientists at Work
Students select an electronic invention and research who and what contributed to it.
Lesson 3: Transistors in Your Life
Students hunt for transistor-based devices and explain how the transistor affects their lives.
Lesson 4: Using Transistors
Students build circuits to see how transistors function as switches or amplifiers.
Profiles of Scientists
Transistorized! Video Index
Act I 01:0018:00 (18 min)
Hells Bells Laboratory
The birth of Bell Labs and early advances in electronics.
Act II 18:0030:00 (12 min)
Intense research at Bell Labs leads to the first working transistor.
Act III 30:0048:00 (18 min)
Glory & Intrigue
Advances produce the first transistor radios, but the team of inventors breaks apart.
Act IV 48:0055:00 (7 min)
Smaller, Cheaper, Faster
The integrated circuit and the Information Age.
Correlations of Transistorized! Lessons to National Science Education Standards
Science Content Standards
|Unifying Concepts and Processes|
| Systems, order, and organization|||||||||
| Evidence, models, and explanation|||||||||
| Change, constancy, and measurement|||||||||
| Form and function|||||||||
|Science as Inquiry|
| Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry|||||
| Understandings about scientific inquiry|||||||||
| Structure and properties of matter|||||
| Motions and forces|||||||
| Conservation of energy and increase in disorder|||
| Interactions of energy and matter|||||
|Science and Technology|
| Abilities of technological design|||||||
| Understandings about science and technology|||||||||
|Science in Personal and Social Perspectives|
| Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges|||||||||
|History and Nature of Science|
| Science as a human endeavor|||||||||
| Nature of scientific knowledge|||||
| Historical perspectives|||||||
The documentary Transistorized! may be recorded off-air and used in classrooms for three years. Lessons and worksheets may be freely copied for classroom use. To order a copy of the video Transistorized! and the Teacher's Guide, call PBS Learning Media at 1-800-344-3337.
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