Science Cabaret: Why don’t bikes fall down?

You can balance a bike with hands on the handlebars. Or off. And, surprising if you haven’t seen it, a bike can balance itself, with no person touching it. When viewed from the back, a bicycle looks like a stick balanced on end. If it tips a little, gravity pulls it down more.

Ultimate Cruise Ship

NOVA Ultimate Cruise Ship airs on WSKG-TV February 8, 2017 at 9pm

Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate commercial cruise ship. Decorated with the finest gold, marble, and crystal, it is designed to offer guests the roomiest accommodations of any cruise ship. But building such opulence is no easy feat; NOVA follows a pioneering team of ship builders as they embark on what is advertised to be a milestone in engineering.

The Race Underground

American Experience The Race Underground airs on WSKG-TV January 31, 2017 at 9pm


In the late 19th century, as America’s teeming cities grew increasingly congested, the time had come to replace the nostalgic horse-drawn trolleys with a faster, cleaner, safer, and more efficient form of transportation. Ultimately, it was Boston — a city of so many firsts — that overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America’s first subway. Based in part on Doug Most’s acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name, The Race Underground tells the dramatic story of an invention that changed the lives of millions.

Wendy Lights It Up in All-New 'Bob the Builder' Episode

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Wendy’s Surprise
It’s Wendy’s birthday! Bob has planned a surprise party at the yard, but Wendy keeps adding lights to the Spring City Rockets’ ice-skating show and won’t leave until she is finished.

SciGirls Educator Workshop at WSKG Studios in January

Learn how to engage your students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through PBS Kids SciGirls! SciGirls is a PBS Kids television series out to change how tweens think about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM! In each episode, join bright, curious real girls in putting STEM to work. Then check out the website to play games, watch episodes, share projects, and connect with other SciGirls in a totally safe social networking environment! SciGirls Trainings integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity.

Online Professional Development from PBS LearningMedia

Looking to bring innovative lessons to your new students in September? Check out these free, media-rich professional development webinars for educators from PBS LearningMedia.  
Media-Based ELA Resources on PBS LearningMedia
Do you teach Romeo and Juliet, The Diary of Anne Frank, Great Expectations, and other classics? Discover how accessing classroom-ready videos and teaching tips from PBS can enhance media literacy while illuminating great works of literature and their creators. Register now!

Get ready for 'National Week of Making'

Celebrate the 2016 National Week of Making and share great #Maker activities from WGBH Kids programs Design Squad Global, Plum Landing, and PEEP and the Big Wide World! Join us for a Twitter chat encouraging your kids to become Makers. #GrowMakers Twitter chat takes place on Tuesday June 21 at 12pm.  Tune and see what all the fuss is all about. 

“Makers and builders and doers — of all ages and backgrounds — have pushed our country
forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary
Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they           need.” – President Obama

Connect with organizations during the chat by using these twitter handles:@Designsquad
@SWEtalk @TheConnectory @ngcproject @WSKG @nancycoddington 


'Time Scanners' journey to Jerusalem

Time Scanners, Jerusalem airs on WSKG TV December 23rd at 10pm. In this  episode of  Time Scanners,  the team sets out to explore the epic building legacy of Jerusalem. From the vast walls of the Temple Mount, to the incredible man-made mountain of Herodium, they plan to use cutting edge 21st century technology to analyze constructions made at the time of Christ. Given unique access to scan the iconic Wailing Wall, and travelling deep into the dangerous West Bank, the team treks across Jerusalem and beyond on the trail of King Herod’s remarkable building ambitions, discovering new revelations about just how good his ancient builders were and answering long held mysteries about Herod’s magnificent structures.

Building the Great Cathedrals

NOVA Building the Great Cathedrals airs on WSKG TV December 23rd at 9pm. Take a dazzling architectural journey inside those majestic marvels of Gothic architecture, the great cathedrals of Chartres, Beauvais and other European cities. Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, some cathedrals now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, a team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues. NOVA investigates the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their towering, glass-filled walls and reveals the hidden formulas drawn from the Bible that drove medieval builders ever upward.

Looking for a Lightsaber for that Special Someone in Your Life?

Our friends from Science Friday share this DIY Labersaber inspired post. Part of becoming a true fighter in the Star Wars universe—be it a Jedi or a Sith Lord—is constructing a lightsaber that is distinctly yours. In anticipation of the new Star Wars film, Science Friday looked into one DIY approach, and got some best practice tips from its designer. The project is a quick lesson in building electronics, and provides the opportunity to be creative with your end product. “It’s kind of the iconic science fiction weapon,” says Vince Estacio, a machinist and hobbyist based in Austin, Texas, of the lightsaber.