LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST was interactive in Spring 1998. (LFRF) explores the most diverse and concentrated areas of life on our planet -- the Amazon basin and other rainforests. It brings Life and Earth sciences, and remote sensing to the classroom through video, hands-on, and online activities. Students get to know the scientists through chat sessions, television programs, and online field journals. There is even the opportunity to participate in an online collaborative project that will provide an incentive for students to get out and conduct field research in their own environments. Experience one of the most dramatic and interesting environments on Earth!

Program 1 "Mission To Planet Earth"

Learn about the diversity of rainforests around our planet and their impact on how we live, no matter where that is. State-of-the-art visualizations demonstrate how ground truth and remote sensing combine to give the most current picture of a dynamic, living ecosystem. The program answers questions about rainforests: why are they located where they are and why are they important for our understanding of life on Earth? Join researchers and scientists in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, with interactions from New York, Texas and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Program 2 "Worlds Beneath the Canopy"

See intimate portraits of the plants, birds, insects and animals of the rainforest. Up at dawn, in search of howler monkeys, and late at night pursuing bats, meet the energetic young researchers who study life in these vibrant rainforests. NASA images demonstrate how satellite technology can assist nations in long-term monitoring and management of their rainforest resources. Interactions come from Brazil, West Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Program 3 "Connect Globally, Act Locally"

Rainforests can affect us no matter where we live. Learn how rainforest research illuminates our understanding of prairies, city back lots, pristine forest, and global climate change. See how the Internet and educational telecommunications can create new, ongoing collaborations between world-class researchers and secondary school students.

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System Requirements
VIDEO: TV or VCR (three one-hour programs, each $29.95 including S&H, that debuted April 7, 14, and 21, 1998: "Mission to Planet Earth," "Worlds Beneath the Canopy," and "Connect Globally, Act Locally")
ONLINE: Internet access, viable via slow- or high-speed connection, e-mail, or WWW
PRINT: Teacher's Guide Pack includes a 80-page guide featuring hands-on activities, special PTK full-color LFRF poster, student worksheets, and more: $30.00
MULTIMEDIA KIT: Includes the Teacher's Guide Pack, a teacher resource video with rainforest background and segments demonstrating how to implement hands-on activities via classroom demonstrations, sample online materials, a set of 35 mm slides, and more: $125.00

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public television, and other public and private collaborators.