SciTech Now


This collection of videos and activities, targeting grades 5-12, comes from SciTech Now, the multiplatform public television initiative focused on the nexus of fresh ideas, new technologies, and scientific discoveries that will impact our lives and drive our future.

Each segment has been carefully selected to engage students in key STEM concepts, and incorporates hands-on activities, online resources, and videos to address topics and standards across science curricula, including biology, physical sciences, earth sciences, engineering, and more.

  • Bald Eagle Recovery Efforts in New Jersey

    The bald eagle, the national bird of the US, is now flourishing after decades of threatened extinction. In this video from SciTech Now, see how the Mercer County Wildlife Center in New Jersey has taken steps to protect this national treasure. The bald eagle population in New Jersey was severely reduced upon exposure to the long-lived insecticide DDT. The Mercer County Wildlife Center has tracked nesting pairs, introduced more eagles into the area, and nursed sick and injured birds back to health to revive the eagle population in the state.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Could Eating Insects Solve World Hunger?

    Learn about a source of protein made from insects in this video from SciTech Now. The need for efficient, environmentally-friendly ways to feed a growing population has led some people to research entomophagy, which refers to eating insects. Students at Cornell University have developed a food product made of mealworm protein known as C-fu. They see C-fu as one solution to the problem of global hunger and malnutrition.

    The support materials include a graphic organizer, discussion questions, and an infographic activity.

    Grades: 5-12
  • How Racecar Drivers Use Physics on the Track

    Learn how aerodynamics and grip affect a car’s performance in this video from SciTech Now. Automotive experts discuss how repeat testing is done to continually improve a car’s aerodynamics and increase its grip on the racetrack in order to raise the chances of winning a race.

    See the Visualizing Airflow Activity in the Supporting Materials section to conduct your own wind tunnel aerodynamics tests.

    Grades: 5-12
  • What We Know (and Don’t Know) About the Brain

    In this video from SciTech Now, professionals at Columbia University strive to uncover the vast mysteries of the human brain in an effort to better understand our behaviors and find better treatments for neurological diseases. Their research covers a range of topics including studies on the cerebral cortex, microscopes to study brain signals in their functional states, and using songbirds as a way to look at diseases like autism.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Oysters in NYC: How an Unusual Keystone Species May Save Our Shorelines

    This video from SciTech Now examines how marine biologists and volunteers in New York City are developing methods to protect their environments from climate change by focusing specifically on oyster reef populations. Using video, vocabulary, discussion questions and teaching tips, students will examine what’s working, what isn’t and how they can replicate similar programs in their area.

    Grades: 9-12
  • What is Biodiversity?

    In this video from SciTech Now, Dr. Shahid Naeem explains what constitutes true diversity in nature. Utilizing video, discussion questions, teaching tips, and handouts, students will gain a thorough understanding of why biodiversity is so important in the natural world.

    Grades: 6-12

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