Video of the Week
(SA2) Spring '14, Week 10: Science & Stone (Princeton Engineering)
(SA2) Spring '14, Week 9: For the love of fish! (Science Scoop - University of Waterloo)
This week, we head North to learn about fish immunology studies from our Canadian neighbors at the University of Waterloo. How a little faculty flair and demonstration with live specimens opens an inquiry into an unlikely subject that is increasingly influenced by climate change.
(SA2) Spring '14, Week 8: Mushroom Man (GE Focus Forward)
Learn about the mycelium network within mushrooms and their unexpected benefits with recycling toxic environmental wastes, through the portrayal of scientist and author Paul Stamets. A B-movie opening, interviews taking us into laboratory spaces and the natural world, and time-lapse filming creates an engaging argument for the serious study of lowly fungi.
(SA2) Spring '14, Week 7: Colony Collapse Disorder (EEB 321: Community Ecology at Princeton)
An insightful and charming video from your fellow Princetonians in EEB 321. Learn how Colony Collapse Disorder threatens worldwide bee populations. Using basic animation, carefully emphasized key words, and a straightforward narration about cause and effect, two problems with modern farming practices-- and proposed solutions-- are briskly explained, to the tune of a folksy banjo.
(SA2) Spring '14, Spring Break: Gravity (Veritasium)
An old favorite is back for Spring Break-- Veritasium's reflective take on the pervasive influence of gravity. Song and clever vector diagrams make freshman physics accessible for everyone… Have a good Break!
(SA2) Spring '14, Week 6: Coffee's Natural Creamer (Science Friday)
Learn about the natural oils within coffee beans and how their properties of immiscibility with water result in the unique layer of creme for expresso coffee. Everyday objects revealing fundamental scientific principles at work.
(SA2) Spring '14, Week 5: How Much Does a Shadow Weigh? (Vsauce)
From a pseudo-science question on the weight of shadows to clever analogies about solar pressure and the compression of sound waves, building a clever explanation for the science of Cherenkov radiation-- the "photonic boom."
(SA2) Spring '14, Week 4: The Science of Figure Skating - AsapSCIENCE (CBC News)
(SA2) Spring '14, Week 3: Why does Saturn have rings? (SciShow)
(SA2) Spring '14, Week 2: Electricity - Bill Nye the Science Guy (Walt Disney)
A look back at a classic Bill Nye episode to study an engaging description of electricity. Check out the first 2 minutes and 6:45 - 8:15 minutes, for clever examples of using sound, key words, a good analogy and cheesy humor to package a memorable explanation… without overwhelming the viewer.
(SA2) Spring '14, Week 1: Freefall with Felix Baumgartner (GoPro/Red Bull Stratos)
(SA2) Fall '13, Week 12: The True Science of Parallel Universes (Minute Physics)
(SA2) Fall '13, Week 11: What is Computer Memory? (Art of the Problem)
(SA2) Fall '13, Week 10: Sound (Fun Science)
Sometimes, a talking head and a few quick sketches will do the trick-- especially when packaged in song. Charlie McDonnell offers a wry exposition on sound, in song, before devolving into politically incorrect humor. The first two minutes, at least, give a rather sound explanation.
(SA2) Fall '13, Week 9: What is Color? (TED Ed)
A quirky look at the wave nature of light, revealing why objects have different colors. A great example of a discrete module of information that doesn't overwhelm with excessive details.
(SA2) Fall '13, Week 8: Getting to the Relativity of Magnetism (Minute Physics, Veritasium)
This week we have a two-parter-- how to build up a multi-step description of magnetism, by breaking the explanation down into two discrete videos in conversation with one another. Learning more science, by means of the sequel...
(SA2) Fall '13, Week 7: Breaking Down a Coral Reef and a Superhero's Beard (Stanford University, Warner Brothers)
(SA2) Fall '13, Fall Break: Meet the Elements (They Might Be Giants)
A light-hearted survey of the periodic table from the musical band They Might Be Giants, as we head into a restful Fall Break...
(SA2) Fall '13, Week 6: The Reason for the Seasons (MIT + K12)
Our colleagues at MIT are back with an insightful explanation of how the Earth's tilt is the cause for our annual cycle of seasons. A fine example of the right props in action, to help explain a fundamental phenomena of interest to a large public audience.
(SA2) Fall '13, Week 5: Stephen Hawking's big ideas... made simple (The Guardian, UK)
(SA2) Fall '13, Week 4: "The physics of sperm vs. the physics of sperm whales" by Aatish Bhatia (TED-Ed)
(SA2) Fall '13, Weeks 1-3: "What's Science Action?"
It's science, it's video, it's learning in novel way. Check out our retrospective compilation from the Year 1 student video productions-- see it and hear it for yourselves.
SA2 starts in September: Check back with us for an exciting video recap of the Year 1 student video productions, coming Sept. 3!
SA1 Post-script: Have a great summer!
(SA1) Week 8: Visualizing the intangible and the sub-microscopic (MIT, Carbon Visuals)
It's back to MIT for a case of learning through simple shapes and diagrams about a subtle concept involving the volume to surface ratio of objects. Keeping the presentation spare yet thought-provoking.
Then, a stunning example that visually communicates our rate of carbon emission generation. The animation is ambitious, but the concept is straightforward and perhaps easy to replicate in a simpler demonstration.
(SA1) Spring Break: Gravity (Veritasium)
A quiet and contemplative science video for Spring Break. Derek Muller of Veritasium muses on the pervasive influence of gravity. In song.
(SA1) Week 5: Let's talk science and style.
How to present models and messages in novel, "sticky" ways?
(SA1) Week 2: "Two for one" - the Chemistry of a Flame (Flame Challenge), Interpreting Climate Data (Climate Central)