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Videos for Grades 6-8

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Here you'll find all the videos in the Science NetLinks collection aimed at middle-school students. Topics range from baseball umpires to catastrophic science to gardening for wildlife, so there's something for everyone.
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  • 2014 Breakthrough of the Year

    6-12  |  Video
    Each year, Science chooses a singular scientific development as Breakthrough of the Year. This year, the Rosetta mission took the crown! Meet this year’s Breakthrough and check out our nine amazing runners-up!
  • What is a Watershed

    3-12  |  Video
    This video provides a brief explanation of a watershed.
  • Topspin Doctor: How Physics Serves Tennis

    3-12  |  Video
    In this segment of Science XPlained, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez discusses how the strings in a tennis racket--often made of synthetic or natural materials--make the important topspin shot possible.
  • The Science of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill

    6-12  |  Video
    John P. Holdren at the May 13, 2010 AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy discusses why scientists can't determine more precisely how much oil is gushing from the Deepwater Horizon rig.
  • The Last Speakers

    6-12  |  Video
    Clips from the documentary The Last Speakers share snippets of interviews with speakers of endangered languages.
  • The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science

    6-8  |  Video
    This video provides a preview of the Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science by performing an experiment from the book. Using Issac Newton's third law, the experiment shows how Robert Goddard created the space age.
  • Sy Montgomery Talks about Temple Grandin

    6-8  |  Video
    Sy Montgomery talks about her book Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, winner of the 2013 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Middle Grades category.
  • Science of the Summer Olympics: The Impact of Jenny Simpson

    6-12  |  Video
    This video is from the "Science of the Summer Olympics" series, produced by NBC and the National Science Foundation. U.S. runner Jenny Simpson relied on new treadmill technology to help rehabilitate from a stress fracture as she trained for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Science of the Summer Olympics: Measuring a Champion

    6-12  |  Video
    This video is from the "Science of the Summer Olympics" series, produced by NBC and the National Science Foundation. An electrical engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology explains why Olympic timekeeping technology must be able to measure an athlete's performance with both accuracy and precision.
  • Why Garden for Wildlife?

    K-12  |  Video
    This video from the National Wildlife Federation follows naturalist David Mizejewski as he discusses why it's important to plan gardens with wildlife in mind.
  • Why North Pole Web Cams?

    6-12  |  Video
    Deployment of a Web cam at North Pole in 2002 provided the very first summer-long view of conditions at the North Pole. Includes narration with background information about the North Pole and the Web cams.
  • Suit Up: 50 Years of Spacewalks

    3-12  |  Video
    This NASA documentary celebrates 50 years of extravehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalks that began in 1965 and continue to this day.
  • Pluto on the Horizon

    6-12  |  Video
    An interview with Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, about the upcoming Pluto encounter and what is next for his NASA spacecraft.
  • Football Physics

    6-12  |  Video
    Yale scientist Ainissa Ramirez describes the physics behind the game and what gives a football its speed, drag and spin in this video.
  • The Titanic's Metal Mysteries

    6-12  |  Video
    In this video, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez demonstrates how the metal rivets that held the Titanic together became brittle in the frigid waters and broke apart on impact with the iceberg.
  • Ice Cream Chemistry

    6-12  |  Video
    Ainissa Ramirez demonstrates how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen, describes why cold temperatures makes ice cream creamier, and shows how an understanding of ice cream helps us with avalanches.
  • The (Bubble) Wrap on Football Helmets

    6-12  |  Video
    Using an egg and bubble wrap, Ainissa Ramirez shows how football helmets are designed to reduce skull fractures, but are poor at preventing brain injuries (or concussions).
  • Spidey Sense

    6-12  |  Video
    Ainissa Ramirez describes the science behind spiders making webs and walking on walls, which engineers hope will lead to materials that are bulletproof and robots that can climb the side of a building.
  • Fun Ferrofluids

    6-12  |  Video
    Ainissa Ramirez shows how ferrofluids, which are iron particles floating in a liquid, make weird shapes and increase in viscosity when a magnet is nearby.
  • What Does Space Smell Like?

    6-12  |  Video
    This episode of Speaking of Chemistry discusses the science behind astronomical aromas and celestial body odors.
  • Science of a Tsunami

    6-12  |  Video
    Studying the science of tsunamis will hopefully provide better understanding and a better warning system
  • Return of the Cicadas

    K-12  |  Video
    This time-lapse video takes a look at the 17-year life cycle of the magicicada.
  • Brood II Is Back

    K-12  |  Video
    Bob Hirshon interviews Dr. Michael Raupp, an entomologist, about the 2013 emergence of the Brood ii 17-year periodical cicadas.
  • 2011 BioBlitz BobCast 2: Endophytic Fungi

    K-12  |  Video
    In this video, AAAS's Bob Hirshon talks with a team from the University of Arizona who are hunting for fungi that spend their entire lives inside plants.
  • 2010 BioBlitz BobCast 5: Algae

    K-12  |  Video
    In this final BobCast video, we hear from a group of college students who collect and identify marine algae, better known as seaweed.
  • 2010 BioBlitz BobCast 3: Reef Trip

    K-12  |  Video
    AAAS's Bob Hirshon and a small team of volunteer “fish counters” head out on a boat trip to a turtlegrass bed and coral reef.
  • 2010 BioBlitz BobCast 1: Noon Arrival

    K-12  |  Video
    In the first of a series of live 2010 BioBlitz BobCasts, host Bob Hirshon arrives at the BioBlitz staging area and provides a short video tour of the people gathering there.
  • Citizen Scientists

    6-12  |  Video
    This video, from Science in Seconds, looks at what it means to be a citizen scientist.
  • Plant Identification and Classification

    6-12  |  Video
    In this video, your students will gain an understanding of the processes of plant identification and why the discipline is important in scientific research.
  • Planetfall

    3-12  |  Video
    Michael Benson discusses the Planetfall art exhibition.
  • Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears

    6-12  |  Video
    Photojournalist Adam Nadel offers insights into his exhibition, "Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears," which was featured in the AAAS Gallery in 2012.
  • Interview with Loree Griffin Burns

    3-12  |  Video
    This video features an interview with author Loree Griffin Burns at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Images of Our Solar System

    6-12  |  Video
    Artist Michael Benson and planetary scientist Dr. Nancy Chabot discuss the intersection of art and science at the opening of the Planetfall art exhibition.
  • Curiosity Has Landed

    6-12  |  Video
    Relive the nail-biting terror and joy as NASA's Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars the night of Aug. 5, 2012, PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT).
  • Climate Change Research in California (Part B)

    6-12  |  Video
    This video was made by Danielle Balistrieri, a college student who participated in grasslands research in California, and discusses the results of their research.
  • Baboons Learn to Read

    6-12  |  Video
    The ability to recognize strings of letters as words, also known as orthographic processing, is a key component of reading.

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