Category Archives: physics

Colbert and Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Not sure how I missed this.. but here is a video of Stephen Colbert interviewing Neil DeGrasse Tyson back in 2010. This is over an hour but completely worth watching.

NOVA: Hunting the Elements

The NOVA mini-series, Hunting the Elements is a fabulous excursion into the story behind matter. The site provides:

If you have an iPad, I highly recommend the FREE Hunting the Elements app.. you won’t be disappointed.

Watch the 2 hour Hunting the Elements on YouTube or embedded below;

Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits is project from the University of St. Thomas that provides lessons, materials, and video instructions for using salt dough and sugar dough to create parts of electric circuits. These materials seem like they would be appropriate for elementary circuit kits all the way up to high school and college electrical engineering courses.

My favorite part of this site is the inclusion of several clear and concise video clips that support a teacher in using the materials.. good stuff.

See the embedded TED Talk below where AnneMarie Thomas describes the circuits.

Veritasium: Spinning Tube Trick Explained

HERE is the explanation (including viewer explanations) for the Veritasium spinning tube trick I posted the other day.

Teaching Channel: Science Lessons

The Teaching Channel has a rich collection of K-12 video lessons and tools for all teachers. You will also find a variety of video lessons that would be useful for K-12 science instruction. Click HERE to see videos related to science.

The video lessons include topics such as classroom management, differentiated instruction, engagement, etc. Definitely worth adding to your bookmarks!

See the embedded Welcome to the Teaching Channel video and Content Differentiation in 3rd Grade Science below…


Study Science at Yale.. for FREE!

Open Yale Courses is an open source provider of free and open access to a variety of introductory courses at Yale University. Science selections include:

  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

The course provides a syllabus, audio and or video of lectures, link to books used, downloads, and some even provide access to online study groups.

I can imagine these being useful to advanced science learners and even as a source of review or professional development for secondary science teachers.

The content is also available through iTunes and YouTube. See an introduction to Physics 200 below:

What is Up with Noises?

What is Up with Noises? is a short (12 minute) video explanation about sound. The clip provides some clear explanation and some engaging visual models. Seems like this clip could be another tool in the toolbox of a teacher trying to help students gain a deep conceptual understanding of sound.

Thanks to Cheryl Lydon for sharing this.