ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System


In this video Paul Andersen explains the parts of the Solar System; including the planets, dwarf planets, moons and asteroids.  He explains how everything orbits around the Sun and how a proper understanding of this heliocentric model helps to explain planetary motions, eclipses, seasons, phases and even day and night.  A teaching progression K-12 is also included.

CCC1: Patterns


Paul Andersen explains patterns and describes why pattern recognition is an important skill in science and engineering.  He begins by discussing patterns in nature, including snowflakes, flower petals, seasons and nucleotides in DNA.  He then illustrates the importance of classification in describing and eventually understanding patterns.  He gives a progression instruction in the science classroom from grade K to 12.  A secret pattern is hidden within the video.

SEP3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations


Paul Andersen explains how investigations are used by scientists to answer questions and by engineers to test designs.  He delineates be investigative and observational science.  He demonstrates the formation of a good question the design of an effective investigation.