Computer Mouse

Eeek — a mouse! Okay, computer mice are pretty harmless. Now you can find out how they work! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby teach you all about the technology behind the computer mouse. Discover what makes the movement of a mouse change the cursor on your screen, and how pointing and clicking activates programs or hyperlinks. You’ll also learn the difference between the two most popular mouse types, the mechanical mouse and the optical mouse. Plus, get some cool information on other mousey devices like trackballs and track pads! You might want to call off the exterminators...

Touch Screens Lesson Plan: Make a Diagram

In this lesson plan, adaptable for grades 3-12, students watch the BrainPOP movie Touch Screens to discover how the capacitive touch screens in our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more work.  Then they will demonstrate their understanding by creating an annotated diagram. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Science Fair Lesson Plan: Planning Projects with BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-12, students use BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn about planning projects when they create a science fair exhibit.  They will select their topic, explore the criteria for planning, and design a compelling and realistic experiment based on their topic. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »