Science videos for middle school kids

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Science videos for middle school kids

Post by blackwhisker » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:49 pm

My middle schooler is interested in learning physics, chemistry and biology. Unfortunately, the remote learning from our public school provided very little instructions this past spring semester. I am not hopeful about this coming fall semester(100% remote learning).

Are there fun and engaging videos on the topics of intro to physics, intro to chemistry and intro to biology?

We found the following channel on youtube. My kid loved it. It would be nice if we can find more videos like these.
https://www.youtube.com/user/sciencestatedclearly

I would really appreciate it if anyone have recommendations.

Thank you.

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Post by depressed » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:52 pm

Perhaps they (and you) would enjoy the Powers of Ten video (1977).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powers_of_Ten_(film)

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Post by livesoft » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:07 pm

Learning how to find such videos on one's own without needing responses from live human beings is an important Life Skill nowadays. You and your child should actually have a weekly appointment together to go find 10 videos in 15 minutes to watch over the next 7 days without any help from finding them from anybody else.

And then you could both make a video on how you found videos and start a YouTube channel of your own.
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Post by SVT » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:08 pm

I love the Cosmos series. I have never fully seen the original Cosmos series hosted by Carl Sagan but I've seen both Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey (multiple times) and Cosmos Possible Worlds, both hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I highly recommend the Cosmos series to anyone interested in science. It covers multiple different topics and covers them in an entertaining way with story telling and animations.

Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey was on Netflix for a bit and then available on YTTV for a while but now the only way I know to stream it is to purchase it via YouTube. It's $2 per episode and I think 13 episodes at 45 min each.

Cosmos Possible Worlds should still be available via YouTube TV, if you happen to be subscribed to it. It just premiered on National Geographic a few months ago. It looks like it will be shown on Fox this Fall too.

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Post by blackwhisker » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:56 pm

depressed wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:52 pm
Perhaps they (and you) would enjoy the Powers of Ten video (1977).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powers_of_Ten_(film)
Thank you for sharing. Yes it's a fun video!

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Post by depressed » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:58 pm

Also, the two mini-series: The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Universe, based on the books by Brian Greene.

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Re: Science videos for middle school kids

Post by blackwhisker » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:59 pm

SVT wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:08 pm
I love the Cosmos series. I have never fully seen the original Cosmos series hosted by Carl Sagan but I've seen both Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey (multiple times) and Cosmos Possible Worlds, both hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I highly recommend the Cosmos series to anyone interested in science. It covers multiple different topics and covers them in an entertaining way with story telling and animations.

Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey was on Netflix for a bit and then available on YTTV for a while but now the only way I know to stream it is to purchase it via YouTube. It's $2 per episode and I think 13 episodes at 45 min each.

Cosmos Possible Worlds should still be available via YouTube TV, if you happen to be subscribed to it. It just premiered on National Geographic a few months ago. It looks like it will be shown on Fox this Fall too.
Thank you for the reply!

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Post by WWJBDo » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:11 pm

Ok, it's not contemporary, but these were the best videos for that age group when my kids we in middle school. They are still hilarious, short and can be watched together as a conversation starter.
https://www.youtube.com/user/UncleJayExplains
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Post by blackwhisker » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:13 pm

WWJBDo wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:11 pm
Ok, it's not contemporary, but these were the best videos for that age group when my kids we in middle school. They are still hilarious, short and can be watched together as a conversation starter.
https://www.youtube.com/user/UncleJayExplains
Thank you WWJBDo!! Just watched an Uncle Jay video with my kid. We loved it! Uncle Jay is great. He is fun and helps develop critical thinking skills. Thanks again.

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Post by blackwhisker » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:14 pm

depressed wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:58 pm
Also, the two mini-series: The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Universe, based on the books by Brian Greene.
Thank you! we will watch them soon.

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Post by JPM » Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:07 pm

Have been doing the Kosmos C2000 chemistry kit with my 12 yo grandson. It illustrates scientific principles in a fun engaging series of exercises. The kit comes with instructions for 250 exercises, some chemicals, and lab equipment. We do about six of the exercises in each weekly 90 minute session. I have him do the work of each exercise himself as much as possible and participate in the cleanup. He does the didactic Great Courses intro to chemistry audio and video with his dad at home.

We do need to have or buy some additional materials most weeks. We needed a file and uncoated nails to make iron filings and some steel wool for last week's exercises on oxidation. And some peroxide to clean up the manganate wastage when we made oxygen by heating permanganate. The permanganate came in the kit. The kit has instructions for safe cleanup after using stuff like that. He likes science and we have a lot of fun with this.

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Post by Starfish » Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:10 pm

Physics, Chemistry and Biology for middle school are (or should) full of formulas and problems and hard words. I doubt a video would be efficient, at least for kids.

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Post by blackwhisker » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:10 pm

JPM wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:07 pm
Have been doing the Kosmos C2000 chemistry kit with my 12 yo grandson. It illustrates scientific principles in a fun engaging series of exercises. The kit comes with instructions for 250 exercises, some chemicals, and lab equipment. We do about six of the exercises in each weekly 90 minute session. I have him do the work of each exercise himself as much as possible and participate in the cleanup. He does the didactic Great Courses intro to chemistry audio and video with his dad at home.

We do need to have or buy some additional materials most weeks. We needed a file and uncoated nails to make iron filings and some steel wool for last week's exercises on oxidation. And some peroxide to clean up the manganate wastage when we made oxygen by heating permanganate. The permanganate came in the kit. The kit has instructions for safe cleanup after using stuff like that. He likes science and we have a lot of fun with this.
Thank you JPM. Kosmo c2000 chemistry kit sounds great. I might get that too. Have fun with your grandson!

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Re: Science videos for middle school kids

Post by Shaka » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:21 pm

One of the best places to learn about the scientific method in a fun way is over at Mark Rober's YouTube channel. He is a former NASA engineer who loves education and science. He will often include his young nieces and nephews in his videos.
https://www.youtube.com/user/onemeeeliondollars

Another great channel that is very similar is Smarter Every Day
https://www.youtube.com/user/destinws2

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Post by DoTheMath » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:37 pm

The National Museum of Math has various events and camps online for kids this summer:

https://momath.org
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Post by blackwhisker » Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:30 pm

Shaka wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:21 pm
One of the best places to learn about the scientific method in a fun way is over at Mark Rober's YouTube channel. He is a former NASA engineer who loves education and science. He will often include his young nieces and nephews in his videos.
https://www.youtube.com/user/onemeeeliondollars

Another great channel that is very similar is Smarter Every Day
https://www.youtube.com/user/destinws2
Thank you Shaka.

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Post by blackwhisker » Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:31 pm

DoTheMath wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:37 pm
The National Museum of Math has various events and camps online for kids this summer:

https://momath.org
Thank you DoTheMath.

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