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Things Explained

Things Explained

Ever wonder how a giant ship can float or how buildings are demolished in the middle of a city? We do too! Our new series, Things Explained, tackles all kinds of questions with short, easy-to-understand videos that include vocabulary, experiments, and real-world examples right here in Georgia. Targeting elementary and middle school concepts, each video is aligned to GSE standards.

The Georgia Dome Implosion Teacher Toolkit


Georgia Dome Facts, Figures, and Records

Grades: K-12

Use this factsheet to review the many events and successes witnessed at the Georgia Dome during its 25 year reign.

The Art of Implosion*

Grades: 6-12

Use this video to see how demolition crews use dynamite to cause an implosion. The steel base of a structure is knocked out, causing the rest of the building to fall inward.

Demolition in Major Cities*

Grades: 6-12

Crews cannot use many common demolition tools in crowded urban areas. To tear down skyscrapers and other large structures, demolition experts must follow a detailed plan to take a building apart piece by piece.


Grades: 6-12

Alfred Nobel created dynamite using the explosive power of nitroglycerin. Since then, dynamite has been used to create new spaces and destroy old structures.

Nina and the Neurons: Get Building: Demolition*

Grades: K-2

Join host Nina and special guests Andrea, Soham, and Yusuf as they answer the question of how buildings are knocked down. The demolition of a building can happen by using explosions or machinery to tear the building down. Nina and the kids perform experiments to show how to make a building fall a certain way and how buildings can be demolished from the top down.

Demolition Woman

Grades: 6-12

Stable structures are able to stand tall because the forces acting upon them are balanced. When a structure must be knocked down, demolition experts use their knowledge of these forces and of each structure's most important elements to do the job effectively. Stacey Loizeaux is one such demolition expert. In this interview from NOVA, she describes some of the knowledge she and her family's demolition team use to bring down large structures quickly and safely.

What Is Gravity?

Grades: PreK-3

It's Mindy's birthday today, and she's over the moon with excitement! In this clip from Ready Jet Go!, the kids celebrate by jumping around in a bounce house. Sean and Face 9000 then explain to Mindy what gravity is, and why a person can jump higher on the moon compared to Earth.

Construction Site Field Trip

Grades: PreK-3

On this KidVision VPK virtual field trip, visit the Marlin's stadium and parking garages under construction. Learn about planning, safety and measuring, and practice using tools. It is quite a site!

The Great American Eclipse Teacher Toolkit


Eclipses | Crash Course Astronomy

Grades: 9-12

In this episode, Phil breaks down what happens during a solar and lunar eclipse and provides tips for safely viewing a solar eclipse. Learn how the Ancient Greeks calculated a close estimation of the earth and moon's actual size two thousand years before the invention of the telescope.

NASA Planetary Sciences Collection

Grades: 6-12

In these videos and interactives from NASA, catalogued and adapted by WGBH, explore the exciting discoveries from NASA missions about the planets, moons, and other objects in our solar system. You'll also find three professional development videos from WNET showing planetary science in action in a high school classroom./p>

Show Pictures: What Is a Solar Eclipse? | PBS Kids

Grades: K-5

A solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular event to witness! Using this PBS Kids Plum Landing art activity, kids can illustrate what they think the sky will look like during a solar eclipse.

A Pretend Outer Space Adventure | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Grades: PreK-1

With a cardboard box, Daniel imagines that he is an astronaut on an adventure through space. Remind kids to use their imaginations to create pretend worlds. Ordinary objects can be turned into anything!

Solar Eclipse from a Plane*

Grades: 6-12

In this Discovery Education video, pilots Frank Brodtman and Matthias Winkelmann take a detour over Greenland to witness a solar eclipse in an airplane.

The Universe: Ancient Eclipses

Grades: 6-12

Eclipses have not always been viewed in awe. Show students how ancient societies reacted to these astronomical events with this History clip.

What's the Difference Between a Solar and Lunar Eclipse? | Physics Girl

Grades: 6-12

What is the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse? How can you tell the difference? Find out how in this episode of Physics Girl.

The Great American Eclipse*

Grades: K-12

To empower educators to take full advantage of this rare occasion, Discovery Education is providing a variety of resources that will serve as catalysts for the inquiry process and ignite students' natural sense of curiosity and wonder.

NOVA YouTube Playlist

Grades: 3-12

Get fired up for the solar eclipse with this YouTube playlist from NOVA and PBS! Learn about eclipse safety, what causes a solar eclipse, and how this event proves Einstein right.

The Solar Eclipse of 2017: Teacher Toolkit

Grades: K-12

Are you a K-12 teacher looking for ideas and information about what to do with your students, your school, or your community around the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, 2017? WGBH has gathered information from trusted content partners into this Teacher Toolkit

The Winter Olympics Teacher Toolkit


Ski Jumping: Understanding Proportional Relationships

Grades: 7-8

Investigate the slopes involved in ski jumping. This video focuses on defining slope, showing how to calculate slope on a graph, with an expression, and positive and negative slopes. MIT ARTEMiS takes math out of the classroom and into the real world.

Penguin Ski Team | Peg + Cat

Grades: PreK-K

The Penguin Ski Team is having trouble and keep crashing into things. Coaches Peg and Cat show them how to go over, under, and between. By the end of this video, kids should understand the different movement directions.

Are the Olympics a Model for Creating Geniuses? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Grades: 6-12

While we often think of genius as an intellectual category, can we use it for Olympians? We normally associate the word "genius" with intellectual accomplishments, but athletes are geniuses at pushing their bodies to new heights, making the impossibly difficult seem easy and effortless.

Origins of the Olympics | The Greeks

Grades: 6-12

From all over the Greek-speaking world, the best athletes descended on Athens to take their best shot at achieving immortality. Review the archaeological evidence of the first Olympics and the early events such as chariot-racing, boxing, and sprinting, that it depicts.

Ski Jumping: Understanding Proportional Relationships

Grades: 7-8

What's your favorite winter sport? Is it figure skating or luge? Do you know what luge is? In preparation for this year's Olympic Games in South Korea, watch this English vocabulary lesson on Olympic winter sports.

Learn Vocabulary: Sports of the Winter Olympics

Grades: 6-12

What's your favorite winter sport? Is it figure skating or luge? Do you know what luge is? In preparation for this year's Olympic Games in South Korea, watch this English vocabulary lesson on Olympic winter sports.

Snowboards - Chris Fidler and Scott Keller

Grades: 3-8

Burton snowboard gurus, Scott Keller and Chris Fidler, explain how they design bindings that really click and boards that excel on any snowy terrain. It's a process of ups and down, leaps and landings as the Burton boys carve up the slopes. Learn more with this video from Design Squad Nation.

Grover's Winter Games | Sesame Street

Grades: PreK-1

A great game for number recognition, patterns, and working memory. Grover leads the way as you compete in ice skating, snowboarding, and skiing while learning along the way!

How Brain Training Improves Sports Performance | BrainCraft

Grades: 6-12

Want to win the gold? It helps to train your brain, not just your body. Studies with athletes show that using imagery techniques to train your brain can improve your physical performance.

Forces, Sports and Fitness!

Grades: 2

Score big points with a sports-crazy dog! A Jack Russel Terrier will show you the science of force through sports and fitness. Practice using seven winning text features that help make reading fun!

The Facts About Concussions

Grades: 5-8

In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students watch videos featuring concussion victims and medical researchers to learn about the causes and symptoms of this serious type of brain injury. They also examine the challenges doctors face when diagnosing concussions and the technologies being developed to aid in these efforts. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a science focus on personal health. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities.

Animal Winter Olympics | Peg + Cat

Grades: PreK-K

After learning how to go over, under, and between, team Penguin is ready to compete in the Animal Winter Olympics! Kids should understand the definitions of over, under and between after watching this video.

Hitler Takes on the Games | The Nazi Games: Berlin 1936

Grades: Grades: 6-13+

Hitler decided to hold the international games. He viewed sports as training for warfare, and hoped to show Aryan superiority. However, things became complicated when he refused to let black athletes compete. As the Nazis continued to discriminate against blacks and Jews, the question of whether or not they should host the games was called into question.

Science of the Winter Olympics - Curling

Grades: Grades: 6-12

Curling has been in the Winter Olympics for four years now, but it still seems a little strange to most of us. John Shuster, the captain--or "skip"--of the U.S. Curling Team in Vancouver, explains this unusual sport, and NSF-funded scientists Sam Colbeck, a retired scientist from the U.S. Army Cold Regions Lab and physicist George Tuthill of Plymouth State University explain the friction that makes it all work.

What Is Ice?

Grades: K-2

Learn from NASA scientists about two forms of water (liquid and solid), and about the special properties of ice that are important to Earth’s life and climate, in this video from NASA eClips. Ice can be found in bodies of water across the planet. In the polar regions, ice that is present all year long affects temperatures and climates throughout the world. Students can use the video to understand different forms of water and to observe and identify ice in a variety of water bodies.

Career Connections | Marketing & PR Director

Grades: 12

A public relations, or PR, professional with a passion for affordable family entertainment explains how a marketing class he took in college led to a rewarding career with the Cincinnati Cyclones, a minor-league hockey team.

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Virtual Field Trips
The virtual field trips bring Georgia locations to life with interviews, 360-degree panoramic photography, interactive elements, discussion prompts, and videos. Teachers can help students explore these historic locations by accessing the virtual field trips through the web and tablets.

Fast Forward
Fast Forward is an original GPB series that presents Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts in a fun, entertaining and informative way by demonstrating how employees in businesses and organizations across the state are applying the topic matter in their jobs.

Education Matters Blog
The Education Matters blog covers topics and trends in education, as well as school-specific success stories. The “Share Your Story” initiative allows teachers from all over the state to upload a guest blog, sharing how they are innovating and integrating technology in their classroom.