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Indiana Expeditions with Rick Corsslin, Teacher Toolkit

Grab your favorite adventurer's hat and your sense of wonder and head into the amazing world of science with, Indiana Expeditions! From a real-life dinosaur dig to a bizarre suit made from Diet Coke®, Indiana Expeditions opens eyes to the incredible things taking place around us every day.

Join Rick Crosslin, one of Indiana's most honored and respected science teachers, on a journey to discover how real science impacts our lives every day. He knows science is cool, and he's teamed up with WFYI to show kids and their teachers just how it rocks our world. Crosslin is the lead science teacher for MSD Wayne Township, and the School Liaison for Science Learning at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

Rick Crosslin with some rocks and minerals Desert sky, sedimentary rock in foreground Cave stalagmites

Episode 101: Earth Science

Rick follows real dinosaur bones from a dig site in South Dakota as they come out of the earth and ultimately make their way to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Other adventures delve below the earth's surface into Indiana caves and a real coal mine.

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Windows Media 1. Program Intro Windows Media 2. South Dakota Dino Dig
Windows Media 3. Indiana Fossils Windows Media 4. Microfossils
Windows Media 5. Feature the Teacher Windows Media 6. Coal
Windows Media 7. Caves Windows Media 8. Bone Prep

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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis To start your own Indiana Expedition.
  • Sign up for a dino dig at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  • Visit the Dinosphere at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  • Start your own Indiana rock and fossil collection
www.childrensmuseum.org
Rick Crosslin in front of water fall Under side of a fish Backyard pond

Episdoe 102: Life Science

A nighttime crawdad hunt highlights the amazing array of creatures found in Indiana's natural waterways. But the fun doesn't stop there as viewers see how to build their own water habitat, plus learn ways of conserving this precious natural resource. Water, the currency of life.

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Windows Media 1. Program Intro Windows Media 2. Amazon
Windows Media 3. Creek Stomp Windows Media 4. Caiman
Windows Media 5. Aquarium Windows Media 6. Pond
Windows Media 7. Lake Windows Media 8. Amazon Fish
Windows Media 9. Eagle Creek Windows Media 10. Feature the Teacher
Windows Media 11. Veolia Water  

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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis To start your own Indiana Expedition.
  • Explore an Indiana creek, pond, or lake with your family
  • Set up a natural aquarium
  • Make a list of ways to conserve water at home and school
www.childrensmuseum.org
Center for Earth and Environmental Science, IUPUI
Indianapolis Water
Rick Crosslin with bowling balls Steel mill, molten metal Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Episode 103: Physical Science

Bring out the amazing Diet Coke suit! What can the soft drink show us about our physical world? You have to see this to believe it! Viewers will watch the real process of creating steel – a solid, then a liquid, then a solid again. And what happens when a hospital lets Rick in to investigate its Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine? Density, Magnetism and Science Methods all designed for viewers to "try it yourself!"

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Windows Media 1. Program Intro Windows Media 2. Sink or Float
Windows Media 3. SDI Windows Media 4. Feature the Teacher
Windows Media 5. MRI Windows Media 6. Conclusion

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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis To start your own Indiana Expedition.
  • Ask your parents how magnets are used in their jobs
  • Build an electromagnet
  • Investigate things that sink or float in your home
www.childrensmuseum.org
Rick Crosslin looking at a Tarantula Rick Crosslin with big snake Entomology discussion

Episode 201: Creepy Crawly Science (Life Science)

Indiana is home to some very creepy, and sometimes very dangerous, creatures. You may not see them, but our state harbors poisonous snakes and other critters with a bite that can do some serious damage. Host Rick Crosslin explains why even the lowly mosquito can have a large impact on life. Best of all, you'll learn how science teaches us to live in harmony and safety with the creepy-crawlies. Imagine a critter that can grow back an arm! Many of these strange animals have great benefits for people.

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Windows Media 1. Introduction Windows Media 2. Reptile Days
Windows Media 3. The Thompson Family Pets Windows Media 4. Feature the Teacher
Windows Media 5. Entomology at Purdue University Windows Media 6. Mosquito Control

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Episode 202: Forces That Shaped Indiana (Earth Science)

Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm on WFYI 3

Dig down deep enough in Indiana and you'll find the elements that make our world rock-solid, from simple gypsum to the sedimentary rocks that makes the Hoosier state famous around the world. Where does it all come from, what is the force behind it all, and just as importantly, where does it all go? Science teacher and host Rick Crosslin takes you around the state to show you how Indiana has been sculpted by natural forces over thousands of years. No matter how you cut it, Indiana rocks!

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Windows Media 1. Introduction Windows Media 2. Indiana Dunes State Park
Windows Media 3. Indiana Landscape Windows Media 4. Shades State Park
Windows Media 5. Indiana Geological Survey Windows Media 6. Feature The Teacher
Windows Media 7. The Force of Water Windows Media 8. Fossil Fuels and Reclamation
Windows Media 9. Minerals and National Gypsum Windows Media 10. Return to the Rock Cycle

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Episode 203: The Science of Sound (Physical Science)

Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 pm on WFYI 3

Do you like making music or making noise – or both? Host Rick Crosslin takes a trip into the amazing world of sound, the energy that helps us communicate, keeps us entertained and even provides life-saving warnings. But have you ever seen sound? How can you hear under water? And if you put your ear to the ground, will you get more than earful of dirt? No matter how you hear it, after these exciting experiments, you'll never look at sound the same way again!

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Windows Media 1. Introduction Windows Media 2. Sound Safari
Windows Media 3. Avon High School Drum Line Windows Media 4. Analog Sound
Windows Media 5. Digital Sound at Butler University Windows Media 6. Feature the Teacher Arlington High School
Windows Media 7. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Windows Media 8. Sound Waves and Frequency
Windows Media 9. Dolphin Sound Windows Media 10. The Beat Goes on Music Video

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Episode 204: Life Cycles (Life Science)

Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 pm on WFYI 3

So which came first, the chicken or the egg? Award-winning science teacher and host Rick Crosslin shows you how life, whether it's plants or creatures, is really one endless, fascinating circle! Imagine a seed that grows so fast, it's a full plant in just over a week – and dead less than a month later, right here in Indiana. From insects to people, from seeds to DNA – learn how we are part of the cycles that keep turning 'round and 'round in the world around us.

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Windows Media 1. Introduction Windows Media 2. The Human Life Cycle and DNA
Windows Media 3. Life Cycle of a Plant Windows Media 4. Dow Agro Sciences
Windows Media 5. Feature the Teacher Windows Media 6. Forensic Entomology at Purdue University
Windows Media 7. Axolotl Study and Close  

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Rick Crosslin in the rain TV weather map Storm chaser t-shirt

Episode 205: Indiana Weather (Earth Science)

Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 pm on WFYI 3

Indiana experiences some of the most brutal weather found anywhere in the United States, and then, it really gets weird! Host Rick Crosslin introduces you to people who LIVE for weather and finds out what's really the most dangerous to Hoosiers. Is it tornadoes, floods, maybe blizzards? The answer will surprise you. And what's with those crazy people who actually chase (and catch) potentially deadly storms? Learn why the bizarre weather patterns Indiana's experienced in recent years may be a true sign of the times.

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Windows Media 1. Introduction Windows Media 2. Weather Cycle and Extreme Weather
Windows Media 3. The Forecast 8 Weather Team Windows Media 4. Doppler Effect
Windows Media 5. Climatology at Purdue Windows Media 6. Feature The Teacher
Windows Media 7. Ball State Storm Chasers Windows Media 8. Close

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Episode 206: Newton Must Have Been a Sports Fan (Physical Science)

Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 pm on WFYI 3

Once upon a time an apple fell from Sir Isaac Newton's tree, and ever since we've heard about Newton's Laws. But did you know that if you just look, you can see Newton's Laws in action everywhere around you? Science teacher and host Rick Crosslin goes to bat to show how the laws of motion are the foundation of your favorite sports and what kind of cool stuff happens when you drop things from tall buildings. You'll be amazed at the science in motion, right before your eyes.

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Windows Media 1. Introduction Windows Media 2. Newton's 3 Laws
Windows Media 3. Science of the Yo-Yo and
Feature the Teacher
Windows Media 4. The Science of Racing
Windows Media 5. The Science of Baseball Windows Media 6. Close

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Episode 301: Electrical Energy

Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 pm on WFYI 3

Harnessing energy is a complex task that energy insiders make look easy. This expedition delves deep into the crevices of energy, finding out how it's generated; our host wends his way up wind turbines and plows through terrain on a dirt bike powered by the plug in the wall. Energy chasers and users, make an interesting mix on this edition of Indiana Expeditions with Rick Crosslin.

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Windows Media 1. Introduction Windows Media 2. Energy
Windows Media 3. The Power Grid Windows Media 4. Generating Electricity
Windows Media 5. Energy from Coal Windows Media 6. Feature the Teacher
Windows Media 7. Wind Energy Windows Media 8. Stored Energy

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Windows Media Bike Generator Windows Media Bright Idea Car
Windows Media Alternate Energy Model House  

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Episode 302: Medical Miracles

Thursday, October 31 at 6:30 pm on WFYI 3

What do wrestling and medicine have in common? You would be surprised to find out the two often go hand in hand in some circles. It's all a part of the world of medical miracles, a world which utilizes robots for surgery and introduces new ways for doctors and patients to maintain control of diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

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Windows Media 1. The Timmy Takedown Windows Media 2. Dr. Chuck Feature the Teacher
Windows Media 3. The Da Vinci Surgical Robot Windows Media 4. Easter Seals Crossroads
Windows Media 5. The Disease Known as Diabetes Windows Media 6. Diabetes Research at Riley Hospital and the Roche Blood Glucose Test Strip
Windows Media 7. Water Skiing at Hawthorn Lake  

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Windows Media Colts Defensive End, John Chick, #97 Windows Media National Champion Joe Ray

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Episode 304: Where Trash Goes

You toss it and forget it, you put it out to be collected and it disappears from view, but one man's trash may indeed be another's treasure. The soda bottle you throw out today could become part of a car someone drives in the future. Find out where trash goes and the surprising uses that keep it from simply being a waste.

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Windows Media 1. Taking out the Trash (Landfill) Windows Media 2. Curbside Recycling
Windows Media 3. Trash to Steam Energy Windows Media 4. Garbage Pizza (Feature the Teacher)
Windows Media 5. Bags to Bags Windows Media 6. Trashin' Refashion

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Windows Media Aquatic Terrarium Windows Media Garbage Archeology

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Episode 305: Underground Indiana

It has been used to form everything from the great pyramid of Giza to the Empire State Building to Yankee Stadium. Limestone is an architectural delicacy that truly comes from the heart of Indiana. There are many treasures beneath our Indiana soil that are world famous – including some amazing fossils of ferns and crinoids. From artifacts to fossils and limestone, underground Indiana is an amazing place.

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Windows Media 1. Limestone Quarry Windows Media 2. Limestone Mill
Windows Media 3. Archeology Windows Media 4. Fossil Hunting Dream Team
Windows Media 5. Back at the Paleo Prep Lab Windows Media 6. Crinoid King: Tom Witherspoon
Windows Media 7. Feature the Teacher, Kindergarten Paleontologist  

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Windows Media Gem Mineral and Fossil Show Windows Media Dugger Coal Museum
Windows Media State Geologist and State Reclamation Director  

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Episode 306: Street Science

You can't see it but you can feel it and it's one of the most powerful forces on earth: Powering trains, and running cities, with a force that can be explosive if it's not kept in check – steam. Science lessons abound from the forests to the streets of the city as we find out this time around with street science, featuring Rick Crosslin literally skating past everything from steam power to urban wildlife and the geology of the city.

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Windows Media 1. Hitting the Streets Windows Media 2. Urban Growth
Windows Media 3. The Science of the Sewer Windows Media 4. Indianapolis the Steam Powered City
Windows Media 5. Urban Geology Windows Media 6. Urban Wildlife
Windows Media 7. Animal Care and Control Windows Media 8. Independence Academy Feature the Teacher
Windows Media 9. Pro Skater or Science Teacher?  

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Windows Media A Rock Windows Media Sedimentary Rocks
Windows Media Hardness by Moh Windows Media Streak
Windows Media Breaking Crystals Windows Media Limestone Cowboy

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Digital Indiana Expeditions

Indiana Expeditions Digital: Forests

At Franklin College a new urban forest is in town.

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Digital Indiana Expeditions

Indiana Expeditions Digital: Science Fair

A Science fair in Indiana.

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Indiana Expeditions is produced in partnership with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the MSD Wayne Township school system. Season 3 of Indiana Expeditions is made possible through the generous support of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, the Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust and Indiana Academy of Science.
Eli Lilly & Company Foundation   Indiana Academy of Science
Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust

 

Season 3 DVDs of Indiana Expeditions with Rick Crosslin were distributed free of charge to Indiana science educators and public libraries through a grant from Duke Energy Indiana

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