You may think of science as something that can only be explored in universities or laboratories, but you’d be wrong. Science is accessible everywhere, of course, but most easily (and entertainingly) on YouTube. These fun channels talk physics, biology, math, and even perform cool experiments.
While YouTube plays host to all manner of videos—for things like guitar maintenance, building your PC, documentaries, and even just some weird, funny stuff—it’s an excellent repository for science-centric videos. These are the best science YouTube channels, and we’re sure that they’ll both delight and educate you!
The Slow Mo Guys
Hosted by the delightful Hank Green (with occasional guest hosts), SciShow is your one-stop shop dedicated to answering weird counter-intuitive scientific questions. It’s the perfect channel for anyone interested in science, regardless of whether you’re a veteran scientist or just a naturally-curious person.
SciShow covers a wide variety of topics, and videos are filled with fun and entertaining graphics that viewers of all ages can enjoy. Some of our favorite videos on the channel include “How Do Pineapples Eat Us Back?,” “Unexpected Ways Scientists Use GPS,” and “What If All Viruses Vanished?” If you’ve got a weird science question, odds are, SciShow has an answer.
If you’re more into the experimental side of science, rather than just discussing scientific concepts, you’ll find something to like in TheBackyardScientist, aka Kevin Kohler. The channel features his wild and often dangerous science experiments performed (as you may have guessed) in his backyard.
Although the lighthearted channel highlights a few more serious videos, like “The Impossible Fire Pit Tornado,” hands-down, the best videos here are those that are, uh, a little more carefree. We love “Dangerous Toys—Gas Powered Pogo Stick from 1960s,” “Molten Metal Squirtgun,” and “Fully Automatic Table Saw Cannon.” This channel lets you enjoy all the great ideas your inner child could think up without any of the consequences. What’s not to like?
Want answers to some of the everyday science questions bopping around in your head? Let AsapSCIENCE take a whack at them. The channel features a lot of neat science-oriented YouTube Originals the whole family can enjoy. Gregory Brown and Mitchell Moffit are behind AsapSCIENCE and aim it at “making science make sense.”
Ready to become an everyday science champion? Check out our favorite videos from the channel, like “Can We Forage All Our Calories from The Wild?,” “Is School Slowly Destroying Your Brain?,” or “Why the Ancient Greeks Couldn’t See Blue.” You’ll be Jeopardy-ready in no time!
The Slow Mo Guys
Review Geek loves everything from The Slow Mo Guys. The fantastic channel—run by Brit buds Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy—is filled with videos of science filmed in slow motion. The channel has just about everything you could think of in slow-mo, like explosions, forces of nature, paint, animals, gadgets, weapons, fruit, and so so so much more.
The Slow Mo Guys is the type of channel you could have playing on your TV all day and one that both kids and adults will love watching. The boys’ personalities are a ton of fun, and they’re always laughing and having a good time. Some of our fave Slow Mo Guys videos include “Slow Mo 4K Kittens,” “Iceland’s Geyser in 4K Slow Mo,” “Spark Plug vs Car Window at 800,000FPS,” and “Rainbow Paint on a Speaker at 12,500FPS.”
Destin Sandlin, the man behind SmarterEveryDay, is a professional aerospace engineer. With such impressive education at hand, you can bet the channel has some mighty scientific videos at the ready. On it, Sandlin tackles a variety of scientific questions, performs intense (and super cool) experiments, and shows how gadgets (common and otherwise) work or how they’re made.
We love “How Carburetors are Made (Basically Magic),” “How Does the James Webb Space Telescope Work?,” “What Happens When 2 Weedeaters Hit Each Other?,” and “How Neil Armstrong Trained to Land on the Moon.” Sandlin’s friendly and knowledgeable personality makes the channel super approachable no matter your science education level.
Flashy science experiments and explainer-style videos are cool, but many science channels tend to skip over and ignore the more heavy-hitting questions in the universe. Kurzgesagt, German for “in a nutshell,” covers this with ease and throws in bright, colorful graphics to make things easier to digest. The channel blends science and philosophy (which tend to be two sides of the same coin) with ease, which is why we’re such big fans of the edutainment channel.
Turn your world upside down with videos like “Optimistic Nihilism” and “Why Alien Life Would Be Our Doom,” think about biology with “How Bacteria Rule Over Your Body,” or get cozy with astronomy-centric videos like “The Largest Black Hole in the Universe” or “What if Earth Got Kicked Out of the Solar System?” Although the videos might rattle your views on, well, just about everything, they’re incredibly well-researched and educational. And don’t worry about that feeling that’ll set in after watching a few of Kurzgesagt’s videos—that’s just the Existential dread setting in. You’ll be fine.
The Veritasium channel—run by Dr. Derek Muller—does a great job tackling science at large, and it’s no wonder why. Muller completed his Doctorate with a thesis focusing on creating effective multimedia for physics-centric education. As you’d expect, then, the channel is a long-running favorite within the scientific community and a great place to take a deeper dive into physics.
On Veritasium, you’ll find videos that blend physics, everyday objects, and issues relevant to life and science education. There are more serious science- and math-centric videos to view, like “Math Has a Fatal Flaw” and “How Imaginary Numbers Were Invented;” some more socially-focused videos, including “These Pools Help Support Half the People on Earth;” and more general and lighthearted videos like “Engineering with Origami” and “Microwaving Grapes Makes Plasma.”
Have you seen those fantastic Glitter Bomb videos that get revenge on porch pirates? That’s Mark Rober’s genius mind at work, and his channel is a blast to watch. He studied Mechanical Engineering and worked for NASA JPL for nearly a decade, and his engineering experience is what makes the videos on his channel so darn fun!
Aside from the various Glitter Bomb videos (including this fascinating video where he took down phone scammers targeting the elderly), the channel features a variety of playlists for things like DIY builds & inventions, science education, and world records. We love “Shark vs. GoPro,” “Automatic Bullseye, MOVING DARTBOARD,” “Backyard Squirrel Maze 2.0—The Walnut Heist,” and “World’s Longest Field Goal—Robot vs NFL Kicker.” And as you might have surmised, the channel features fun video options for both kids and adults.
Last but certainly not least is Vsauce (aka Vsauce1). The channel’s videos span general scientific topics and extend across philosophy, mathematics, pop culture, technology, and psychology. There are two other Vsauce channels, too: Vsauce2—covering unusual gadgets, knowledge, and people (and more specifically, things related to probability, dilemmas, and paradoxes)—and Vsauce3, which discusses fictional worlds, especially those from video games and how they connect to real life and actual science.
We think the best place to start is the regular ol’ Vsauce1 channel. There, you’ll find unique videos like “How Many Things Are There?,” “Which Way is Down?” “How Earth Moves,” “What is the Resolution of the Eye?,” and “What is the Speed of Dark?” The channel’s unique videos cover all kinds of topics and questions you probably didn’t know that you wanted to know about, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it.