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Multimedia STEM Resources

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Besides our print and electronic resources, the library has a variety of STEM-related material available on DVD. Check out titles on physics, math, and other science disciplines.


Against the Elements
Against the Elements

Explores the science behind natural disasters involving the Earth's four basic elements: air, earth, fire, and water. Also includes interviews with people who've survived against overwhelming odds, and scientists and experts who've dedicated their lives to understanding these natural phenomena.


Best Evidence
Best Evidence

Uses scientific and technological advances to examine some of the most controversial mysteries of our time. Find out what really happened to TWA flight 800. Learn the truth about the mysteries of Roswell, Bigfoot, and the controversy surrounding the death of John Wayne. Many of pop culture's most mystifying and controversial incidents are put through rigorous tests that employ the best evidence available today.


Bill Nye's Solving for X. Pre-algebra, Volume 1
Bill Nye's Solving for X. Pre-algebra, Volume 1

Using colorful and unorthodox ways, Bill Nye teaches pre-algebraic principles, including fractions, exponents, and proportions, helping students to discover how pre-algebra relates to the world around them. National curriculum standards addressed include numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, problem solving, communication, and representation.


Bill Nye's Solving for X. Algebra I, Volume 1
Bill Nye's Solving for X. Algebra I, Volume 1

Bill Nye is back again teaching algebraic principles this time, relating the basic concepts of algebra to the world around students. Principles of algebra addressed include variables, balancing equations, dimensional analysis, and linear equations.


The Blue Planet: Seas of Life
The Blue Planet: Seas of Life

An exploration of the Earth's oceans, focusing on its myriad life forms.


Concepts in Precalculus 2-Pack
Concepts in Precalculus 2-Pack

Two programs that explore various topics in precalculus, including trigonometry, probability, and infinity.


Core Chemistry
Core Chemistry

An overview of the milestones in the history of chemistry, covering chemistry from ancient times to the 17th century; the discovery that electricity can produce a chemical reaction (electrolysis); the development of organic chemistry and the creation of the first periodic table in the 19th century; and the discovery of catalysts and new chemicals in the 20th century.


Culture and Math: The Age of Exploration
Culture and Math: The Age of Exploration

The mathematics of travel owes a great deal to the Age of Exploration, when many of the commonplace concepts that we take for granted were first developed.


Discovering Math. Prediction and Probability
Discovering Math. Prediction and Probability

From likelihood to frequency to prediction, introduces young students to the basic concepts of probability.


Discovering Math. Problem Solving
Discovering Math. Problem Solving

Presents practical examples of logic and reasoning to illustrate ways in which math is used to solve real-world problems, from determining pertinent information to trying and comparing multiple strategies.


Discovery Project Earth. Engineering the Future
Discovery Project Earth. Engineering the Future

Watch as some of the world's leading scientists put the most ambitious geoengineering ideas to the test in order to tackle global climate change. These experiments push the boundaries of science and technology by exploring eight creative ideas that just might reduce global warming.


Elements in Action. Forensics Applications
Elements in Action. Forensics Applications

Illustrates the forensic dimensions of some basic chemical substances, showing how the elements work in our world.


Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension
Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension

Examines fractals, the irregular repeating shapes that are found throughout the universe.


Inside the Living Body
Inside the Living Body

Traces one "everywoman's" story and examines the everyday workings of a living, functioning body. Microscopic filmmaking, advanced medical technology, and state-of-the-art cardiac tomography imaging techniques are used to reveal unique perspectives on how our bodies function, grow, and mature from infancy through puberty, adulthood, and old age.


Investigating Chemical Reactions
Investigating Chemical Reactions

An introduction to chemical reactions and bonds. Topics covered in this program include acids and bases, the chemistry of diamonds, the chemical reactions involved in pollination by bees, and the production of maple syrup.


Life
Life

Four years in the making and filmed over 3,000 days, across every continent, and in every habitat, see 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world. Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. This is evolution in action: individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment.


Life by the Numbers
Life by the Numbers

Join host Danny Glover as the concepts of life and everyday occurrences are related to mathematics. The seven discs reveal the range of creative and powerful ways in which scientists, artists, athletes, medical researchers, and many others are using mathematics to explore our world and to enhance our lives.


The Life of Mammals
The Life of Mammals

A ten-part program in which David Attenborough introduces the most diverse group of animals ever to live on Earth, the mammals. Follows the development of mammals and examines how their adaptations for finding food have had an effect on the way they move, socialize, mate, and live.


Math at Work
Math at Work

Professionals in various fields discuss the centrality of mathematics to their work.


Monster Black Holes
Monster Black Holes

Travel to the edge of space and beyond to discover nature's ultimate abyss: black holes. Explore where they are found, how they begin, and how it may be possible to harness and use the power they produce.


Nature's Most Amazing Events
Nature's Most Amazing Events

Examines the effects of cyclical climatic events upon six of the world's animal populations and their environments: polar bears and the receding Arctic ice; grizzly bears' pursuit of salmon in British Columbia; the effect of the annual rains on the wildlife of the Serengeti; the feeding frenzy that results on the arrival of billions of sardines along South Africa's east coast; the trek made by thousands of animals to the life-saving annual flood of Botswana's Okavango Delta; and the annual plankton boom in Alaska's coastal waters that attracts humpback whales and sea lions.


The Story of Math
The Story of Math

Passionate, engaging, and effusive, Marcus du Sautoy is the perfect guide for the fascinating history of mathematics. Filmed around the globe and aided by clever computer graphics, this series blends education and entertainment to make math mesmerizing. Includes "The Music of the Primes," a feature-length bonus program about math's greatest mystery, also hosted by du Sautoy.


The Universe: Collector's Set: An Exploration of Our Solar System and Beyond.
The Universe: Collector's Set: An Exploration of Our Solar System and Beyond.

A collection of programs examining outer space, the solar system, the orgins of the universe and the earth, and the milestones of astronomy.


Unlocking the Great Pyramid
Unlocking the Great Pyramid

When the ancient architects completed construction on the Great Pyramid at Giza they left behind the greatest riddle of the engineering world. For centuries, adventurers and Egyptologists have crawled through every passageway and chamber, measuring and collecting data in an attempt to determine how it was built. Using cutting-edge, 3-D software, see the incredibly accurate blueprints of the Great Pyramid.