Science Videos for Kids
It's after school, but this building in downtown Oakland, Calif., is buzzing with enthusiastic teenagers raring to go... learn! On any given day, these kids are working under tight deadlines that would make many adults sweat. Welcome to Youth Radio, part of a youth media project funded by the National Science Foundation to engage underrepresented 14- to 24-year-olds with training and hands-on experience in engineering, and the social, physical and biological sciences.
The American Chemical Society wrapped up its celebration of Black History Month with a focus on the future. The ACS video showcases the mentors that are helping shape the next generation of chemists and chemical engineers.
With support from the National Science Foundation, astronomers Marc Buie and John Keller are involving citizen scientists from throughout the western United States to participate in "RECON," which stands for the Research and Education Cooperative Occultation Network. The project has provided telescope equipment and training to 14 small western US communities north and south of Reno, Nev. When RECON students look out at the night sky, they look way out to the Kuiper Belt, a ring of icy debris that litters the solar system out beyond Neptune. The network is looking to determine the sizes of Kuiper Belt objects as they pass in front of distant stars.
Some 1,000 students explored chemistry and physics at 30 sites in the Washington, D.C. area this summer, thanks to GlaxoSmithKline's 2013 Science in the Summer program, administered by AAAS. In this video, Sherita Williams, a teacher at John Philip Sousa Middle School, and Betty Calinger, a project director at AAAS, talk about how the program builds childrens' science literacy.
Almost everyone has dreamed about being an astronaut, exploring space and flying to the moon and beyond. But, the odds of actually becoming an astronaut are pretty small. Space scientists met with middle-schoolers to talk about the many career choices for people interested in space, which you can see in this video.
The cicadas are back! University of Maryland entomologist Dr. Michael Raupp enthusiastically discusses some of the science of the cicada. Their emergence is truly a special event -- they won't be back again until 2030. Be sure to also check out these educational cicada resources, all courtesy of Science NetLinks.
As critical as they are for moving around, human feet are far from perfect. Their 26-bone structure is mechanically inefficient, and feet are prone to flat-footedness, ankle sprains and other painful conditions. The evolution of bipedalism in our human ancestors is largely to blame, Boston University’s Jeremy DeSilva said at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting.
Nicholas D. Pyenson, curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, brought marine mammals' terrestrial ancestors to life at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.
On Jan. 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African-American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, S.C.
Linguist, author and activist for the documentation and preservation of endangered languages teaching at Swarthmore College.
The MIT professor shares recent news from NASA's Kepler mission.
The postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Santa Cruz shares how bats rely on the sky.
The John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the Univeristy of Maryland-College Park discusses the magic behind physics.
The associate professor of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center talks about how being a birdbrain is really not a bad thing.
The chair of the Human Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing at Clemson University talks about how science saves the day.
"The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey: A 3.1 M_Earth Planet in the Habitable Zone of the Nearby M3V Star Gliese 581"
"Response of Colorado River runoff to dust radiative forcing in snow"
"Tyrannosaur Paleobiology: New Research on Ancient Exemplar Organisms"
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