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BUILDING BIG with David Macaulay Educational Curriculum
Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with this new five-part series. Hosted by David Macaulay, the award-winning author and illustrator of The Way Things Work and other books, each one-hour program focuses on a type of construction integral to modern life: bridges, tunnels, dams, skyscrapers, and domes. Discover the stories behind famous structures and their builders, plus how engineers today are building bigger than ever before.

Each video also includes a short vignette featuring kids doing a simple hands-on engineering activity. Educators can easily re-create these activities using the printed instructions that are included.

Also included is the Thinking Big and Building Small video (see description below), and a 40-page, full-color activity guide.
6 hours on 6 cassettes
WG982
$99.95
Price does not include shipping and handling charges.

To order call WGBH Boston Video at 1-800-949-8670 x498.


Thinking Big and Building Small Educational Video

Why is a dam curved?
Why should a skyscraper bend?
Kids get the answers when they think big and build small.

Thinking Big and Building Small is a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn the secrets of superstructures. This companion to the PBS series BUILDING BIG with David Macaulay lets you explore the greatest manmade wonders of the world, discover how designers overcome engineering challenges, and build your own mini-structures.

By studying New York's Citibank building and the design obstacles that engineers had to solve before and after construction, kids learn the problem-solving steps to building big, such as identifying the challenge, designing concepts, and testing their ideas.

Then, Kenny and Caroline from the popular PBS kids' show ZOOM, and other kids at home, construct their own working bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels. Using only common everyday materials to build their models, kids discover the same obstacles that have faced civil engineers throughout history. As shapes, forces, and loads affect their small creations, the young engineers solve problems, make choices, and learn why structures sometimes stand up -- and sometimes fall down.

65 min. and 40-page guidebook
WG1024
$19.95
Price does not include shipping and handling charges.

To order call WGBH Boston Video at 1-800-949-8670 x498.


* Note: For sale to individuals, educators, educational institutions, and libraries in the United States. These videos can also be used by teachers if shown in face-to-face teaching situations, or by libraries.

All the BUILDING BIG videos are closed captioned.


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