What is a science video?
Science videos are usually short clips that explain science concepts, ideas or experiments to a given audience. With science, it’s often easier to show than to tell. Video is a great way to introduce kids to the dramatic effects of chemical reactions or to show off just how big the solar system is.
YouTube is filled with science channels devoted to explaining the wonders of the natural world and is a go-to resource for learners who want to see science in action. Videos can be useful for a teacher looking for supplemental material for their lesson plans, students studying for a test or people who just want to find out about something new.
Know your topic and keep it short.
Science videos work best when you’re clearly describing a specific topic or experiment. Because so many topics are enormous, it can be tempting to go off into digressions or delve into details during a video. However, if you’re making learning material for high school students or a younger audience, you have to hold their attention and make sure they understand. Stay focused.
If you’re doing a video that explains a science experiment, break it down into well-defined steps. Outline ways that students or other learners can do it themselves and achieve the same results. Replicating results is part of the scientific method and if your viewers can replicate what you do onscreen, they’ll have a greater appreciation and understanding for what you’ve taught them.
If you’ve made videos about related topics, link to them. A video about the circulatory system could include links to the respiratory and digestive systems and a video about ecology could link to another video about climate change. Group videos together into a YouTube playlist or your YouTube channel and make sure your new work calls back and links to your old work.