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Know Ohio is a fun way to teach students about the history, culture, and science of the Buckeye State. 

Know Ohio is a weekly segment on NewsDepth, an educational news program designed for Ohio students that connects current events to Ohio's New Learning Standards. NewsDepth provides an opportunity for students to explore the world outside their classroom and offers an exciting multimedia platform for them to interact and engage.

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  • Know Ohio: Holiday Lights In Ohio

    The first string of electric holiday lights was created by the inventor of the light bulb, Ohio Inventor, Thomas Edison.  One of Ohio's first public displays of holiday lighting was in 1924 at Edison's General Electric campus in East Cleveland.  Witness how this display continues to shine each year.  Then, explore another Ohio holiday light display at a large water powered grist mill, Clifton Mills, in Clifton, Ohio.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Know Ohio: Cool Digs

    Learn about a 4,000 year old homestead and a one-of-a-kind ancient pipe – both unearthed in Ohio.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Know Ohio: Fall Foliage

    Lace up your hiking boots! Know Ohio host Mary Fecteau explores fall colors in the Buckeye State.

    Grades: 3-10
  • Know Ohio: Lake Erie

    Discover the geography, history, and purpose of Lake Erie, which is the smallest of the five Great Lakes, and creates the northern shores of Ohio.  Formed by glacier activity during and following the Ice Age, Lake Erie joins the rest of the Great Lakes to provide 90% of all of the water in the United States.  Lake Erie was named after the Native Americans--the Erie people--who settled along its shores.  In more recent years, Lake Erie has suffered from population growth, industrialization, and the resulting pollution.  In the 1960s, it was considered dead by environmental activists. Today, its water quality is improvoing as it benefits from the Clean Air Act passed by the United States government. Finally, it is an important transportation route connecting to the Atlantic Ocean.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Know Ohio: The Buckeye Tree

    The Buckeye Tree is Ohio's state tree. This video provides the scientific name of the tree, explains why Native Americans gave it the nickname "buckeye", and overviews how U.S. President William Henry Harrison used the tree and its nuts on the campaign trail.  Also, explores uses of the tree's wood and nuts, and warns of its poisonous nature.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Know Ohio: What's in a (City) Name?

    Know Ohio host Mary Fecteau explains how Ohio cities got their names. 

    Grades: 3-8