Seven must-watch STEM YouTube channels

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Looking for STEM YouTube channels to explain what would happen if we nuked the Moon, what the coldest stuff in the universe is and other cool stuff? Here are seven super interesting STEM YouTube channels to boost your knowledge. 

1. Kurzgesagt

This, ‘in a nutshell’ style animation STEM YouTube video channel by Philipp Dettmer from Germany is my favourite. The videos are uploaded monthly by a small team who want to make science ‘beautiful’, and videos are insightful and thought-provoking. They explain some crazy things about the universe and our existence. Kurzgesagt‘s fans from science, technology, and politics exist all over the world. The channel subscription count currently sits at 13.9M.   

2. VSauce

The VSauce videos are entertaining and unique. Michael Stevens, an American educator started the channel about 10 years ago with explanations of science, philosophy, culture, and illusion. The videos have a theme called ‘Mind Field’ and the topics are grouped into a series of seasons. This channel has a whopping number of 16.4M subscribers. If you have any ideas and questions you can feed them to the channel creators via Twitter. 

3. ASAPScience

The description for this channel ‘making science make sense’ is apt. These videos are created using whiteboard sketches and do a fantastic job simplifying complex fundamentals. Canadian producers, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown have nailed the art of communicating science in an engaging manner. They are also an openly gay couple who met while studying biology at the University of Guelph. They have so far attracted 9.53M subscribers to this STEM YouTube channel. 

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4. TEDEd

This STEM YouTube channel aims to create lessons worth sharing as an extension of TED’s purpose of spreading great ideas. There are some incredible animations that represent collaborations between talented educators and animators. It is a good one to subscribe to for weekly doses of knowledge, and currently has 13M subscribers.  

5. Veritasium

Some people might think that ‘Veritasium’ is an actual element in the periodic table. What does it mean you might ask? Well, the name Veritasium is a combination of the Latin word for truth, Veritas, and the suffix common to many elements, -ium. The creator of this channel, Derek Muller is an Australian-born, Canadian-based science communicator, television personality and inventor. From illusions to the world roundest object, Veritasium’s 8.08M subscribers never know what they’ll find next on the quirky channel.  

6. Physics Girl

This channel has been created by Dianna Cowern, a Science Communicator from Hawaii who ventures into the physical sciences with demonstrations and cool new discoveries. As she says: “Physics Girl has videos for every atom and eve”. In the 5th grade, Cowern won a school competition to paint the cover of her school yearbook. Since then she has been fascinated by science. This channel currently has 1.77M subscribers. 

7. Tibees

This channel by Toby Hendy is a gold mine for learning maths and physics topics and some cool stuff within the subjects. Hendy is a young Australian ‘Edutuber’ and answers some fascinating questions in a simple and calm manner. She talks about people, topics, facts, and her own experiences in the maths and physics world. Toby was only 14 when she started this YouTube channel that has now grown to 573k subscribers.

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Learning should always be fun and these STEM YouTube channels make it awesome. Watch them with your friends and check out some more interesting videos on our website here.

Astha Singh

Author: Dr Astha Singh

Astha is the Managing Editor at Refraction Media. She is a STEM Marketer and holds a Honors, Masters & PhD degree in Science. She has been producing STEM marketing content for over 10 years and is an avid advocate of Diversity in the STEM industry.

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