Teaching STEM can be difficult, especially with the rapidly changing world of science and technology. So here are 5 of the best Youtube channels for STEM that can entertain and inform students as they study the sciences.
Why does water not always freeze when it is supposed to? How can you make any liquid levitate? Good questions to perk a child’s curiosity. Heck, it perked mine. Hank Green hosts the science channel along with others. As of October last year, the channel had over 2 million subscribers. Hank’s light breezy style demystifies science for us.
A new science video every week. Veritasium follows fun science channels like SciShow and makes it easy to understand the wonders around us. Since 2011, it has collected 180 uploads. That should keep you busy if you haven’t caught up. Derek Muller takes you places – from interviews with Nobel Prize laureates to the man on the ground with mistaken science notions.
It has often been ranked among the best educational channels on YouTube. The video below demonstrates that the simplest objects can move in mesmerizing ways.
MinutePhysics and its time-lapsed videos prove the value of visual learning. Quantum physics has always escaped me. But the videos should do Albert Einstein proud. Don’t believe me – try out the three videos on the Higgs-Boson particles. In under three minutes.
Henry Reich proves that you can teach the most complex science topics if you can simplify it enough. The videos are around 2-3 minutes in length, but pit them against a boring class lecture any day. MinuteEarth is a sister channel that talks about natural phenomena.
A video on human extinction wasn’t the best way for me to start reviewing this fantastic channel. But Michael Stevens made the idea a tad “palatable”. It was his quirky personality and facial contortions that kept me engaged. VSauce is about science and technology, and a tinge of philosophy thrown in. All wrapped in humor.
VSauce extends this educational content to VSauce2 hosted by Kevin Lieber. Specific segments like Mindblow bring the latest news in science and technology. Or LÜT which digs up some of the coolest and weirdest things you can buy online.
Math is the foundation of the digital world, and fields inevitably become heavily mathematical as we learn more about them. This makes math invaluable for anyone interested in a STEM education. Many of us tiptoe around it because of some childhood math phobia, but with the right instructions, math can be deeply rewarding. Who wouldn’t like to try out the value of Pi with real pies!