Saturday, October 30, 2021

A Cute Series of Videos About Engineeering

SciShow Kids recently published series of three videos about engineering. You wouldn't normally associate engineering with cute, but in this case it's an appropriate match. Like all SciShow Kids videos these are designed for elementary school students. The presentation of the lesson is made by a person and some puppets with a few still photographs added for illustrative purposes. 

Think Like an Engineer is the first video in the series. It explains what an engineer is and what they do. The video provides a few examples of different types of engineers. 

The Great Button Solution is the second video in the series. In this video students see Webb (a puppet) and his friends try to design a solution to reach a button (switch) that is high off the ground. The video explains to students why it's okay and important to try many solutions to a problem and gives the example of the Wright Brothers multiple attempts to create a working airplane.

The third video in the series is titled The Amazing Flag Raiser. In this episode, clearly sponsored by LEGO, students see the construction of a small LEGO device that raises a flag and makes a sound when Squeeks (the puppet) wants to play.

Widgets, Videos, and Maps - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where my kids are eagerly anticipating Halloween! They had a little celebration at their preschool on Friday and now they can't wait to put on their costumes tomorrow. It's kind of a bleak and rainy day here so we just might let them wear their costumes for fun today as well. I hope that you have something you're looking forward to this weekend as much as my kids are looking forward to Halloween. 

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1. BookWidgets - Create Unique Online Activities for Your Students
2. A Video Project for the Week - Halloween Safety
3. Accessible Online Physics Simulations
4. How to Share Specific Google Earth Views and Turn Them Into Assignments
5. An Interactive Land Use Map
6. Samsung Solve for Tomorrow - A Great STEM Contest for Students!
7. Tips on Word Art, Fonts, and Special Characters in Google Docs and Slides

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