Modern Marvels: Satellites
Tuesday, December 21st at 7 PM/6c
The launch of Sputnik was one of the most significant
achievements of the twentieth century, literally
expanding the world. Today, there are satellites
orbiting throughout outer space as central components
of the communications and information-gathering
technology we all rely upon.
Satellites presents the fascinating tale of these
wonders. From the innovation of three men including a
British science fiction writer and a Nazi engineer,
the race to create this technology was one of the most
dramatic of all times. Former NASA officials recall
the desperate early day of the space race, when the
United States feared that Russian dominance in the
heavens would have tragic consequences on the ground.
Students will learn about the evolution of satellites
up through the contemporary moment when they have
become the world’s most essential communications
tools. From the first crude efforts to some of the
most precise and durable machines ever built, this
episode in the Modern Marvels series presents students
with the definitive history of satellites. It is a
wonderful companion for courses on science and
technology and for discussions of the Cold War and the
role of space in the modern political sphere.
Modern Marvels: Satellites would be useful for classes
on History, Science and Technology, and
Communications. It is appropriate for middle school
and high school students. It fulfills the following
standards outlined by the National Council for History
Education: Civilization, Cultural Diffusion and
Innovation, Patters of Social and Political
Interaction, and Human Interaction with the
1. At the time of the “space race” the quest to be the
first in space was politically urgent. Do you think
it was ultimately important which nation conquered
2. What are some of the ways satellites are used
3. How do you think satellite technology influences
your daily life?
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Special Presentation: Christmas Unwrapped
Thursday, December 23rd at 7 PM/6c
People all over the world celebrate the birth of
Christ on December 25th. But why is the Nativity
marked by gift giving, and was Jesus really born on
that day? And just where did the Christmas tree come
from? Take an enchanting tour through the history of
this beloved holiday and trace the origins of its
enduring traditions. In this special presentation,
take a journey back to the earliest celebrations when
the infant religion embraced pagan solstice festivals
like the Roman Saturnalia and turned them into a
commemoration of Jesus’ birth. In Christmas
Unwrapped, students, teachers and their families will
learn how Prince Albert introduced the Christmas tree
to the English-speaking world in 1841, and discover
how British settlers in the New World transformed the
patron saint of children into jolly old St. Nick.
This is an excellent program for students interested
in learning about the historical meaning and stories
behind this holiday that so many celebrate throughout
the world. It would be a great resource for
pre-holiday activities and for discussions about how
traditions develop and change over time.
Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas would be
useful for classes on History, Culture and Religion.
It is appropriate for middle school and high school.
It fulfills the following standards as outlined by the
National Council for History Education: Civilization,
Cultural Diffusion and Innovation.
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