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Science First Hand; Structures


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Science First Hand
Series Description

Get a first-hand view of how teachers approach hands-on science activities and how students respond. These videos show three middle school teachers using class projects to help their students gain a deeper understanding of basic science principles such as force, simple machines, and mechanical advantage. Seeing these students questioning and experimenting makes a compelling case for encouraging exploration, and illustrates the testing process and how students learn from their role as researchers. Series release date: 1994

Program Description

A seventh-grade class explores forces, tension, and compression as students design, build, and test models of houses, bridges, and towers. These middle-schoolers make a compelling case for encouraging individuals and group exploration and experimentation.

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Broadcast program

Media Type


Chicago: “Science First Hand; Structures,” 02/01/1994, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 18, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_59C17CFE05CA49F49A9EC2EAEAB0730D.
MLA: “Science First Hand; Structures.” 02/01/1994. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. November 18, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_59C17CFE05CA49F49A9EC2EAEAB0730D>.
APA: Science First Hand; Structures. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_59C17CFE05CA49F49A9EC2EAEAB0730D
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