Building Blocks


Building Blocks are short downloadable video segments that you can edit and embed into educational presentations.

  • Dam

    See an aerial wide shot of Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell in Page, Arizona, in this Building Block video.

    Grades: All
  • Galaxies

    This Building Block video features an animation of a voyage away from the Milky Way galaxy, and past other galaxies, to a view of Virgo supercluster.

    Grades: All
  • Brooklyn Bridge

    This Building Block video features an aerial shot from a helicopter circling over the Brooklyn Bridge and following the span across part of the river. Manhattan Bridge is visible in the background in New York City.

    Grades: All
  • Vietnam Veteran Memorial

    In this Building Block video, the camera tilts down to show a black granite panel engraved with the names of fallen soldiers.

    Grades: All
  • Observatory

    This Building Block video features the silhouette of the tent at Chajnantor Observatory in Northern Chile that houses the Cosmic Backgrounder Imager.

    Grades: All
  • Iceshelf

    In this Building Block video, the camera moves past a long glacial ice shelf in Antarctica with Mt. Erebus in background.

    Grades: All
  • Army Boots and Razorwire

    This Building Block video begins on a close-up shot of army boots standing in the dirt as seen through razor wire. Camera then rack focuses to the razor wire.

    Grades: All
  • Paul Revere Statue

    This Building Block video shows the Paul Revere Statue in Boston framed by trees. The camera zooms out to show tourists standing at the base of the statue.

    Grades: All
  • KET Image Bank: Mammals

    This KET Image Bank contains a collection of royalty-free photographs of various species of mammals available for educational use.The pictures are arranged in interactive catalogs. Click on the "view" button to look through the list of images in the catalog and then click on the name of the mammal you would like to view. On that page, you will find a thumbnail of an image or images, along with a paragraph about the animal. Clicking on the thumbnail will take you to a high resolution image you can download.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Office of the Attorney General

    This Building Block video features close-up lettering embedded in marble for the Office of the Attorney General. The camera pans left to reveal the reflection of an American flag in a window of the John A. Wilson Building.

    Grades: All
  • Puppies

    This Building Block video shows a group of cute Irish Setter puppies snuggled up in a pile.

    Grades: All
  • Remote Controller

    In this Building Block video, batteries are inserted into a remote controller and the cover is replaced. A thumb then moves the joystick on the controller as something out-of-focus moves in the background.

    Grades: All
  • Elephants

    This Building Block video shows a medium shot of adult and young elephants grazing in the grass.

    Grades: All
  • Chemical Plants with Smokestacks

    In this Building Block video, the camera pans across smokestacks spewing smoke from oil refineries and chemical plants along River Road in Convent, Louisiana.

    Grades: All
  • Capitol Fountain

    In this Building Block video, an American flag flaps in a strong breeze next to the Capitol Dome. As framed by two plumes of water from the Senate Garage Fountain, this clip first focuses on the fountains, then switches focus to the building and the flag.

    Grades: All
  • KET Image Bank: Reptiles and Amphibians

    This KET Image Bank contains a collection of royalty-free photographs of various reptiles and amphibians available for educational use The pictures are arranged in interactive catalogs. Click on the "view" button to look through the list of images in the catalog and then click on the name of the reptile or amphibian you would like to view. On that page, you will find a thumbnail of an image or images, along with a descriptive paragraph. Clicking on the thumbnail will take you to a high resolution image you can save.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Patriotic Flag

    This Building Block video features black and white footage that shows a high-angle wide shot of people carrying a huge American flag in a parade supporting World War I.

    Grades: All
  • Washington Monument

    This Building Block video features a long shot of the Washington Monument on a hazy day.

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  • Rhinoceroses

    Watch a pair of rhinos grazing in the savanna in this Building Block video.

    Grades: All
  • Storks

    This Building Block video shows Marabou storks near Lake Nakuru in Kenya. One stork is perched on driftwood, while another strides along the grass.

    Grades: All