Meet two landscape architects who tell the story of competing against top firms in the world to win the opportunity to design a one-of-a kind botanical garden for the city of Chicago: the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park.
Running time 6:45 minutes
Our national bird is back in the lower 48 states after nearly disappearing in the 60's and 70's. Robert Mesta, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, explains what it takes to recover a species like the bald eagle, and demonstrates how math plays a critical role in the process.
Running time 3:48 minutes
There's more to money than money: chemists, inks, artists, engravers, presses, counterfeiting and Secret Service Agents. Watch the movie to see the math and science behind making money.
Running time 2:45 minutes
Each person in the U.S. generates about 25 pounds of garbage a week. That might not seem like much, but it means the nation's population produces nearly two hundred million tons of residential garbage every single year. Fortunately, up to 80% of that can actually be recycled. Go behind the scenes with a Strategic Planner for the City of Seattle to see how they are tackling the problem.
Running time 3:24 minutes
The bulky spacesuits the Apollo astronauts wore on the Moon worked great for the time. But astronauts on longer-duration expeditions are going to need suits that are more flexible and easier to live in. Introduce your students to MIT Professor Dava Newman as she discusses her sleek "second skin" spacesuit concept -- the Biosuit.
Running time 4:30 minutes
Specializing in saltwater aquariums, Nic Tiemens and Joe Pineda love the challenge of recreating a slice of the ocean indoors. Day in and day out, they use volume calculations, temperature, measurement and science to create these beautiful habitats.
Running time 5:25 minutes
Indicator species can be an early warning of pollution or degradation in an ecosystem.
Running time 1:51 minutes
How do you design a park that is ideal for both people and animals? The landscape architects and engineers at the US Forest Service work with problems like these to create the best parks around the country, and they solve them using math.
Running time 4:28 minutes
Determining who is the best athlete on the field is hardly a matter of opinion. Sports reporters stay ahead of the competition by arriving early and keeping a close watch on statistics.
Running time 2:11 minutes
Chuck Hoberman’s inventions are more than just technological marvels; they’re works of art. See how basic principles of geometry help him create extraordinarily strong, expandable structures.
Running time 2:29 minutes
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