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Science Odyssey, A: Bigger, Better, Faster

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

Then + Now
Find links to information about scientific achievements over the past century in the areas of medicine and health, physics and astronomy, human behavior, technology, and earth and life sciences. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

That's My Theory
Meet some of the scientists who made 20th century history on this made-for-the-Web game show. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

On the Edge
Read five comic-book style stories that take you back through time and present scientists soon after they made their discoveries in the areas of medicine, ecology, and astronomy. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

You Try It!
In these eight online activities:

  • see what has changed in the home in the past 100 years
  • push your mouse around to move continents and change the landscape
  • map a brain with a virtual electric probe
  • build a carbon atom out of quarks and electrons
  • slide through time to see human ancestors and how they may be related
  • see how sound hitches a ride on radio waves
  • visit doctors from 1900, 1950, and 1998 to see how each would treat the same illness
  • replicate a strand of DNA and follow the genetic code to create a protein

(Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave versions available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

People and Discoveries
Explore this databank of biographies of scientists and descriptions of key events the discoveries they made. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Resources for Educators
Find teaching tools that include and educator's guide, a short play, public demonstration, ways to order 6-10 minute video segments, and more. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
Science Odyssey, A: Bigger, Better, Faster