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Sep 15, 2020 2020-09-15

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Videos Revealing Personal Side of Scientists and Their Work

The PBS/NOVA web series The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers provides humanizing snapshots of scientists who are shaping our world. Students will learn about cutting-edge science and engineering, the amazing people who do that work, and the activities they engage in when their lab coats come off. Each episode profiles a contemporary scientist in three or four discrete, one- to three-minute videoclips. For example, Simon Singh tells how he moved from physics to science journalism and discovered an insane amount of math in “The Simpsons.” Physicist Michio Kaku’s dream is to find the “unified theory of everything,” but he takes breaks to go figure skating. Cynthia Erenas connected with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas through a program in her Los Angeles high school. He helped her embrace technology and imagine wildly; she became a superstar teen roboticist. The site is searchable by curricular topics or hobbies (art, music, etc.). It also includes blog posts that set scientists’ work in the context of the everyday world and a teacher’s guide with ideas on how to use the videos and blog posts to reveal a personal side of science that many students can relate to.

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