Science teachers looking for fun videos to show how shockingly exciting science can be, look no further. Molly Michelson, who produces the Science in Action videos for the California Academy of Sciences, has seen a lot of videos explaining the science in everyday life. She’s put together her top five favorite science videos.

1. This Science Friday video, Where’s the Octopus, explains how cephalopods like squid and octopus camouflage themselves in the wild. Known as the masters of optical illusion, this video has cool shots of an octopus going in and out of camouflaged states.

2. This Distillations Explainer uses Abraham Lincoln’s head and accompanying top hat to explain how hemoglobin carries oxygen in the blood and why it’s so efficient.

3. The NPR video “A Mystery: Why Can’t We Walk Straight,” narrated by Robert Krulwich of Radio Lab fame, raises more questions than it answers about a topic researchers are still studying. Kids will invariably start wondering and maybe even hoping to solve the mystery!

4. The Academy of Sciences takes us behind the headlines of big scientific discoveries with How Science Works, a video about the process of researching. How are scientific discoveries actually made? It turns out it’s not simple or easy and lots of people are involved.

5. The short and catchy “7,000 Kinds of Amphibians” video by the Academy of Sciences explains through song what makes amphibians unique. Watch out, the tune might stick in your head!

  • Melanie Link Taylor

    Thank you so much! These are just the type of delightful and interesting snippets we need in the class to involve more of the child’s learning patterns.

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    Amazing video of making other understand about science. Sharing with all make a great sense. Thanks for sharing!

  • calacademy

    Please continue to share. The Academy also has many other science videos @


Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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