April 22 | Grades 4–8

Programming Highlights

NOVA | Decoding the Great Pyramid
The 6 million-ton Great Pyramid of Giza is the last surviving wonder of the ancient world. How did the Egyptians engineer the mighty pharaoh Khufu’s tomb so precisely, with none of today’s surveying and power tools? And who were the thousands of laborers who raised the stones? See the latest evidence from groundbreaking archaeological research that has transformed our understanding of the ancient world’s most ambitious engineering project, revealing a “lost city” and intimate details of the lives of the laborers and officials who toiled on the vast construction.

History Detectives | Marion Carpenter Camera, Drug Smuggling Doll, Florida Map
Did the first woman photographer assigned to the White House use this camera in the episode to photograph Harry Truman? Then Gwen Wright looks into a Confederate family legend that a child and her doll smuggled medicine behind the Northern blockade. And with labels in French, English and Spanish, does this map tell us anything about how Europe colonized Florida?

Breakthrough: Ideas That Changed the World | The Robot
Learn how robots were first conceptualized in ancient Rome and see how their use has evolved over the centuries, from the calculator to the Roomba. Then, take a sneak peek at what future robots will be able to do.

At-Home Learning Tips

How Art Can Help Inspire a More Creative Educational Exploration
If you’re looking for ideas on how to make English Language Arts, Social Science, Science and Math more engaging through expressions of creativity, here are some ways artists and local cultural organizations can help you out.

Daily Programming

6:30 a.m. Nova: Decoding the Great Great Pyramid

Building the Pyramids – Interactive
How the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids Were Built – Discussion Questions


7:30 a.m. History Detectives: Marion Carpenter Camera, Doll, Florida Map

Harry S. Truman: 60-Second Presidents – Handout
Civil War Hospitals – Images
Hernando de Soto –  Video


8:30 a.m. Africa’s Great Civilizations: Empires of Gold

Empires of Gold Map – Map
Wonders of the African World: Diary – Webpage


9:30 a.m. Breakthrough: Ideas that Changed the World “The Robot”

What is a Robot? – Lesson Plan
Robotics Engineer – Video

 

Additional Resources

Learn from an Egyptologist
Egyptologist Chris Naunton unwraps some secrets about what it’s like to study ancient Egypt.

11 Interesting Facts About Being on the Service Staff at the White House
It takes a village to keep the White House running like a well-oiled machine. “The Residence,” a book by Kate Anderson Brower, paints a portrait of the inner workings of the White House, written based on over 100 interviews. Here are a few interesting things to know about our nation’s most prominent political symbol.

White House | René DeAnda / Unsplash

Make a Balancing Robot
In this activity, kids are challenged to find the center of gravity of a paper robot using two pennies. Cut out the free printable and get your thinking caps on.

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