35 Shows Perfect for STEM Learning

35 Shows Perfect for STEM Learning

In my post 10 Unique Things Your Future Scientist Needs in His Life, I mentioned that teaching science in the younger ages is very simple, but if you have a future scientist in your house, you may have a slight fear that eventually you will run out of quality curriculum or that your kid will become smarter than you and you will have no clue what you are doing anymore. In that post, I shared ten items that you could purchase to keep the joy in science.

This expands on that list, with thirty-five (!!!) television shows and YouTube channels that I highly recommend. **Be sure to preview all channels and videos before letting your kids have free reign on YouTube.

Adam Savage’s Tested

Tested is a YouTube channel created by legendary Mythbuster Adam Savage. Tested’s website is Adam’s home on the web and is the place where he and his team explore topics in depth, asking the hows and the whys about the things that excite readers the most.

Brain Games

This interactive series uses games, illusions and experiments to illustrate how our brains manufacture our reality and often play tricks on us. Available on Netflix Instant Watch.

The Brain Scoop

The Brain Scoop is a YouTube Channel ran by Emily, the Chief Curiosity Correspondent of The Field Museum in Chicago. This channel shares some of the amazing things from the collections of The Field Museum. Clips include bullet ant venom, a two-face calf, CSI fun, and more.

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CGP Grey

CGP Grey is a YouTube Channel which features short explanatory videos on varying subjects, Popular clips include Daylight Saving Time Explained, The Debt Limit Explained, The Simple Solution to Traffic.

Crash Course

Crash Course is a YouTube channel started by the Green brothers, Hank Green and John Green, which contains dozens of videos for physics, astronomy, anatomy and much more.

Curiosity Stream

Curiosity Stream‘s mission is to provide an affordable, ad-free, online destination where the world’s best nonfiction television content can be enjoyed on demand and on any device by the planet’s community of the curious. You can watch more than 1,500 nonfiction programs for only $5.99 month. Click here for a free 30-day trial.

My list of favorites would take way too long for you to read, but just know that there are over 1500 programs covering all aspects of science, math, technology, engineering, and even history, economics, politics, art, music, literature and more.

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Design Squad

Design Squad was a PBS reality television series geared towards middle and high-school children, where contestants design whimsical machines in order to win an Intel college scholarship worth $10,000. The show lasted 3 seasons, but reruns can still be seen on TV and also on PBS online.

Extreme Engineering

Host Danny Forster explores the world’s most magnificent feats of engineering — structures seemingly impossible to build and amazing to behold. Watch extraordinary projects in progress as crews defy nature to construct these man-made wonders. From the overhaul of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge to Dubai’s indoor ski resort to Hong Kong’s international airport built 16 miles out at sea, discover the awe-inspiring creations of extreme engineering. Available on Netflix DVD.

Food Tech

Food Tech is a show hosted by Bobby Bognar and currently airing on the FYI Network. The show aims to “deconstruct America’s favorite meals.” For example, one show has a theme of Chinese take-out, in which you are taken to the fields, factories, and warehouses to show the making of fortune cookies, takeout boxes, eggrolls, peking duck, oyster sauce and soy sauce, start to finish. You may be able to find these on YouTube as well.

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Good Eats

Genius host Alton Brown explores the science and technique behind the cooking, the history of different foods, and the advantages of different kinds of cooking equipment. The show tends to focus on familiar dishes that can easily be made at home, and also features segments on choosing the right appliances, and getting the most out of inexpensive, multi-purpose tools. Each episode has its own theme. Available on Netflix Instant Watch.

How Do They Do It?

Each episode explores how 2 or 3 ordinary objects are made and used. The show’s slogan is “Behind the ordinary is the extraordinary.” Depending on your satellite or cable channel line-up, you may have The Science Channel and can scroll through the guide looking for what interests you. Your satellite or cable provider may also give you free access to SciGo, where you can stream full episodes. You may be able to find these on YouTube as well.

How It’s Made

Each episode shows how common, everyday items are manufactured. The show avoids showing a host onscreen, and keeps human interaction with the manufacturing process to a bare minimum. The off-screen narrator explains each process. Depending on your satellite or cable channel line-up, you may have The Science Channel and can scroll through the guide looking for what interests you. Your satellite or cable provider may also give you free access to SciGo, where you can stream full episodes. You may be able to find these on YouTube as well.

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How to Build…Everything

Each episode is a do-it-yourself guide to building humanity’s greatest inventions. Foe example, episode 1 is Secrets Of A Space Suit…the simple, easy steps to build your very own Jet Wing, Space Suit, and Aerial Tramway. Depending on your satellite or cable channel line-up, you may have The Science Channel and can scroll through the guide looking for what interests you. Your satellite or cable provider may also give you free access to SciGo, where you can stream full episodes. You may be able to find these on YouTube as well.

Impossible Engineering

How mega buildings and cutting-edge ships, trains and planes were designed and built. Depending on your satellite or cable channel line-up, you may have The Science Channel and can scroll through the guide looking for what interests you. Your satellite or cable provider may also give you free access to SciGo, where you can stream full episodes. You may be able to find these on YouTube as well.

Innovation Nation

Host Mo Rocca explores the stories behind the world’s greatest inventions and showcases present-day change-makers from all over the world who are creating solutions to real needs. The intent is to stimulate curiosity and to inspire audiences with entertaining yet educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries. Currently airing on CBS.

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It’s Okay To Be Smart

It’s Okay To Be Smart  is a YouTube channel from PBS Digital Studios, founded by Joe Hanson, Ph.D. Videos explore the fun, creative and pure “wow” of science.

Make: Combining Technology with Imagination

Inventors, artists, geeks, musicians and everyday people – these creatively inclined individuals – known as Makers – produce new-fangled marvels by mixing and matching technologies. MAKE: taps into the energy of the Makers movement. Each half-hour episode features stories of creativity and innovation, of Makers and their projects, accompanied by practical how-to guides designed to inspire! Available on Amazon Prime Instant Watch.

Minute Physics

MinutePhysics is a YouTube channel, created by Henry Reich, that explains physics concepts in simple, easy to understand clips in just a few minutes.

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Modern Marvels

Focuses on how technologies affect and are used in today’s society. It is among History’s longest-running programs, now in its 19th season. Since its debut, Modern Marvels has produced over 650 one-hour episodes covering various topics involving science, technology, electronics, mechanics, engineering, architecture, industry, mass production, manufacturing, and agriculture. Your satellite or cable provider may also give you free access to History Channel online, where you can stream full episodes. Also available on Netflix DVD.

Mythbusters

Fearless hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take viewers on an eye-opening — and often explosive — journey as they examine some of the most commonly held beliefs in popular science and culture. Available on Netflix DVD.

NOVA

A documentary series where in each episode provides an in-depth look at a different subject of scientific research. Season 1, 13, 14 available on Amazon Prime Instant Watch.

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Outrageous Acts of Science

The internet is an extensive archive of people doing downright amazing things. Outrageous Acts of Science highlights the cream of the crop. Depending on your satellite or cable channel line-up, you may have The Science Channel and can scroll through the guide looking for what interests you. Your satellite or cable provider may also give you free access to SciGo, where you can stream full episodes. You may be able to find these on YouTube as well.

Periodic Videos

Periodic Videos is your ultimate channel for all things chemistry. There are videos for each element on the periodic table, science news, interesting molecules and the world of chemistry.

SciShow

SciShow is a YouTube channel that explores the unexpected. Seven days a week, Hank Green, Michael Aranda, and Olivia Gordon delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious. They also have a sister channel devoted to space, SciShow Space.

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Secrets Of The Universe

This groundbreaking new series follows a trail of energy into the power centers of the universe. Each program visualizes these realms based on current scientific data and uses state of the art supercomputer simulations. Dive into the heart of a supermassive black hole, fly down onto the toxic landscapes of alien planets and ride along the roiling surface of a star that’s about to explode! Available on Amazon Prime Instant Watch.

Showdown of the Unbeatables

Hosted by Brian Unger. Flying drones, super lasers and other technological triumphs go head-to-head in contests designed to prove which product has the edge. Available on Netflix Instant Watch.

Sick Science

Sick Science! is a YouTube channel which contains such science experiments by celebrity teacher, science toy designer, speaker, and author Steve Spangler.

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The Slow Mo Guys

The Slow Mo Guys is a YouTube Channel created by two guys, Gav and Dan, who love filming the world in slow motion. You can see fascinating clips of an underwater bullet, paint on a speaker, popping popcorn, and exploding watermelons.

Socratica

Socratica Studios is a YouTube channel that makes beautiful, high-quality educational videos for people of all ages.

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Can you make an explosive with coffee? Can vacuum cleaners lift a car? An engineer puts these and other unconventional questions to the test. Available on Netflix Instant Watch.

Technology of War

Episodes include Ground Forces, Future of War, Sea Power, Air Power, Counter Terrorism. Available on Amazon Prime Instant Watch.

TEDEducation

TEDEd has a website devoted entirely to lessons for students of all ages. Each video is roughly 5 minutes long and is packed with information students will find fascinating. After each video, there is a quiz, additional resources, and a guided discussion.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong

Kevin Moore and Grant Reynolds seek out the Internet’s most epic fails, and with their science smarts, recreate them showing what science can do to make them go right. Depending on your satellite or cable channel line-up, you may have The Science Channel and can scroll through the guide looking for what interests you. Your satellite or cable provider may also give you free access to SciGo, where you can stream full episodes. You may be able to find these on YouTube as well.

Wow, I Never Knew That!

A whimsical, half-hour television series that is jam-packed with exciting tidbits and fascinating facts that uncover the truths and origins behind the stuff you’re already familiar with. From the items you use every day to the phrases you use in conversation to the habits you’re so accustomed to, you’ll be fascinated to learn how they’ve all really come about! Available on Amazon Prime Instant Watch.

Xploration Outer Space

Host Emily Calandrelli, Harvard scholar and former Nasa employee, takes viewers on incredible journeys through space. She visits various NASA facilities as we search for answers about our universe. Available on Amazon Prime Instant Watch.

 

 

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