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Educators use the Futures Channel micro-documentaries to interest and engage STEM students

Futures Channel subscribers have access to a wide range of STEM-oriented video programs. Here’s just a snapshot of what you can show your students

Your source for STEM Videos & Lesson Plans that inspire and engage

When your students ask the inevitable question, “When would I ever use this?” answer it with a micro-documentary from the largest STEM video library of its kind.

Videos: The library contains 140 STEM videos. They feature diverse professionals talking about use of math and science in what they do. They are 2 to 6 minutes long.  

Lesson plans: There are over 200 lesson plans each containing several activities. Search and filter capabilities enables you to zero in on your lesson needs.

Teachers tell us:  

“As a teacher and a media production specialist at the school district level, I am very impressed with the Futures Channel documentaries. They provide a critical link, view of the real-world application of knowledge that I want my students to strive towards as they learn about technology, art, math, and science in school. I cannot afford to take field trips to show my students all these interesting people and projects in action. Futures Channel does this in an inviting and exciting way.”

“With these videos, I can do more than tell students how math is used in the real world. I can show them what it really looks like in action.  These upbeat, creative, and informative videos grab students’ attention, plant a seed, and lay the groundwork for exciting and meaningful applications of mathematics in the classroom.  After watching Futures Channel videos, students have a more well-defined purpose and genuine interest in the mathematics they are studying.”  -J. K 

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There are few cities in the U.S. with the number of tall buildings that New York City has, and with a water system as old. For fire prevention, taller buildings are required to have two sources of water, and one of those is usually a tank on the roof. Updated version.


Watch as a new model of sunglasses goes from design sketch to finished product.


From the cannon room to the bat-swinging robot to the bat handle-breaking machine, the engineers at Easton Sports are testing the latest sports equipment for durability, performance and handling.


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.


It can take years to plan and engineer these state-of-the-art wind farms. It’s a problem-solving process that draws on an understanding of algebra, geometry, kinetic energy, etc. to turn one of our most abundant resources into a viable business.


From planting the seeds to harvesting, and everything in between, Bryce Lundberg takes students through the process of growing one of our most important staples: rice. He depends on his algebra skills in what he does.


Have you ever had students say to you, "I don’t need math, I’m going to be a musician!" Why not introduce them to world-renowned drummer Ndugu Chancler, who explains why math is essential to music?


Professional dancers, and the health professionals that keep them on their toes, use principles of geometry and engineering to achieve their goals. Find out how this art form is going high tech!


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.


Today’s homework: Hand-feed tigers, divvy up raw meat for hyenas and teach the sea lion to play hide and seek. Show your students why math, especially measurement, is an essential tool when it comes to caring for animals. Running time 4:58 minutes.