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Science-Based Programs

Night of the Elephant

Observation Station
PHYSICAL/LIFE SCIENCE
Animated Shorts Program
Grades K-2 (Ages 5-8)
75-minute program includes media education
World language films will be subtitled in English and read aloud.  

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Themes: animal characteristics and habitat; observation and classification; waves: light and sound; force and motion.

Join the animals - and other creatures - in these animated short films to discover new things! What happens if you push or pull an object harder? What happens when something vibrates? Where do animals live and why do the live there? How many types of things live in a space? Observing all that is around your world and collecting information, telling a story about it - what could be more fun? The characters in this collection of films show the way.

Zebra (Germany)
A Little Symphony in the Forest (Japan)
Bruno (Germany)
Lambs (Germany)
Problem of Gravity, The (USA)
Mobile  (Germany)
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (USA)
Wombo (Germany)
Night of the Elephant (Germany)
Guess How Much I Love You: "Blue Wonder" (Germany)

Ain't No Fish

Love for Learning
LIFE SCIENCE
Animated Shorts Program
Grades 1-3 (Ages 6-9)
80-minute program includes media education
World language films will be subtitled in English and read aloud for younger audiences. 

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Themes: Interdependent relationships in ecosystems; sustainability; life cycle; what plants/animals need to survive; observation and classification.
 
Join the animals - and other creatures - in these animated and live-action short films to discover new things! How are young animals like their parents - but not exactly? How do plants and animals survive together? What are relationships in food chains in an ecosystem? How many types of living things co-exist in a place? The plants and creatures in this collection of fun films inspire us to learn more.
 
Lambs (Germany)
Imsy & Whimsy: "Fly Little Fly, Fly" (Taiwan)
Sea Turtle Story, A (Canada)
Ain't No Fish (USA)
Dimitri: "The Collection of Peanuts" (France/Belgium/Switzerland)
Mademoiselle Zazie: "Weird Weeds" (France)
Diary of a Fly (USA)
I Know An Animal: "Snail" (Germany)
Little Wild Ones - Autumn (Denmark)
 
Electric Car

The World Around Us
EARTH SCIENCE
Animated Shorts Program
Grades 1-3 (Ages 6-9)
80-minute program includes media education
World language films will be subtitled in English and read aloud for younger audiences.

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Themes: sustainability; environmental change; interdependent relationships in ecosystems; weather.
 
Join the animals - and other creatures - in these animated and live-action short films to discover new things! What happens when the environment changes and what are solutions to the problems for those impacted? Where does rain come from? What is the human impact on earth’s systems, what are interdependent relationships? What are good choices to make to reduce negative impact on the environment? The characters in these short films explore options to solutions that are serious or silly - and some sci-fi is included for fun!
 
Electric Car (USA)
Ain't No Fish (USA)
How Funny! (Finland)
In the Shadow (Croatia)
Hedgehogs and the City (Latvia)
Frog Weather (Germany)
Papiroflexia (USA)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (England)
Pig's Happiness (Latvia)
Wombo (Germany)
 
Checker Can - The Plastic Check

Earth 101: Our Part
EARTH SCIENCE
Animated/Live-Action/Documentary Shorts Program
Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-11)
85-minute program includes media education

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Themes: Life cycle, traits, habitat; seasons, weather; science safety.
 
Join the experts in these engaging film shorts from around the globe in order to discover new things about environmental change! What are some impacts of natural Earth’s processes on humans and vice versa? How can we protect the Earth’s resources and environment? How is it possible to determine availability of resources? It’s easy and informative to figure out, once we know our part.
 
Ain't No Fish (USA/England)
Nine-and-a-half: "The Sea Without Fish" (Germany)
Collage: "Protect Our Environment" (Hong Kong/China)
Checker Can: "The Plastic Check" (Germany)
Our Choice: "Climate Change" (Taiwan)
 
Why Don't We Ride Zebras

Why Don’t We Ride Zebras?
LIFE/EARTH SCIENCE
Animated/Live-Action Shorts Program
Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-11)
85-minute program includes media education

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Themes: Life cycle, traits, habitat; seasons, weather; science safety.

Ever wonder why we rides horses and not … Zebras? What makes a better habitat for some animals than others? From live-action television documentaries to beautifully-animated short films, to a father-and-son photo “safari”, come along to explore these concepts of life science. Included as well: a fun take on the sci-fi literary classic from Jules Verne, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.
 
Brain Zapped! Reason for the Seasons (USA)
How Funny!  (Finland)
Chickens of the Sea (USA)
Why Don't We Ride Zebras (USA)
Sea Turtle Story, A (Canada)
Summer Night Adventures: "Snakes" (Taiwan)
Extraordinary Adventures of Jules Verne (Italy)
 
Nine-and-a-Half: A Sea Without Fish

Human Impact: Our Choice
EARTH/LIFE SCIENCE
Animated/Live-Action Shorts Program
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-14)
85-minute program includes media education

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Themes: human impact on earth’s systems, climate change, global warming; resources and sustainability, deforestation, overfishing.
 
The characters and scientists in this collection of animated and live-action short films, and documentaries look for answers to earth and life science queries. How have increases in human population and consumption impacted Earth’s systems? What interdependent relationships in the various ecosystems have been affected? What kind of experiments can measure these changes? Are there systems in place we can duplicate to measure consumption? There are solutions that can still be discovered!
 
So Many Forests (France)
Ain't No Fish (USA)
Abiogenesis (New Zealand)
Winter has Come (Russian Federation)
Vigia (Switzerland)
Nine-and-a-Half: "The Sea Without Fish" (Germany)
Snow in Paradise (New Zealand/Cooke Islands)
Our Choice: "Climate Change" (Taiwan)
 

Food MattersNine-and-a-Half: Fake FoodEARTH/LIFE/PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Animated/Live-Action Shorts Program
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-14)
85-minute program includes media education

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Themes: human impact, sustainability, food sources, genetically engineered food, agribusiness, human effect on biosphere.
 
The characters and scientists in this collection of animated and live-action short films, and documentaries look for answers to earth and life science queries. How have increases in human population and consumption impacted Earth’s systems? What interdependent relationships in the various ecosystems have been affected? What kind of experiments can measure these changes? Are there systems in place we can duplicate to measure consumption? There are solutions that can still be discovered!
 
Reloaded (Norway)
Let Them Grow! (France)
Nine-and-a-Half: "Faked Food" (Germany)
Vigia (Switzerland)
Earth to Future (Germany)
Piece of Cake (Canada)
Checker Can: "Fries, Burgers, Cola" (Germany)
 
UbatubaSat Project

Engineering: Earth to Future
EARTH/LIFE/PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Animated/Live-Action Shorts Program
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-14)
90-minute program includes media education

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Themes: Interaction between science, technology, and society; bioengineering and human impact; space exploration.
 
The characters, young scientists and engineers in this collection of animated, live-action, and documentary short films look for design solutions to scientific questions. What is human impact on natural resources, how can materials be engineered to provide options for consumption? And in another documentary film, students from Brazil build - their own satellite! Not only that, they travel to Japan to present their work. The characters, scientists, and engineers in this collection of short films open eyes to problems and potential solutions.
 
Primaeval Father (Russia)
Earth to Future (Germany)
Reloaded (Norway)
Gulf (Canada)
UbatubaSat Project - A Journey of Discovery (Brazil)
 
Checker Can: The Gases Check

Gas Matters
EARTH/PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Live-Action Shorts Program
Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-14)

90-minute program includes media education

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Themes: Investigation of properties of various gases; greenhouse effect and climate change; observing safety precautions; diagramming and data collection.

The characters and scientists in this collection of animated, live-action, and documentary shorts explore the physical and earth sciences. Explorations include various scientific practices, including data collection, visualization and analysis; then safety procedures, developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations. Earth science topics include climate change and a look at the wonderful world of - gas!
 
Atomic Energy (Germany)
Discover Science: "Let's See the Speed of Sound" (Japan)
Alien Repair Guy (Norway)
Checker Can: "The Gases Check" (Germany)