Science learning does not have to be complicated! Kids are inherently hands-on learners and they would definitely enjoy learning science when they see its application in real life contexts. Hence the importance of using videos and animated content to bring life to science and turn it into engaging learning possibilities in and outside class.
As educators and teachers, we know how YouTube videos transform boring lessons into interactive and engaging learning activities especially when used with other interactive tools such as PlayPosit and Edpuzzle.
For science teachers, YouTube contains a treasure trove of educational video content that can be used in class to optimize students learning. In this post, I am sharing with you this collection of some amazing science YouTube channels that provide educational content that caters to the learning needs of kids and young learners. If you teach adult students, check out this list instead.
SciShow Kids showcases science video content that inspires kids to ask questions and seek answers in science. Some of its most popular video content includes: Worms are Wonderful, How Does a Seed Become a Plant, What Causes Thunder and Lightning, How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly, The 5 Fabulous Food Groups, Meat-eating Plants, What’s a Hurricane, What Makes Bridges So Strong, and many more.
Nat Geo Kids features educational video content spanning various topics including cool facts about alligators, swimming with a small shark, valley of the wolves, pigeon genius, polar bears and how to save them, lots to see in the sea, find out about hurricanes, and more. Nat Geo Kids also features science experiments designed specifically for kids such as how popcorn works, how Lava lamps work, how 3D printers work, how roller coasters work, and more.
Join Ryan as he engages in educational science experiments and DIY (do it yourself) arts and crafts. Some of Ryan’s most watched science experiments include: How to Make Slime, How Tsunamis are Formed,Top Easy Science Experiments for Kids, Spin the Mystery Wheel Challenge, Physical vs Chemical changes, and many more.
The mission of Mystery Doug is to share educational video content that ignites learners curiosity and drive them to ask questions. The channel offers videos based on questions real students ask. A sample of its most watched videos covers topics such as: What’s Worse a Hurricane or a Tornado, How Is Gold Made, Could a Turtle Lie Outside Its Shell, What’s the Biggest Number, How Deep Does the Ocean Go, Why Do Different Places Have Different Times, Why Do Owls Say Hoo, and many more.
Fun Science takes you on a fun and entertaining journey to explore the world of science, discover amazing science ideas, and learn new crafts and lifehacks through step by step tutorials. While the channel addresses audiences of different ages, it also features playlists containing videos specifically for kids. These playlists include: Experiment for Kids playlist, Play with Kids Playlist, Drawing for Kids, and many more.
Design Squad Global which belongs to PBS KIDS is produced by WGBH Boston. It provides insightful videos that educate students especially middle school students on a wide variety of science and engineering concepts. The channel features “kid engineers and hosts Deysi and Nate who draw on their experiences to dispel stereotypes about engineering and inspire kids to explore engineering”.
Some of its popular content include: Kid Engineer:3D-Printed Hand, Daddy Engineer: Outdoor Play Sink, Balloon Joust, Robot Wheel, Build: Bicycle Balance, Strong Structures with Triangles, What is Sewing, Boats with Recycled Materials, and many more.
Science Buddies offers educational video content ideal for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects. ‘Whether you’re looking for a great science fair project, quick STEM activity, or NGSS-aligned science lesson plan perfect for the classroom’ Science Buddies has you covered.
Some of its popular videos includes: How to Be a Breadboard, How to Make an Anemometer, How to Build a Simple Electric Motor, How to Build an Infinity Mirror, How to Build an ArtBot, How to Make a Paper Airplane Launcher, How to Make a Balloon Car, and many more.