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Thank you in advance for your willingness to evaluate a new program to provide online access to short videos as classroom multimedia. It's called Scientific Living, and consists of a series of short videos (each less than two minutes long) that can be downloaded from our website as

digital movies along with corresponding pages from a companion discussion guide that can also be downloaded as PDF files.

The host of Scientific Living is Ryan Burchett. He is both a career scientist and the first newscaster in Iowa to produce science media for the school system. Funding support has also been provided by a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.

Scientific Living is produced in conjunction with leading scientists and aligned with National Science Education Standards. The first series of 20 episodes on space science/ astronomy was produced in conjunction with NASA. The program will continue with another 20 episodes on weather/meteorology. Both subjects have been selected for greater emphasis in the classroom by science educators. If successful, the project is designed to continue with subsequent installments on earth science, life sciences, the plant and animal kingdoms, science in technology, and a host of other science topics, helping to form a database of digitized media for science education on our own network.

The program also has the potential to fill a basic need in the classroom as a new application of video as short-form multimedia. The idea is to use short science stories as a hook to capture interest, while leaving the teacher’s regular lesson plan intact. (See the "Teacher's Guide.") This makes them ideal as lesson-opening activities or discussion-starters, and highly flexible as a supplement to elementary and secondary science curricula.