Video of the Week
(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)