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ERIC Number: ED460830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 81
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Scientific American Frontiers Teaching Guides for Shows 701-705, October 1996-April 1997.
Connecticut Public Television, Hartford.; Public Broadcasting Service, Washington, DC.
These teaching guides are meant to supplement the seventh season (1996-97) of the PBS Series "Scientific American Frontiers". Episode 701 is entitled "Inventing the Future: A Tour of the MIT Media Lab" and the teaching guide contains information and activities on a virtual pet dog, computers of the future, a smart car designed to prevent accidents, wearable computers, and an interactive opera using hyperinstruments. The teaching guide for Episode 702, entitled "Science Safari: A Scientific Expedition through South Africa", includes information and activities on controlling malaria, hominid fossils found in South Africa, a 16th-century royal burial site, wildlife management in South African nature parks, and attempts to save wild plants from extinction. Episode 703 is entitled"Pieces of Mind: Inside the Human Brain" and features information and activities on split-brain patients, the emotional aspects of memory, false memory, REM sleep, and language learning. Episode 704 is entitled "Going to Extremes: Testing Nature's Limits" and contains information and activities on funnel web spiders, the physiology of mountain sickness, the biomechanics and physiology of the cheetah and the pronghorn antelope, frogs and fish that survive extremely cold temperatures, and new ocean species discovered by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Episode 705 is entitled "Robots Alive! Robots with Minds of Their Own" and presents information and activities on robots that navigate mazes and clean tennis courts, a van that drives itself, teaching a robot to walk on two legs, the attempt to create artificial intelligence, and the Aerial Robotics Competition. (WRM)
Scientific American Frontiers Program, 105 Terry Drive, Suite 120, Newtown, PA 18940. Tel: 800-315-5010 (Toll Free); Fax: 215-579-8589; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Public Television, Hartford.; Public Broadcasting Service, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: South Africa