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Dr. Art Does Science DVD

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This DVD features the complete “Dr. Art’s Planet Earth Show.” This 45-minute presentation combines exciting science demonstrations with audience participation to teach how our planet works from an Earth systems science point of view.

Dr. Art Does Science also features 12 chapters in which experiments, demonstrations, and animations illuminate key scientific concepts associated with the topic, and model effective ways to teach that topic. It explains science content that is included in national and state standards. Chapters are:

Energy: illustrates a variety of ways that energy changes forms.

Magnetism: highlights that magnetic repulsion is a key way to distinguish a magnet from a magnetic material, and connects magnetism with compasses.

Electromagnetism: three demonstrations link electricity and magnetism, showing that they are both part of electromagnetism, one of the forces of nature. Also highlights the use of controls to investigate causes and effects.

Static Electricity: attractions and repulsions indicate that electricity is built into matter.

Elements Experiment, Elements Song: electrolysis of water shows why water is not an element, while hydrogen and oxygen are. The other elements are introduced via an animation of the Tom Lehrer Elements song.

Chemical Reactions: balloons model how atoms change partners in chemical reactions, and a chemical reaction features four clues.

Respiration: yeast produce carbon dioxide in an experiment that also features the use of controls.

DNA: isolation of DNA from fruit introduces the idea that this molecule is found in all kinds of cells.

Carbon Cycle: introduces four reservoirs of the carbon cycle, how carbon changes as it moves among the reservoirs, and why we care about the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Greenhouse Effect: models a way to use balloons to teach the science of the greenhouse effect.

Global Carbon Emissions: this animation compares the per capita emissions of carbon dioxide in different regions of the world.