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Education | At Home Learning - 6th - 8th Grade - Week of Feb 1

Week of February 1

Monday, February 1

11:00am Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World “The Smartphone”

Take a mind-blowing journey through human history, told through six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, and see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything. In this episode, dial in to the fascinating history of the smartphone, from its roots in Morse Code to 2007, when Apple unveiled the first-ever iPhone. Plus, see how the next generation of smartphones will allow us to communicate through them just by thinking.

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Tuesday, February 2

11:00am Me and My Robot

Me and My Robot tells the story of enthusiastic young roboticists competing for gold at the World Robot Olympiad. They are the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists-a diverse group of school-aged competitors from 65 countries that design and build problem-solving robots as a way to have fun while changing the world.

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11:30am (Click here for Supplemental Materials)

A 33-year-old computer programmer named Tim Berners-Lee changed the world forever when he invented the World Wide Web in 1989. His visionary decision to make it a free and accessible resource sparked a global revolution in how we communicate and participate in public life. After 25 years outside the spotlight, Sir Tim Berners-Lee emerges to tell his story for the first time and discuss new threats to Internet access as we know it.

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Wednesday, February 3

11:00am Hard Problems: The Road to the World’s Toughest Math Contest

Six exceptional high school students represented the United States in 2006 at the world's toughest math competition - the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Each year, the grueling and exhilarating contest pits the top teams from 90 countries against one another. In their quest to solve some of the most challenging problems, these dedicated and talented young men and women - some immigrants, others U.S.-born - shatter many stereotypes and cliches about the mathematically gifted. Hard Problems provides an insightful and thoughtful look at the process that produces and nurtures successful Olympiad teams, and ultimately, the great mathematicians of the future.

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Thursday, February 4

11:00am Nova Wonders “Can We Build a Brain?”

Decode the latest advances in artificial intelligence. AI can interpret emotions, play games, even act as personal companions. How does it actually work-and is it truly intelligent? And are we handing over too much power to machines?

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Friday, February 5

11:00am Nova “Inside Einstein’s Mind”

Retrace Einstein's thought experiments as NOVA reveals the simple but powerful ideas that reshaped our understanding of gravity, illuminating the theory of general relativity-and Einstein's brilliance-as never before.

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