Teaching science with YouTube is a great way to make science both interesting and entertaining, especially for kids who are a bit reluctant to believe that science can actually be fun!
Teaching Science with YouTube
We love supplementing our science units with videos and YouTube has an abundant selection of quality content to choose from. We've used many over the years, but these are our favorites.
SickScience is just one of many Steve Spangler channels available on YouTube. It's our favorite because it features some pretty awesome, but very doable, experiments that don't break the bank. The videos are simple, concise, and easy to duplicate at home.
Here's my kid's favorite video thus far. They had SO much fun with this one, and so did I!!
It's Okay To Be Smart
Sponsored by PBS, this channel is all about science, the amazing universe we live in, and the pleasure of finding things out. Dr. Joe Hanson answers all sorts of questions that kids ask such as...
...Why do we itch?
...What color is the moon?
...How do bees make honey?
...How do glaciers move?
And much more! Here's a sample!
This guy came to our local library for a show a few years back and we've been watching his channel since then. So much fun!
Here's a fun sample!
My kids love this channel because it answers a good many of their questions. You know the ones I'm talking about...
...How do airplanes stay in the air?
...How does a light bulb work?
...Do you get less wet when you run in the rain?
...How does a rocket get to space?
You'll find those answers, and many more, at Minute Physics. We've finished many of these videos with LOTS to think about.
Here's one of our favorites.
You may also want to check out their sister channel Minute Earth.
Veritasium is a favorite because the videos are just so cool! You'll find science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science. We especially love the test yourself series. SO FUN!
Here's a sample of what you'll find.
Jared Owen uses 3D animation to show and explain how things work. You'll find lots of interesting videos that answer how things like pianos, lightsabers, gumball machines, and door handles work.
Here's just a sample of what you'll find.
I have to admit, this one is my personal favorite. I have learned so much by watching these videos and my kids think his hairstyle is just the best ever!
Here's a great video to sample!
If you have a bird lover you will not want to miss Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology channel. The videos are both beautiful and educational. My daughter really enjoys watching them.
Here's a sample!
NatGeo provides some of the most visually stunning videos on the internet and the topics are both varied and inspirational. They upload at least one new video every day, so there's no shortage of things to watch!
Here's a sample!
Do you have a favorite channel for teaching science with YouTube? We are always looking for new videos to watch so please share in the comments!
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