Experience the dramatic power and destructive potential of the largest storms on Earth. Go on a breathtaking journey around our planet to the most hurricane-prone regions on Earth: from the spectacular Atlantic islands of Cape Verde, where eighty percent of U.S. hurricanes are born, to the devastation of the most infamous hurricane in living memory, Katrina.
Take a journey into the heart of the planet's most furious snowstorms, and feel what it's like to try to survive the sub-freezing temperatures, howling winds, and blinding snowfalls. The program follows four stories of groups who beat the odds and survived in the midst of dangerous blizzards.
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.
Scientist Bill Nye sits down to a meal with a friend to discuss how the things we prepare and eat for dinner can have unintended environmental consequences. Covering everything from the main course to dessert, the program reviews where food comes from and how certain agricultural practices can directly and indirectly damage the planet. Bill Nye provides helpful tips for choosing healthy alternatives to nourish the environment as well as the body.
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.