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Explore More

Explore More

Produced by Iowa Public Television, EXPLORE MORE encourages students to unravel issues and make informed decisions about topics taken straight out of today's headlines. Through each program, students examine background concepts, investigate complex issues, survey stakeholders, and construct their own opinions on these timely topics. Award-winning companion Web sites provide added depth, student activities, and teacher resources.

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Information For Teachers

Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Social Studies
Series Length
4 episodes
Average Episode Length
29 minutes
Record Rights
Recording/duplication allowed in perpetuity. If you miss the broadcast, contact your AEA for copies.
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  • Genetic Engineering (#101)

    Genetic engineering has the potential to change the way we live. The science behind the agricultural, medical, and environmental achievements is spectacular, but tempered by concern for the unknown effects of tampering with nature. This program, produced by IPTV, outlines several issues surrounding the technology, surveys stakeholders and experts in the field, and presents thoughtful questions to challenge the viewer. [29 minutes]

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  • The Future of Energy (#102)

    From fossil fuels to wind power, there are several options in our current mix of energy resources. The benefits and drawbacks of each fuel must be considered. Issues surrounding consumption, efficiency, infrastructure, and enviornmental consequences must be resolved in order to meet our future energy needs. This program examines the possibilities, surveys the experts, and presents thoughtful questions to challenge the viewer. [28 minutes]

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  • Working Landscapes (#103)

    From houses to farms, forests to lakes, strip mines to landfills, we use the land around us in many different ways. But how can we continue to use natural resources without threatening their very existence? By creating working landscapes. Featuring the Loess Hills of Iowa, EXPLORE MORE investigates the current threats to the sustainability of ecosystems and the natural resources they provide; profiles the social, economic, and ecological elements that compose a working landscape; and, details the issues and opinions of stakeholders on the frontlines of this emerging trend. [29 minutes]

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  • Water Quality (#104)

    The water we drink, the places we swim, and the plants and animals within our environment are increasingly influenced by one thing--pollution. Agricultural runoff, water treatment processes, lawn maintenance, and other sources significantly impact our communities and the world. EXPLORE MORE investigates these critical issues related to water quality, examines the many ways water is used, and profiles the perspectives of stakeholders. After analyzing these issues, students will make decisions about how to improve the quality of water within their community. [29 minutes]

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