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COSMOS Episode 1: Standing Up in the Milky Way Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 1: Standing Up in the Milky Way (2014) is a remake of the classic Sagan series from the early 80s. The series has been thoroughly refreshe

COSMOS Episode 1: Standing Up in the Milky Way Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 1: Standing Up in the Milky Way (2014) is a remake of the classic Sagan series from the early 80s. The series has been thoroughly refreshed and updated for a new generation of learners, eager to see the Cosmos through fresh eyes. COSMOS is the story of us. It’s about how we got here as explained by the quantitative, unbiased powers of science. In the ship of the imagination, host Neil DeGrasse Tyson explores the fundamental questions humanity has about our evolution, our discoveries, our fate, and the meaning of our place in the universal scheme.

COSMOS Episode 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear (2014) traces the rise of modern science during the time of the enlightenment. The transformation from a

COSMOS Episode 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear (2014) traces the rise of modern science during the time of the enlightenment. The transformation from a religious explanation for the workings of the cosmos to a scientific-based paradigm is told with exquisite detail through the development of the personal friendship between Isaac Newton and Edmund Halley. This episode shows the true predictive powers of science as opposed to mysticism and pseudoscience.

COSMOS Episode 4: A Sky Full of Ghosts Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 4: A Sky Full of Ghosts (2014) links our scientific progress and understanding to our human need to find meaning in our existence. Neil De

COSMOS Episode 4: A Sky Full of Ghosts Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 4: A Sky Full of Ghosts (2014) links our scientific progress and understanding to our human need to find meaning in our existence. Neil DeGrasse Tyson guides us through this journey by explaining that optical phenomenon, like illusions or “ghosts,” can also be analyzed through the eyes of science, giving us a more complete understanding of the reality surrounding us. He links Einstein’s understanding of light and gravity to show us that it is possible to infer the existence of objects we cannot see—like black holes!

COSMOS Episode 5: Hiding in the Light Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 5: Hiding in the Light (2014) gives an in-depth explanation of the fascinating phenomenon of light. Neil DeGrasse Tyson traces our earliest,

COSMOS Episode 5: Hiding in the Light Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 5: Hiding in the Light (2014) gives an in-depth explanation of the fascinating phenomenon of light. Neil DeGrasse Tyson traces our earliest, first ponderings of light in ancient China through modern spectroscopy and the phenomenon of dark matter. He artfully links world-wide cultural contributions over the centuries concerning light to create an immersive story-line that holds a student’s attention. Yes, this is actually possible!

COSMOS Episode 6: Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 6: Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still (2014) relates our understanding (and subsequent interpretation) of reality to our rather limited perspect

COSMOS Episode 6: Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 6: Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still (2014) relates our understanding (and subsequent interpretation) of reality to our rather limited perspectives of scale. Neil DeGrasse Tyson reveals reality from a subatomic scale to the entire known universe. He tells the story of evolutionary processes that work on different levels of size and scale. Tyson links the deep relationship the atoms we are made from with their creation from the ashes of stars that exploded before the sun was even formed.

COSMOS Episode 7: The Clean Room Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 7: The Clean Room (2014) links civilization’s impact on the environment to our abilities to make drastic changes in the way our society

COSMOS Episode 7: The Clean Room Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 7: The Clean Room (2014) links civilization’s impact on the environment to our abilities to make drastic changes in the way our society’s consumerism functions. Neil DeGrasse Tyson uses lessons from Ancient Rome to examine the impact of toxic material in the environment and our society. He also tells the dramatic story of Pat Patterson who, at great personal cost, used scientific research to change laws regarding the use of lead in gasoline.

COSMOS Episode 8: Sisters of the Sun Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 8: Sisters of the Sun (2014) explains the vital role a group of Harvard women had in developing the first star catalog. This is a great ep

COSMOS Episode 8: Sisters of the Sun Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 8: Sisters of the Sun (2014) explains the vital role a group of Harvard women had in developing the first star catalog. This is a great episode showing that even in a male-dominated field, women have the same expertise and capabilities as their male counterparts. Because of Annie Jump Cannon (who was also deaf) and Cecilia Payne, we know that stars are made of mostly hydrogen and helium.

COSMOS Episode 9: The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 9: The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth (2014) teaches us how to read the autobiography of the earth. Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains that to read

COSMOS Episode 9: The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 9: The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth (2014) teaches us how to read the autobiography of the earth. Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains that to read this book, we must understand the relationship between the atoms, elements, geophysics, biochemistry, and time. This episode is great for a biology, geology, chemistry, or an environmental science class, since it delves deep into the relationship between the biological evolution of life and the geologic and environmental conditions necessary over many time periods.

COSMOS Episode 10: The Electric Boy Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 10: The Electric Boy (2014) gives us an in-depth look into the contributions of Michael Faraday, whose experiments paved the

COSMOS Episode 10: The Electric Boy Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 10: The Electric Boy (2014) gives us an in-depth look into the contributions of Michael Faraday, whose experiments paved the way for many of the scientific advancements in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th Century. Neil DeGrasse Tyson gives us the journey of a young boy born into poverty, whose passionate scientific curiosity about electricity turned him into one of the most famous scientists of his time.

COSMOS Episode 11: The Immortals Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 11: The Immortals (2014) examines the tenacity of life, the possibility that the seeds of life can spread from planet to planet or between

COSMOS Episode 11: The Immortals Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 11: The Immortals (2014) examines the tenacity of life, the possibility that the seeds of life can spread from planet to planet or between solar systems, and the likelihood that we might one-day be able to communicate with an advanced form of alien life. The episode arcs through the full gamut of possibilities and limitations for life to sustain itself, spread to other worlds, and survive the dangers of deep-space travel. Neil DeGrasse Tyson describes the panspermia theory and gives a scenario wherein galaxies could be viewed as “world-making machines,” laying out the necessary foundations for life to arise as the galaxy goes through its own galactic evolution over the course of billions of years.

COSMOS Episode 12: The World Set Free Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 12: The World Set Free (2014) is a great environmental wake-up call for the citizens of earth. Neil DeGrasse Tyson effectively demonstrate

COSMOS Episode 12: The World Set Free Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 12: The World Set Free (2014) is a great environmental wake-up call for the citizens of earth. Neil DeGrasse Tyson effectively demonstrates the parallels of the runaway greenhouse effect that occurred on Venus (and the hellish conditions it produced) and what we are currently doing to the earth. Tyson presents solid, scientific evidence to support his claims. But does humanity have the will to take the steps necessary before it is too late?

COSMOS Episode 13: Unafraid of the Dark Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 13: Unafraid of the Dark (2014) wraps-up the COSMOS series by exploring the constant fight between intelligence, compassion, and understan

COSMOS Episode 13: Unafraid of the Dark Worksheet (2014)

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COSMOS Episode 13: Unafraid of the Dark (2014) wraps-up the COSMOS series by exploring the constant fight between intelligence, compassion, and understanding, versus the darker side of the human condition, manifested by fear, ignorance, and brutality. Neil DeGrasse Tyson connects the path to salvation through the application of the principles of science to facilitate reasoning and a societal enlightenment. In the end, any journey of societal growth starts with the individual. Individual choices, based on sound reasoning and rational thought, help to form a grass-roots movement, whereby ignorance and fear slowly start to give way and lose their appeal. This is the main message the COSMOS series endeavors to relay. This final episode delivers that message right on-time.

Origins: The Earth Is Born Worksheet (2004)

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Origins: The Earth Is Born (2004) is a NOVA documentary, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, examining the history of the earth from its infancy up to the pre

Origins: The Earth Is Born Worksheet (2004)

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Origins: The Earth Is Born (2004) is a NOVA documentary, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, examining the history of the earth from its infancy up to the present. Even though this is from 2004, the visuals have aged extremely well. The cg is still impressive, even by today’s standards. The clarity of Tyson’s presentation is impeccable, making it easy to understand for the students. For example, Tyson condenses the entire history of the earth into a 24-hour day, giving a timescale the kids can relate to. The documentary gives a scientific explanation for the world we see today. It also helps us see, through the eyes of science, ourselves as a species as well. This documentary would be an excellent showing for the following classes: astronomy, astrophysics, physics, geology, biology, and history. Of the 33 questions on this documentary video guide, the overwhelming majority are higher-order in nature, with only a scattering of lower-level types. The concepts discussed include planet formation, plate tectonics, magnetic fields, solar system formation and dynamics, asteroid impacts, radiocarbon dating, magnetic pole movement, the solar wind, moon origins, chemical analysis of zircons, and spectroscopy.

Origins: Where Are the Aliens? Worksheet (2004)

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Origins: Where Are the Aliens? (2004) is a NOVA documentary, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, that examines the science behind the search for extraterrestr

Origins: Where Are the Aliens? Worksheet (2004)

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Origins: Where Are the Aliens? (2004) is a NOVA documentary, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, that examines the science behind the search for extraterrestrial life, what it might look like, and techniques used to find extra solar planets. Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains that life might not look like we see in the movies and that, based on scientific finding, life could theoretically arise in the most extreme of environments. He also discusses the Drake equation, modifying some of the variables to get a better understanding of just how often life might arise in the galaxy and if that life could lead to civilizations with the ability to communicate between the stars.

This documentary would be an excellent showing for the following classes: biology, astronomy, astrophysics, and physical science. Of the 39 questions on this documentary video guide, the overwhelming majority are higher-order in nature, with only a scattering of lower-level types.

The concepts discussed include: biodiversity, evolution, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, SETI, the Frank Drake equation, indirect viewing techniques, star wobble, red and blue shifted light, liquid water and life, Europa, intelligent life and evolution, asteroid impacts, and mass extinctions.

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