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How to Make a Seed Ball 

Learn about Monarch butterflies, the host plants they need, and how to make a seed ball with Iowa PBS and the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

Square Bubbles

Is a bubble always round? What happens if you use a different shaped bubble wand?

Fearless Female Scientists 

Margaret introduces us to female scientists who pushed past prejudices to make amazing discoveries – Marie Curie, Marie Tharp and Jane Goodall. 

 

Foam Fountain 

Create a fantastic foaming fountain with just a few household ingredients! 

 

Math Mess 

A “Math Mess” is an everyday problem that requires an inquisitive mind, determination and a little number sense to solve. Math Messes can pop up when you least expect them — and in each short, animated Math Mess video, you’ll meet some mathematically-challenged characters who are right smack in the middle of one. 

 

Bumblebee Bonanza 

What do bumblebees do all day? Using the Science-U campers’ tips as a guide, you can safely observe bees at home and learn what bumblebees do all day! 

 

Can You “Water” Plants With Other Liquids? 

Most seeds need warmth, light, and water to start growing. But what happens when you replace water with other types of liquids? Test them out using this experiment! 

 

Womens Suffrage in the Progressive Era 

In this interactive lesson you’ll learn about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the Progressive Era. Explore the factors that led to a demand for social and economic change by examining the life and work of two influential women’s rights leaders of this era–Mary Church Terrell and Jeannette Rankink. 

 

The Great American Read

Explore and celebrate the power of reading. Investigate how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

Backwash

Does saliva really wash back into the milk carton from your mouth when you take a drink? Test it for yourself using powdered drink mix and see what happens!

Strawberry DNA

Is strawberry DNA extraction possible?All living things store genetic information in DNA, but can you actually extract DNA from a plant and see it with the naked eye?

Water A Plant Challenge

Follow along with this engineering challenge to create a contraption to water a plant from 3 feet away with this Growing Great video from Camp TV, then try it out for yourself.

Owl Pellets

Can you determine what’s in an owl’s food chain? Find out what’s on an owl’s menu by dissecting an owl pellet – a regurgitated ball of undigested food that is part of an owl’s digestive process. Try it!

Election Foundations

In this video, students are introduced to why we have presidential elections in the United States. They will learn what a constitutional democracy is and how the government gets its power from the consent of its citizens.

Popsicle Stick Explosion

Woven popsicle sticks are a blend of art, math, science and just enough mischief to make it an engineering feat of awesomeness!

The Civil Rights Movement

Brimming with comprehensive, cross-curricular content, this virtual collection invites students into an engaging exploration of some of the most significant events of the Civil Rights Movement.

Blood Pressure

Learn how to use a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff to measure blood pressure. Can different activities change blood pressure? Gather a group of friends and try it!

Blood | Science Trek

This video segment from IdahoPTV’s Science Trek defines the 4 parts of blood and shows the rest of the circulatory system. Discover where blood is made, how long a blood cell lives, what blood types are, why blood is red, and what a transfusion is.

Arbeit Macht Frei: Murals of the Holocaust

Jeff Jamner is the son of Holocaust survivors. In this video segment, Jamner examines a mural that depicts the entrance to a concentration camp with its sign, “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Makes You Free).

Lemon Batteries

Batteries consist of two different metals suspended in an acidic solution. Is it possible to use the acid in a lemon to power a light? Try it to find out!

Smooshy Slime

Who doesn’t love slime? Slime is oobleck’s ooey-gooey cousin, and another example of a non-Newtonian fluid. When all of the ingredients in this activity are combined you get a squishy substance that is fun to stretch, shape, and smoosh. Try it!

Analyzing King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

In this video, schoolchildren take turns reading from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Are Viruses Germs?

What we call “germs” are actually a group of different kinds of microscopic organisms. What are they and what steps should you take to protect yourself?

Plaster Casting

Can you make a plaster cast like a crime scene investigator? You can set up your own mystery, or just have fun making plaster casts out of anything you want!

Marvelous Meringues 

Beating egg whites causes an amazing change. When you add sugar and bake them, more changes happen! Go from slimy egg white to fluffy foam to a crunchy solid and delicious cookie while learning about the science behind the marvelous meringue. 

 

Homemade Snow Globe 

What does your winter wonderland look like? Bring it to life by creating your own snow globe. 

 

Dental Decay 

Tooth enamel is tough but can be eroded by acids in your mouth. Test the acid levels in your favorite drinks with pH test strips, then soak shark teeth or eggshells in each drink to see if the acid weakens tooth enamel. Try it! 

 

Why Are There So Few Women in Computer Science? 

Today, we think of computer science as a field dominated by men, but women have a long and important history in the field. So what changed? 

 

Interfaith Holiday Traditions 

When Christmas and the first night of Hanukkah fall on the same day, interfaith families who observe both holidays face an unusual challenge. Learn how one interfaith family balances their two faiths. 

 

Magic Milk 

When food coloring and soap are added to whole milk, strange things happen. Will the same thing happen with kinds of milk that have different fat contents? 

 

 

Holiday Food Traditions From Around the World 

Many of us treasure our holiday food traditions, especially if there’s a family recipe that has been passed down through the generations. Explore food traditions enjoyed by families around the world during the holidays, and maybe add some new recipes to your holiday traditions! 

 

Blood Pressure 

Do you know what your blood pressure is? Learn how to use a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff to measure blood pressure. Can different activities change blood pressure? Gather a group of friends and try it! 

 

Reaction Time 

How fast does the eye send messages to the brain and the brain send messages to your hand muscles to react in time to catch a falling object? Find out using the ruler test! 

 

Why Is Pumpkin Spice So Good? 

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin spice cereal… why is it in the fall we just can’t get enough of the good stuff? Margaret shares why we love everything pumpkin spice. 

 

All About the Holidays: Veterans’ Day 

Veteran’s Day is a national day of remembrance to honor military veterans across the country. Learn why and how the day became a national day of observance!  

 

Can you “water” plants with other liquids? 

Most seeds need warmth, light, and water to start growing. But what happens when you replace water with other types of liquids? Test them out using this experiment! 

 

Native American Heritage Collection

 Take a look at Indigenous art, history, and culture as told through the historians, artists, students, and scientists in this featured resource collection. 

 

Air Pressure Rockets 

How do you launch a rocket without using fuel? 

 

Energy Carousel 

Have you ever ridden on a carousel or merry-go-round at an amusement park? Usually, these rides are powered by electricity, but you can make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts. 

 

Pipe Cleaner Pumpkins 

What kind of pumpkin can your child create with this fun and easy Halloween decoration activity? 🎃 All you need are some pipe cleaners and scissors to get started!  

 

Mars Egg Lander 

How do you drop an egg without breaking it? NASA faced a huge challenge when they safely landed the Mars Exploration Rovers on the surface of Mars. Can you design a capsule that would protect a raw egg dropped from several stories to the ground? Try it! 

 

Your Brain on Books 

Turns out reading isn’t just about getting a good story! Margaret explains the benefits of reading, including increased vocabulary and empathy. Watch the video together and then discuss using the included discussion questions. 

 

Soda Geyser 

Explore the science behind the reaction caused by dropping Mentos® into soda 

 

Community Stories 

Explore this collection of videos celebrating the stories and traditions of indigenous people from Hawai’i, Alaska, Mississippi, and Massachusetts. 

 

WPSU Virtual Field Trips

WPSU presents virtual field trips of the Centre Country Recycling and Refuse Authority and Fort Roberdeau with more to come!

What is Empathy? 

When Arthur takes his teasing too far, it upsets Sue Ellen. Can Arthur find a way to apologize for bullying Sue Ellen and save their friendship? Explore the topic of empathy in this interactive comic, So Funny I Forgot to Laugh, based on the characters and storyline from the PBS children’s series ARTHUR. 

 

Density Tower

Make colorful layers using liquids of varying densities, then experiment to see which items sink or float to each layer!

Why Do We Have Seasons? 

Explore what causes seasons on Earth in this interactive adapted from NASA materials that features four cities at different latitudes. Use this resource to view how Earth’s axial tilt causes seasons from different perspectives. 

 

Do Leaves Breathe? 

Before all the leaves change color and drop grab a green living leak off a tree and try this simple experiment in your home. 

 

Latino Americans

Explore the history, people and issues chronicled in the PBS series, Latino Americans in this collection of lesson plans and videos.