Witness the devastating power of an avalanche, from cameras placed directly in the path of descending snow. The program chronicles true stories of avalanche survivors and meets the researchers working to prevent avalanches from claiming more victims. Stunning special effects recreate the unimaginable horror of the worst avalanche disaster in U.S. history.
Considers the important role of moons in the solar system and if distant moons could be home to new life-forms. The program explains how moons are formed or captured and considers the unique characteristics of Jupiter's moons Io and Europa. NASA researchers test a hypothesis about the creation of Earth's moon, and astrobiologists share their hopes of finding life in the outer reaches of the solar system.
Humans are naturally curious. That curiosity has drawn us to new lands and it has prompted us to devise new ways to explore our planet and beyond. Over the millennia, we have invented new devices--x-ray machines, telescopes, and submarines--that let us look inward, outward, and underneath. In the program, Bill Nye recounts the creation of technologies that let us see our world and ourselves better.
Carbon, the building block of life, is cycled between organisms and the environment.
Muscles, bones, joints, and tendons work in concert to create precise movements, whether you're a trained acrobat or a pinball wizard. Discover how the skeletal system shapes and protects the body. Learn how muscles support it, which bones are the strongest, and why the knee is the most complex joint in your body.
To prepare teachers for the unit on ecosystems, the staff development program provides the basis of the content, teaching methods and procedures used in the student telecasts. Key concepts, strategies, and outcomes for the Ecosystems module are reviewed. Teachers become familiar with the materials and organisms essential to the activities. Tips for setting up and maintaining the classroom aquarium environments are presented. Throughout the film, viewers are given breaks to think about and practice what they have just seen.
NOTE: TEAMS Distance Learning programs have been designed to be utilized via distributed learning technologies such as the Internet and educational television. Their interactive nature requires some advance preparation by the teacher, as outlined in the accompanying Teacher Guide, as well as the Teacher Guide for the relevant Staff Development shows. These Teacher Guides also contain reproducible student handouts and, for many programs, transparency masters which the teacher can duplicate. These elements are required for the interactive portions of the program. This is a companion to the rest of the series and offers teaching assistance.