This series is all about children helping children understand six often difficult to understand scientific concepts: Matter, DNA, the Solar System, How We Learn, Outer Space, and the Brain. With the help of scientists, teachers, and the animated art of elementary-age school children each cognitive "puzzle" no longer Click for more
A combined version of Helping Children Understand 1: Matter and Helping Children Understand 2: DNA is available.
Helping Children Understand 1: Matter
How life on earth began is one of those questions everyone, including children, wonder about. Without getting too technical or scientific, children in this program approach the topic by looking at matter and how advances in technology are allowing scientists and physicists to look further in space and deeper into the tiniest parts of matter. They are making discoveries that let us go back billions of years, to help us understand what all living things are made of and to have a better idea of how life as we know it originated.
Helping Children Understand 2: DNA
"Recommended. This production makes use of student drawings and student narrators. Classroom teachers Maria Louisa Bedin, Gabriella Pelli, and Franco Panora should be congratulated for their efforts because this was undoubtedly a wonderful learning experience for their classes." -EMRO Review
Why do people have different skin colors? Why do birds have wings and people don't? Why aren't we all alike? These are genetic questions that kids often wonder about and in this program kids help kids understand it's all a matter of DNA and RNA. They show that DNA is like an architect; but instead of building houses, it builds living things. It builds them by communications to the cell using only 4 letters in its alphabet; making 3-letter words; then sentences. Messenger RNA copies down sentences that DNA gives and tells the cell the work it has to do. This "language" is a blueprint for each of us and affects who we are and what we look like. 03/08DE PI 22 min.
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