Digging into Plants and Animals: Videos for Middle and High School

A collection of links on for middle and high school students:

Chemistry

Science Out Loud (MIT)

Science Out Loud Video: Understanding Molecules in Plants


Materials Science

MITx Engineering Course: Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Part 1: Linear Elastic Behavior

How Woodpeckers Avoid Brain Injury

Part 1 The Question

Part 3: Why Peck?

Part 2: Woodpecker 1010

Part 4 Impact and Deceleration

Part 5: Measuring Speed and Impact

Part 6: Size Matters

Part 7: Scaling in Nature

Part 8: Hall’s Pond and Bird Conservation


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Screen Wise Cambridge’s Snow Day Challenge: February 2, 2015

Make something using these items only:

  • 5-7 cylindrical household objects like cardboard tubes or water bottles
  • 5-7 rubber bands (hair bands are ok), and
  • 5-7 crayons or pencils.

photo of snow day challenge materials
Materials you can use for the Screen Wise Cambridge Snow Day Challenge.

Your creation can be a building, a human or animal figure, an abstract sculpture, a machine, a tool, a poem or story, in fact anything at all! Use the above items only. You can use scissors or other tools as long as you don’t add any additional items. i.e., no tape, no glue! (If you absolutely can’t resist using tape or glue, don’t give up—we’re still interested in what you make, but do try the real challenge first).

Post the photos of your finished creations (and a caption or description) to the Screen Wise Cambridge Facebook page or post them as a comment below. (Be sure to say if you have used tape or glue)

Also post your questions here if you have any. Multigenerational teams are welcome to participate, whether parent-child or not. There are no age restrictions.