Ancient African Kingdoms
'Blast from the Past' with Jesse Jackson. Program focuses on the history of three of Africa's ancient kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay. To accomplish this, Say Brother Producer Marita Rivero and her guest Musa Eubanks (of the Afro Audiovisual Company of Boston) discuss and then introduce a filmstrip created by the Afro Audiovisual Company in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist Association. The program serves to illustrate that the liberation of African Americans from colonized thinking
African Meeting House is ready to open
Carmen Fields reports on the restoration of the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill. Fields reports that the Meeting House is the oldest African American church in the nation and that it was gutted by fire in 1973. Fields interviews Philip Hart (Board of Directors, African Meeting House) and Ruth Batson (Director, African Meeting House) for the report. Hart talks about the significance of the Meeting House. Batson talks about plans for music, scholarly debate, and religious services at the Meet
African Americans in the paintings of Norman Rockwell
Carmen Fields reports that the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA is commemorating Black History Month by exhibiting Norman Rockwell's work featuring African Americans. Fields interviews Maureen Hart Hennessey (curator, Rockwell Museum) about Rockwell's paintings depicting events in the civil rights movement, including The Problem We All Live With and Murder in Mississippi. Fields notes that Rockwell did these paintings for Look Magazine in the 1960s. Fields and Hennessey discuss the portrayal o
African American studies programs
Carmen Fields reports on differing opinions of the African American studies program at Harvard University. Fields interviews Harvard professors Harvey Mansfield and Orlando Patterson. Mansfield says that conservative scholars are excluded from the African American studies program at Harvard. Mansfield adds that the program is too political and not concerned enough with the study of the African American experience. Mansfield calls African American studies an 'advocacy major' which promotes a cert
A Walk Through Time
This sit elooks at the evolution of time keeping, how humans have measured the passage of time throughout history. The site describes and shows depictions of ancient calendars, sun and water clocks, mechanical and quartz clocks, and world time scales and time zones.
Learning to Fly: The Wright Brothers' Adventure
This activity sends students undercover to Dayton and Kitty Hawk to report secretly on the activities of two brothers who are making a big glider in their bicycle shop. Students prepare by researching aviation history and then, posing as news reporters, interview the brothers (and neighbors). Instructions are included for building the Wright brothers' gliders and first plane.
Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center
This site explores the universe through interactive activities and learning resources such as the question and answer service, Ask a Physicist. Students can also learn astrophysics basics, or find out the history of cosmic ray studies beginning with the Mesopotamian and Egyptian astronomers mapping the heavens, and more.
3... 2... 1... Liftoff! Educator Guide
Introduces children to the International Space Station (ISS), the most complex international scientific endeavor in history. Activities focus on the purpose and construction of the ISS, the history of rockets, and the role of rockets in space station assembly. Activities emphasize hands-on involvement, data collection, observation, exploration, prediction, interpretation, problem solving, and language skills.
The Periodic Table of Elements
This website developed by the Faculty of Chemical Technology in Croatia provides an interactive Periodic Table of Elements. Students and educators can find information dealing with each element's discovery history, thermal properties, ionization energy, minerals and use, isotopes, and reduction potentials. Besides the standard periodic table, this easily navigable website features an online remote control where visitors can quickly obtain information about the chemical either by name or symbol a
This NOVA web site describes the recent discovery of the Archimedes palimpsest, a tenth-century copy of an ancient Greek manuscript, and examines the meaning of infinity. It offers students the opportunity to learn about mathematics history and to see how the understanding of infinity has developed through the centuries. The site contains articles, an interview, a brief video, and two online interactive activities. One activity allows the student to see how modern technology is used to read anci
Bowl 'em over : does he have a chance?
The initial question for this online activity asks students to determine the probability of winning a bowling tournament, given scores for the first five games. Students determine what the score in a sixth game must be in order to win the tournament. They also calculate the probability of bowling that score. Two solutions to this problem are included. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. In r
Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
With this online activity, students explore the classic mathematics map-coloring question known as the four-color problem. Students must determine the minimum number of colors needed to color a map so that entities sharing a border have different colors. Initially, students investigate the minimum number of colors necessary to color a map of states west of the Mississippi River. The activity's Getting Started section suggests coloring the states in a specific order. The Solution page uses odd an
Profit or loss?
This online activity challenges students to think about money and profit as they consider buying and selling a Beanie Baby. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site emphasizing real-world uses of mathematics. After determining the profit for two transactions involving a Beanie Baby, students are asked to determine the number of attendees necessary to make a profit for a dance and to find the profit from buying and selling stock. Information about th
Three squares : when do two squares make a new square?
This activity opens with a diagram of two unequal squares and challenges students to find a way to construct a third square from them. It is part of the Figure This! collection of 80 math challenges emphasizing math in the real world. The activity introduces the Pythagorean theorem and explains its importance in construction and engineering professions. Students are encouraged to model the problem using squares of paper. Related questions introduce Pythagorean triples, and the Did You Know page
I win! : she always wins, it's not fair!
In this activity, students play a game and examine what it means for a game to be fair. The activity is part of the Figure This! collection of 80 online mathematical challenges emphasizing real world uses of mathematics. In the game's 12 rounds, two six-sided die are rolled, the face values are subtracted, and data are recorded on a table. Player A wins if the difference is 0, 1, or 2, and Player B wins when the difference is 3, 4, or 5. The page contains a solution hint, the solution, and relat
Auburn vs. Alabama (1955)
"The Auburn Tigers put the finishing touches on one of the greatest seasons in Auburn history by defeating hapless Alabama, 26-0, at Legion Field in Birmingham. Once again, Howell Tubbs and Jerry Elliott supplied the offensive thrills for the afternoon, with Tubbs tossing two scoring passes to Elliott and taking one in for him. The Tigers' steady quarterback gained 68 yards rushing and completed five of ten passes for 78 yards. Joe Childress proved once and for all that he deserved every bit of
Auburn vs. Stetson (1953)
"Auburn opened its 1953 season with a 47-0 trouncing of Stetson in Montgomery. Auburn fans got their first look at "One Platoon Football" and saw the Plainsmen show a strong running attack and a stubborn defense. The Plainsmen scored in every period of the onslaught with seven men figuring in the scoring. Fob James scored twice on runs of 13 and 3 yards and Jim Pyburn scored twice on passes from Bobby Freeman. Other scorers were Charles Hataway, Bobby Freeman and Charlie Littles, who scored one
This document examine wind power as an energy resource. The reading will define wind and discuss topics such as (1) The history of wind machines, (2) Today's windmills, and (3) Types of wind machines. This resource is structured as an informational handout to supplement your energy activities or to generate discussion questions. Copyright 2005 International Technology Education Association
Seventeen Moments in Soviet History
Debates have raged for years over whether the Soviet legacy was best characterized by its successes or its crimes. Was Lenin's revolution one of history's great events, later perverted by Stalin; or was the October Revolution, which rejected God, dispossessed large segments of the population, and made the entire people subject to the state, flawed from the moment of inception? Rather than answering the question, we hope with this web site to help students and readers understand the more complica
History and Comparing Programming Languages
This site contains files on the history of computer programming language statements. The files compare programming language statements in several different languages tracing the statement from early languages to present languages.