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Advances in Industrial Robotics [electronic resource]

Robotics has become a formidable force in the workplace. Some of your students may already use robots on the job or work with someone who does. This video takes a look at the changes that have occurred since robotics was first introduced. Students are given a refresher of the basics: terminology, concepts, system components, classification of robots. But then, new applications and work tasks are overviewed. They see how far robotics has advanced industry-wide. Students also discover where robots are commonly used and some anticipated future applications in business and industry. Offer your students critical information on robotics as it plays a more important role in commercial and industrial settings around the world.
2005; 1998

Log on for Success [electronic resource]: Using Internet Job Sites

Show your students how to find great jobs fast-with the Internet. This video will tell them everything they need to know to start blazing an electronic path to outstanding career opportunities. It covers how to find and then effectively search mega-job sites, industry- or profession-specific sites, and individual company sites; how to prepare Web-ready and E-mail-compatible resumes and cover letters; how to fill out online questionnaires; and how to save, organize, and keep track of what's been posted and sent. The video also clues viewers in to what information not to post, like social security numbers, so bad guys won't be able to scam them. In an Information Age job market, success begins with a click! Correlates to the career standards from the National Occupational Information C [...]
2005; 2004

Robots [electronic resource]: An Important Place in World Industry

Learn what a robot is and how it compares to human workers. View robots at work performing a variety of jobs; examine the benefits and liabilities of robots and the need for worker safety.
1900; 1992

The New World of Fitness and Recreation [electronic resource]

This Science Screen Report explores the growing importance of science in sports and recreation. The program shows how technological research fuels athletic achievement and profoundly influences equipment and facility design, and the ways in which robotics, computers, and high-speed cameras are enabling humans to interact with our planet's different environments. Clearly demonstrating a wide range of advances, The New World of Fitness and Recreation offers an inspiring view into a surprising intersection of disciplines.
2006; 1999

Microengineering and Nanotechnology [electronic resource]

This edition of Science Screen Report shows how the principles of microengineering and nanotechnology are being applied to environmental science, medicine, and engineering. A complete water-testing laboratory on a single microchip is spotlighted, as are grooved bandages that channel the movement and bonding of fibroblasts, speeding up healing and minimizing scarring. Research into the manipulation of individual atoms, the use of microscopic beads as medicinal magic bullets, and the identification of stress cracks caused by resonance is also featured.
2006; 2004

The Future Makers [electronic resource]: Pioneering Sustainable Energy

While its fossil fuel exports are sizeable, Australia is also becoming a gigantic laboratory for developing renewable energy systems. This program examines the work of engineering trailblazers who have made the country a world leader in green technology design. Dr. Tim Finnigan uses bio-mimicry to create flexible sea-floor structures that transform ocean currents into power. Likewise, Dr. Robert Dane's Solar Sailor boat incorporates insect wing forms. Designs from Dr. Prame Chopra and Dr. Doone Wyborn hint at the shape of geothermal systems to come, while the Sydney-based activities of SunTech and its Chinese owner, Dr. Zhengrong Shi, evoke the global nature of the sustainable energy movement. Several other case studies are included.
2010; 2009

Kids and Computers [electronic resource]

The high-tech revolution is led by children, many of whom possess skills that baffle their parents. From chat rooms to Web pages to kid-created Internet companies, this video explores computer-assisted learning and the value of the "virtual classroom.
2005; 2000

Ergonomics in the Real World [electronic resource]

Ergonomics is concerned with designing objects and spaces for maximum utility by the people who use them. This program provides a thorough overview as it explores the history of ergonomics; discusses the key ergonomic principles of safety, comfort, ease of use, productivity and performance, and aesthetics; and presents a variety of specific examples of ergonomics in everyday life, including a vegetable peeler, an adjustable car seat, the Rotasole sports shoe, architect Steven Last's "The Last Beach House," and a shopping mall. The evolution of ergonomics, with its growing emphasis on how user-centered design and manufacturing impact the natural environment, is considered as well.

Learning With Wikis and Blogs [electronic resource]

Their popularity in the online business and publishing world is well known, but wikis and blogs are also increasingly used as tools in the classroom-and not just because young learners can easily access them. They are easy to create as well, giving students another powerful method of communication and self-expression. This program presents the basic concepts behind wikis and blogs. It also shows, through visually engaging examples, how these digital forums can be used to promote collaboration, discussion, and class participation. Additionally, viewers are given objective information about the world's most successful and widely used wiki site,

Practical Use of Materials [electronic resource]: Plastics

The word "plastic" comes from the Greek plastikos, meaning "to form." Over time, it was used to describe the hardening of soft materials. This program looks at our modern understanding of the term-which still contains something of the original idea, since oil-based plastic is one of the most pliable, adaptable materials in the world. Outlining the creation, characteristics, and uses of plastic, the video examines polymers, injection molding, blow molding, extrusion, how color is added, and why plastic is usually considered superior to glass in bottle-making. Aspects of industrial plastic recycling are also discussed.

Practical Use of Materials [electronic resource]: Textiles

Going inside the world of fibers, fabrics, and yarns, this video provides students with an understanding of textile classification and how textiles are processed and tested before being used in end products. A textile researcher demonstrates how fibers are turned into fabric and explains differences between the properties of natural and synthetic fibers. A fashion designer describes the characteristics that he looks for when choosing fabrics to produce his collection, and the tests that he conducts to ensure the best materials are selected. Finally, a flag manufacturer discusses how dyes and finishes are applied to fabrics in making his products.

Empire of Sounds [electronic resource]

Bottled water is designed in such a way that the sound of the liquid sloshing in the container makes the water seem pure and fresh. A computer's start-up tone, the snap of a cosmetics case, the sound of the buttons, when pushed, on household appliancesall have been engineered by sound designers. This program examines the use of sound design in product development, and reveals how designers, psychoacousticians, and psychosociologists work together to give a product an acoustic signature. Auto makers were the first to consider what customers hear when they use an indicator signal or slam the car door, but many industries shape sound so that consumers feel products are safe or luxurious or fun, as this video shows.
2011; 2005

Surviving a Car Crash [electronic resource]

For every new car built this year, another will be involved in a collision, and more than a million people around the world will die as a result. This program vividly demonstrates what happens to the car and the passengers during a crash; using high speed cameras that capture crash sequences, it shows the three stages of impact and the resulting injuries. The video then introduces a group of researchers who are looking to the fields of engineering, anatomy, psychology, and sports medicine to develop technologies that will increase the chances of surviving an accident. Cars that correct for driver stress, a black box that predicts post-crash injuries and alerts surgeons to plan a targeted response, airbags that deploy medication to reduce brain trauma, and a prototype windscreen that [...]

Calls of the Wild [electronic resource]

In Calls of the Wild, an episode of PBS Scientific American Frontiers, host Alan Alda takes us behind the scenes for a fascinating journey into the science of sound as he introduces viewers to the team of scientists using sound to study animals - also known as the field of bioacoustics. This close look at animal sound is not only being used to study - but even to save species - as common as the harbor porpoise and as elusive and mysterious as the giant squid. And as the program reveals by listening in on animals such as elephants, birds, bats, bees, bugs and more, scientists have made significant strides in their efforts to hinder the growth of our endangered species list.

Design [electronic resource]: The Green Apple

David Owen, a writer for The New Yorker, discussues the complex issues of sustainability as they relate to urban and suburban life. 'Green Manhattan,' an article that Owen wrote for The New Yorker about the city's inherent sustainability, was a major inspiration for the eø series.

Design [electronic resource]: Green for All

Learn more about the inspirational architect Sergio Palleroni, who is introducing sustainability to poor and underdeveloped communities around the world. Palleroni is a professor at The University of Texas-Austin.

Design [electronic resource]: The Green Machine

Thirty years ago in Freiburg, Germany, the 'green movement' was born. Today, the city serves as a model of environmental consciousness for architects, planners, and even politicians. Its successes inspired Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who supported many environmental initiatives in his city.

Design [electronic resource]: Gray to Green

A closer look at how much energy is used and how much pollution is created by construction. The impact on our environment is staggering.

Design [electronic resource]: China - From Red to Green?

Tad Fettig, the director and co-creator of the eø series, shares his perspectives on filming in China as this sleeping giant of industry, technology, and consumer demand awakens in the 21st century.

Design [electronic resource]: Deeper Shades of Green

Meet maverick designer Cameron Sinclair, whose 'design like you give a damn' credo was an inspiration for the eø series.