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  • Debbie Sterling speaks at TED.

    Engineering: Where Are Girls and Why Aren’t They Here?

    Close your eyes and picture an engineer. You probably weren't envisioning Debbie Sterling. Ms. Sterling is an engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. Have your teenage girls watch what she has to say about girls and engineering. Also, watch DCMP’s Career Options For Women: Engineering which introduces three more female engineers: 1) Elizabeth Nethery, a product support engineer who tests and customizes prosthetics; 2) Elisabeth Paul, a computer software engineer in the aerospace industry; and 3) Daisy Lung, an environmental engineer who conducts site assessments for real estate clients. Commentary from coworkers and supervisors rounds out the description of each job.

  • Customer and worker at Union Market food hall use sign language.

    Businesses Actually Welcoming People Who Are Deaf?

    These days, the northeast Washington, D. C. neighborhood around Gallaudet University,  including the upscale Union Market food hall next to the campus and restaurants on nearby H Street, accommodates the deaf community. What is happening in the area is a serious change in cultural sensitivity. "Wow, there is a big shift in what I've seen," says a graduate from two decades ago. It's nice to see people on H Street using American Sign Language to be able to communicate with us, because that makes us feel even more welcome. "Have your student(s) watch this short sign language exercise that teaches some of the signs used in a restaurant and other dining situations. Or, watch this short skit by deaf teenagers which offers practical tips for communication with non-signing deaf persons such as: the importance of visual cues (pointing to items on a menu), the need to look at any person who is deaf when you are communicating with them, and more. For further study, browse our catalog and be introduced to over 200 titles in the Sign Language section of the DCMP media library. Or, if your students like the skit by teens listed above, introduce them to other titles in the series by teens that present challenges and solutions to different real-life situations

  • Painting of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking, his arms wide before him.

    I Have a Dream

    August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s delivery of his “I Have a Dream" speech. DCMP has captioned the video of this important speech so you can watch it with your students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

    Great American Speeches: 80 Years Of Political Oratory: Program Four

New Media Releases

  • Image from Real Life Teen Series: Sexual Responsibility

    Real Life Teen Series: Sexual Responsibility - 2008 - 20 minutes

    Today’s inadequate sexual knowledge is one of the major reasons teens engage in sexual activity without fully understanding the consequences of this behavior and the impact of poor decision making where sexual matters are concerned. Teens are often too motivated by curiosity and the pressure to perform sexually as expressed by friends, love and the media. Teens need to learn how to control sexuality and be able to select a partner who will respect them and avoid unwanted sexual outcomes.

  • Image from Real Life Teen Series: Teens and Gangs

    Real Life Teen Series: Teens and Gangs - 2007 - 16 minutes

    Students learn why a teen would choose to turn to a gang and reasons why that decision could be detrimental to the teen’s safety and future. Students discuss why gang involvement can lead to personal risk or imprisonment. Topics also addressed include positive group involvement and why some teens choose to become involved with gangs.

  • Image from Real Life Teen Series: Cyber-Bullying

    Real Life Teen Series: Cyber-Bullying - 2008 - 20 minutes

    Cyber-bulling is any form of harassment that occurs via the Internet. Vicious forum posts, name calling in chat rooms, posting fake profiles on websites and mean or cruel email messages are all examples of bullying. While Cyber-Bulling mainly takes place on line, other high tech methods like threatening text messages and taunting voicemail also fall under this category.

  • Image from Propulsion: Technological Advances

    Propulsion: Technological Advances - 2010 - 15 minutes

    The concept of propulsive thrust to move objects over large distances is ancient. Yet, the technology to move an automobile forward or a rocket into space was invented less than two centuries ago. The invention of the solid fuel propulsion system combined with Newton's Third Law is the simplistic basis for modern rocketry. Students will review the history of propulsion and explore its use as a viable energy source of the future.

  • Image from Gas Turbines: Energy Powerhouses

    Gas Turbines: Energy Powerhouses - 2010 - 16 minutes

    In a gas turbine, the linear motion of gas causes rotors to spin, ultimately creating electricity. The forward rotating blades pump air under high pressure into the combustion chamber where natural gas ignites on contact with the air. At 1,500 degrees Celsius, the stream of gas rushes past the rear turbine blades, causing the entire rotor to spin. A generator transforms that rotational energy into electricity.

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