TED-Ed Club Friday

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One of the main goals of TED-Ed Clubs has always been to provide a platform for student ideas. In this weekly column, we do just that by highlighting nominated videos from schools participating in TED-Ed Clubs around the world.


Unlocking fractals: An exercise in pure mathematics

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“This shape here just came out of an exercise in pure mathematics. Bottomless wonders spring from simple rules, which are repeated without end.’

This poetic definition of fractal geometry is the closing note of Benoit Mandelbrot’s 2010 TED Talk ‘Fractals and the art of roughness.’ And while this definition touches on the extraordinary nature of these incredibly complex and infinite patterns, there is no better way to understand fractals than by seeing them. In this TED Talk and TED-Ed Lesson pairing, we will take a closer look at the unbelievably beautiful world of fractal geometry.


TED-Ed Club Facilitator in the field: Catlin Tucker

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As we round out the first year of TED-Ed Clubs, we wanted to know the answer to one big question: how are they going? So the TED-Ed Blog invited facilitators to share their experiences in this column, “TED-Ed Club Facilitators in the Field.” Below, thoughts from Catlin Tucker, a teacher at Windsor High School in Windsor, California. 


Designing Einstein: 2 animators use minimalist style to illustrate history

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When Oxbow Creative, the animation team behind our recent lesson on Einstein’s miracle year, turned in their final animation to TED-Ed, our production team was shocked to see that the file was under 1 GB. Normally, an animation of this length will range anywhere in size from 2 – 5 GB, but rarely will we see one under 2 GB, much less 1. Any fears that this small package wouldn’t pack a huge punch, however, were squashed when we saw the final product: the lesson is clever, swift and striking, using a beautiful, minimalist style to communicate the history of Einstein’s highly successful 1905. We caught up with Oxbow Creative’s Evan Deutsch and Jon Portman to talk Einstein, minimalism and capturing the relative speed of planetary orbits.


12 reasons to start a TED-Ed Club in 2015

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Just one year ago, TED-Ed launched TED-Ed Clubs – a flexible, school-based program that supports students in discussing, pursuing and presenting their big ideas in the form of short TED-style talks. Over the course of the year, nearly 1,000 TED-Ed Clubs have formed across the globe. To celebrate the one year anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of quotes from TED-Ed Club Members and Facilitators that may inspire you to start your own club in 2015!


10 TED-Ed Lessons to inspire your New Year’s resolutions

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With the exhilarating (and exhausting) holiday season behind us, January offers a month of new beginnings and boundless optimism. In the first few weeks of the new year, millions of people around the world will set pen to paper and hammer out a list of goals for the year ahead. If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolutions yet, check out this collection of TED-Ed Lessons for a little inspiration. Whether you’re hoping to cut down on sweets, improve your writing skills or brush up on some advanced quantum mechanics, we’ve got you covered.


Best TED-Ed Lessons of 2014 (staff edition)

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As we wrap up 2014, we asked each member of the TED-Ed staff to share his or her favorite TED-Ed Lesson from the past year. Choosing just one was no easy feat; we posted a total of 135 incredible animations this year on some pretty fascinating topics ranging from honeybees to hippocampi (and a lot of places in between).

Here are the top 2014 TED-Ed Lesson picks from TED-Ed staff, along with a range of silly, thoughtful, and personal reasons why these lessons made the top of our list. And don’t forget to tell us: What was your favorite TED-Ed Lesson of 2014?


Should all students learn a second language? One TED-Ed Club member advocates for better bilingual instruction

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Yash Khatavkar, Fridley High School TED-Ed Club Member and high school senior, wants to see a change in the way schools approach language instruction. As a child who wanted to learn Spanish, Yash took issue with the fact that his elementary school only offered one hour of Spanish instruction per week. In his final TED-Ed Club presentation, Yash explores the positive benefits of multilingualism, and advocates for earlier and better language instruction in schools.


Quantum mechanics 101: Demystifying tough physics in 4 easy lessons

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Ready to level up your working knowledge of quantum mechanics? Check out these four TED-Ed Lessons written by Chad Orzel, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College and author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog.


One TED-Ed Club Member’s journey from high school auditorium to the TED stage

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Six months ago, Marrec Selous, a junior at The Lycée Français de New York and a TED-Ed Club Member, took to the stage in his school auditorium and  delivered a presentation on the parallels between science fiction and real life for an audience of twenty of his fellow TED-Ed Club members, teachers and administrators. He didn’t know it at the time, but he would soon be presenting the same talk onstage at TEDYouth in front of hundreds of students from across New York City and the tri-state area, as well as the numerous classrooms around the world that tuned into the webcast. We caught up with Marrec to talk about his surprising journey to the TED stage.