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        Structures – Episodes | The Ruff Ruffman Show

        Learn about structures alongside Ruff Ruffman in this series of episodes from The Ruff Ruffman Show. With his new service, called “Ask Ruff First” or “ARF, Ruff Ruffman helps kids explore different kinds of structures, and how what they’re made of, as well as their shape and weight, affects their strength and stability when they encounter a force. Whether it’s building a tower that withstands the strength of wind, a chair made out of newspaper, an entertaining (and stable) obstacle course, or a topple-proof birdbath, kids will develop problem-solving skills while having fun!

        These videos have been captioned in both English and Spanish. This resource is part of the RTL 2015-2020 Initiative collection.  

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        Building is a Breeze

        In this video, Ruff Ruffman uses his new service, “ARF”, to help kids keep their mini-golf tower safe from the wind. Ruff recalls his distant relative and assistant discovered that cutting holes in a tower can prevent it from tipping over. Will the same strategy work for the kids’ mini-golf tower?

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        Ruffman Escapes!

        In this video, Ruff Ruffman uses his new service, “ARF”, to find out if he can build a chair with newspaper. Looking for inspiration, he reads his own adventure novel in which a space explorer tries to escape from alien felines using newspaper. Will Ruff find a solution and finish his novel?

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        Eye of the Hamster

        In this video, Ruff Ruffman uses his new service, “ARF”, to entertain a bored hamster by building an obstacle course. However, Ruff admits he could never figure out how to properly build the sky-bridge. Can the kids come up with an improved design to stabilize the bridge and cheer up their hamster?

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        Winging It

        In this video, Ruff Ruffman uses his new service, “ARF”, to build a topple-proof birdbath. Having played the title role in a Broadway musical called “Hello, Birdie!” where he was lowered into a birdbath, Ruff is an expert. Can he use his expertise to create a fail-proof design?

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        That’ll Work!

        Rock out with Ruff Ruffman as he reflects on his problem-solving skills in a “new-wave, upbeat dance party” song in this music video from The Ruff Ruffman Show.

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