YouTube is the place to go to find out more about a topic you’re interested in or to find an answer to a question. From human anatomy and physiology to astronomy and the environment, you can always count on some of the brightest, smartest people on YouTube to help you learn something new.
Science and education shows on YouTube are a big channel theme trend these days, with many of them racking up millions of views and subscribers for their ability to explore and present their information in such fun and creative ways. Adding special effects, filming real experiments, and pumping some personality into their lessons allow YouTubers to create videos that are far more exciting and interesting to watch than a similar lesson you might get from a college or university course.
The incredible people who run these channels know how to make learning fun. Take a look at the following list of top science and education channels that make you want to learn as much as possible while keeping you entertained.
Vsauce is a channel that never disappoints. Host Michael Stevens explains some of life’s most interesting questions like Did the past really happen? or Why don’t we all have cancer? His videos can be enjoyed by just about everyone; they never lack in thought-provoking details. Michael knows how to break down even the most complex topics and ideas in an intriguing way so everyone can understand them.
John and Hank Green of the VlogBrothers are two of the most accomplished and recognized YouTubers of all time. On their main channel, they take turns vlogging back and forth about various topics, often taking questions from their viewers—also known as nerd fighters. Together, they’ve launched lots of other successful projects including the annual VidCon YouTube conference and the DFTBA Records distribution network
MinutePhysics puts a cool spin on learning with bite-sized videos that explain science and physics topics in hand-drawn doodles that are sped up to the speed of the narration, so you get the clearest visual representation of what’s being explained. For viewers who are short on time and attention span, MinutePhysics’s 2- to 3-minute videos offer the perfect mini-lessons for straight-to-the-point learning.
The SmarterEveryDay YouTube show features a mashup of everything from general vlogging about interesting science topics and telling stories via short animations to getting out and filming real experiments. Host Destin Sandlin is always mixing it up to keep it exciting. Unlike a lot of other YouTube channels out there, SmarterEveryDay often follows a casual vlogging style and doesn’t have to use a ton of fancy editing tricks and effects to be interesting to watch
05- PBS Idea Channel
Want a break from all that science stuff, but still want to learn something new and awesome? The PBS Idea Channel and host Mike Rugnetta explore fascinating connections in pop culture, technology, and art. A lot of the other channels on this list focus on presenting real facts and scientific explanations, while this one focuses more on ideas, trends, and opinions to back up interesting arguments. The channel is officially part of PBS.org. It releases a new video every Wednesday.