Transcript: Building Bridges | Mar 26, 1999

(music plays)

The opening slate pops up with a finished countdown timer and the title “TVO’s Virtual Classroom. Get connected.”
The “V” in “Virtual” is a tick, the “A” in “classroom” is an at sign with an extended loop that turns into a power cord with a plug at the end, and the first “O” in “classroom” is a spinning globe.

Carla appears on screen. She’s in her early thirties and has short dark hair. She wears a blue shirt over a black t-shirt, rounded glasses and pearl earrings.

Carla says GOOD MORNING.
WELCOME TO THE
VIRTUAL CLASSROOM.
WELL, WE HAVE A REALLY
NEAT THING THIS MORNING
TO LOOK AT BEFORE WE GET
STARTED BECAUSE HAMISH,
WHO WORKS IN OUR CONTROL
ROOM WAS OUT JOGGING
THE OTHER DAY, AND
HE CAME ACROSS
THIS REALLY NEAT STRUCTURE
LYING IN THE SNOW,
SO HE BROUGHT IT
INTO THE STUDIO.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK
AND SEE WHAT IT IS.
I WONDER IF ANY OF YOU
RECOGNIZE WHAT THAT IS.

A complex natural structure appears on screen as Carla handles it. It’s made of dozens of small hexagonal compartments forming a mesh-like structure. It’s off-white in colour, and it appears to be light and made of a material similar to paper.

Carla continues IF YOU THINK YOU
KNOW WHAT THAT IS,
WHY DON'T YOU
GIVE ME A RING?
Number 9 IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW
WHAT THIS STRUCTURE IS.
AND ST. JOHN, YOU
HAVE TO LOG ON AGAIN,
ST. JOHN BREBEUF, YOU
HAVE TO AGO ON AGAIN
BECAUSE I THINK WE
SOMEHOW DISCONNECTED YOU.
OH, I'VE GOT A CALL HERE
FROM DAVID AT ELGIN AVENUE.
SO I'LL TAKE THAT
CALL AND SEE
IF DAVID KNOWS
WHAT IT IS.

Carla appears in a small frame inside the bigger picture of the structure.

She continues WHEN YOU HEAR THE PHONE
RINGING, PICK IT UP.
HI, DAVID.
HELLO?
DAVID, CAN YOU PICK UP
YOUR PHONE AT ELGIN AVENUE?
NOPE.
I CAN'T HEAR YOU
FOR SOME REASON.
I'LL TRY SOMEBODY ELSE.
LET'S SEE.
HELLO?
LET'S TRY NICHOLAS AND
SEE IF NICHOLAS IS THERE.

Nicholas says HELLO?

Carla says WHO'S THIS?
IS THIS NICHOLAS?

Nicholas says YEAH.

Carla says HI, NICHOLAS.
DO YOU KNOW
WHAT THIS IS?

Nicholas says IT'S A BEEHIVE.

Carla says YEAH.
HAMISH TOLD ME HE
THINKS IT'S FOR WASPS.
BUT IT'S A HIVE.
YOU'RE RIGHT.
THERE ARE LOTS OF LITTLE
HOLES FOR THE BEES.
I THINK THE LARVA
LIVE IN THERE,
THEN THE WASPS BRING
THE FOOD TO THEM.
THAT'S A PRETTY NEAT
STRUCTURE, ISN'T IT?

Nicholas says MM-HMM.


Carla turns the hive on its side, revealing three layers of compartments, and continues
YEAH.
LOOK, IT'S GOT
THREE LAYERS HERE.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
APPARENTLY, HAMISH SAID
THIS IS ONLY PART OF IT.
IT MUST HAVE GOTTEN
BROKEN OFF BY THE SNOW
BECAUSE IT WAS LYING
ON THE GROUND,
BUT HE SAID THE REST
OF IT WAS EVEN BIGGER.
WELL, WE'RE NOT ACTUALLY
LOOKING AT HIVES TODAY,
BUT I THOUGHT THAT
WAS A NEAT STRUCTURE.
I DIDN'T WANT TO MISS
OUT ON SHOWING YOU THAT.
YOU KNOW WHAT WE'RE GOING
TO DO TODAY - LET ME MOVE
THAT OUT OF THE WAY
SO I DON'T BREAK IT.
I'LL PUT IT OVER HERE.
WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS
TALK ABOUT TOWERS, FIRST.
LAST WEEK, YOU WERE
BUILDING TOWERS.
AND I WANT TO KNOW HOW
YOUR TOWERS TURNED OUT.
SO I THINK I MIGHT JUST
CALL SOMEBODY AT RANDOM.
LET'S SEE.
WHO WILL I CALL?
LET'S SEE IF I'VE
GOT ANY NAMES HERE
THAT I THINK I
SHOULD CALL.

She checks a computer screen and continues
OKAY.
I'M GOING TO CALL
SOMEBODY AT USBORNE.
WHO AM I CALLING?
IF YOU HEAR YOUR PHONE
RING, PICK IT UP.
I'M CALLING
BRENT AT USBORNE.
I THINK I AM.
LET'S SEE IF
IT WORKS.
HERE HE IS.
IS THIS BRENT?

Brent says MM-HMM.

Carla says HI, BRENT.
DID YOU BUILD A
TOWER LAST WEEK?

Brent says YES.

Carla says HOW TALL WAS IT?
DO YOU KNOW?
WAS IT TALLER
THAN YOU ARE?

Brent says ONE METRE.

Carla says IT WAS ONE METRE TALL.
THAT'S VERY
TALL, ISN'T IT?
DID IT STAND UP
VERY WELL?

Brent says YES.

Carla says IT DID.
THAT'S GREAT.
THANKS VERY
MUCH, BRENT.

She checks the computer again and says
LET'S SEE,
WHO'S HERE?
OH, ST. JOHN BREBEUF
IS LOGGING IN AGAIN.
LET'S CALL, HMM...
I'LL CALL THIS
NUMBER HERE.
I'M CALLING SOMEBODY
AT ST. JOHN BREBEUF
AND SEE WHAT THEIR
TOWER WAS LIKE.
I WANT TO KNOW IF ANYBODY
HAD REALLY BIG TOWERS.
A METRE, THAT'S
PRETTY BIG, ISN'T IT?
THAT WOULD BE RIGHT OFF
THE SCREEN IF WE HAD
IT SITTING HERE
BESIDE ME.
OKAY, WHO AM I TALKING
TO, SCARLET OR MATTHEW?

Matthew says MATTHEW.

Carla says HI, MATTHEW.
HOW BIG WAS
YOUR TOWER?

Matthew says WE DIDN'T BUILD ONE.

Carla says YOU DIDN'T BUILD A TOWER?
NO YOU DIDN'T
HAVE TIME, EH?

Matthew says NO.

Carla says THAT'S TOO BAD.
MAYBE YOU'LL HAVE A CHANCE
LATER ON THIS WEEK.
I'LL TALK TO YOU LATER.
THANKS.
OKAY, LET'S TRY, I'LL TRY
SOMEBODY AT ELGIN AVENUE.
HMM, LET'S SEE HERE.
OOPS, SOMEBODY'S
CALLING ME.
I'LL CALL THEM BACK.
MAYBE THEY HAVE SOMETHING
IMPORTANT TO SAY.
HI, IS THIS ERIC?

Eric says YES.

Carla says HI, ERIC.
DID YOU MAKE A TOWER?

Eric says YEAH.

Carla says HOW TALL WAS IT?
WAS IT TALLER THAN YOU?

Eric says NO.

Carla says NO, NOT QUITE?
DO YOU KNOW HOW
TALL IT WAS?

Eric says TWO INCHES.

Carla holds her index finger and thumb showing about two inches and says TWO INCHES?

Eric says MORE THAN TWO INCHES,
BUT A LOT BIGGER THOUGH.
NOT LIKE A LOT,
JUST TALL.

Carla gestures a distance of about 30 centimetres and says LIKE THIS TALL MAYBE?

Eric says YEAH.

Carla says THAT TALL.
THAT'S GREAT.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
OKAY, YOU KNOW WHAT?
WE'VE GOT TO STOP FIRST
BECAUSE WE'VE
GOT TO MOVE ON NOW.
WE'VE GOT LOTS OF
OTHER THINGS TO DO.
SO LET'S MOVE ON
TO OUR NEXT TOPIC.
NOW, MY FRIEND, WHO IS
VISITING WITH US TODAY.

She picks up a Barbie doll and says
DO YOU KNOW
WHO THIS IS?
THIS IS BARBIE,
RIGHT?
WELL, SHE HAD
A PROBLEM.
SHE WAS OUT CAMPING, AND
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED.
LET'S WATCH THIS VIDEO
AND SEE WHAT HAPPENED
TO MY FRIEND BARBIE.
SHE HAD A PROBLEM
WHILE SHE WAS CAMPING.
WATCH CAREFULLY.

A clip plays, with soft music, in which Carla’s hand moves the Barbie doll outdoors, on a floor covered with leaves and twigs.

She moves the doll up to a log and says
HERE'S BARBIE, SHE'S
OUT FOR A HIKE.
AND SHE CAME TO
A CREEK.
AND HOW COULD SHE GET
ACROSS THIS CREEK?
IT WAS WAY TOO
BIG FOR HER.
SHE JUST DIDN'T
KNOW WHAT TO DO.
SHE WANTED TO GO ACROSS
TO THE OTHER SIDE
OF THE CREEK AND SHE
DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

Back in the studio, Carla says
OH, MY GOODNESS.
SO WHAT DID
BARBIE DO?
WELL, WE WON'T
KNOW YET,
BUT WHAT DO YOU
THINK SHE COULD DO?
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS?
IF YOU HAVE SOME IDEAS OF
WHAT BARBIE COULD DO
TO GET ACROSS THE CREEK, I
THINK YOU SHOULD CALL ME.
DIAL 9 IF YOU HAVE
AN IDEA OF WHAT
BARBIE COULD DO TO GET
ACROSS THE CREEK, OKAY?
WE WANT HER TO
GET ACROSS SAFELY,
SO WE WANT SOME
SAFE IDEAS.
LET'S SEE.
I'M GETTING
SOME CALLS NOW.

She checks the computer and says
OH, MY GOODNESS.
LOTS OF CALLS
I'M GETTING.
I'M GOING TO CALL SOMEBODY
AT ST. JOHN BREBEUF SCHOOL.
THIS IS BECKY.

Becky says YEAH.

Carla says HI, BECKY.
WHAT'S YOUR IDEA FOR HOW
TO GET BARBIE ACROSS THE CREEK?

Becky says SHE CAN JUMP.

Carla says SHE COULD JUMP.
THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.
I'M GOING TO WRITE SOME
OF THESE IDEAS DOWN.

Carla grabs a red marker and writes “jump” on a sheet of paper.

She continues
THAT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE
A VERY GOOD J, DOES IT?
JUMP.
THAT'S A GREAT WAY TO
GET ACROSS THE CREEK.
SOMETIMES THE CREEKS ARE A
LITTLE BIT TOO WIDE TO JUMP.
SO WE'LL HAVE TO SEE IF WE
CAN COME UP WITH ANOTHER IDEA.
I'M CALLING SUPRIA.
DID I SAY THAT RIGHT?

Supria says YES.

Carla says HI, SUPRIA.
WHAT'S YOUR IDEA?

Supria says MAKING A BRIDGE.

Carla says A BRIDGE.
THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.
LET'S LOOK HERE.
A BRIDGE.

Carla writes down the word “bridge” on the sheet of paper and continues
ARE THERE ANY
OTHER IDEAS?
LET'S SEE.
OKAY, WE'RE CALLING
NICHOLAS AT ELGIN AVENUE.

Nicholas from Elgin says HELLO.

Carla says HI, NICHOLAS.
WHAT'S YOUR IDEA?

Nicholas from Elgin says COLLECT SOME ROCKS.

Carla says UH-HUH.
AND WHAT WOULD YOU
DO WITH THE ROCKS?

Nicholas from Elgin says PUT THEM LIKE
TO MAKE A BRIDGE.

Carla says MAKE A BRIDGE
OUT OF ROCKS.
SO YOU COULD JUST
PILE THEM ACROSS
LIKE THIS TOGETHER.

She writes down “rocks” and draws a bridge made of rocks.

Nicholas from Elgin says YEAH.

Carla says THAT'S A GREAT
IDEA, AS WELL.
OKAY, YOU KNOW WHAT?
THOSE ARE ALL FANTASTIC,
FANTASTIC IDEAS.
OKAY, BUT LET'S SEE...
THERE'S TOO MANY
PEOPLE CALLING ME.
I HAVE TO DISCONNECT.
TOO MANY PEOPLE
ARE CALLING.
I CAN'T TAKE ANY CALLS
RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE
HAVE TO GO ON, BUT YOU KNOW
WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO?
WE'RE GOING TO
LOOK AND SEE
A FEW DIFFERENT
TYPES OF BRIDGES.
WE HAD TWO IDEAS.
WE HAD THREE
IDEAS, DIDN'T WE?
ONE WAS TO JUMP ACROSS,
ONE WAS TO BUILD A BRIDGE,
AND ONE WAS TO PUT SOME
PILES OF ROCKS ACROSS,
WHICH IS A WAY OF
BUILDING A BRIDGE, ISN'T IT?
SO WE'RE GOING TO LOOK
AT SOME BRIDGES NOW.
I'VE GOT SOME
VIDEO OF BRIDGES.
SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK.
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED
BECAUSE I WANT YOU
TO LOOK AT FEATURES.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT
FEATURES ARE?
ON A PERSON, FEATURES
ARE THINGS LIKE, ME,
I HAVE BLUE EYES.
I HAVE BROWN HAIR.
SO FEATURES FOR A BRIDGE
MIGHT BE THINGS LIKE
HOW WIDE IT IS, OR HOW
HIGH IT IS, OKAY?
SO WATCH THIS
CAREFULLY.
NO CALLING IN YET BECAUSE
I'M GOING TO HAVE
SOME QUESTIONS
LATER, OKAY?
WATCH THE BRIDGE
VIDEO CAREFULLY,
AND SEE WHAT FEATURES
THESE BRIDGES HAVE.

(music plays)
A clip plays in which different bridges appear in fast clips.
The first bridge has large towers and long cables that support the bridge.

Carla says THAT'S A REALLY
BIG, LONG BRIDGE.
IT'S KIND OF AN
INTERESTING SHAPE.

(music plays)
The second bridge is made of solid metal and spins to let tall boats sail by.

Carla says THERE'S AN
INTERESTING BRIDGE.
WHAT IS THAT
BRIDGE DOING?

(music plays)
Next, a small road bridge appears and a few cars drive across it.

Carla says HERE'S A ROAD BRIDGE.

(music plays)
Next, a long narrow bridge with a roof appears.

Carla says THERE'S A BRIDGE
THAT IS FOR PEOPLE.
NO CARS ON THAT ONE, JUST
PEOPLE RUNNING ACROSS.

A new image shows a small arched bridge over a stream in the background and a crossing made with stones in the forefront.

Carla says AND THERE'S A LITTLE
BRIDGE AT THE BACK,
AND AT THE FRONT, THERE'S
A BRIDGE WITH SOME ROCKS
JUST LIKE WE HAD THE IDEA
OF PUTTING SOME ROCKS ACROSS.

Back in the studio, she continues
THOSE WERE LOTS OF BRIDGES.
NOW, WE ARE GOING TO BUILD
A BRIDGE FOR BARBIE.
I HAVE TO ASK YOU TO
NOT DIAL RIGHT NOW
BECAUSE SOME THINGS ARE
HAPPENING UP HERE,
SO PLEASE DON'T DIAL THE
PHONE UNTIL I ASK YOU TO,
JUST FOR A FEW MINUTES.
NOW, I'M GOING TO
MAKE A MODEL HERE,
A PRETEND CREEK,
ALL RIGHT?
AND WE'LL LOOK AT THAT
WITH THIS OTHER CAMERA.

She places two shoeboxes on her desk and puts the doll on one of them. The separation between the two boxes represents the creek.

She continues HERE'S MY PRETEND
CREEK, ALL RIGHT?
AND BARBIE HAS TO GET
ACROSS THE CREEK.
AND WE HAVE TO COME UP
WITH SOME IDEAS
HOW SHE CAN GET
ACROSS, RIGHT?
SO WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT
WHAT FEATURES WE NEED
FOR OUR BRIDGE.
THIS IS PRETTY HIGH
THIS ONE, HERE.
IF SHE FELL, THAT WOULD
BE A LONG WAY TO FALL.
SO WE HAVE TO MAKE A REALLY
GOOD BRIDGE FOR BARBIE.
NOW, WHAT WERE SOME OF THE
FEATURES YOU SAW IN
THAT OTHER VIDEO THAT MIGHT
HELP US BUILD OUR BRIDGE,
I'LL LEAVE THIS
PICTURE HERE.
SO REMEMBER, FEATURES ON
PEOPLE ARE THINGS
THAT MAKE THEM DIFFERENT.
ON A BRIDGE, A FEATURE
MIGHT BE SOMETHING LIKE,
LET'S SEE...

She draws the first bridge, with the long cables, and says
WE SAW ONE
BRIDGE THAT LOOKED LIKE THIS,
AND IT HAD THESE THINGS
GOING LIKE THIS.
IT HAD A BIG THING HERE.
THIS IS A FEATURE.
THIS IS A BIG TOWER
ON THE BRIDGE.

She writes down “tower” and continues
THAT WOULD BE A
FEATURE OF THE BRIDGE.
SO IF YOU CAN THINK OF
WHAT YOU THINK A FEATURE
OF THE BRIDGE MIGHT BE.
I'VE GOT ONE CALL.
SEE IF YOU CAN THINK OF
WHAT THINGS YOU WANT
THE BRIDGE TO HAVE SO
BARBIE CAN GET -
OH, THERE I AM!
SO BARBIE CAN GET
ACROSS SAFELY.
SO IF YOU CAN THINK OF
WHAT THINGS SHOULD
A BRIDGE HAVE SO BARBIE
CAN GET ACROSS SAFELY?
HMM, IT'S A REALLY HARD
QUESTION TO THINK ABOUT.
BARBIE NEEDS TO BE ABLE
TO WALK ON SOMETHING,
DOESN'T SHE?
HI, IS THIS DEAN?

Dean says YEAH.

Carla says HI, DEAN.
WHAT IS SOMETHING OUR
BRIDGE WOULD NEED
SO BARBIE CAN GET
ACROSS SAFELY?

Dean says YOU COULD PUT A
NOTEPAD ACROSS.

Carla says YOU COULD PUT A
NOTEPAD ACROSS,
'COS THAT WOULD GIVE
HER SOMETHING FLAT
TO STAND ON,
WOULDN'T IT?

Dean says YEAH.

Carla says THAT'S GREAT.
SO SHE NEEDS A NICE FLAT,
STRONG FLOOR ON HER BRIDGE.
OKAY, THAT'S GREAT.
THANK YOU, DEAN.
LET'S SEE, I'VE GOT
SOME OTHER CALLS.
CURTIS?

Curtis says HI.

Carla says HI.
SO WHAT WOULD BE A
FEATURE THAT WE NEED
ON OUR BRIDGE THAT
YOU THOUGHT OF?
WHAT DO YOU THINK WE
COULD HAVE ON OUR BRIDGE?

Curtis says METAL.

Carla says SOME METAL.
METAL IS A VERY GOOD IDEA
BECAUSE IT'S STRONG, ISN'T IT?
SO IF WE BUILT A
BRIDGE OUT OF METAL,
THAT WOULD BE
A GOOD THING.
I DON'T KNOW IF
I HAVE ANY METAL,
BUT LET'S SAY METAL
WOULD BE STRONG,
OR A STRONG MATERIAL.
SO IF WE DON'T
HAVE ANY METAL,
MAYBE WE CAN FIND
ANOTHER STRONG MATERIAL.

On the sheet of paper, she writes down “strong floor; metal or strong material.”

She continues
THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.
WE'RE CALLING
KELLY AT USBORNE.
KELLY, PICK UP YOUR PHONE
WHEN YOU HEAR IT RINGING.

Kelly says HELLO.

Carla says HI, KELLY.
WHAT WAS A FEATURE YOU
THOUGHT OF FOR OUR BRIDGE?

Kelly says WOOD.

Carla says PARDON?

Kelly says WOOD.

Carla says WOOD.
WOOD IS A GREAT MATERIAL
TO BUILD A BRIDGE OUT OF ALSO.
THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.
LET ME ASK YOU A
QUESTION, KELLY.
WHAT IF YOU WERE
ON THE BRIDGE,
AND IT WAS JUST A
FLAT PIECE LIKE THIS,
BUT IT WAS
REALLY HIGH.
SO IMAGINE THAT.
WE'LL HAVE BARBIE, AND
SHE'S WALKING ALONG
THE BRIDGE LIKE THIS.
OH, AND IT'S
REALLY HIGH.
WHAT WOULD YOU
WANT TO HAVE
ON THE SIDES OF THE
BRIDGE TO HELP YOU?

She makes the doll walk along her arm and says
WHOA.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE
WHEN YOU COME DOWN
THE STAIRS TO
HELP YOU BALANCE?
THERE'S SOMETHING
YOU CAN HANG ON TO.

Kelly says A RAILING.

Carla says YES, SO WE COULD HAVE A
RAILING ON OUR BRIDGE.
IF WE HAD A RAILING
ALONG THE SIDE,
BARBIE COULD HOLD ON
TO IT, COULDN'T SHE,
AND THEN SHE
WOULDN'T TIP OVER.
THAT'S A GREAT
THING TO HAVE, TOO.
THANKS VERY MUCH.
LET ME WRITE
THAT ONE DOWN.
THEN WE'LL TAKE ONE
MORE CALL AND SEE.
LET'S PUT A RAILING.

She writes down “railing.”

Martina says HELLO?

Carla says HI.
IS THIS MARTINA?

Martina says YEAH.

Carla says HI, MARTINA.
WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD
BE A GOOD FEATURE
ON A BRIDGE FOR BARBIE?

Martina says JUMP.

Carla says TO JUMP?
THAT'S ONE WAY SHE COULD
GET ACROSS THE CREEK, ISN'T IT?
YEAH.
BUT WHAT ABOUT IF WE DECIDE TO
MAKE A BRIDGE INSTEAD.
BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU
CAN'T JUMP THAT FAR.
BARBIE'S NOT A
VERY GOOD JUMPER.
WE NEED SOMETHING FOR
OUR BRIDGE TO MAKE IT
SO SHE CAN GET ACROSS
A LITTLE BIT SAFER.
CAN YOU THINK OF SOMETHING
WE COULD PUT ON
OUR BRIDGE TO MAKE
IT WORK GOOD?
WORK WELL?
ANY IDEAS?

Martina says NO.

Carla says NO?
OKAY.
THANKS FOR CALLING
THOUGH.
I THINK WE HAVE
LOTS OF GOOD IDEAS.
SO LET'S JUST STOP.
WE WON'T TAKE ANY CALLS
FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES.
AND LET'S CHECK
OUT SOME MATERIALS.
NOW, SOMEBODY SAID WE
SHOULD HAVE SOME METAL
OR MAYBE SOME WOOD, BUT WE
NEED A STRONG MATERIAL.
SO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO
DO IN A FEW MINUTES
IS YOU'RE GOING TO TEST SOME
MATERIALS TO SEE WHICH
ONE WOULD BE THE BEST ONE
TO BUILD OUR BRIDGE OUT OF.
NOW, WE DON'T
HAVE ANY METAL,
AND WE DON'T
HAVE ANY WOOD,
BUT WE HAVE SOME
OTHER MATERIALS.
LET'S SEE, WE HAVE
MATERIALS LIKE
SPAGHETTI NOODLES.

She shows the different materials as she says
DO YOU THINK THOSE
WOULD BE GOOD
FOR BUILDING A BRIDGE?
I'M NOT SURE.
OR HOW ABOUT STRAWS?
OR A PIECE OF PAPER?
THAT MIGHT BE GOOD FOR
BUILDING A BRIDGE.
OR A PIECE OF
CARDBOARD.
SO I'LL SHOW YOU WHAT
YOU ARE GOING TO DO
WITH YOUR TEACHER.
YOU'VE GOT A SET UP
SOMETHING LIKE THIS,
AND YOU'VE GOT
SOME MATERIALS,
AND A BARBIE OF
SOME SORT, RIGHT?
A DOLL.
THIS IS A TEST
WEIGHT.
I MADE A LITTLE SLING FOR
BARBIE SO SHE CAN SIT IN
THAT SLING, AND WE CAN
TRY TESTING HER OUT.
SO YOU'RE GOING TO PUT
HER IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE CREEK AND SEE
WHAT WILL HOLD HER.

She puts the doll in a small sling and continues
NOW, I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE
IT AWAY BY SHOWING YOU,
BUT THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT
YOU ARE GOING TO DO.
YOU KNOW WHAT YOU
CAN DO THOUGH,
IS YOU CAN TRY DIFFERENT
THINGS WITH THE MATERIAL.
SO IF YOU TRY ONE STRAW,
SEE IF THAT WORKS.
AND IF IT DOESN'T, MAYBE
TRY SOME MORE STRAWS
BECAUSE IF YOU HAD
MORE THAN ONE STRAW,
THAT MIGHT WORK BETTER.
AND WHEN WE COME
BACK FROM THE BREAK,
I'M GOING TO PUT
A QUESTION UP.
BUT JUST GIVE ME A CALL
WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED,
AND WE'LL SEE HOW
YOUR TESTING
OF YOUR MATERIALS
WENT, OKAY?
SO WHEN YOU ARE DONE,
HAVE A REPORTER CALL ME
TO LET ME KNOW
YOU'RE DONE.
AND WHEN WE COME BACK,
I'LL ASK YOU AN IMPORTANT
QUESTION ABOUT TESTING
MATERIALS, ALL RIGHT?
SO GO AND TEST
YOUR MATERIALS,
AND I'LL SEE YOU
IN A FEW MINUTES.

A blue slate pops up that reads “Take a break! 5 minutes to finish activity.”

4 minutes and 30 seconds later, Carla appears again and says
HI THERE.
YOU'VE GOT ABOUT 30
SECONDS LEFT
TO FINISH YOUR
ACTIVITIES.
I HOPE YOU'VE HAD A CHANCE
TO TRY ALL THE MATERIALS.
SO HAVE YOUR REPORTER
GIVE ME A RING WHEN
YOU'RE FINISHED, AND I'LL SEE
YOU IN ABOUT 30 SECONDS.

Thirty seconds later, Carla reappears and says
OKAY, WELCOME BACK.
LOOKS LIKE YOU'VE HAD
A CHANCE TO FINISH
TESTING YOUR MATERIALS.
IT'LL BE INTERESTING TO
SEE WHAT YOUR RESULTS WERE.
SO WHAT I'D LIKE
YOU TO DO IS,
I'VE GOT A MULTIPLE
CHOICE QUESTION,
AND I'M GOING TO PUT
IT UP ON THE SCREEN
SO YOU CAN SEE IT.
AND I WANT YOU TO
SELECT WHAT WAS
THE BEST MATERIAL IN
YOUR TEST, OKAY?
THERE'S NO RIGHT OR
WRONG ANSWER BECAUSE
EVERYBODY'S TEST MAY
HAVE TURNED OUT
SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT.
BUT YOU JUST SAY WHAT
YOU THINK WAS THE
BEST MATERIAL OF YOUR
TEST, ALL RIGHT?
SO WHEN I PUT
THIS QUESTION UP,
REMEMBER HOW TO DO A
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION?
YOU JUST PICK
UP THE PHONE,
AND YOU PRESS THE NUMBER
THAT YOU THINK IS CORRECT.
YOU HAVE FOUR
CHOICES, OKAY?
I'M GOING TO PUT THIS
UP ON THE SCREEN
SO YOU CAN SEE IT.

A slate appears on screen, with the title “Question Number 1: Which material was best?”
It gives four options: 1, straw; 2, paper; 3, spaghetti; 4, cardboard.

Carla continues
WHICH MATERIAL
WAS THE BEST?
SO JUST DIAL THE
NUMBER YOU THINK
IS THE RIGHT
ONE, OKAY?
THEN WE'LL JUST SEE WHAT
EVERYBODY THOUGHT, OKAY?
DO YOU WANT ME
TO REPEAT THOSE?
REMEMBER, YOU'RE
NOT DIALING 9,
YOU'RE DIALING, 1,
2, 3 OR 4, OKAY?

As she speaks, a bar on screen shows a growing percentage, from 0 percent to 61 percent.

Carla continues
WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR
A FEW PEOPLE TO ANSWER.
BUT WE'VE GOT A
PRETTY GOOD NUMBER
OF ANSWERS RIGHT NOW.
ABOUT 68 PERCENT.
SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK AND
SEE WHAT THE ANSWERS WERE.

A chart pops up showing that 30 people chose cardboard and 1 chose spaghetti.

Carla continues OKAY, ALMOST EVERYBODY
SAID CARDBOARD WAS THE BEST.
CARDBOARD.
WOW, OKAY.
LET'S SEE IF I CAN CALL
SOMEBODY AND ASK THEM
WHY THEY THOUGHT
CARDBOARD WAS THE BEST.
I'M GOING TO CALL
SOMEBODY AT ELGIN SCHOOL.
I'M CALLING NATHAN AT
ELGIN SCHOOL AND SEE
WHAT NATHAN SAID WAS
THE BEST MATERIAL.
HI, IS THIS
NATHAN?

Nathan says YEAH.

Carla says HI, NATHAN.
WHICH MATERIAL DID YOU
THINK WAS THE BEST?
DID YOU PICK
CARDBOARD?

Nathan says YEAH.

Carla says YOU DID.
WHY DID YOU PICK
THE CARDBOARD?

Nathan says BECAUSE IT IS STRONGER.

Carla says IT WAS STRONGER.
WHAT HAPPENED TO
THE SPAGHETTI
WHEN YOU TESTED IT?

Nathan says IT BROKE.

Carla says IT DID.
DID YOU TRY ONE
PIECE OF SPAGHETTI,
OR LOTS OF PIECES
OF SPAGHETTI?

Nathan says WELL, FIRST WE DID ONE,
THEN WE DID LOTS OF SPAGHETTI.
BUT IT DIDN'T BROKE
WHEN YOU USE LOTS.

Carla says OKAY, SO WHEN YOU USED
A LOT OF SPAGHETTI
IT DIDN'T BREAK.

Nathan says NO.

Carla says OKAY, THAT'S A GOOD
THING TO KNOW, ISN'T IT?
ONE PIECE OF SPAGHETTI
WOULDN'T MAKE A VERY GOOD
BRIDGE, BUT MAYBE IF WE
PUT A WHOLE BUNCH
OF SPAGHETTI TOGETHER,
THAT WOULD BE BETTER.
THAT'S GREAT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
THAT'S REALLY INTERESTING
AND IMPORTANT NEWS,
BECAUSE WE NEED TO KNOW
THAT SOMETIMES WE PICK
A MATERIAL IT'S MAYBE NOT
THE BEST ALL BY ITSELF,
BUT SOMETIMES WE CAN MAKE
CHANGES TO THE MATERIAL
TO MAKE IT BETTER, RIGHT?
SOME PIECES OF CARDBOARD
AREN'T GOING TO BE
STRONG ENOUGH TO HOLD
PEOPLE ON A BRIDGE,
BUT IF YOU PILED SOME
TOGETHER THEY MIGHT BE GOOD.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE?
THIS IS SOMETHING
INTERESTING.
A PIECE OF PAPER IS NOT
VERY GOOD FOR MAKING
A BRIDGE, IS IT?

She folds the piece of paper and says
BUT DID YOU KNOW IF YOU
FOLD A PIECE OF PAPER
LIKE THIS, LIKE
A FAN, OKAY,
THAT MAKES IT A LOT
STRONGER, DOESN'T IT?
IT'S NOT SO FLOPPY
WHEN YOU DO THAT.
SO THAT MIGHT BE A WAY
YOU COULD MAKE A BRIDGE.
YOU COULD MAKE SOME
FOLDS LIKE THAT.
PUT A PIECE OF
FLAT PAPER ON TOP,
AND THAT MIGHT BE A WAY
TO MAKE A BRIDGE, TOO.
OR IF YOU PILE ALL YOUR
SPAGHETTI TOGETHER,
MAYBE PUT SOME
TAPE AROUND IT,
THAT WOULD MAKE A
STRONG BRIDGE, AS WELL.
WELL, THAT'S GREAT.
I'M GLAD YOU HAD A CHANCE
TO TEST THOSE MATERIALS
BECAUSE WE'RE GOING
TO WATCH, NOW,
AND SEE WHAT BARBIE DID
WHEN SHE MADE HER BRIDGE.
OKAY, DO YOU
REMEMBER, BARBIE,
SHE WAS HIKING
THROUGH THE WOODS.
SHE CAME ACROSS A
CREEK AND SAID, UH OH,
THERE'S A CREEK.
WHAT AM I
GOING TO DO?
I'M GOING TO HAVE TO DO
SOMETHING TO GET ACROSS.
SO LET'S WATCH THE VIDEO
AND SEE WHAT BARBIE
ACTUALLY DID, OKAY?
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED,
AND SEE ALL THE DIFFERENT
KINDS OF WAYS BARBIE
TRIED TO MAKE A BRIDGE,
AND LISTEN TO THE SONG
BECAUSE THERE'S LOTS
OF IDEAS ABOUT WHEN YOU
ARE TRYING TO BUILD
SOMETHING, WHAT YOU
SHOULD DO, OKAY?
LET'S WATCH THE VIDEO.

A new clip plays of Barbie in the woods.

A song plays that says
WHEN I'VE GOT A PROBLEM,
HERE IS WHAT I DO
LISTEN CAREFULLY AND YOU
CAN SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM TOO
I ASK MYSELF
SOME QUESTIONS
LIKE WHAT'S THE
PROBLEM HERE?
AND WHAT
INFORMATION DO I NEED
TO MAKE THE SOLUTION
CLEAR?

Carla appears in a room working on a large table. She writes down ideas in a notebook as the Barbie doll sits on the table reading a book.
Carla tries different ideas and materials.

The song continues
I HAVE A DESIGN METHOD,
IT GOES AROUND AND AROUND
'CAUSE I NEVER KNOW
IN WHICH STEP
MY SOLUTION WILL
BE FOUND
'CAUSE I HAVE
A DESIGN METHOD
IT GOES AROUND
AND AROUND
'CAUSE I NEVER KNOW
IN WHICH STEP
MY SOLUTION WILL
BE FOUND

In the woods, Carla tries different plans and offers some cheese to her Barbie doll.

The song continues
I ALWAYS DO SOME RESEARCH
AND I GATHER MY IDEAS
I DRAW A SKETCH
I MAKE A PLAN
AND THEN I EAT
SOME CHEESE
YOU EAT SOME CHEESE?
YES, I DO, IT'S DELICIOUS
I START TO BUILD,
I TEST, I TRY,
I MAKE SOME CHANGES TOO
I'M ALWAYS
ASKING QUESTIONS
ABOUT EVERYTHING I DO

She tries a bridge made of straws and then one made of a single layer of cardboard, but both collapse.

The song continues
I HAVE A DESIGN METHOD
IT GOES AROUND
AND AROUND
'CAUSE I NEVER KNOW
IN WHICH STEP
MY SOLUTION WILL
BE FOUND
YES, I HAVE A
DESIGN METHOD
IT GOES AROUND
AND AROUND
'CAUSE I NEVER KNOW
IN WHICH STEP
MY SOLUTION
WILL BE FOUND...

In the end, Carla manages to make Barbie cross the stream over a bridge made with lasagna noodles and straw railings.

The song ends.

Back in the studio, Carla says
WELL, THAT'S GREAT.
AT LEAST THAT STORY
HAS A HAPPY ENDING.
BARBIE FINALLY
GOT A BRIDGE
THAT WOULD HELP HER
GET ACROSS THE CREEK.
YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD
BE A GOOD IDEA?
IF YOU COULD THINK OF
ANY OF THE BRIDGES
THAT BARBIE TRIED OUT
THAT DIDN'T WORK.
MAYBE YOU CAN CALL ME.
WHAT WAS ONE OF THE
BRIDGES BARBIE TRIED
THAT DIDN'T WORK?
SO NOT THE VERY LAST
ONE, BUT ONE OF THE
EARLY ONES SHE TRIED
AND IT DIDN'T WORK OUT.
GIVE ME A CALL, number 9,
IF YOU CAN THINK
OF ONE BRIDGE
THAT BARBIE TRIED
THAT DIDN'T WORK.
I'VE GOT A CALL FROM
SOMEBODY AT USBORNE SCHOOL.
THIS IS, OH, TAKES A
SECOND SOMETIMES
TO CONNECT WHEN
EVERYBODY CALLS.
SOMETIMES EVERYBODY
CALLS AT ONCE.
IT'S LIKE YOU ALL KNOW
EVERYBODY IS PICKING UP
THE PHONE, SO THE
COMPUTER DOESN'T
KNOW WHAT TO DO.
OKAY, CODY?
IS THIS CODY AT
USBORNE?

Cody says YEAH.

Carla says HI, CODY.
WHAT WAS ONE OF THE
BRIDGES BARBIE MADE
THAT DIDN'T WORK?

Cody says A STICK.

Carla says A STICK.
THAT'S RIGHT.
SHE JUST TOOK A
STICK AND SHE TRIED
TO PUT IT ACROSS
THE CREEK.

She writes down “stick” on the sheet of paper and continues
AND WHAT WAS THE
PROBLEM WITH THE STICK?

Cody says IT WOULDN'T WORK.

Carla says IT WOULDN'T WORK 'CAUSE
IT'S HARD TO WALK ON
A STICK, ISN'T IT?
IT WAS ALSO A BIT
WOBBLY, THAT STICK.

She writes down “wobbly” and continues
IT WASN'T VERY SMOOTH.
SO SHE TILTED OFF THE
SIDE, DIDN'T SHE?
THANKS FOR CALLING.
THAT'S GREAT.
I'M GOING TO TRY CALLING
SOMEBODY AT ELGIN SCHOOL.
LET'S SEE WHO
WE'VE GOT HERE?
I'M GOING TO CALL SOMEBODY
AT ELGIN SCHOOL
AND SEE IF THEY CAN REMEMBER
ONE OF THE BRIDGES
THAT DIDN'T WORK.
WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME, SO
AS SOON AS I TAKE THIS CALL,
I THINK WE'RE GOING
TO HAVE TO GO
'CAUSE IT'S TIME TO GO.
WE'VE GOT ANOTHER CLASS
COMING IN SOON AS WELL.
I'M CALLING MIKE
AT ELGIN SCHOOL.
SO MIKE, IF YOU'RE THERE,
PICK UP YOUR PHONE.

Mike says HELLO.

Carla says HI, MIKE.
WHAT WAS A BRIDGE
THAT YOU SAW THAT
BARBIE MADE THAT
DIDN'T WORK?

Mike says PAPER.

Carla says THAT'S RIGHT.
IT WAS ACTUALLY A PIECE
OF CARDBOARD FROM
A CEREAL BOX IS
WHAT IT IS.
IT LOOKED LIKE
PAPER, DIDN'T IT?
AND WHAT WAS WRONG
WITH THAT ONE?

Mike says IT FELL.

Carla writes down “cereal cardboard” and says IT FELL.
IT JUST WAS NOT STRONG
ENOUGH, WAS IT?
DO YOU REMEMBER
WHAT - OOPS,
I'M HAVING TROUBLE
WRITING TODAY.
DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT
THE MATERIAL WAS THAT
SHE FINALLY USED
AT THE END?
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT
WAS SHE WAS STANDING ON?
THAT MATERIAL?

Mike says PAPER.

Carla says YOU KNOW WHAT,
IT WASN'T PAPER.
IT WAS HARD TO SEE
FROM THE VIDEO,
BUT YOU KNOW WHAT
IT REALLY WAS?
IT WAS LASAGNA
NOODLES.
THAT'S WHAT BARBIE USED
TO MAKE HER BRIDGE.
LASAGNE NOODLES AND SOME
OLD PLASTIC FORKS
AND KNIVES, AND
SOME STRAWS.
SO THAT WAS A GREAT WAY
TO MAKE A BRING FOR A BARBIE.
I DON'T THINK LASAGNE
NOODLES WOULD BE STRONG
ENOUGH TO HOLD A
PERSON, BUT A BARBIE,
THEY'RE JUST FINE.
ALL RIGHT, YOU'RE GOING
TO BE MAKING BRIDGES
IN YOUR CLASS THIS WEEK.
AND I WISH YOU VERY
GOOD LUCK WITH THEM.
REMEMBER, YOU WANT YOUR
BRIDGE TO BE SAFE.
YOU DON'T WANT ANYBODY
TO FALL IN THE CREEK
LIKE BARBIE DID.
THAT WOULDN'T
BE VERY GOOD.
AND DON'T FORGET
TO LOG OFF.
REMEMBER HOW
TO LOG OFF?
PICK UP YOUR PHONE
AND DIAL number 7,
AND THEN PRESS 1 TO
CONFIRM, ALL RIGHT?
AND I'LL SEE
YOU NEXT WEEK.
BYE FOR NOW.

A blue slate pops up that reads “Please remember to log off! Pick up handset. Press the pound sign, then 7. Press 1 to confirm. Hang up handset. See you next time!”

(music plays)

The opening slate pops up with a countdown timer from 11 seconds and the title “TVO’s Virtual Classroom. Get connected.”
The “V” in “Virtual” is a tick, the “A” in “classroom” is an at sign with an extended loop that turns into a power cord with a plug at the end, and the first “O” in “classroom” is a spinning globe.

When the countdown finishes, Carla appears on screen.

Carla says GOOD MORNING.
WELCOME TO THE
VIRTUAL CLASSROOM.
OKAY, WHAT ARE
WE DOING TODAY?
WE'RE DOING
LOTS OF THINGS,
BUT THE FIRST THING I
WANTED TO SHOW YOU WAS
A REALLY NEAT THING
THAT HAMISH WHO WORKS
IN THE CONTROL ROOM, THAT'S
LIKE BEHIND THE CAMERA.
HE WAS OUT JOGGING
THE OTHER DAY,
AND HE FOUND THIS
LYING IN THE SNOW.
LET'S SEE IF YOU CAN
TELL ME WHAT IT IS.
IF YOU THINK YOU
KNOW WHAT THAT IS,
YOU CAN CALL
ME AT number 9
IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW
WHAT THIS THING IS.
IT'S A STRUCTURE.

She shows a the hive and says
WHAT KIND OF A
STRUCTURE IS IT?
I'VE GOT A CALL ALREADY
FROM KELLY AT FLAMBOROUGH.
I'M GOING TO CALL
BACK SEE IF KELLY
CAN TELL ME
WHAT THIS IS.
I THINK IT'S
GOING THROUGH.
MAYBE NOT.

As she handles the hive, she says
IT'S PRETTY NEAT
LOOKING, ISN'T IT?
IT WAS JUST LYING
IN THE SNOW.
THERE'S
NOTHING IN IT.
FOR SOME REASON, I'M NOT
GETTING CONNECTED HERE.
THERE'S TOO MANY
PEOPLE CALLING.
HI, IS THIS KELLY?

Kelly says YES.

Carla says HI, KELLY.
DO YOU KNOW
WHAT THIS IS?

Kelly says A BEE NEST.

Carla says YOU'RE RIGHT.
IT'S A HIVE OF
SOME SORT.
NOW, HAMISH
SAID HE THOUGHT
IT WAS MAYBE
FOR WASPS.
I DON'T KNOW WHETHER
IT IS OR NOT.
YOU KNOW WHAT
ELSE HE SAID?
THANKS FOR CALLING,
KELLY, THAT'S GREAT.
YOU KNOW WHAT
ELSE HAMISH SAID?
LOOK HOW BIG
THIS IS.
THIS IS THREE
STOREYS.
THERE ARE THREE
PARTS TO THIS ONE.
BUT HAMISH SAID THERE
WERE A WHOLE BUNCH
MORE OF THIS THERE.
WAS MORE OF THIS UP
ON TOP OF A BUILDING,
HANGING FROM A BUILDING,
BUT THE SNOW HAD KNOCKED
THIS PART OFF, AND THIS
WAS LYING ON THE GROUND.
SO THIS WAS ORIGINALLY
A LOT BIGGER THAN THIS.
ISN'T THAT NEAT?
WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE
ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT
HIVES AT ALL TODAY,
BUT WE ARE STILL
TALKING ABOUT
STRUCTURES.
AND I JUST THOUGHT
THAT WAS A REALLY
NEAT STRUCTURE TO
LOOK AT, OKAY?
SO THAT WAS NEAT.
THANKS TO HAMISH FOR BRINGING
THAT IN FOR US TO SEE
OKAY, LAST WEEK, YOU
WERE BUILDING TOWERS.
NOW, WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO
IS THINK ABOUT YOUR TOWER.
IF YOU THINK THAT YOUR
TOWER THAT YOU BUILT
WAS TALLER THAN YOU, SO IF
IT WAS WAY OVER YOUR HEAD,
PICK UP YOUR PHONE
AND DIAL pound eight,
DO YOU REMEMBER
THAT ONE?
pound eight.
THAT MAKE A LITTLE CIRCLE
GO AROUND SO I CAN SEE.
WOW, A FEW PEOPLE
HAD TOWERS THAT
WERE TALLER THAN THEM.
THAT'S VERY GOOD.
LET'S SEE, HOW
MANY PEOPLE?
SOME PEOPLE ARE
STILL CALLING.
EIGHT PERCENT.
THAT'S A FEW PEOPLE.
THAT'S VERY GOOD.
OKAY, I'M GOING TO
CLEAR THOSE ONES OFF
SO DON'T CALL FOR
A SECOND.
THE NEXT QUESTION IS,
IF YOU HAD A TOWER
THAT WAS, LET'S SAY,
UP TO YOUR CHIN,
DIAL pound eight.
SO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO
JUST CALLED AND SAID
IT WAS TALLER THAN THEM,
DON'T CALL AGAIN.
BUT IF YOUR TOWER WAS
UP TO YOUR CHIN, pound eight.
LET'S SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE
HAD A TOWER UP TO THEIR CHIN?
OH, QUITE A FEW PEOPLE.
11 PERCENT.
OKAY, LOOKS
LIKE 11 PERCENT.
THAT'S GOOD.
NOW, ALL THOSE PEOPLE
WHO HAVE ALREADY CALLED,
DON'T CALL AGAIN BECAUSE
THE NEXT ONE IS,
WHAT IF YOUR TOWER
WAS UP TO YOUR WAIST?
YOU CAN'T SEE THAT.
DIAL pound eight
IF YOUR TOWER WAS UP
AS HIGH AS YOUR WAIST.
OH, WE'VE GOT LOTS OF
PEOPLE WHO HAD A TOWER
AS TALL AS THEIR WAIST.
THAT'S VERY GOOD.
26 PERCENT.
THAT'S GREAT.
NOW, IF YOUR TOWER WAS
AS TALL AS YOUR KNEE,
THEN YOU CAN
CALL pound eight.
SO IF YOU'VE ALREADY
CALLED, REMEMBER,
DON'T CALL AGAIN.

She picks up a phone set and continues
JUST CALL IF YOUR TOWER
WAS AS TALL AS YOUR KNEE,
HOW MANY PEOPLE?
LOTS OF PEOPLE HAD TOWERS
AS TALL AS THEIR KNEE.
THAT'S GREAT.
SO WE HAD LOTS OF
DIFFERENT SIZES OF TOWERS.
I BET THEY WERE ALL
DIFFERENT SHAPES, TOO.
I WONDERED IF THEY WERE
FALLING OVER OR NOT?
MINE WAS STILL FALLING
OVER BY THE TIME
I FINISHED MAKING
IT LAST WEEK.
I WAS NOT VERY A VERY
GOOD TIME WITH MY TOWER.
I NEED TO WORK ON IT A LOT
MORE TO GET A REALLY
GOOD STEADY BASE ON IT.
WELL, TOWERS ARE
REALLY NEAT,
BUT WE HAVE A DIFFERENT
PROBLEM TO SOLVE TODAY.
MY FRIEND, HERE
SHE IS, BARBIE.
SHE HAD A PROBLEM.
SHE WAS OUT FOR
A HIKE ONE DAY,
AND SHE CAME ACROSS
SOMETHING THAT POSED
A PROBLEM FOR HER.
WE'RE GOING TO WATCH
A VIDEO AND SEE WHAT
BARBIE'S PROBLEM WAS.
WHEN YOU SEE WHAT
BARBIE'S PROBLEM WAS,
SEE IF YOU CAN THINK OF
ANY POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
TO THIS PROBLEM, OKAY?
LET'S WATCH THE VIDEO.

A clip plays, with soft music, in which Carla’s hand moves a Barbie doll outdoors, on a floor covered with leaves and twigs.

She moves the doll up to a log and says THERE'S BARBIE
OUT FOR A WALK.
OH, NO, IT'S A CREEK!
SHE CAN'T GET ACROSS.
OH, MY GOD.

Back in the studio, Carla continues
HOW IS BARBIE GOING TO
GET ACROSS THE CREEK?
THAT'S TERRIBLE.
WELL, IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA
HOW BARBIE CAN GET ACROSS
THE CREEK, YOU SHOULD
GIVE ME A RING.
YOU REMEMBER
HOW TO DO THAT?
number 9
ON YOUR PHONE.
THAT'S HOW I
CAN TALK TO YOU.
SO SHE CAME
ACROSS A CREEK,
BUT HOW WILL SHE
GET OVER THE CREEK
TO GET OVER THE
OTHER SIDE?
LET'S SEE.
I'VE GOT SOMEBODY CALLING
ME FROM FLAMBOROUGH.
SO I'M GOING TO CALL
THEM BACK RIGHT AWAY.
LET'S SEE IF I
CAN GET AN ANSWER.
THEN WE'LL TAKE A FEW
CALLS AND SEE ALL
THE DIFFERENT IDEAS HOW YOU
COULD GET ACROSS A CREEK.
BECAUSE THERE'S
NOT JUST ONE WAY.
THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS YOU
COULD SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.
YOU KNOW, IN FACT,
MOST PROBLEMS
HAVE MANY POSSIBLE
SOLUTIONS.
HAVE I GOT ANDREW?

Andrew says YES.

Carla says HI, ANDREW.
WHAT'S ONE WAY BARBIE
COULD GET ACROSS THE CREEK?
WHAT'S YOUR IDEA?

Andrew says GET A BOAT.

Carla says A BOAT.
THAT'S AN EXCELLENT WAY
TO GET ACROSS A CREEK.
LET'S WRITE BOAT HERE.

She writes down “boat” on a blank sheet of paper, she draws a little boat, and then continues
CAN YOU SEE THAT?
THAT'S NOT VERY
BIG, IS IT?
I BETTER WRITE
BIGGER NEXT TIME.
OKAY, THAT'S GREAT.
LET'S CALL SOMEBODY
AT ST. JOHN BREBEUF.
YOU KNOW WHAT
I'M GOING TO DO?
I'M GOING TO MAKE THIS
LOOK LIKE A BOAT HERE.
IS THIS COURTNEY?

Courtney says YES.

Carla says WHAT'S ONE WAY BARBIE
COULD GET ACROSS THE CREEK?

Courtney says PUT A BIG LOG AND
SHE CAN WALK OVER IT.

Carla says A BIG LOG.
THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.
SO I'LL PUT A LOG.

She writes down “log” and draws a little log.

She continues
OKAY, I'M GOING TO MAKE
THIS LOOK LIKE A LOG.
HOW'S THAT?
DOES THAT LOOK LIKE A LOG,
SO SHE COULD WALK ACROSS.
THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.
OKAY, LET'S SEE, WHO
AM I CALLING NEXT?
SOMEBODY FROM
SOUTHWOOD SCHOOL.
THERE'S THREE PEOPLE AT
THIS PHONE, I THINK.
SO WE'LL SEE
WHO WE TALK TO.
MAYBE WE'LL GET THREE
DIFFERENT ANSWERS.
JOSHUA, DOUGIE,
AND SOMEBODY ELSE.
NICOLE.
WHO'S THIS?

Dougie says HELLO.

Carla says HI.
WHO'S THIS?

Dougie says DOUGIE.

Carla says HI, DOUGIE,
WHAT'S AN IDEA
FOR HOW BARBIE CAN
GET ACROSS THE CREEK?

Dougie says GET A PIECE OF WOOD
AND PUT IT AT ONE SIDE
OF THE CREEK, AND
THE OTHER SIDE.

Carla says OKAY.
SO A PIECE OF WOOD.
THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

She writes down “wood” and draws a flat piece of wood.

She continues
SO A PIECE OF WOOD WOULD
PROBABLY BE FLAT
LIKE THIS, WOULDN'T IT?
YEAH.
THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.
THAT'S A VERY GOOD IDEA.
IS YOUR PARTNER THERE?

Dougie says YEAH.

Carla says CAN I TALK TO ONE
OF YOUR PARTNERS?

Joshua says HELLO?

Carla says HI.
WHO'S THIS?

Joshua says JOSHUA.

Carla says HI, JOSHUA.
WHAT'S AN IDEA
ABOUT HOW BARBIE
CAN GET ACROSS
THE CREEK?

Joshua says I DON'T KNOW.

Carla says YOU DIDN'T HAVE
A DIFFERENT IDEA?

Joshua says NO.

Carla says OKAY, YOU KNOW WHAT?
I'LL TAKE ANOTHER CALL.
THANKS FOR
TALKING TO ME.
I'M GOING TO GO TO SOMEBODY
AT ST. JOHN BREBEUF SCHOOL.
WE'VE GOT THREE
GREAT IDEAS:
A BOAT, A LOG,
AND SOME WOOD.
THOSE ARE
GREAT IDEAS.
OKAY, IS THIS LOGAN?

Logan says YES.

Carla says HI, LOGAN.
WHAT'S AN IDEA FOR
HOW BARBIE COULD
GET ACROSS THE CREEK?

Logan says UM, MAYBE SHE
COULD TAKE A PIECE -
SHE CAN WALK
THROUGH THE CREEK.

Carla says SHE COULD WALK
THROUGH THE CREEK?
BUT YOU KNOW WHAT,
SHE DIDN'T HAVE
HER RUBBER BOOTS ON.
SO SHE WOULD GET A
SOAKER, WOULDN'T SHE?
THAT'S NOT A
GREAT IDEA.

She writes down “walk” and continues
BUT I'M GOING TO WRITE THAT
DOWN BECAUSE SHE COULD,
IF IT WAS SHALLOW
ENOUGH, SHE COULD WALK.
BUT IF IT WAS A
REALLY DEEP CREEK,
THAT COULD BE
DANGEROUS BECAUSE
WHAT IF SHE
COULDN'T SWIM?
THAT WOULD BE
A PROBLEM.
OKAY, YOU KNOW WHAT?
THOSE ARE SOME
GREAT IDEAS.
WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT I LIKE
IS YOU'VE GOT A BOAT,
YOU'VE GOT WALK, BUT THEN
WE'VE GOT A LOG OR WOOD.
AND THOSE, IF YOU PUT
THEM ACROSS THE CREEK,
THOSE ARE CALLED
BRIDGES.
ALL RIGHT?
THEY'RE NOT
PERMANENT BRIDGES,
THEY'RE JUST
TEMPORARY BRIDGES.
ONLY FOR ONE TIME, YOU
JUST WALK ACROSS A LOG.
BUT LET'S SEE SOME
PICTURES OF BRIDGES.
AND WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING
AT THESE BRIDGES,
I WANT YOU TO THINK
ABOUT WHAT MAKES EACH
OF THESE BRIDGES UNIQUE.
LOOK AT ALL THE DIFFERENT
PARTS OF THE BRIDGES,
AND SEE IF YOU CAN
THINK OF WHAT ARE SOME
FEATURES THAT
BRIDGES HAVE.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT
FEATURES ARE?
FEATURES ARE LIKE,
WELL, FOR A PERSON,
I HAVE FEATURES.
I HAVE BLUE EYES
AND BROWN HAIR.
AND THAT'S WHAT
MAKES ME DIFFERENT
FROM SOME OTHER PEOPLE.
AND BRIDGES HAVE FEATURES
THAT MAKE THEM DIFFERENT.
SOME BRIDGES HAVE
TOWERS ON THEM,
OR THEY DO
SPECIAL THINGS.
THEY LOOK DIFFERENT.
SO WATCH THESE
PICTURES OF BRIDGES,
AND SEE WHAT YOU THINK
THE FEATURES ARE
OF THESE BRIDGES THAT
MAKE THEM DIFFERENT.
AND MAYBE WHAT FEATURES WE
MIGHT USE WHEN WE MAKE
BRIDGE TO HELP BARBIE
TO GET ACROSS THE CREEK,
WATCH THE VIDEO.

A clip plays in which different bridges appear in fast clips.
The first bridge has large towers and long cables that support the bridge.

Carla says NOW, THERE'S A
BIG BRIDGE.
AND IT HAS CARS
GOING ACROSS IT.
LOOK AT THAT BRIDGE;
THAT IS BIG.

(music plays)
The second bridge is made of solid metal and spins to let tall boats sail by.

HERE'S A SPECIAL BRIDGE.
WHAT'S THAT BRIDGE
DOING THAT'S DIFFERENT?

(music plays)
Next, a small road bridge appears and a few cars drive across it.

HERE'S A LITTLE BRIDGE
WITH SOME CARS GOING ACROSS.
LOOK ALONG THE SIDE
OF THAT BRIDGE.
WHAT ARE THOSE?

(music plays)
Next, a long narrow bridge with a roof appears.

Carla says OH, HERE'S ANOTHER
BRIDGE.
PEOPLE ARE ON IT,
WALKING AND JOGGING.

(music plays)
A new image shows a small arched bridge over a stream in the background and a crossing made with stones in the forefront.

Carla says AND THERE'S TWO
BRIDGES IN THIS ONE.
AT FRONT THERE'S A STONE
BRIDGE, AND AT THE BACK,
THERE'S A LITTLE
ARCHED BRIDGE.

Back in the studio, she continues
OKAY, WE SAW A
LOT OF BRIDGES.
NOW, IF YOU'VE GOT SOME
IDEAS ABOUT WHAT FEATURES
WE COULD PUT IN OUR
BRIDGE FOR BARBIE,
YOU SHOULD GIVE
ME A CALL.
I'M GOING TO MAKE A
MODEL HERE OF A CREEK.

She stands two shoeboxes up, with a small gap between them, and continues
SO WE'RE GOING TO
PRETEND THESE ARE
THE BANKS OF THE CREEK.
SO WHILE I'M WAITING
FOR YOU TO CALL,
IF YOU'VE GOT SOME IDEAS
ABOUT FEATURES FOR
YOUR BRIDGE, OR THE
FEATURES THAT YOU SAW
IN THOSE BRIDGES IN THE VIDEO,
YOU CAN GIVE ME A RING.
I'VE GOT A CALL ALREADY.
I'LL TAKE THAT ONE.
NOW, LET'S SEE.
WHAT KIND OF FEATURES
WOULD WE NEED ON A BRIDGE
TO HELP BARBIE
GET ACROSS?
REMEMBER, WE WANT HER
TO GUESS ACROSS SAFELY.
ESPECIALLY HERE.
THIS IS REALLY DEEP.
IF SHE FELL, THAT WOULD
BE TOO FAR, WOULDN'T IT?
SHE COULD GET HURT.
I'VE GOT DANIELLE
ON THE PHONE.
HI, DANIELLE.

Danielle says HI.

Carla says WHAT WAS ONE OF THE
THINGS ABOUT THE BRIDGES
YOU SAW, A FEATURE YOU
SAW, THAT WAS DIFFERENT?

Danielle says THE TALL ONE
THAT WAS FIRST.
IT WAS METAL.

Carla says IT WAS METAL,
THAT'S RIGHT.
LET ME JUST DRAW A LITTLE
SKETCH OF THAT ONE
ON THE GRAPHICS CAMERA.

She draws the first bridge on the sheet of paper and says
THAT ONE WAS REALLY
NEAT, WASN'T IT?
BECAUSE IT
LOOKED LIKE THIS.
IT HAD A LONG,
FLAT PART.
AND THEN IT HAD SOME
THINGS THAT WENT
LIKE THIS, DIDN'T IT?
AND A TOWER RIGHT HERE.
SO THAT WAS A TOWER
ON THAT BRIDGE.
THAT'S NEAT.
THANKS VERY MUCH.
AND IT WAS ALSO,
AS DANIELLE SAID,
IT WAS MADE OF METAL.
SO I'M GOING TO WRITE
METAL ON HERE
BECAUSE THAT'S AN
IMPORTANT THING.

She writes down “metal” and “strong” and continues
METAL IS VERY STRONG.
I'LL PUT THAT IN BRACKETS
BECAUSE WE WANT
TO KEEP IN MIND, WHEN
WE'RE BUILDING OUR BRIDGE,
WE WANT STRONG
MATERIALS, OKAY?
WE MAY NOT HAVE METAL, BUT
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE
OUR MATERIALS ARE STRONG.
I'VE GOT, JULIE OR
JEREMY ON THE PHONE?

Jeremy says JEREMY.

Carla says HI, JEREMY.
WHAT WAS ONE OF THE
FEATURES YOU SAW
ON THE BRIDGES IN
THE VIDEO?

Jeremy says BRIDGE TO GO
ACROSS THE LAKE.

Carla says ONE OF THE BRIDGES WAS
TO GO ACROSS A LAKE.
THAT'S RIGHT.
SO IT WAS REALLY
LONG, WASN'T IT?
THAT'S GREAT.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT,
THAT'S IMPORTANT.
WE HAVE TO MAKE
SURE OUR BRIDGE
IS LONG ENOUGH
TO GO ACROSS.

She points at the shoeboxes and says
NOW, THIS ISN'T A VERY
WIDE SPACE, IS IT?
SO WE DON'T NEED A
REALLY LONG PIECE.
BUT IF WE HAD
A BIGGER SPACE,
WE'D HAVE TO
MAKE IT LONGER.
THAT'S AN
IMPORTANT POINT.
SO IT HAS TO
BE LONG ENOUGH.
THAT'S GREAT.
THANKS FOR
CALLING IN.
YOU KNOW WHAT
WE'RE GOING TO DO?
YOU'RE GOING TO DO SOME
TESTS RIGHT NOW
OF MATERIALS, OKAY?
SO HERE'S BARBIE.
AND SHE WANTS TO GO
ACROSS THE BRIDGE.
BUT WE DON'T HAVE ANY
METAL TO MAKE IT.
ONE OF OUR CALLERS
SUGGESTED WE COULD USE METAL.
WE DON'T HAVE
ANY METAL.
WHAT DO WE HAVE?
WE HAVE SOME
PLASTIC STRAWS,
AND WE HAVE SOME
SPAGHETTI NOODLES.
AND WE HAVE
SOME PAPER.
AND WE HAVE
SOME CARDBOARD.
BUT WE NEED TO TEST
THESE MATERIALS
TO SEE WHAT WOULD BE
THE BEST MATERIAL
TO USE TO MAKE
OUR BRIDGE.
SO WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO
IS IN A COUPLE OF MINUTES
I THINK YOU SHOULD
HAVE A BARBIE,
OR SOME KIND OF TEST
WEIGHT THAT WEIGHS
ABOUT THE SAME
AMOUNT AS A BARBIE.
I'VE MADE A LITTLE SLING
FOR MINE SO IT'S
A LITTLE EASIER TO TEST.

She takes a Barbie doll and puts her in a little red sling.

She continues
AND YOU'RE GOING TO PUT
YOUR TEST MATERIAL.
SO I'M GOING TO TEST
THIS STRAW, FOR EXAMPLE.
PUT IT ACROSS THE MIDDLE,
AND LET BARBIE HANG FROM IT.
I'M NOT GOING TO
DO THAT RIGHT YET,
BUT I'D LET BARBIE HANG
FROM IT TO TEST
TO SEE IF A STRAW WOULD BE
A REALLY GOOD MATERIAL
TO MAKE A BRIDGE OUT OF.
NOW, MAYBE ONE STRAW
WOULDN'T WORK,
BUT MAYBE A BUNCH OF
STRAWS WOULD WORK?
I DON'T KNOW.
TRY CHANGING
THE MATERIALS.
FOLD THEM, AND DO
THINGS LIKE THAT.
SEE IF THAT HELPS.
BECAUSE SOMETIMES WHEN
YOU USE A MATERIAL
THE FIRST TIME IT
DOESN'T WORK THAT GREAT.
BUT IF YOU TRY CHANGING
IT A LITTLE BIT,
IT'LL BE BETTER.
SO WE'RE GOING TO TAKE
ABOUT FIVE MINUTES,
AND YOU'RE GOING TO TEST
ALL THE MATERIALS
YOUR TEACHER HAS IN
THE CLASSROOM.
SO THOSE FOUR THINGS:
YOU'VE GOT STRAWS,
SPAGHETTI,
PAPER AND CARDBOARD.
AND WHEN YOU'RE
FINISHED TESTING,
GET YOUR REPORTER TO CALL
ME SO I KNOW YOU'RE DONE,
AND I'LL SEE YOU
IN ABOUT FIVE MINUTES.
BYE FOR NOW.

Four minutes and forty-five seconds later, Carla pops up and says
OKAY, YOU'VE GOT
ABOUT 15 SECONDS LEFT
SO YOU WANT TO GET
BACK TO YOUR SEATS
AND GET READY
TO MOVE ON.
I'LL SEE YOU SOON.

Fifteen seconds later, she appears again in the studio and says
ALL RIGHT,
WE'RE BACK.
WELCOME BACK.
I HOPE YOU HAD FUN TRYING
OUT THOSE MATERIALS.
I THINK THAT'S ALWAYS
NEAT TESTING THINGS
BECAUSE YOU GET TO SEE.
SOMETIMES TESTS DON'T
ALWAYS WORK OUT THE WAY
YOU THINK THEY ARE
GOING TO WORK OUT.
THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE
TO TEST THEM
BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOUR
ASSUMPTIONS ARE WRONG.
SOMETIMES YOUR GUESSES,
THE WAY YOU GUESS THINGS
WOULD WORK AREN'T
THE WAY THEY WORK.
NOW, WHAT I WANT YOU TO
DO IS WE'RE GOING TO DO
A MULTIPLE CHOICE
QUESTION.
WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT
BECAUSE I WANT TO KNOW
WHAT WAS THE BEST
MATERIAL IN YOUR CLASSROOM.
NOW, THERE'S NO RIGHT
OR WRONG ANSWER.
I JUST WANT YOU TO THINK
OF ALL THE MATERIALS
YOU TESTED, AND THINK,
WHICH ONE DID I THINK
WAS THE BEST ONE?
THE STRONGEST MATERIAL.
THE ONE I WANT TO USE IF
I WAS GOING TO BUILD A BRIDGE.
ALL RIGHT?

She takes out a phone and says
SO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS
PICK UP YOUR PHONE AND
JUST PRESS THE NUMBER.
NOW, DON'T PRESS ANY
NUMBERS YET BECAUSE
YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT ORDER I
HAVE THE MATERIALS IN,
REMEMBER, JUST PICK UP
AND PRESS ONE NUMBER.
HERE ARE YOUR CHOICES.

She points at the different materials as she says
IF YOU THINK THE STRAWS
WERE THE BEST CHOICE,
PRESS NUMBER 1.
IF YOU THINK THE
PAPER WAS THE BEST,
PRESS NUMBER 2.
IF YOU THINK THE
SPAGHETTI WAS THE BEST,
PRESS NUMBER 3.
OR IF YOU THINK
CARDBOARD WAS THE BEST,
PRESS NUMBER 4.
SO DON'T DIAL
number 9.
JUST DIAL 1, 2, 3, OR 4.
SO WHICHEVER ONE YOU
THOUGHT WAS THE BEST
MATERIAL, ALL RIGHT?
THERE'S NO RIGHT
OR WRONG ANSWER,
JUST THE ONE YOU
THINK IS THE BEST.
THEN WE'LL TAKE
A LOOK.
OH, LOOKS LIKE ALMOST
EVERYBODY HAS ANSWERED.
SO I'M GOING TO PUT THE
ANSWERS YOU'VE CALLED IN
WITH UP ON THE SCREEN
SO YOU COULD SEE THEM.

A graph pops up showing that 32 people chose cardboard, 3 people chose spaghetti, 1 person chose straws, and 1 person chose paper.

Carla continues WELL, MOST PEOPLE SAID
CARDBOARD WAS THE BEST,
BUT WE'VE GOT LOTS
OF OTHER ANSWERS.
THAT'S INTERESTING.
I'M GOING TO CALL SOMEBODY
WHO SAID THAT CARDBOARD
WAS THE BEST, AND FIND
OUT WHY THEY SAID THAT.
LET'S SEE, I'M GOING
TO CALL SOMEBODY AT
ST. JOHN BREBEUF SCHOOL.
I'M CALLING TIMOTHY AT
ST. JOHN BREBEUF SCHOOL.
I'LL GO BACK HERE.
SO WHEN YOU HEAR YOUR
PHONE RING, PICK IT UP.
HI, TIMOTHY.

Timothy says HI.

Carla says HI.
YOU SAID CARDBOARD
WAS THE BEST MATERIAL?

Timothy says YES.

Carla says WHY DID YOU THINK
CARDBOARD WAS THE BEST?

Timothy says BECAUSE IT'S STURDIER.

Carla says IT WAS STURDIER.
OKAY, THAT'S GREAT.
SO IT DIDN'T BEND
OR ANYTHING WHEN
YOU PUT BARBIE ON IT?

Timothy says NO.

Carla says WELL, THAT'S A GREAT
MATERIAL TO USE BECAUSE
IT'S VERY STRONG.
THANKS VERY
MUCH, TIMOTHY.
NOW, I WANT TO CALL
SOMEBODY WHO SAID ONE
OF THE OTHER MATERIALS.
HOW ABOUT SPAGHETTI?
BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT,
SPAGHETTI WAS THE ONE
I DIDN'T THINK WOULD BE
A VERY GOOD MATERIAL.
SO I'M GOING TO CALL
SOMEBODY WHO SAID SPAGHETTI,
AND FIND OUT WHY THEY
THOUGHT SPAGHETTI
WOULD BE THE
BEST MATERIAL.
BECAUSE I WOULD THINK
SPAGHETTI ISN'T VERY STRONG.
IT'S A LITTLE STRONGER
WHEN IT'S NOT COOKED,
ISN'T IT?
WHEN IT'S COOKED,
IT'S REALLY FLOPPY.
LUCKILY, THIS
ISN'T COOKED.
I'M CALLING DYLAN.
HI, DYLAN.

Dylan says HI.

Carla says WHY DID YOU THINK SPAGHETTI
WAS THE BEST MATERIAL?

Dylan says BECAUSE IF YOU
PUT A BUNCH OF IT,
IT WON'T BREAK.

Carla says OH, THAT'S IMPORTANT.
SO IF YOU ONLY PUT
ONE, IT BROKE, DID IT?

Dylan says YEAH.

Carla says BUT IF YOU PUT A WHOLE
BUNCH OF THEM TOGETHER,
LET'S SAY, LIKE THIS...

She takes a bunch of spaghetti noodles and says
IT WOULDN'T BREAK.
THAT'S GREAT.
THAT'S IMPORTANT
TO KNOW.
THANKS VERY MUCH.
THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO
KNOW THAT SOMETIMES
A MATERIAL ISN'T THE
BEST BY ITSELF,
BUT IF YOU CHANGE
IT, LET'S SAY,
YOU CHANGE THE SPAGHETTI
BY PUTTING IT
ALL TOGETHER LIKE THIS,
THAT MAKES IT STRONGER.
PAPER IS AN
EXAMPLE OF THAT.
THIS PIECE OF PAPER
DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT
WOULD BE VERY GOOD
FOR A BRIDGE, DOES IT?
IT'S VERY FLOPPY.
BUT LOOK WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
I TAKE A PIECE OF PAPER
AND FOLD IT
UP LIKE A FAN.

She shows a piece of paper folded like a fan, which doesn’t bend and flop.

She continues
IT MAKES IT A
LOT STURDIER.
SEE, THAT'S NOT
FLOPPY ANYMORE,
AND THAT MIGHT MAKE
A VERY GOOD BRIDGE,
WE'D HAVE TO PUT SOMETHING
ON THE TOP OF IT
TO MAKE IT STURDY.
BUT THAT'S A WAY YOU CAN
MAKE PAPER STRONGER,
BY FOLDING IT ALL UP.
AND YOU CAN MAKE SPAGHETTI
STRONGER BY PUTTING
A WHOLE BUNCH OF
PIECES TOGETHER.
WELL, THAT'S GREAT.
YOU KNOW WHAT WE
NEED TO DO NOW?
WE NEED TO WATCH THE REST
OF THE VIDEO AND FIND OUT
WHAT DID BARBIE DO
TO MAKE HER BRIDGE?
SHE TRIED A WHOLE BUNCH
OF DIFFERENT THINGS.
AND WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO
IS WATCH CAREFULLY AND
SEE IF YOU CAN REMEMBER
SOME OF THE WAYS
BARBIE TRIED TO MAKE
A BRIDGE, OKAY?
AND WATCH ALSO CAREFULLY
TO SEE WHAT KINDS OF THINGS
DID SHE DO WHEN SHE
DECIDED TO MAKE A BRIDGE?
BECAUSE THERE WERE THINGS
SHE DID THAT DIDN'T
INVOLVE BUILDING.
THEY WERE JUST THINGS SHE
DID BEFORE SHE STARTED
BUILDING WHEN SHE WAS
THINKING ABOUT
MAKING HER BRIDGE, OKAY?
SO WATCH CAREFULLY
ON THE VIDEO,
AND SEE IF YOU CAN THINK
ABOUT THOSE KINDS OF THINGS.
HERE WE GO.

A new clip plays of Barbie in the woods.

A song plays that says
WHEN I'VE GOT A PROBLEM,
HERE IS WHAT I DO
LISTEN CAREFULLY AND YOU
CAN SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM TOO
I ASK MYSELF
SOME QUESTIONS
LIKE WHAT'S THE
PROBLEM HERE?
AND WHAT
INFORMATION DO I NEED
TO MAKE THE SOLUTION
CLEAR?

Carla appears in a room working on a large table. She writes down ideas in a notebook as the Barbie doll sits on the table reading a book.
Carla tries different ideas and materials.

The song continues
I HAVE A DESIGN METHOD,
IT GOES AROUND AND AROUND
'CAUSE I NEVER KNOW
IN WHICH STEP
MY SOLUTION WILL
BE FOUND
'CAUSE I HAVE
A DESIGN METHOD
IT GOES AROUND
AND AROUND
'CAUSE I NEVER KNOW
IN WHICH STEP
MY SOLUTION WILL
BE FOUND

In the woods, Carla tries different plans and offers some cheese to her Barbie doll.

The song continues
I ALWAYS DO SOME RESEARCH
AND I GATHER MY IDEAS
I DRAW A SKETCH
I MAKE A PLAN
AND THEN I EAT
SOME CHEESE
YOU EAT SOME CHEESE?
YES, I DO, IT'S DELICIOUS
I START TO BUILD,
I TEST, I TRY,
I MAKE SOME CHANGES TOO
I'M ALWAYS
ASKING QUESTIONS
ABOUT EVERYTHING I DO

She tries a bridge made of straws and then one made of a single layer of cardboard, but both collapse.

The song continues
I HAVE A DESIGN METHOD
IT GOES AROUND
AND AROUND
'CAUSE I NEVER KNOW
IN WHICH STEP
MY SOLUTION WILL
BE FOUND
YES, I HAVE A
DESIGN METHOD
IT GOES AROUND
AND AROUND
'CAUSE I NEVER KNOW
IN WHICH STEP
MY SOLUTION
WILL BE FOUND...

In the end, Carla manages to make Barbie cross the stream over a bridge made with lasagna noodles and straw railings.

The song ends.

Back in the studio, Carla says
OKAY, WELL BARBIE,
THANK GOODNESS,
SHE FINALLY GOT ACROSS.
SHE MADE A BRIDGE
THAT WAS SAFE,
AND SHE DIDN'T
FALL IN THE CREEK.
SO SHE WAS ABLE
TO GET ACROSS.
THAT'S GOOD.
IT TOOK HER A LONG
TIME, DIDN'T IT?
NOW, REMEMBER, YOU CAN
CALL ME AT number 9
IF YOU CAN THINK OF ANY OF
THE DIFFERENT KINDS
OF BRIDGES THAT
BARBIE MADE BEFORE
SHE GOT TO THE
LAST ONE, OKAY?
SO THINK OF SOME OF THE
BRIDGES THAT DIDN'T WORK
AND CALL ME IF
YOU CAN REMEMBER
WHAT SOME OF
THOSE WERE?
AND ALSO CALL ME IF YOU
CAN THINK OF SOME OF
THE THINGS BARBIE DID WHEN
SHE DECIDED TO MAKE A BRIDGE.
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE
THINGS SHE DID BEFORE
SHE STARTED BUILDING, OKAY?
ANY OF THOSE THINGS
YOU CAN THINK OF,
YOU CAN CALL ME.
I'M GOING TO CALL BACK
SOMEBODY WHO'S
ALREADY CALLED ME.
I'M GOING TO CALL SOMEBODY
AT ST. JOHN BREBEUF SCHOOL
AND SEE WHO WE GET.
HI, IS THIS CONSTANCE?

Constance says YEAH.

Carla says HI, CONSTANCE.
WHAT DID YOU
WANT TO TELL ME?
DID YOU WANT TO TELL
ME ONE OF THE BRIDGES
BARBIE MADE BEFORE SHE
GOT THE RIGHT ONE?
WHAT DID SHE TRY?

Constance says CARDBOARD.

Carla says SHE TRIED SOME
CARDBOARD, DIDN'T SHE?
AND WHAT HAPPENED
WITH THE CARDBOARD?

Constance says SHE FELL.

Carla writes down “cardboard” and then says SHE FELL.
BECAUSE THE CARDBOARD
WASN'T STRONG ENOUGH
TO HOLD HER.
IT JUST BENT RIGHT
IN THE MIDDLE.
SHE WAS TOO HEAVY
FOR THE CARDBOARD.
SO SOMETIMES CARDBOARD
ISN'T NECESSARILY THE BEST.
THANKS, CONSTANCE.
LET'S SEE WHO
ELSE WE'VE GOT.
OKAY WE'RE CONNECTING
TO SOMEBODY ELSE.
REMEMBER, IT'S number 9 IF
YOU HAVE AN IDEA.
WHO IS THIS, BRONSON?

Ian says BRONSON IS SICK.

Carla says OH, SO WHO IS ON
THE PHONE TODAY?

Ian says SO IT IS IAN.

Carla says HI, IAN.
SO WHAT WAS YOUR IDEA?

Ian says FOR MAKING A BRIDGE
AND PUTTING CARDBOARD,
AND HANDLES ON THERE,
AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

Carla says RIGHT.
SHE PUT SOME HANDLES ON.
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN
SHE HAD THE BRIDGE
WITH NO HANDLES, WITH NO
RAILINGS ON THE SIDE?

Ian says SHE FALLED OVER.

Carla says RIGHT.
SHE NEEDED RAILINGS TO
STAY SAFE ON HER BRIDGE,
SO SHE WOULDN'T FALL IN.
I'M GOING TO PUT RAILINGS
HERE BECAUSE THAT'S
AN IMPORTANT THING TO
HAVE ON A BRIDGE
SO YOU DON'T FALL OFF.

She writes down “railings” and continues
NOW, WE'RE CALLING
SOMEBODY ELSE NOW.
SOUTHWOOD.
AMANDA AT SOUTHWOOD.
SO WHEN YOU HEAR YOUR
PHONE RING, AMANDA,
PICK IT UP AND
SAY HELLO.
OR JACQUELINE.
SORRY.
THERE ARE TWO
PEOPLE THERE.
WHO AM I SPEAKING TO?

Jacqueline says HELLO.

Carla says HI, WHO'S THIS?

Jacqueline says JACQUELINE.

Carla says HI, JACQUELINE.
WHAT WAS ONE OF
THE BRIDGES
YOU SAW BARBIE MAKE?

Jacqueline says STRAWS.

Carla says I'M SORRY?

Jacqueline says STRAWS.

Carla says SHE HAD SOME STRAWS ON
HER BRIDGE, DIDN'T SHE?
WHERE WERE THEY?
THEY WERE UP ON
THE RAILINGS.
STRAWS WERE A GOOD
MATERIAL TO USE UP THERE.
WERE YOU ABLE TO SEE WHAT
THE BOTTOM OF HER BRIDGE WAS?
THE PART SHE
WAS WALKING ON?
COULD YOU TELL WHAT
THAT MATERIAL WAS?

Jacqueline says NO.

Carla says IT'S KIND OF SOMETHING
THAT YOU HAVE
FOR SUPPER SOMETIMES.
IT'S GOT RIPPLEY EDGES.
IF ANYBODY KNOWS WHAT THAT
IS, THEY SHOULD CALL.
THANKS FOR CALLING
IN, THAT'S GREAT.
SO SHE USED SOME STRAWS
FOR THE RAILINGS.

She writes down “straws” and continues
STRAWS ARE A GOOD THING
TO USE ON A BRIDGE, TOO.
THESE ARE GREAT IDEAS
BECAUSE SOON YOU
ARE GOING TO BE
MAKING SOME BRIDGES,
AND YOU'RE GOING TO BE
USING DIFFERENT MATERIALS
TO MAKE THEM.
NOW, I'M GOING TO TAKE
ONE OR TWO MORE CALLS.
HAVE I GOT ALEX
OR NICOLE?
AT SOUTHWOOD.

Jacqueline says NICOLE.

Carla says HI, NICOLE.

Jacqueline says HI.

Carla says WHAT DID YOU WANT TO
SAY ABOUT WHAT BARBIE
DID WHEN SHE WAS
MAKING HER BRIDGES?

Jacqueline says SHE MADE A STICK.

Carla says SHE USED A
STICK, DIDN'T SHE?
YEAH.
AND WHAT HAPPENED WHEN
SHE USED THE STICK?

Jacqueline says SHE FELL IN THE CREEK.

Carla says SHE FELL IN THE CREEK.
THE STICK WAS KIND OF
WOBBLY, WASN'T IT?
IT DIDN'T STAY STILL VERY
WELL SO SHE WOBBLED RIGHT OFF.

She writes down “wobbly” and continues
I'LL PUT WOBBLY THERE.
IT WASN'T A VERY GOOD
STICK TO USE TO BUILD
A BRIDGE, WAS IT?
BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO
USE WHATEVER'S AVAILABLE.
SO SHE TRIED
THE STICK FIRST,
BUT THAT DIDN'T WORK.
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE
ONE MORE CALL, THEN,
UNFORTUNATELY, WE'RE
GOING TO HAVE TO GO.
LET'S SEE WHAT SOMEBODY
ELSE HAS TO SAY ABOUT
WHAT BARBIE WAS DOING.
SHE WAS DOING LOTS OF
THINGS WHILE SHE WAS
THINKING ABOUT
MAKING HER BRIDGE.
SHE LOOKED IN A
BOOK FOR SOME IDEAS.
AND SHE DREW
SOME PICTURES.
AND SHE TESTED SOME
BRIDGES OUT THAT
DIDN'T WORK, AND THEN
SHE CHANGED HER MIND.
I'VE GOT STEPHANIE
ON THE PHONE.
HI, STEPHANIE.

Stephanie says HI.

Carla says HI, WHAT WERE SOME OF
THE THINGS THAT YOU SAW
THAT BARBIE DID?

Stephanie says THE CARDBOARD.

Carla says SHE TRIED SOME
CARDBOARD.
AND WHAT HAPPENED
WITH THE CARDBOARD?

Stephanie says SHE FELL OFF.

Carla says SHE FELL OFF.
THE CARDBOARD ACTUALLY
BENT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE,
IT SAGGED RIGHT
IN THE MIDDLE.
THAT WAS NOT A
VERY GOOD ONE.
THANKS VERY MUCH FOR
CALLING, EVERYONE.
UNFORTUNATELY,
IT'S TIME TO GO.
SO YOU'RE GOING TO BUILD
SOME BRIDGES THIS WEEK.
MAKE SURE YOUR BRIDGES ARE
SAFE FOR WHOEVER YOU'RE
BUILDING THEM FOR, WHETHER
YOU'RE BUILDING THEM
FOR LITTLE CARS OR BARBIES,
OR ANY OTHER THINGS
YOU'VE GOT IN YOUR CLASS
THAT WOULD NEED TO GO
ACROSS THE BRIDGE.
MAKE SURE THEY'RE SAFE.
AND MAKE SURE YOU TEST
YOUR DESIGNS, TOO.
BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU
COME UP WITH A DESIGN,
LIKE BARBIE DID,
SHE TRIED A STICK,
SHE TESTED IT OUT,
AND IT DIDN'T WORK.
SO YOU ALWAYS GO BACK TO
THE DRAWING BOARD
AND CHANGE YOUR MIND, OKAY?
YOU DON'T HAVE TO STICK
WITH THE FIRST IDEA YOU HAD.
YOU CAN HAVE
LOTS OF IDEAS.
YOU CAN GO BACK AND FORTH,
TRY DIFFERENT THINGS.
BEFORE YOU GO,
DON'T FORGET
THAT YOU ALWAYS
HAVE TO LOG OFF.
SO number sign 7, AND WHEN
THEY ASK YOU
TO CONFIRM, PRESS 1
AND HANG UP.
AND I'LL SEE
YOU NEXT WEEK.
BYE.

A blue slate pops up that reads “Please remember to log off! Pick up handset. Press the pound sign, then 7. Press 1 to confirm. Hang up handset. See you next time!”

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