Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dragonfly TV: Science Videos

Dragonfly TV can show you how videos can enhance your science units, and help students discover how science is an integral part of their areas of interest.  The site is full of short, informative videos hosted by kids investigating scientific principles.

Your students can spend a few minutes watching the kid hosts perform scientific discoveries in a wide range of exciting topics such as sports, kites, water slides, rollercoasters, weather, animals, motorcross racing, tug-of-war, etc.  The kid hosts ask questions about these topics, and work to find the answers.  Where can you find the best ocean waves for surfing?  Which is a better navigation tool:  GPS or a map and compass?  How can you make your own lip gloss and lotion?  These are the sorts of questions tackled in each video.

If you have a weather unit, or one on force and motion, ecology, biology, and others, consider adding a few of these videos to a computer center, or display them for a whole-class viewing.  Each video helpfully provides a springboard of other areas of study related to the topic, areas worth further investigation by your students.

There are also tons of experiments performed on Dragonfly TV, all of which could be integrated into your lessons or used as inspiration for a science project.

There are even interviews with actual scientists, people who do everything from design space suits, research chimpanzees, design Nascar vehicles, and tons of other things.  

Several games are on the site, like one that allows children to breed dogs for specific genetic traits.

Don't forget to check out the printable 'zines, which are filled with activities and fun experiments.

Dragonfly TV is part of PBSKids, which is always a good thing in my book.  Visit the site and tell me what you think!

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