Visit Qatar, NYC and Berlin with Crash Test World
Crash Test World transports us across the globe to explore how diverse communities are tackling local challenges and making the world more livable!
Kari Byron, the former host of Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, dives into the art, music, sports, history, architecture, and people of each location.
The series was produced by Project Explorer and is aired on the Science Channel. Project Explorer provides accompanying Common Core-aligned lesson plans that are available to educators who register on the Project Explorer website. The videos are free to anyone, anywhere.
Qatar Foundation International (QFI) is the proud sponsor of Crash Test World’s episodes in New York City, Berlin, and Qatar.
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Did you know that some falcons have their own passports and sit in their own seats in airplanes? Or that even though an abaya is black it will still keep you cool in the sun? In these four episodes, Kari travels to Qatar to learn about customs central to Arab culture, the souk, farming in a desert environment, and sustainable architecture.
We’ve all heard of the Berlin Wall, but do you know what was life was like living with a wall? Or that there were “ghost” train stops on the east side? In these episodes, Kari speaks with a local man who lived on both sides of the wall and learns about a Syrian family’s journey to Germany. You can see the East Side Gallery, a large outdoor display of art that uses the largest remaining piece of the Berlin Wall as its canvas, and visit the site of the historic Berlin Airlift, which was converted into a large urban sports park.
New York City
New York City is home to almost 8.5 million people distributed over roughly 300 miles, which makes it the most densely populated city in the United States. In these four episodes, we see how the equivalent of a small town was built above train tracks, explore how NYC recycles 14 million tons of trash each year, learn how a local non-profit Green Bronx Machine is linking urban agriculture with academic success, and explore how people get from place to place when more than half of New Yorkers do not own cars.