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  • Debbie Sterling speaks at TED.

    Engineering: Where Are Girls and Why Aren’t They Here?

    Close your eyes and picture an engineer. You probably weren't envisioning Debbie Sterling. Ms. Sterling is an engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. Have your teenage girls watch what she has to say about girls and engineering. Also, watch DCMP’s Career Options For Women: Engineering which introduces three more female engineers: 1) Elizabeth Nethery, a product support engineer who tests and customizes prosthetics; 2) Elisabeth Paul, a computer software engineer in the aerospace industry; and 3) Daisy Lung, an environmental engineer who conducts site assessments for real estate clients. Commentary from coworkers and supervisors rounds out the description of each job.

  • Customer and worker at Union Market food hall use sign language.

    Businesses Actually Welcoming People Who Are Deaf?

    These days, the northeast Washington, D. C. neighborhood around Gallaudet University,  including the upscale Union Market food hall next to the campus and restaurants on nearby H Street, accommodates the deaf community. What is happening in the area is a serious change in cultural sensitivity. "Wow, there is a big shift in what I've seen," says a graduate from two decades ago. It's nice to see people on H Street using American Sign Language to be able to communicate with us, because that makes us feel even more welcome. "Have your student(s) watch this short sign language exercise that teaches some of the signs used in a restaurant and other dining situations. Or, watch this short skit by deaf teenagers which offers practical tips for communication with non-signing deaf persons such as: the importance of visual cues (pointing to items on a menu), the need to look at any person who is deaf when you are communicating with them, and more. For further study, browse our catalog and be introduced to over 200 titles in the Sign Language section of the DCMP media library. Or, if your students like the skit by teens listed above, introduce them to other titles in the series by teens that present challenges and solutions to different real-life situations

New Media Releases

  • Image from The Magic School Bus In the Rainforest

    The Magic School Bus In the Rainforest - 1994 - 26 minutes

    The Magic School Bus is an award winning animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. The kids rent a rainforest cocoa tree as an Earth Day present for Ms. Frizzle. But when the harvest arrives, there's only one shriveled cocoa bean and a note from Inspector 47. The note reports that the tree isn't producing beans. Ms. Frizzle takes the class to the rain forest to meet the inspector and find out why the trees aren’t producing cocoa beans.

  • Image from The Magic School Bus In the Haunted House

    The Magic School Bus In the Haunted House - 1994 - 26 minutes

    The Magic School Bus is an award winning animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. The bus breaks down on the way to a concert at the sound museum, and the class ends up spending the night locked up in a spooky haunted house. Trapped inside the dark house for the night, the class experiences sounds like they never have before.

  • Image from The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten

    The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten - 1994 - 26 minutes

    The Magic School Bus is an award winning animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. When Arnold and Keesha forget to do their "two things that go together report," they try to find something fast. But all they have is Keesha's tuna fish sandwich and some "scum" Arnold got on the bottom of his shoe. Ms. Frizzle takes the class on a field trip to the ocean to find out what Keesha’s sandwich and Arnold’s scum have in common.

  • Image from The Magic School Bus Plays Ball

    The Magic School Bus Plays Ball - 1994 - 26 minutes

    The Magic School Bus is an award winning animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. Ms. Frizzle shrinks the kids so they can play a game of "frictionless baseball" on page 97 of Dorothy Ann's new physics book. But how will they get back to class when the wind blows the book shut trapping Ms. Frizzle and the class in the closed book?

  • Image from The Magic School Bus Gets Ready, Set, Dough

    The Magic School Bus Gets Ready, Set, Dough - 1994 - 26 minutes

    The Magic School Bus is an award winning animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. A field trip to the bakery is in order to celebrate Ms. Frizzle's birthday. But how can the class get her the cake she deserves when the bus shrinks them, and they end up baked inside the cake?

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