Science & Technology
Cancelling Noise
Cancelling Noise
In 1978, Dr. Amar Bose was frustrated by the inability to hear good music in a noisy airplane cabin. Then he got curious and wondered if there was a way to separate what one wanted to hear from what one didn’t.
Running time 02:55 minutes
Communication at the Speed of Light
Communication at the Speed of Light
Tiny glass filaments carry so much information that all the books ever written could be transmitted over a single fiber optic cable in a few seconds. This technology is at the heart of 21st century communications systems.
Running time 01:43 minutes
Communications Satellites
Communications Satellites
It takes a sophisticated network of hundreds of communication satellites orbiting the earth to connect the dots of the global economy. It’s a field that relies on everything from variables to patterns and measurement to space science.
Running time 02:43 minutes
An Engineer and Her Robot
An Engineer and Her Robot
If you're building a space station and happen to let go of a $250,000 tool that you had forgotten to tie down? Somebody is going to need to take a spacewalk to retrieve it. If you're lucky, you can give that dangerous task to "Arnie"--the robot.
Running time 02:39 minutes
Powering the Planet - The Space Solar Power Concept
Powering the Planet - The Space Solar Power Concept
The idea of solar power from space touches on science, technology, engineering, math, energy, the environment, and more. Pose this concept to students to stimulate critical thinking about these issues and get them involved in the conversation.
Running time 19:00 minutes
Reliable Robots
Reliable Robots
When it comes to designing robots for space, making sure that they can complete their missions is the name of the game for NASA’s robotics engineers. That requires math, especially probability.
Running time 05:30 minutes
Roller Coasters
Roller Coasters
The heart-pumping exhilaration keeps us coming back time and time again, but it’s the laws of the physics and a great deal of math that keep these thrill rides soaring through the air day after day.
Running time 02:03 minutes
Testing the Robotic Hand
Testing the Robotic Hand
Designing a robotic hand that can match even some of the capabilities of the human hand is an engineering feat. But even that challenge can be met through an application of the basic problem solving strategies that every engineer learns.
Running time 02:46 minutes
Undersea Treasure
Undersea Treasure
Suppose you want to search for the largest sunken gold treasure in U.S. History. Who would you want on your team? Tom Thompson wanted a mathematician who specialized in probability. Watch the movie and find out why:
Running time 5:42 minutes

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