I showed my students “Inside a Child’s Brain” and we all learned something from that short clip. The thought that a two-year old child has more neural connections than any adult is staggering, but reinforced our learning that if we don’t use those paths regularly they will disappear.
We also enjoyed “Brain City.” Comparing the brain to a thriving metropolis perfectly explains the interdependence of this system, and the difficulty we have isolating any one of its parts.
My short sampling of clips has told me that I am definitely going to enjoy this series!
The Kuriositas blog posted this beautiful video that was inspired by the life of Carl Sagan. It’s nearly 10 minutes long, but well worth showing to your students if you want to encourage curiosity and following your passion.
Ainissa Ramirez is a material scientist who’s mission is to explain our world in a way that makes sense to those of us who might not describe ourselves as very scientific. Listen to her interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” to learn more about material science, Dr. Ramirez’s bold visions, and the many facets of this awesome STEM role model. For more information, visit her website.
I found this 2-minute video on the Museum of Mathematics website. Eileen Collins, who was the first female pilot of the Space Shuttle, talks about her difficulties with math and the great reasons for sticking with the subject.
As many teachers and administrators start trickling back to school this month, and we sigh at the alarm clock’s ridiculous early hour intrusion, it may do us all some good to be reminded of why we do what we do.
In this video from 2009, Albert Siedlecki receives a surprise phone call from one of his former students from the 1980’s, Lee Buono. Siedlecki’s reaction to Buono’s words of gratitude was to say, “I never thought that what I did was a gift. Teach. But that’s what it is.” Teachers rarely get the chance to learn of their long-reaching impact, and this video is a wonderful tribute to those men and women who make a positive difference.
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