For more than two years I have been following several educational YouTube channels that I use with my boys to supplement some subjects and also for general educational entertainment. Here is a list of five of my favorite educational channels for math and science.
Smarter Every Day is hosted by Destin who really is a rocket scientist. It covers a wide variety of topics ranging from the physics of helicopter and butterfly flight, to insects in the amazon rainforest, to a visual tour of Machu Picchu. My personal favorite was Prince Rupert’s Drop.
Periodic Videos is filmed and produced by Brady Haran and often stars Martyn Poliakoff all of The University of Nottingham. What started off as a video per element on the periodic table expanded to lots of chemical reactions and many awesome experiments that you would not otherwise normally see. We began watching this channel when our oldest son took Chemistry, but we keep watching because we love it. Our family favorites are the gold vault, the barking dog in slow motion, and the zinc and sulphur experiment. Brady produces another channel that we will feature in a later post – Numberphile.
Minute Physics created by Henry Reich is an animated show that explains topics in physics. Click here for an explanation about relativity. Recently Henry has started producing lots of 10 second videos on very specific topics like how one way mirrors work or the dark side of the moon.
I think Derek Muller says it best when describing Veritasium, “The science video blog from atoms to astrophysics.” That is exactly what this channel covers – it has a broad range of topics. Want to know what a double slit experiment is? How about how to make a quantum bit or for that matter how does a quantum computer work?
Vi Hart loves math. She loves logarithms. She loves triangles. She loves the Mobius. If you like math, music and animation, this is the best channel out there. Some of my personal favorites are the hexaflexagons, dragons and how to draw a perfect circle.
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