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Ball State University Electronic Field Trips

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): Science
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  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. African Voices Part02: 04/15/2001.

    Africa's dynamic culture has always been fueled by the movement of people, things, and ideas. Africans use cultural traditions as a starting point for new innovations. In friendship, conversation, daily life, and university classrooms, African artists learn traditional techniques and develop the latest ideas.

    Length: 01:27:00
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. A Gem of a Story: 11/03/1998.

    Scientists unravel the mysteries and misconceptions surrounding precious gemstones. Learn about the chemistry, physics, and geology of gems and crystals. Recorded in the Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

    Length: 01:28:39
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Being Human: 04/08/1999.

    From the Field Museum in Chicago, IL, this electronic field trip takes you through five million years of human evolution so you can picture our beginnings and imagine our future. During the program you will experience seven fossil stations that highlight a different human ancestor at a particular moment in time.

    Length: 01:00:20
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Biological Invasions: The Introduction of Non-Native S

    Every day, thousands of cargo ships around the world are busy loading and unloading their cargo. In addition to their intended cargo, however, these enormous vessels also ship other, unintended cargo. Hidden in the ships' ballast water - water used to stabilize the ships when not carrying a load - and stuck to the ships' hulls, millions of tiny plants and animals are also making their way around the world. These non-native organisms are released with ballast water into a new port during loading and unloading of cargo or are scraped off the hull. Though not all survive the big trip, some do, and even adapt well to the environment. Some do so well that they out-compete local species, and others introduce diseases that quickly spread through the ecosystem.

    Length: 01:29:34
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Capitol Deliberations: Exploring the Legislative Proce

    For two days, the Nation's Capitol will be turned into one of the largest classrooms in the country. Join Members of Congress, lobbyists, government officials, and your fellow students as we explore a national issue, discover the legislative process, and maneuver the forces that shape national policy.

    Length: 01:28:10
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Capitol Deliberations: Exploring the Legislative Proce

    For two days, the Nation's Capitol will be turned into one of the largest classrooms in the country. Join Members of Congress, lobbyists, government officials, and your fellow students as we explore a national issue, discover the legislative process, and maneuver the forces that shape national policy. This electronic field trip will convene in February 2004 at the grassroots level. Students in classrooms across the country will research the issue, solicit feedback from constituents, and define their position.

    Length: 01:28:53
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Celebrating 100 Years of Flight: The Wright Start.

    Join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for an anniversary like no other. Celebrate the occasion by visiting the Museum's new exhibition: The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age.

    Length: 01:28:01
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Celebrating 100 Years of Flight: The Wright Start: 10/

    Join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for an anniversary like no other. Celebrate the occasion by visiting the Museum's new exhibition: The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age.

    Length: 00:45:29
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Dirt On Their Skirts: 150 Years of Pioneers in Women's

    Many Americans are surprised to learn that women once played professional baseball in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) from 1943-1954. Founded by Chicago Cubs owner Phil Wrigley in order to entertain Americans - and keep ballparks full - during World War II, the league provided unprecedented opportunity for young women to play professional baseball, see the country, and aspire to careers beyond the traditional roles of teacher, secretary, nurse, librarian, or housewife.

    Length: 01:29:48
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Discovering Our American Spirit: Finding Common Ground

    Take a front row seat on the wooden bleachers of a wind-swept-field where baseball provides a virtual view of our country's character. Journey back in time to discover a young land as its enterprising soul comes of age in the villages and towns of 19th century America. Follow the exploration of a western frontier after an anguishing Civil War to see how natives and naturalized citizens forge a familiar pastime while learning each other's customs and cultures.

    Length: 01:28:55
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Eruption! An Island Rising From the Sea: 12/05/2006.

    Awaiting you discovery is the fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity, and a legacy of Hawaiian culture at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Here, your students will get to see lava up close and learn of it's impact and eruption into the sky!

    Length: 01:00:06
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Every Four Years: 10/24/2000.

    Presidential campaigns are different now. People no longer come to the candidate's home. Instead, the candidate comes to the homes of the people; his picture and message are beamed into millions of bedrooms and kitchens. The notepad and pencil are gone, replaced by computers and phone lines, video cameras, and satellites. The most important thing has not changed. This year, as every four years from the beginning of the republic, candidate and press will be joined - often suspiciously, sometimes in hostility - but always from the necessity as essential partners in the quadrennial dance of democracy.

    Length: 01:00:57
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Exploring Marine Ecosystems: 03/12/1998.

    Explore the living and nonliving components of marine ecosystems. Scientists compare and contrast two unique marine ecosystems - a tropical coral reef and a temperate rocky coast.

    Length: 01:24:57
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Exploring Nature's Plumbing System: Caves of the Natio

    What good are caves? In a practical sense, they are nature's plumbing system and homes to many animals. For people with various needs, values and levels of curiosity, caves provide places for adventure, shelter, and cutting-edge research. Discoveries made in caves offer us a glimpse into the past and the future and continue to lead us into future exploration. The National Park Service protects 81 sites that contain over a thousand limestone caves and lava tubes. About a dozen sites offer tours where park visitors enjoy scenic views made up of slow-growing speleothems - what you may know as stalactites, stalagmites, cave bacon, etc. Visitors also marvel at the fish, bats and insects that call caves home, but it is microbes that are a main form of life in caves. By studying bacteria that exists underground, scientists are gaining a better understanding of how biology shapes our world and influences geology. Cave microbes may hold a key to a cure for cancer or may help us recognize life on Mars. Caves also preserve evidence of ancient cultures, such as pictographs and stone tools, and keep alive the spirit of exploration through the stories of past and current explorers.

    Length: 01:29:28
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Fastballs, Flips, and Physics: Science on the Sandlot.

    Have you ever wondered about those raised red, cotton stitches on a baseball? Sure, they hold the cowhide cover together, but did you know they also teach an interesting lesson in aerodynamics? What goes up must come down; that's why velocity, air temperature, gravity, and altitude are all fascinating factors in a batter's ability to launch a longball. Catching up to a pitch hurled at 100 miles per hour and sending it into orbit is a surprisingly scientific feat. Join us in Jupiter, Florida, where spring training 2004 becomes both classroom and clinic to explore physics and nature through our National Pastime.

    Length: 01:28:21
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Freedom In America: Some Assembly Required: 10/17/2006

    Learn about our nation's firsts, as we make our first stop aboard the EFT Express in historical Philadelphia! Discover the sights 'The City of Brotherly Love' has to offer as we visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and many more prominent landmarks where pivotal events took place in the assembly of the good ol' U.S.A.!

    Length: 01:00:10
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Going, Going, Faster: The Science of Speed!: 04/17/200

    The next stop on The EFT Express will be on the brickyard of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. At this stop you will explore Sir Isaac Newton's First Law of Motion that states an object usually stays in motion with the same speed unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

    Length: 01:01:22
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Holocaust Museum: Exploring Our Daily Decision Making.

    During this electronic field trip, experienced museum educators will use the artifacts and stories in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's permanent exhibition, The Holocaust, to help students explore the Nazi rise to power and how countless individuals, traditionally relied upon to uphold the public good, became the active participants in civil rights violations and mass murder. Through the lens of history, students will then be asked to explore the consequences of their own daily decision making, both on their immediate environment and the world at large.

    Length: 01:28:18
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. How Things Fly: 12/05/2000.

    As airplanes fly, they push air out of the way and force it into taking different paths. That pushed air must go somewhere, so it "squeezes" between the wings and surrounding air. Explore the concepts of Air, Bernoulli, Wings and airplane design. Students will be taken through the "How Things Fly" exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

    Length: 00:00:01
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Into The Canyon.

    Grand Canyon is considered the finest example of arid-land erosion in the world; however, it is more than that. A significant portion of Earth's history is revealed within the exposed rock layers of the canyon, five of the seven life zones in North America are represented within the park and it has been home to humans for nearly 10,000 years. Come explore some of the 1,217,403 acres of Grand Canyon National Park - hike into the canyon with Park Rangers, investigate fossils of animals that lived 270 million years ago, learn about the diversity of plants and animals that inhabit this semi-arid environment and explore the ruins of ancient inhabitants.

    Length: 01:29:21
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Just Where Is That Zero-G Room?

    This is one of the most frequently asked questions about training for space. Come discover the answer. The World Year of Physics, Space Center Houston, and NASA have teamed up to bring the weightless world to the classroom. Fly inside NASA's vomit comet, the C-9, a plane that does a roller coaster ride in the sky. See how the astronauts train and conduct experiments during this wild ride. Take an inside peek at weightless research, a journey granted to only a select few! Learn about and explore the C-9 plane itself as we study it from the inside, miles above the earth and live from its hangar at Johnson Space Center, as well.

    Length: 01:29:24
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Listening to Our Ancestors: 04/08/2007.

    Native people have lived on the lands and waterways along the North Pacific Coast for more than 10,000 years. Their stories and traditions link them to the natural world in which they live. Through songs, dances, and ceremonies, the Native people of the North Pacific Coast honor their past and celebrate their present. Start your visit at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. where you will hear stories of eleven different Native communities from the North Pacific Coast. See how they present their own stories and give voice to their own world views through the museum's collection.

    Length: 01:01:54
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Manzanar: Desert Diamonds Behind Barbed Wire: 02/13/20

    Imagine being forcibly relocated from your home, your school or your family to a bleak prison surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. This was not a nightmare from Nazi Germany but an American injustice endured by nearly 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry living in the United States following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of innocent Japanese Americans were forced into isolated internment camps because of racial prejudice and wartime hysteria. Remarkably, they created courageous communities where patriotism prospered, loyalty to the U.S. did not falter, and they played baseball to sustain their pride and morale.

    Length: 01:03:08
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Messages From Outer Space: 12/15/1998.

    A cosmic story unfolds in the Moon, Meteorites, and Solar System Gallery as Smithsonian scientists explain how space "artifacts" help us understand the origin and shape of the Earth, moon, and solar system.

    Length: 01:27:52
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence: 12/

    Join the staff at the world famous Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City to experience the works of renowned African-American artist Jacob Lawrence. For more than 65 years, Jacob Lawrence was both an impassioned observer and storyteller who explored the diverse aspects of the African-American experience.

    Length: 01:31:50
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Painting The Corners: Art And Inspiration.

    The fine art of sports is portrayed in broad-brush strokes across the canvas of American culture. From advertising to motion pictures and literature to the lyrics of a Top 40 song, ours is a nation endowed by an uncommon creativity found on the field of play. Through the paintings and sculptures of America's best-known talents - such as Warhol, Rockwell and Neiman - our social history comes alive in a colorful palette of fastballs, fashion and folk art.

    Length: 01:29:17
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Sharing Perspectives at the National Museum of the Ame

    Families everywhere collect and pass on stories to preserve their traditions. For many Native American communities, these stories represent a unique perspective on history and culture. During the electronic field trip, students visit the National Museum of the American Indian - where stories are brought to life through dances, music, baskets, weavings, and other objects of everyday use. The Museum's Cultural Interpreters, representing a variety of Native American tribes, will each share stories from their own communities using objects dance, and music traditions. Students will experience the diverse cultures among Native American peoples and have a better understanding of how many indigenous people preserve, share, and practice their traditions today.

    Length: 01:29:14
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. The Dead Sea Scrolls: 03/21/2000.

    Written in Israel between the years of 250 BCE and 68 CE, the first Dead Sea Scroll fragments were discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd looking for his lost sheep in a cave. This electronic field trip, from the Field Museum in Chicago, IL, will examine the scrolls alongside eighty artifacts from the Qumran.

    Length: 00:59:15
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. The Underwater World of Space: Journey to the Neutral

    Join Space Center Houston and NASA as we experience the underwater adventures of training for space walks, also known as Extravehicular Activities or EVAs. During this electronic field trip, students will have the opportunity to meet the astronauts and other men and women behind the scenes at NASA who make these very dangerous and important missions a reality.

    Length: 00:45:44
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Tree-Mendous Technology: The Science and Technology of

    When Dr. Jess Parker, head of SERC's Forest Ecology Lab, walks through a forest, he looks up. The forest canopy is a microclimate of its own, one that absorbs sunlight and rain, removes particles like dust and pollen, and even affects the pH of rainwater as it makes its way down to the forest floor. The forest ceiling houses the machinery of photosynthesis, controls the growth of the entire forest, and provides habitat for many organisms.

    Length: 01:31:06
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Underground Adventure: 11/16/1999.

    Discover a whole new world beneath your feet and under the prairie. Based on the exhibit, "Underground Adventure" from the Field Museum in Chicago, IL, this program allows students to watch museum staff shrink to a half-inch tall and walk through a soil environment and stand face-to-face with the organisms that live there.

    Length: 00:59:12
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Untold Stories: Baseball and the Multicultural Experie

    Many students are familiar with the feats of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Mickey Mantle, but what about the accomplishments of baseball stars such as Minnie Minoso, Sam Jethroe, and Masanori Murakami? Their courage as Latino, African-American, and Asian athletes helped make baseball one of the first great melting pots in professional sports. As a result, diversity and athleticism remain time-tested teammates on the field of excellence.

    Length: 01:31:42
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Where Are All The Little Green Men?

    What an exciting time we live in! Just as one President inspired a generation to dream about going to the moon, so has President Bush called for a new generation to take the next step. Imagine what your students will see in their lifetimes - mans return to the moon, more exciting rovers to Mars and beyond, and the first human to set foot on another planet! Inspire the next generation of explorers by taking an out-of-this-world look at planetary exploration. Enliven you students with information about exploration vehicles from experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Find out what it will take for humans to survive on the Moon or another planet from engineers and scientists from NASA's Johnson Space Center, the home of human space exploration. Get caught red-handed with educational activities designed to excite the mind and ignite the spirit. Learn what the discovery of ancient bodies of water means for the history of the Red Planet and out own. We may be closer than we think to finding the little green men! Possibly one of your students will be the one to take the next giant leap for mankind!

    Length: 01:29:43
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Where the Land and the Sea Intertwine: Connecting the

    Join Smithsonian scientists and explore coastal ecosystems in Central America, along the coast of Belize. Here thousands of small islands, called cays (pronounced keys) lie in the lagoon between the mainland and barrier reef. Mangrove forests dominate this coastal zone, along with sea grass beds and coral reefs. Discover how these three ecosystems are inextricably linked, and how the distribution of mangroves parallels the distribution of coral reefs worldwide.

    Length: 01:28:33
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Where the Land and the Sea Intertwine: Connecting the

    Join Smithsonian scientists and explore coastal ecosystems in Central America, along the coast of Belize. Here thousands of small islands, called cays (pronounced keys) lie in the lagoon between the mainland and barrier reef. Mangrove forests dominate this coastal zone, along with sea grass beds and coral reefs. Discover how these three ecosystems are inextricably linked, and how the distribution of mangroves parallels the distribution of coral reefs worldwide.

    Length: 01:29:05
  • Ball State University Electronic Field Trips. Where the River Meets the Sea: 04/30/2002.

    Explore where the salt water from the ocean and the fresh water from the rivers meet and mix. This unique occurrence produces a semi-enclosed body of brackish water known as an estuary, and the Chesapeake Bay is the nation's largest and most productive. Join Smithsonian scientists and educators as the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) as they investigate the physical and biological environment of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, focusing specifically on the Rhode River, a subestuary of the Bay south of Annapolis, MD.

    Length: 01:27:33

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