Physics Girl Dianna Cowern has created a YouTube channel about physics, astronomy, and other science-related topics. The show features engaging DIY investigations, unusual and cutting-edge research, explanations about phenomena related to space and the universe, and interviews with science experts. Examples of everyday physics include “Why do mirrors flip horizontally (but not vertically)?” “Which way will a spool roll?” and “Can explosions work in space?” In addition to viewing the everyday physics videos, students can listen to an interview with an MIT professor about “How the Hippies Saved Physics,” or they can try their skill at making a cloud in their mouth, calculating Pi with darts, and more.
Throughout the summer months, students can explore the science behind some of their favorite summer activities. On PBS LearningMedia’s Science of Summer website, students will discover the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the mineral composition of sand, the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and rollercoasters—and more.
Google’s Science Journal transforms students’ mobile devices into a science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data, and record observations from the world around them. The app, which is available for iOS, Android, and most Chromebooks, offers a suite of tools to measure light, motion, sound, G-forces, and more.
When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.