The good news for you is that my binge-fest resulted in discovering some short, engaging, content-rich material for you and your students! So much of this makes for great mini-lessons, review, etc. And because it’s on YouTube, you can easily link to your class website for absent students to review, or just to watch again for deeper understanding! I find I notice something new every time I watch a video!
Part of the great content I found, I have embedded below. (I also found plenty of less-than-awesome content, but that stuff didn’t make the list! You don’t know it, but I’ve saved you hours of time!)
Note: I don’t have any connection to any of the content creators or their channels. I just really love what they’re doing!
I’ve embedded my own YouTube video first, which is an introduction where I briefly give a quick introduction to several YouTube channels that span grades 2 – 12, focusing mostly on science, but not entirely. I’d definitely give that a watch first!
I’ve included two playlists for your viewing pleasure! The first set of videos is for you, and the second set is for you to introduce the engineering process to your class.
Why I Teach My Children to Fail | Jim Harshaw
You’ve heard of Engineers, I’m sure. But, what are Engineers? Well, it turns out that they’re all kinds of people doing all kinds of neat work! Want to be one? Well, join Sabrina in this episode of Crash Course Kids where she talks about what they do and why they do it!
So, how do engineers even figure out what problem needs to get fixed? And what’s the difference between identifying a problem and just complaining about something. In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina talks about how we can all be better Engineers by understand what problems we want or need to solve.
So, there might not be just one solution to a problem. I know that may sound weird, but it’s true. So, how do you come up with multiple solutions? In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Engineer Sabrina shows us how to do that.
Selecting which solution is the best solution to a problem may seem difficult at first. But if you are patient and think about what you need an effective solution to be, you can do it. In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina shows us how to do just that by going back to our original problem at the gorge.
Variables: What are they? In the case of engineering, variables are a condition or value that can change. Sometimes we control a variable, sometimes we don’t. In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina chats to us about how variables affect our choices as engineers.
Engineering Games: Crash Course Kids #29.2
So how can a game teach us about engineering? Pretty easily! When you’re trying to solve a game, or a puzzle, or whatever, you will have a bunch of variables. The trick is knowing how to change one variable at a time to see what changes. In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina plays a game with Catbot to show us how!
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So, variables. There are lots of them when trying to test an idea. The trick is to isolate one variable at a time to get reliable results every time. But, how do we do that? In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina shows us how to isolate variables at the bowling alley!
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Designing a Trial: Crash Course Kids #44.1
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