An Interactive Science Party from PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia recently announced that select digital content from Annenberg Learner, part of the Annenberg Foundation, has been added to its digital media service offered free to all teachers, students and families nationwide. These new resources in subjects including American history, literacy, STEM and the arts join nearly 20,000 digital assets from PBS as well as organizations such as NASA, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives.

Currently on PBS LearningMedia an Interactive Science Party keeps science skills sharp through the summer with true investigations.  Interactives such as the following let students experiment, manipulate, and learn through play:

Amusement Parks Physics (Grades 9-12):  How do physics laws affect amusement park ride design? Students have a chance to find out by designing their own roller coaster in this interactive from Annenberg Learner.

Build-A-Fish (Grades 6-8):  In this interactive activity, students design a fish that has the right adaptations, or traits, to help it survive in a reef environment.  They choose a body, mouth, and color/pattern, then release their fish into the ocean reef to search for food and evade predators, steering it around the reef to see how well it survives with the traits they gave it.

Climate Change Challenge (Grades 6-8):  Students use video clips and an interactive game to become knowledgeable about the effects of our choices on the environment.  They complete training modules and become certified in the carbon cycle, the water cycle, human impact, nature’s impact, mitigation and oil spills. After completion of the modules, students play an interactive game about how their personal choices impact the climate.

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