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Microscopic Monsters

Microscopic Monsters

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Climb aboard the Cyclops, a microscopic research vessel, and investigate an amazing hidden world on which all living things depend. The Cyclops houses a team of scientists known as the Micronauts and guides them through their discoveries of biological classification, diversity, and ecology. The Micronauts find adventures and conduct scientific explorations in ponds, streams, woodlands, and backyards. In their observations, they detail information about the organisms and their life cycles. Teaching guides for each program describe follow-up activities and correlates the programs to the National Science Standards. Additionally, the guides also explore the design and features of the imaginary vehicles used by the Micronauts in their ecological investigations.

Magnified view of an orangish-red irregular shape. Caption: and seems to be feeding on microorganisms.
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 1
4 minutes 58 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Microscopic view of spherical green objects. Caption: we call the process photosynthesis.
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 2
4 minutes 50 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Irregularly shaped mostly transparent object as seen through a viewport in an out-of-focus structure. Caption: According to my key, it's called an amoeba.
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 3
4 minutes 59 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Microscopic view of a green organism with long, tubular arms coming off a central body. Illustration of a ship next to it. Caption: Around these creatures are single-celled organisms.
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 4
4 minutes 43 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Gas saturation scale showing CO2 and O2 percentage of saturation. Indicator is outside of normal range on the CO2 side. Caption: The CO2 reading is going off the scale.
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 5
4 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Microscopic view of roughly oval shaped organisms surrounded by much smaller green spherical objects. Caption: I want to look closer at how they feed.
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 6
4 minutes 43 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Microscopic view of roughly oval shaped organisms. Caption: We've found what these stream insects feed on -- diatoms.
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 7
4 minutes 59 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Magnified view of a very small animal with a segmented body and many legs. Caption: Only in a waterfall are there such creatures.
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 8
4 minutes 57 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Magnified view of thin, tangled threads. Caption: a fungus composed of a tangled mass of threads
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 9
4 minutes 58 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
closeup of beige and brown insects in wood. Caption: They'll soon reduce this log to frass.
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 10
4 minutes 48 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Closeup of a bee on a yellow flower. Caption: (Tara) Fertilization with an insect's help--
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 11
4 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Closeup of a worm in soil. Caption: They really do a bang-up job of cultivating the soil.
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 12
4 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Cross section of earth. Different layers of rock and soil have a jagged crack running down them. Caption: a complex and very ancient assemblage
Microscopic Monsters
Episode 13
7 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 5 - 8