ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions


In this video Paul Andersen explains how plate tectonics explains the large-scale system interactions on our planet.  Large plates float on the mantle and interact to form the major landforms on the planet.  Evidence for plate tectonics include the location of earthquakes, the reversed polarity of newly formed oceanic crust and the warping of crust by large bodies like glaciers and lakes.  A K-12 teaching progression is also included.

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth


In this video Paul Andersen explains in more detail the history of the Earth.  He shows how the history of the Earth is written in the rocks that are built up over time.  Fossils allow us to compare different rock layers relative to one another and the absolute radiometric dating allows scientists to identify the specific age of individual rocks.

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.

SEP7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence


Paul Andersen explains the importance of argumentation in improving both understanding and design.  This video begins with a discussion of the heliocentric and geocentric model of the Universe that eventually lead to the Copernican Revolution.  It highlights the importance of both informal and formal arguments.  It finishes with a discussion of the educational progression including a great question.