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A Man, A Plan, A Canal -- Panama
I can see how I might include this program in my inventions (they had to create unique machines to complete the task) and landforms science units (the isthmus)...

B-29 Frozen in Time
I use NOVA's "B-29 Frozen In Time" program in my Small Engines class...

Building Big: Bridges
I developed an activity on bridges for my high school physics students that demonstrates how engineers design a bridge...

Danger in the Jet Stream
I teach a Space Science class that is designed to be more "hands on" and for students who have had trouble in science classes in the past...

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Fire
We just finished NOVA's "Car Crash" program in physics. We invited an insurance agent-adjuster to class...

Fast Cars
Lay out your pattern on a Styrofoam tray. You need 1 rectangle, 4 wheels, and 4 hubcaps. Use a compass or given patterns to draw the wheels...

Harvest of Fear
I am an agricultural educator for two counties in Illinois. I have access to a greenhouse where I am growing Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) and non-Bt plants...

Lost at Sea -- The Search for Longitude
NOVA's "Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude" program provides an exciting view of navigation at sea and how that skill shaped world exploration...

Real Jurassic Park, The
I show my students NOVA's "The Real Jurassic Park" program and then have them write a proposal for their own dinosaur theme park...

Roller Coaster!
We build roller coasters from pipe insulation, bend them into various shapes, and measure the distances travelled...

Secret of Photo 51
I use a video clip from NOVA Online's "Secret of Photo 51" Web site in a Bridge Program designed to encourage girls to gain practice and experience in technology and science...

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Pyramid
Students can construct a model of the Rainbow Bridge using coffee stirrers, pipe cleaners, thread, and index cards...

Secrets of Making Money
Have students examine foreign and American currency to discover design concepts, the exchange concept, security features, the printmaking process, history, and iconography...

Sinking City of Venice
This is an eight-week unit I developed using the NOVA materials and others. Venice, Italy, has often been called the most beautiful city in the world. It may also be the most unusual...

Sinking the Supership
Introduce what was happening in the Pacific during World War II, starting with the attack on Pearl Harbor...

Special Effects -- Titanic and Beyond
There is no official place in my curriculum for this material, but I'm going to make room in the schedule for NOVA's "Special Effects -- Titanic and Beyond" program...

Super Bridge
After studying bridges, my 5th-graders work with a partner to construct suspension bridges...

Three Men and a Balloon
I teach a Space Science class that is designed to be more "hands on" and for students who have had trouble in science classes in the past...

Titanic's Lost Sister
Take a dark tub (not see-through) and fill with soapy water. Drop some small items in the water...

Volcanoes of the Deep
NOVA's "Volcanoes of the Deep" program is an excellent example of life in conditions that we would not consider favorable...

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