Amelia Earhart Biography
This video is about the aviator, Amelia Earhart. There are video clips that reveal her personality. She became one of the greatest female pilots of the twentieth century. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1928 and the first person to have flown both oceans. In 1937, at the height of her career she mysteriously disappeared while trying to circumnavigate the glove from the equator. This is a good video to show students the rewards of risk taking and the consequences. A good vid
Wright Brothers, Part III
This is an animated biography of the Wright Brothers (Orville and Wilbur) and their first 'controlled' flight from the Discovery Channel Education series. This series is aimed at older elementary school children. Run time 04:21.
Wright Brothers, Part IV
This is an animated biography of the Wright Brothers (Orville and Wilbur) and their first 'controlled' flight from the Discovery Channel Education series. This series is aimed at older elementary school children.
Beginning History of Flight
Vintage black-and-white documentary which has actual footage of the Wright Brothers home, their workshop, and their first 12-second 'powered' flight. Run time 06:29.
This is a segment tracing the history of human flight. Produced specifically for students and is suitable for elementary and older students.
(This is an Emmy award-winning series of instructional programs that introduces students in grades 3-5 to NASA and integrates mathematics, science, and technology through the use of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), scientific inquiry, and the scientific method. The series seeks to motivate students to become critical thinkers and active problem solver
One hundred and five years ago, humans first took flight. It was the inventive, creative minds of two Ohio brothers that made it possible. We know their names, but what else can we learn from the Wright Brothers? We hear from Tom Crouch, from the Smithsonian Institution and author of The Bishop's Boys.
Copernicus and Galileo
Copernicus was ridiculed by his peers and Galileo was found guilty of heresy by the Catholic church for their views that the Sun (not the Earth) was the center of the Solar System. The video has a fascinating account of Galileo's observations of Venus. Run time 05:06.
Galileo: The Renaissance Man
This is a very general take on the biography of Galileo. It is an easy to follow retelling of some of the major events in the life of Galileo. This appears to be a student-made project, but quality is fairly good for a student project. Run time 06:16.
Galileo and the Telescope
This video describes how free thinker Galileo took others ideas and turned them around. He used these ideas to help him create the telescope and use it as a tool that has taught us much about outer space.
Galileo: Discovering Jupiter's Moons
The telescope forever changed astronomy by providing more detailed views of distant objects than was previously possible. Galileo pioneered astronomy as the first person to study the celestial objects through a telescope. His observations, including the discovery of moons around Jupiter, helped revolutionize the way people thought about the universe. This video segment adapted from NOVA describes some of Galileo's first discoveries with the telescope. Closed captioning included. Run time 03:04.
Galileo on the Moon
Galileo used thought experiments to test many assumptions, including the notion that heavy objects fall more quickly than lighter objects when they are dropped. Lacking access to either a vacuum chamber or a planetary body that has no atmosphere, he nevertheless correctly predicted that all falling objects would accelerate at the same rate in the absence of air resistance. In this video segment from NASA, astronaut David Scott demonstrates the correctness of Galileo's prediction. Run time 0:47.
Galileo: Sun-Centered System
Before the 17th century, people generally believed that Earth was at the center of the universe. Galileo, however, was not afraid to challenge existing beliefs when he published his work in support of the Sun-centered, or heliocentric, Copernican theory. In this video segment adapted from NOVA, learn about the two opposing worldviews and the strong piece of evidence Galileo offered to support the heliocentric theory. Closed captioning included. Run time 05:06.
Galileo used his telescope to gather data about the heavens, and his observations and theories sparked much controversy. Contrary to the popular belief of the time, Galileo suggested that Earth was not the center of the universe. In this video segment adapted from NOVA, the importance of unbiased scientific inquiry is demonstrated by Galileo's observations of sunspots. Closed captioning included. Run time 03:42.
Leonardo Da Vinci -The Man Who Knew Everything
Note: There may be artistic nudity. Leonardo da Vinci is considered to have been an artistic genius. This is the story of one of the greatest minds in human history. A scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer, Leonardo Da Vinci (1452--1519) was arguably the primary figure of the Renaissance. He painted what is probably the most recognizable painting of all time: Mona Lisa. He also designed terrifying w
Leonardo Da Vinci (Part 18 of 18)
Leonardo da Vinci is considered to have been an artistic genius. This is the story of one of the greatest minds in human history. A scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer, Leonardo Da Vinci (1452--1519) was arguably the primary figure of the Renaissance. He painted what is probably the most recognizable painting of all time: Mona Lisa. (10:00)
History: DaVinci Perfected World's Largest Horse Statue
Leonardo DaVinci conceived, but never finished, the world's largest equine statue. This project failure has puzzled scholars ever since. Kasey-Dee Gardner finds out why this project came to a grinding halt.
History: DaVinci's Outline In The Last Supper?
Did Leonardo DaVinci use his own shadow to create the outline of Jesus in The Last Supper? James Williams speaks with a researcher who has found evidence in Leonardo's manuscripts suggesting that's the case.
Leonardo da Vinci Paintings
A tribute to Leonardo da Vinci.
Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, author, engineer, inventor, lutanist, mathematician & scientist
born 15 April 1452 - died 1519
Learn About Leonardo Da Vinci
This one minute biography touches on the most important works of DaVinci including his art and inventions.
Siegfried Woldhek shows how he found the true face of Leonardo
This 4:21 video lecture is about the narrator's search for an image of Leonardo and the problem solving approach that he used. This is a wonderful video that shows students how they can use their powers of observation and deduction to reach conclusions.