Resources for Grades 9–12

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shooting lasers from space

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Shooting Lasers from Space

Learn how NASA Goddard researcher Lola Fatoyinbo shoots lasers at trees to measure how much carbon forests store.

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turning vegetables into clean energy

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grades 6–12

Turning Vegetables into Clean Energy

Not only are vegetables good for your health, but they also can be used to make electricity and biofuel.

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Clean Energy

Learn how clean, renewable energy can drastically lower gas emissions and reduce our use of fossil fuels to potentially save our earth's climate.

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saving earth

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grades 6–12

Saving Earth

Watch and learn how we all can save our planet one step at a time by working together toward sustainable practices.

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milly zantow

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grades 4–12

Milly Zantow: Recycling Revolutionary

Ever wonder what the number on the bottom of plastic items means? Learn about the plastic numbering system and why it came to be.

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Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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why we say ok

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grades 3–12

Why We Say "OK"

How many times do you say "OK" each day? Ever wonder what it actually means? Watch and discover the origins of this commonly used word.

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a tribute to free speech

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grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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how to write fiction that comes alive

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grades 6–12

How to Write Fiction That Comes Alive

Learn how writers use descriptive language to engage a reader's senses. Then try some of the techniques from the video in your own writing.

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grades 10–12

Keeping the Peace During a Pandemic

Cooped up with family or friends? Consider ways to carve out some privacy for yourself and respect those you live with.

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evolution of the book

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grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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a hero's journey

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grades 6–12

A Hero's Journey

Learn about the story structure of the hero, from ancient warriors to modern-day Harry Potter. The variations come from the same template: the monomyth.

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a tribute to free speech

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grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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grades 6–12

Shantell Martin: Follow the Pen

Take a glimpse at Shantell Martin's stream-of-consciousness drawings. With a marker, use words and lines to make your own creative expression.

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gladys bentley

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grades 10–12

Glorious Gladys Bentley

Discover the singular life and style of Gladys Bentley, a Harlem Renaissance artist whose bold performances battled traditional gender roles and norms.

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sissieretta jones

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grades 7–12

Sissieretta Jones: The Sweetest Songs

Learn about the talented opera singer Sissieretta Jones, the first African American woman to headline at Carnegie Hall. Warning: Contains graphic content.

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meta warrick fuller

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grades 7–12

Trailblazing Sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller

Watch this video to learn why artist Meta Warrick Fuller was nicknamed "the sculptor of horrors" for her dark, expressive creations.

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grades 11–12

The Art of Joy and Pain

Experience the stunning and provocative contemporary art and performance of Abigail DeVille, whose work takes a critical look at history.

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hip-hop artist Nas

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grades 9–12

Leaves of Grass

Celebrate Walt Whitman's life by reading Leaves of Grass with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, hip-hop artist Nas, and an array of contemporary poets.

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future forest is made of plastic

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grades 3–12

The Future Forest Is Made of Plastic!

Visit this inspiring garden made of plastic waste. How can you use old toys or plastics from the recycling bin to make your own sculpture garden?

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flip flop sculptures

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grades 3–12

Flip-Flop Sculptures

Watch how Ocean Sole is cleaning up the ocean by taking washed-up flip-flops and transforming them into beautiful sculptures.

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grades 6–12

Dance as Protest

Be moved by the 400-year-old history of bomba, a style of music and dance created by enslaved people that resisted colonial culture.

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the obliteration room

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grades 6–12

The Obliteration Room

Watch as Tate Gallery visitors take part in Yayoi Kusama's interactive art exhibit. Visitors transform the white room by covering it with dot stickers in different colors.

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grades 11–12

Reconstructing History

Step into the challenging world of Kevin Beasley's art, which reckons with the the brutal legacy of slavery.

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grades 6–12

How to Fact-Check History

Learn from a professional fact-checker how to verify information—including events that happened a long time ago.

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grades 6–12

How to Choose Your News

Learn how opinions and facts affect the news and how to tell them apart.

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grades 6–12

Protecting Your Privacy

Learn how your private info can end up online, whether you intended it to or not.

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is the internet making you meaner

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grades 10–12

Is the Internet Making You Meaner?

Are people online meaner than in real life? Use this video to explore this phenomenon, and reflect on your own experiences.

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avoid common online issues

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grades 6–12

Avoid Common Online Issues

Watch these videos that tackle lots of online issues like cyberbullying, sharing photos, and online identity from teens' perspectives.

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friendships and boundaries

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grades 9–12

Friendships and Boundaries

Find out how other teens maintain friendship boundaries in a world of constant connection. How could you set better boundaries with your friends?

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sexting and risks

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grades 8–12

Sexting, Relationships, and Risks

Watch teens' honest -- and sometimes frank -- thoughts about the pressures and risks that come with sexting. How would you react in similar situations?

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oversharing

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grades 7–9

Oversharing and Your Digital Footprint

Listen to other students' thoughts and experiences with social media. Do you think you're an oversharer?

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what is digital citizenship

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grades 6–12

What Is Digital Citizenship?

Learn what skills you need to become an awesome digital citizen.

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managing online use

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grades 7–9

The Pressure to Stay Connected

Hear what other teens have to say about how digital media has them feeling "hooked." Do you feel the same way? How might you manage your use?

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screen time

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grades 10–12

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

What's the difference between active and passive screen time? Explore the effects of screen time and how much is right for you.

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conversation with Cameron Kasky

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grades 10–12

Civil Discourse Online

Hear from Cameron Kasky about how he and his classmates advocated for positive change and learned to find common ground after the Parkland school shootings.

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saving earth

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grades 6–12

Saving Earth

Watch and learn how we all can save our planet one step at a time by working together toward sustainable practices.

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grades 10–12

Keeping the Peace During a Pandemic

Cooped up with family or friends? Consider ways to carve out some privacy for yourself and respect those you live with.

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grades 6–12

Compton Cowboys

Sit down with two of the Compton Cowboys and learn about how their community of riders reimagines life, culture, and kinship in South Los Angeles.

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grades 1–12

Yoga for the Heart

Take some time to focus on how your feeling and do something for yourself with the help of this beginner-friendly yoga video.

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grades 9–12

Breathe and Be Thankful

Think about what being thankful means to you, and take a few minutes to reflect and refresh.

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grades 5–9

Why Be Grateful?

Watch this video to find out why being grateful makes us happier. Then take a minute to focus on the things you're thankful for.

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grades 6–12

Breathe in the Music

Learn and practice this simple meditative exercise guided by composer Chad Lawson and his piano.

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being multiracial

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grades 9–12

Being From a Multiracial Family

Listen to the experiences of adults who grew up in multiracial families, then discuss or write about your thoughts.

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precious sand

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grades 9–12

Precious Sand

Watch the video and read about how something as simple as sand is critical to families in Cambodia.

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grades 1–12

Yoga for the Mind

Clear your mind and re-charge your body with some meditative yoga great for beginners or even seasoned vets.

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grades 10–12

Journaling

Learn how bullet journaling might be able to help you feel more in control of your life and health.

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managing online use

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grades 7–9

The Pressure to Stay Connected

Hear what other teens have to say about how digital media has them feeling "hooked." Do you feel the same way? How might you manage your use?

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usps

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grades 3–12

United States Postal Service

Follow the journey your letters take through high-tech machines that process 30,000 pieces of mail each hour.

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urban bee farms in detroit

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grades 6–12

Urban Bee Farms in Detroit

What do you think a beekeeper looks like? Detroit Hives is challenging stereotypes and supporting new growth and a healthy food culture in Detroit.

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history of the pencil

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grades 3–12

The History of the Pencil

Get an inside view into the history and making of pencils at the Derwent pencil factory in England.

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grades 4–12

Behind the Scenes in the Tesla Factory

Find out how the Tesla Model S is made with a tour of this state-of-the-art factory.

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peek into the white house

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grades 2–12

Peek into the White House

Take a tour of the West Wing of the White House in sign language. See just what the president's 45-second commute looks like.

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sneak peak

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grades 6–12

Sneak Peak

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at a museum? Get an insider view of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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grades 6–12

Virtual Tour of the White House

Did you know the White House has a bowling alley? Take an animated virtual tour of the White House and see if you can count all the rooms!

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grades 6–12

Indigenous Traditions, Contemporary Culture in Oklahoma

Join indigenous hip-hop artist Quese IMC on this day of music, family, art, and history exploring the enduring traditions of the Pawnee and Seminole peoples.

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grades 6–12

The Eiffel Tower Animated Tour

Learn about the various floors and shops located inside this amazing tower, located in Paris, France. Did you know it was almost torn down?

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grades 6–12

Tallest Building in the World

Take a journey inside an animation of the world's tallest building—the Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai—reaching over half a mile high!

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grades 6–12

Empire State Building Animation

For 40 years, the Empire State Building was the tallest building. Learn about the history of this famous New York landmark.

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grades 1–12

Inside a Space Shuttle

Tour the Space Shuttle Discovery with astronauts who used it to launch the Hubble Space Telescope.

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grades 6–10

Fortnite Funky

Get in the game with this Fortnite dance! Learn the moves step by step and then put it all together so you can "Last Forever."

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grades 6–12

What Makes Muscles Grow?

With over 600 muscles in our bodies, we must learn how to give them attention and stay active to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

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grades 1–12

Yoga for the Heart

Take some time to focus on how your feeling and do something for yourself with the help of this beginner-friendly yoga video.

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grades 3–12

Home Workout with Jerome Williams

Wide Open School Exclusive: Get court-ready with NBA legend Jerome Williams in this workout series covering fundamentals from jumping jacks to burpees.

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grades 6–12

Work Out with Avery Williamson

Dips, high knees, push-ups, and more—get moving with this quick set of exercises led by an NFL linebacker.

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grades 1–12

Yoga for the Mind

Clear your mind and re-charge your body with some meditative yoga great for beginners or even seasoned vets.

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grades 6–12

Mason Plumlee Gets Moving

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NBA Denver Nuggets player Mason Plumlee shares his stuck-at-home workout, plus some fun games you can set up with ordinary household items.

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grades 6–12

Learn to Ollie

Pop into this helpful explainer video, and see if you can learn this most basic (yet very challenging!) of skateboard tricks.

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Working Out With a Paralympian

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grades 3–12

Work Out with a Paralympian

Join four-time Paralympian Rudy Garcia-Tolson for this 34-minute, full-body workout. Note you'll need a couple of common household items, so preview the workout first.

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grades 1–12

Step Back and Play

Toss a ball around a circle. Every time it makes it back to the beginning, take one step back and start again.

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grades 3–12

Toss and Think

Use your brain and your body in this game of concentration. All you need is a ball or something to toss.

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grades 7–12

Practice Your Dance Moves

Learn the choreography for a trending dance on TikTok. Remember: Only post yourself dancing on social media if it's OK with your parents.

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family baking time

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Preschool–grade 12

Family Baking Time

Make "snoball" cookies with this winter-inspired video and cookie recipe. Don't forget to write down the ingredients as you see them pop up.

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grades 6–12

Cook Eggs

Learn how to cook eggs—scrambled, fried, hard-boiled. This skill will come in handy. We promise.

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grades 6–12

Learn to Ollie

Pop into this helpful explainer video, and see if you can learn this most basic (yet very challenging!) of skateboard tricks.

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grades 6–12

How to Tie a Tie

Ditch the clip-on and learn one way to easily tie a tie, and class up your wardrobe for graduation, job interviews, weddings, and beyond.

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grades 8–12

Getting to Know Deepfakes

Find out what deepfakes are and how they might affect our world. What are three things you can do to avoid getting fooled by them?

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grades 3–12

Pizza-Tossing Tournament!

Learn from champion pizza chef Tony Gemignani in this somewhat old, yet informative video. Watch Tony teach the basics; then try tossing your own pizza.

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grades 9–12

Coping with Stress During Uncertainty

Manage stress and stay healthy during the pandemic with this informative video on dealing with anxiety. Then, use the tips to develop a self-care plan.

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grades 9–12

How Does Composting Work?

Watch this short overview on composting: what it is, and how it works. Afterward, consider how you might compost at home, using materials you already have.

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grades 6–12

How to Sew on a Button

Watch this no-frills video and learn how to properly sew a button onto fabric or a piece of clothing.

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grades 9–12

Food Recommendations

Learn what goes into a healthy diet according to science.

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grades 6–12

Crash Course, Taking Notes

Learn the nuts and bolts of good note-taking—a skill that'll come in handy over the next few weeks and all your life!

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grades 11–12

Laundry Time

Learn how to do your laundry so you're not totally clueless when you're on your own.

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grades 7–12

The Infinite Life of Pi

Learn all about this important ratio. What is pi? When was it discovered? And how can we use it?

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grades 6–12

What's Inside a Rubik's Cube?

Ever wonder how a Rubik's Cube works and functions? Take a look inside this tricky puzzle and see if you think you can solve it!

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why can't you divide by zero

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grades 6–12

Why You Can't Divide By Zero

Learn how the simple combination of an everyday number and a basic operation can result in a mind-bending problem.

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grades 11–12

Finding the Volume of Any Shape

Find out how you can make use of calculus by figuring out the volume of 3D shapes with the help of this step-by-step tutorial.

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grades 7–9

Transform Words into Numbers

Find out how to take a math problem that's in words and transform it into numbers called an expression.

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grades 6–12

Math Symbols + Explanation = Whoa!

Find out how symbols like the equal sign came to be and why we use so many unusual symbols in math equations.

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grades 10–12

A Zombie Apocalypse and Calculus

Watch this video and explore how fast a (hypothetical) zombie population could grow. Calculate exponential growth to determine how long until a total takeover.

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grades 10–12

The Golden Ratio in Music

What's the golden ratio and how is it related to music? Listen to a team of musicians and mathematicians explain it here!

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grades 6–12

The Map of Computer Science

Take a journey through the history and development of computing in this brilliant visual mapping of the key concepts and fields within computer science.

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grades 10–12

Make Sense of the World with Statistics

Immerse yourself in the fascinating—and useful—field of statistics in this video-based course hosted by journalist Adriene Hill.

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grades 6–12

Find the Fun and Beauty in Algebra

Whether you struggle with algebra or already love it, join mathematician James Tanton on this nontraditional exploration of the foundations of algebra.

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grades 10–12

Meaningful Math

Explore how mathematics can help us make sense of the world. After viewing, describe how math could increase someone's score in a game of pool.

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how to write fiction that comes alive

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How to Write Fiction That Comes Alive

Learn how writers use descriptive language to engage a reader's senses. Then try some of the techniques from the video in your own writing.

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evolution of the book

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grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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a hero's journey

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A Hero's Journey

Learn about the story structure of the hero, from ancient warriors to modern-day Harry Potter. The variations come from the same template: the monomyth.