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The Ecological Cost of Dinner

Biology

This lesson is about the flow of energy in ecosystems. The setting is Plimoth...
Will an Ice Cube Melt Faster in Freshwater or Saltwater?

Physics

With an often unexpected outcome from a simple experiment, students can...
How to Estimate the Value of Pi

Mathematics

This lesson is about the estimation of the value of Pi. Based on previous...
Meet the Family: Investigating Primate Relationships

Biology

In this lesson students will see the different types of evidence scientists use...
Pollination: Saying It with Flowers

Biology

This lesson focuses on the process of pollination. The learning objectives...
You Can’t Always Get What You Want: A Lesson in Human Evolution

Biology

This lesson introduces students to the concepts of evolution, specifically the...
How Big Is a Mole? Do We Really Comprehend Avogadro’s Number?

Chemistry

The unit “mole” is used in chemistry as a counting unit for...
Thermodynamics: Energy Conversion in Generating Electricity

Engineering

This lesson is an introductory topic in thermodynamics, on the conversion of...
Why Neutralize? Impact on Health and the Environment

Chemistry

The aim of this lesson is to introduce the concept of Neutralization and its...
The Art of Making Layer Cakes: Proper Construction of Bituminous Roads and Highways

Engineering

The aim of this video is to introduce high school students to the engineering...
Kite Flying: Fun, Art and Science

Physics

This lesson presents the basics of aerodynamics by using kite flying as an...
Why Pay More?

Mathematics

This lesson is an introduction to Multiple Regression Analysis or MRA, a...
Averages: Still Flawed

Mathematics

This learning video continues the theme of an early BLOSSOMS lesson, Flaws of...
Soaring in The Wind: The Science of Kite Flying

Physics

Flying kites is a popular hobby in Malaysia and very much part of the culture....
From Psychology to Logic: Learning Computer Programming in the Kitchen

Engineering

This lesson focuses on the biggest problem faced by any young programmer - i.e...
Fantastic Factorials

Mathematics

The aim of this video lesson is to introduce the concept of factorials, and to...
Save Our Kingdom (in relation to the chemistry topic - Conservation of Mass)

Chemistry

There are many misconceptions about the chemistry concept, “Conservation...
Tragedy of the Commons

Mathematics

This lesson introduces students to the “Tragedy of the Commons,” an...
Is There A Connection Between Computer Network Topologies And A Malaysian Wedding?

Engineering

The aim of this video lesson is to teach students about the different...
The Monty Hall Problem or How to Outsmart a Game Show and Win a Car

Mathematics

This lesson teaches students how to make decisions in the face of uncertainty...
The Pythagorean Theorem: Geometry’s Most Elegant Theorem

Mathematics

This lesson teaches students about the history of the Pythagorean theorem,...
Measuring Distances in the Milky Way

Physics

The main aim of this lesson is to show students that distances may be...
Gravity Assist or Stealing a Planet's Angular Momentum and Getting Away With It

Physics

This video lesson will present Gravity Assist, or what is wrongly referred to...
The Parallax Activity: Measuring the Distances to Nearby Stars

Physics

Determining the position of a star or other object in three-dimensional space...
Rational versus Irrational Numbers

Mathematics

The scope of this video lesson consists in studying the sets of Rational and...
How Mosquitoes Fly in the Rain

Biology

In this lesson, we learn how insects can fly in the rain. The objective is to...
The King of Dinosaurs or a Chicken Dinner? One Paleontologist’s Quest to Activate Atavistic Genes and Create a Dinosaur

Biology

This lesson uses the fundamentals of protein synthesis as a context for...
The Case of the Stolen Painting: A Forensic Mystery

Biology

This video was conceived around the idea that students, particularly students...
How Scientific Teams Develop New Anti-Cancer Drugs

Biology

In this lesson, students will see first-hand how all different kinds of...
From Teenage to Old Age: How Cancer Develops Over Time

Biology

This lesson focuses on: how cancer is caused by mutations that accumulate over...
Making It Personal: Using DNA to Tailor Cancer Treatments

Biology

This lesson focuses on different anti-cancer drugs, including chemotherapy and...
Tissue Specific Gene Expression

Biology

How is it that all cells in our body have the same genes, yet cells in...
ATP: The Fuel of Life

Biology

The goal of this lesson is to introduce students who are interested in human...
The Power of Exponentials, Big and Small

Mathematics

Exponential growth is keenly applicable to a variety of different fields...
Arabesque: Where Art Meets Mathematics

Mathematics

The main objective of this lesson is to illustrate an important application of...
The Respiratory System of Birds

Biology

This video aims to provide an illustrative lesson about the respiratory system...
Who Do You Know? The Theory Behind Social Networking

Mathematics

This video lesson will introduce students to algorithmic thinking through the...
Why Beehive Honeycombs Have a Hexagonal Shape

Mathematics

Beavers are generally known as the engineers of the animal world. In fact the...
The Quadratic Equation: It’s Hip to Be Squared

Mathematics

This lesson aims to help students with quadratic functions y = ax2 + bx + c....
Is There a Connection between Water Desalination and Making Pickles?

Chemistry

The objective of this lesson is to get students acquainted with the basic...
The Construction of Proteins

Biology

This lesson examines cell construction and functionality, specifically looking...
Recognizing Chemical Reactions

Chemistry

What do all chemical reactions have in common? Most students describe a...
Amazing Problems: Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences

Mathematics

This lesson aims to introduce arithmetic sequences and geometric sequences to...
Static and Kinetic Friction Forces: Similarities and Differences

Physics

This lesson is about the importance of friction in our lives. It discusses the...
Plastics and Covalent Chemical Bonds

Chemistry

In this lesson, we discuss the distribution of electrons in a carbon atom,...
Sorting Algorithms

Mathematics

This lesson is about sorting algorithms and the methods used to sort lists of...
The Towers of Hanoi: Experiential Recursive Thinking

Mathematics

This lesson is about the Towers of Hanoi problem, a classic famous problem...
The Geometry of Parabolic Sand Dunes

Mathematics

One of the main problems facing Saudi Arabia and many other countries in the...
Plants and Environmental Resources

Biology

Earth contains a variety of plants to provide food, medicine and, most...
Uniform Circular Motion and Centrifugal Force

Physics

The objective of this video lesson is to correct the misconception in the...
Connections in the Plane without Crossing

Mathematics

This lesson presents interesting and challenging problems in Graph Theory,...
The Disease of Our Time: Diabetes

Biology

This lesson presents a comprehensive overview of diabetes, including the causes...
How Does Biotechnology Help Clean Up The Environment?

Biology

The objective of this lesson is to introduce students to one of the most...
Counting Systems

Mathematics

This video aims to explain counting systems (Decimal, Binary, and Hexadecimal...
The Physics of Pool

Physics

The objective of this lesson is to illustrate how a common everyday experience...
How Cold Is Cold: Examining the Properties of Materials at Lower Temperatures

Chemistry

This video is the second lesson in the How Cold Is Cold?  BLOSSOMS series...
The Physics of Racing Cars

Physics

This video lesson discusses how a few simple physics concepts can help in...
The Mailman and the Five Packages: Data Packets and Data Transfer Speed

Mathematics

This lesson will explain the process of data transfer throughout computer...
Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Engineering

This video lesson introduces students to the worlds of engineering innovation...
The Magic Picture: Steganography in Bitmap Files

Engineering

This video aims to connect many topics in computer science to reach the writing...
Quantifying the Energy Associated with Everyday Things and Events

Engineering

This lesson is about energy and how it manifests itself in every day things...
Selfish Drivers: The Braess Paradox and Traffic Planning

Mathematics

The idea of this lesson is to introduce, in a simplified manner, the so-called...
How Cold is Cold: What is Temperature?

Chemistry

This video lesson is part of a two-part series and introduces the concept of...
The Mathematics of Voting

Mathematics

The goal of this video lesson is to teach students about new and exciting ways...
What’s in an Eye?  The Eye’s Components and the Diseases that Affect Them

Biology

The major purpose of this lesson is to promote the learning of eye function by...
Gravity at Work

Physics

This video lesson highlights how science can be learned from daily life...
Geologic Time: The Ticking of Our Planet’s 4.6 Billion Year Clock

Biology

The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. That’s a hard number to conceptualize...
Optimizing Your Diet: What Linear Programming Can Tell You!

Mathematics

In this video lesson, students will learn about linear programming (LP) and...
Blood: The Stuff of Life

Biology

The purpose of this lesson is to teach students about blood and its components...
Using DNA to Identify People

Biology

This lesson focuses on the molecular biology technique of DNA fingerprinting:...
The Physics of Boomerangs

Physics

This learning video explores the mysterious physics behind boomerangs and other...
Discovering Genes Associated with Diseases and Traits in Dogs

Biology

In this video module, students learn how scientists use genetic information...
Guess the Last Ball: An Exercise in Mathematical Modeling

Mathematics

This video lesson uses the technique of induction to show students how to...
Wind and Sand

Biology

The goal of this video lesson is to relate physics principles to natural...
Yeasts, Molds and Mushrooms

Biology

This video lesson examines the many beneficial aspects of a very important...
The Olive Propagation Problem

Biology

In this video lesson, students will learn about the DNA fingerprinting of...
How Much Small Is Small?

Chemistry

This video lesson introduces students to the concept of size. It looks at how...
Is Bigger Better? A Look at a Selection Bias that Is All Around Us

Mathematics

This learning video addresses a particular problem of selection bias, a...
Free Fall

Physics

This video lesson is an example of "teaching for understanding" in...
Sustainable Energy: Can Water be the Future Fuel?

Chemistry

The main objective of this video lesson is to bring the students' attention to...
Why Are the Sky Blue and the Leaves Green?

Chemistry

This learning video is designed to encourage students to be curious about...
Can Earthquakes Be Predicted?

Physics

This learning video uses a simple analog setup to explore why earthquakes are...
Static Equilibrium

Physics

This video lesson will focus on systems that are said to be in equilibrium...
Antioxidant Enzymes: Three or Four Veggies a Day Keeps Aging Away

Biology

The purpose of this video lesson is to expand the student’s knowledge...
Catalytic Converter

Chemistry

This video lesson aims to motivate students about chemistry and to raise their...
Pythagoras and the Juice Seller

Mathematics

This video lesson presents a real world problem that can be solved by using the...
The Mathematics of Cryptography

Mathematics

This video lesson provides a more advanced approach to cryptography than the...
The Mystery of Motion: Momentum, Kinetic Energy and Their Conversion

Physics

In this video lesson, the concept of momentum applied to hard-body collisions...
The Genetic Basis of Inheritance and Variation

Biology

The topic of this video module is genetic basis for variation among humans. The...
Biotechnology: Can It Help in Making the Desert Green?

Biology

This learning video introduces high school students to a topic they would not...
The Science of Soap Bubbles

Physics

As magic and ephemeral as they may seem, soap bubbles are a magnificent example...
Flaws of Averages

Mathematics

This learning video presents an introduction to the Flaws of Averages using...
Galaxies and Dark Matter

Physics

This video lesson has the goal of introducing students to galaxies as large...
Physics of Donkey Carts

Physics

This video lesson explores Newton’s Third Law of Motion through...
The Pythagorean Theorem: Application and Proof

Mathematics

In this video lesson, students will not only learn about Pythagoras and the...
Taking Walks, Delivering Mail: An Introduction to Graph Theory

Mathematics

This learning video presents an introduction to graph theory through two fun,...
Plasma: the Fourth State of Matter

Physics

In this video lesson, students will achieve the following learning objectives:...
Methods for Protein Purification

Biology

This Protein Purification video lesson is intended to give students some...
Roots, Shoots, and Wood

Biology

The topic of photosynthesis is a fundamental concept in biology, chemistry, and...
Flu Math Games

Mathematics

This video lesson shows students that math can play a role in understanding how...
Probability Theory

Mathematics

The main objective of this lesson is to motivate students’ thoughts and...
Building Cryptosystems

Engineering

This video module presents an introduction to cryptography – the method...
Fingerprinting Gravity

Physics

This very interactive video lesson uses the Simple Pendulum experiment to...
Using Geometry to Design Simple Machines

Engineering

This video is meant to be a fun, hands-on session that gets students to think...
Discovering Medicines, Using Robots and Computers

Biology

Scientists who are working to discover new medicines often use robots to...
Classifying Animals by Appearance Versus DNA Sequence

Biology

The topic of this video module is how to classify animals based on how closely...
The Stroboscopic Effect

Engineering

This module is about a particular effect of the frequency, which is the...
The Art of Approximation in Science and Engineering: How to Whip Out Answers Quickly

Mathematics

The purpose of this learning video is to show students how to think more freely...
Are Random Triangles Acute or Obtuse?

Mathematics

This learning video deals with a question of geometrical probability. A key...
Fabulous Fractals and Difference Equations

Mathematics

This learning video introduces students to the world of Fractal Geometry...
Ice Skater’s Delight: The Conservation of Angular Momentum

Physics

This learning video describes within an action orientation certain often...
The Broken Stick Experiment: Triangles, Random Numbers and Probability

Mathematics

This learning video is designed to develop critical thinking in students by...