Monthly Archives: Aug 2015

CuriosityStream goes back to school!

Yes, that’s the school bell ringing you hear! Summer is winding down and kids are going back to class. You can help them supercharge their learning with 2 new series from CuriosityStream!

Imagine three teenage pranksters who challenge the laws of physics with their superpowers. That’s Quarx, an original series that takes an entirely new spin on science education and physics. Think of it as a science-fueled romp for the YouTube generation. How do you sneak into a party if you’re not on the guest list?  What happens if your pet black hole ends up eating the entire world?  These teens channel all their energy into finding the answers in physics.  That’s something parents can get excited about. But shhh! Don’t tell the kids it’s educational.

Grab your science-curious kids and check out a free preview episode here.

There’s also the wild adventures of Baron Munchhausen, who takes a quirky look at the greatest inventors in history. That’s Mind Blowing Breakthroughs – a series that puts the Baron right in the middle of those flashes of genius that changed the course of humankind…from Leonardo da Vinci to the Wright Brothers. This definitely isn’t how they teach history in high school!

Besides those 2 new series, CuriosityStream offers learners of all ages in depth documentaries on everything from the the planets and dinosaurs to Shakespeare and the science behind dreams.

Pens and pencils? Check. Backpack? Check. Laptop? Check, check. Now, don’t forget to add CuriosityStream to your school supply list. For a limited time at www.CuriosityStream.com/school, you can watch the first episode of Quarx, and new subscribers can take advantage of a special discount for three months of CuriosityStream, starting at $5.

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5 Fascinating Moments From The 2015 Curiosity Retreat

  1. David McCullough’s inspiring story of discovery, curiosity, genius, and sense of purpose. The master historian told the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright. But this was more than a timeline of the brothers’ great invention and the birth of aviation. We all covered that back in history class. This was the story of personal drive, commitment, family and an intellectual curiosity that never relented. And when the incomparable David McCullough told the story, it became about more than the Wright Brothers. It was an inspiring message of innovation, teamwork, and personal character that we can all strive for in every aspect of our lives.
  1. Dr. Brian Greene, illuminating what we know and still don’t know about the nature of our own reality. Particles, waves, probability – these are the core elements of quantum mechanics, as explained to us by the renown physicist. Dr. Greene’s animations allowed us all to understand the complex theories as a physicist would. We visualized how these important waves of probability would combine, or coalesce, and how the particles that make up our universe act like these waves. But how do we go from the spread out waves of probability to the definite reality of our experience? That is the puzzle, he says, and in his own words, the mystery is exciting, frightening, thrilling. But Dr. Greene is working on solving it.
  1. A grammar lesson, of sorts, from political theorist Dr. Danielle Allen. In particular, the misplacement of a very important period. You know the beginning of the second sentence from the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” There is it is, our guarantee of these profoundly American rights and ideals. But Dr. Allen argued the sentence doesn’t end there. A misplaced period in the very first ever printing of the document led to a significant misinterpretation. Dr. Allen theorized that our nation’s founders put equal importance on our individual rights as well as our responsibility to create good government that ensures the rights of everyone. The document is 1,337 words, and Dr. Allen challenged us to read every one of them. Our summer reading assignment from the Harvard Professor.
  1. Rick Smolan, boggling our minds with facts such as these: More pictures have been taken in the last 2 months than since the dawn of photography. And our 15th century ancestors experienced the same amount of information in their entire lifetimes as we do now in one single day. The revolution of big data is here. Smolan, a journalist and photographer, focused his lens on the technologies that impact our daily lives, and their impact on our privacy, and our future — from marketing strategies to lure shoppers into big box stores to crisis response in disaster zones. Smolan described the explosion of data as helping our planet grow a nervous system with each of us evolving into human sensors. For better or worse is yet to be decided.
  1. Dr. Art Benjamin, the amazing Mathemagician, calculating the square of 97,437. In his head. Without a calculator. You try it. Enough said!

Our 2015 Curiosity Retreat guests also heard deep dives from several other Luminaries on topics such as The Creative Brain, Conscious Capitalism, and The Wonders of Our Oceans. All of our 2015 Curiosity Retreat lectures are available now on CuriosityStream. What will you find fascinating?

Vanessa Gillon

Coordinating Producer, CuriosityStream

 

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