Idaho Collection


This collection focuses on educational resources from award-winning productions produced by Idaho Public Television.

  • Mount St. Helens | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek features photos of the 1980 Mt. St. Helen's eruption and photos of what it looks like today. Scientist explain why they are monitoring the mountain today and what they hope to discover.

    Grades: K-6
  • The Science of Lewis and Clark | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek points out that the mission of the Corps of Discovery was to map and to document the science of the plants, animals, land, and people of their journey. They wrote about 178 plants and 120 animals. You hear their descriptions in their own words from their journals.

    Grades: K-6
  • Bats | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek describes the key role bats play in the ecosystem. Watch a biologist discuss how he catches and handles bats. Find out why they are becoming an endangered species.

    Grades: K-6
  • States of Matter | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek defines matter as anything that takes up space and has weight. You will see examples of different kinds of matter and learn that matter can have a physical change but not change its chemical make-up.

    Grades: K-6
  • Rocks and Minerals | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek defines the different types of rock and how they are formed. Learn about the ways rocks are classified and find out all the ways rocks can be changed. This resource is part of the Idaho Collection.

    Grades: K-6
  • Archaeology | Science Trek

    In this video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek an Egyptologist discusses the significance of some of the objects found by Howard Carter in 1922 in King Tut's tomb. You see examples which include a shawbti, an amulet, a chair, a dagger, and a fan. She tells us what a tomb is and why it was important for the Egyptian culture.

    Grades: K-6
  • Falconry | Science Trek

    In this video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek you will meet a falconer, one who trains falcons to hunt. Learn about the equipment used and discover that this is a 4,000 year old method of hunting.

    Grades: K-6
  • Water Cycle | Science Trek

    This short video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek explains how the water cycle works, in moving water from the ocean to the clouds, around the earth and back to the ocean.

    Grades: K-6
  • Planets | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek describes the sun, the center of the solar system, the planets, and asteroid belt of the solar system. It explains why earth is in a favorable spot for life, and the importance of gravity in keeping planets in their orbits. Learn how the planets are alike and different.

    Grades: K-6
  • Earthquakes | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek describes the structure of the earth and how the movement of tectonic plates causes earthquakes, defines epicenter, seismograph, and intensity. It shows the tools scientists use to study earthquakes. There are photos of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, and the Idaho earthquake of 1983 and the video encourages you to be prepared and have an emergency plan if one should occur.

    Grades: K-6
  • Ecology | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek explores the meaning of ecology and some of the vocabulary associated the study of how living and non-living things interact, e.g. biome, primary producer, food chain, and ecosystem. We learn the importance of the sun as the starting point for the flow of energy in an ecosystem.

    Grades: K-6
  • Eyes | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek describes the parts of the eye and how an image that enters the eye gets transmitted to and recognized by the brain.

    Grades: K-6
  • Desert Habitat | Science Trek

    In this video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek discover the similarities and differences between warm and cold (or high) deserts, like those found in Idaho. The incredible plants and animals which live in the desert have many adaptations for survival in the dry heat.

    Grades: K-6
  • Snakes | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek looks at the unique natural history and adaptations of snakes. How do they move? How do they hear without any ears? How do they move without any arms or legs? Learn about scales, forked tongues, venom, cold-bloodedness and the various ways they kill their prey.

    Grades: K-6
  • Urban Wildlife | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek discusses the benefits and problems of wildlife living in a city. It explains why this occurs and how to coexist with wildlife in the same habitat.

    Grades: K-6
  • Fish Research | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek explains the Chinook salmon's life cycle in the Pacific Northwest and why it is an endangered species. A fisheries biologist takes students through some steps of fish research with explanations of the kinds of information biologists gather to perhaps help manage fish recovery.

    Grades: K-6
  • States of Water | Science Trek

    In this short video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek you discover that water covers 3/4 of the earth and makes up 70% of your body. You will find out why scientists call water H2O. What are the 3 states of water?

    Grades: K-6
  • Chemistry | Science Trek

    Learn about the basics of chemistry, including the parts of the atom, elements, and compounds, with this video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek. It shows how elements are arranged into the periodic table. You will discover that a chemist studies predictable chemical reactions.

    Grades: K-6
  • Weather | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek follows a meteorologist as he measures rainfall with different gauges and explains why predicting weather is important. You will see and hear how a weather balloon is used.

    Grades: K-6
  • Robotics | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek defines a robot, explains the 4 parts of a robot, and informs us of some of the many different ways they are used.

    Grades: K-6