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How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive Explainer]

6 -12 Science | November 17, 2014

How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive Explainer]

Although hydropower has been in use for centuries, largely in the form of water wheels, hydroelectricity is a more recent phenomenon. Hydroelectricity is a type of hydropower and is created as moving water powers machines that produce electricity. Here’s an interactive explainer that shows you how it works.

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Should Fracking Be Banned?

6 -12 Science | October 28, 2014 | 95 Comments

Should Fracking Be Banned?

The November 2014 ballot contains an initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing for three counties in California. Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking,” is steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water is eventually disposed.

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Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

6 -12 Science | October 14, 2014 | 44 Comments

Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

More than 5,000 schools nationwide have transitioned from traditional learning methods to project-based learning (PBL). Should all schools move in this direction and implement PBL in their science classes?

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How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

6 -12 Science | October 1, 2014 | 56 Comments

How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

Plants and animals are responding to climate change in different ways, altering ecosystems all over the world. How do we balance protecting species with human interests in dealing with and adapting to climate change? What do we prioritize?

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Cap-and-Trade for Carbon?

6 -12 Science | August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cap-and-Trade for Carbon?

In 2012, California launched its cap-and-trade program. In this program, the government sets a limit on the total amount of allowable carbon emissions from businesses, refineries, manufacturers and power plants. Some people think that a tax on carbon emissions would be better. How do you think companies can best be regulated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

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How Would You Design a Bicycle?

6 -12 Science | June 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

How Would You Design a Bicycle?

Learning to ride a bicycle is a strong memory from many of our childhoods. How did you learn how to ride a bicycle? What would you change about how today’s bicycles are designed?

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Science Educators: Participate in our Online Focus Group!

6 -12 Science | August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Science Educators: Participate in our Online Focus Group!

KQED Education is looking for science educators to participate in a study of our online professional development materials. These online training modules are designed to teach educators how to use and create media in their secondary science classrooms. We would like to refine and expand these online training offerings, and need your feedback to do […]

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PD Module #3: Videos for Science Education (self-paced)

6 -12 Science | June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

PD Module #3: Videos for Science Education (self-paced)

As science educators, we know how important critical thinking and new technology skills are in the scientific community. The ability to question and make sense of the world around us is a skill we value highly in the scientific world. We recognize that if our students are going to become the next scientific innovators and responsible citizens, they need, skills to gather and evaluate data, make informed decisions, and communicate their ideas to others.

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Do Now #62: A Love of Science

6 -12 Science | February 6, 2013 | 65 Comments

Do Now #62: A Love of Science

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNow62 For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now What do you love about science? Why is it interesting to you? Introduction There are numerous […]

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PD Module #1: Implementing Science-Based Media Projects

6 -12 Science | February 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

PD Module #1: Implementing Science-Based Media Projects

Science media projects that enhance student learning and engagement offer limitless possibilities for creativity in learning subject matter. Below are just a few reasons to incorporate media making projects into the science curriculum: Technology is engaging! Media projects give students the opportunity to connect to real life to concepts learned in class. Students develop relevant […]

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