Use the Free Global Problem Solvers Video Series with Kids at Home
Watch Global Problem Solvers: The Series with students and talk about the value of STEM problem solving, the engineering design process, teamwork, and social entrepreneurship.
Global Problem Solvers: The Series is an animated video series from Cisco's Corporate Social Responsibility team. Free and available for online viewing in a browser, GPS: The Series offers two seasons (14 mini-episodes) of exciting STEM-powered content for students.
Featuring a team of teens, each with special skills, GPS: The Series emphasizes the value of teamwork, the application of STEM for problem solving, and the importance of social entrepreneurship to create sustainable solutions within communities.
GPS: The Series is an excellent choice for educators looking for engaging content for remote learning. Classes can watch episodes via shared streaming (e.g., a teacher plays a video during the online class), or students can watch episodes independently and then complete assignments to turn in or gather for online discussions.
Seasons 1 and 2 of Global Problem Solvers: The Series are available in full-season format (25 minutes per season) or as individual mini-episodes (about 4 minutes each). Depending on the structure and timing of your classroom, you can use either format. Below, you will find both full-season videos and all individual episodes to make it easy to add videos to Google Classroom.
Note: Videos are also available on the Global Problem Solvers: The Series YouTube channel. (At YouTube, all videos are available in English, Spanish, French, and Hindi.)
Get Started with GPS: The Series
To use Global Problem Solvers: The Series with students remotely, try this simple sequence to watch, discuss, and reflect:
- Watch the first season. (It's about 25 minutes.)
- Have students name the characters that form the GPS team and identify one strength each character has. Why does Putri, the leader, bring these teens together?
- Have students describe the problem the team is solving in Season 1.
- Have students summarize the solution the team comes up with. What are the STEM elements of the solution?
- Have students write about teamwork and why they think teamwork is or isn't important in solving problems. Do they like working as part of a team? Why or why not?
You can also use the videos as a starting point for discussions about the Engineering Design Process, social entrepreneurship, and real-world community (and global) problems and projects.
Full Season Videos
Here are all seven episodes of the first season of Global Problem Solvers: The Series, individually assignable in Google Classroom:
Here are all seven episodes of the second season of Global Problem Solvers: The Series, individually assignable in Google Classroom:
Why Watch GPS: The Series?
If you haven't explored GPS: The Series before, we encourage you to give it a try. We think you will find it a really compelling resource for STEM education. The series is fun, entertaining, empowering for students, and packed with great STEM content.
- presents a diverse group of teens as heroes, and these teens have awesome STEM skills
- focuses on real-world problems, but each season has a positive ending that reinforces the power of STEM and teamwork
- shows that approaching problem-solving with a series of repeatable steps can make any problem solvable
- employs a step-wise approach that pairs with the steps of the Engineering Design Process
- highlights critical 21st-century skills like teamwork, critical thinking, communication, creativity, and innovation in conjunction with STEM and social entrepreneurship
GPS: The Series at Science Buddies
For more insight into the value of GPS: The Series for your student, see these summary posts:
- 5 Reasons Global Problem Solvers: The Series Will Inspire STEM Interest in Your Students
- Put Global Problem Solvers: The Series in Action with Free Lesson Plans
These free NGSS-aligned Science Buddies Lessons have been developed specifically for use with GPS: The Series:
Teacher resources on the GPS: The Series site include a downloadable teacher's guide, storyboards for each season, and worksheets for each episode. The Teacher's Guide provides teachers with a full overview of the series, core concepts, and objectives. The worksheets include prompts for discussion and reflection.
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