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Science Skills

Contains over 29 Videos

Presenting Science

How Scientists Work

After all the work of conducting an investigation, a scientist’s role is not over yet. Essential viewing before concluding their own STEM investigation, this programme introduces students to the many benefits and ways of communicating their...Show More

Choosing What to Investigate

How Scientists Work

Exploring the broad issue of urban light pollution through the work of four dedicated researchers, this programme reveals how and why each scientist chose their niche and turned it into a measurable research question. Middle and Senior-secondary...Show More

Considering the Evidence

How Scientists Work

Even the most well planned experiment means little if the evidence collected isn’t properly analysed. Following the progress of four scientists researching the problem of urban light pollution from four different angles, middle and senior...Show More

Collecting the Evidence

How Scientists Work

Experiments come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have special considerations and constraints that need to be meticulously planned for before any field or lab work can begin. Ideal viewing before undertaking their own STEM investigation,...Show More
Why? The Development of Scientific Theories

Why? The Development of Scientific Theories

How Do Scientists Know...

This video explores the development of scientific theories over time using one of the biggest scientific questions of all time as an example: how did our universe begin? From the static model, to red shift, the cosmological constant, the Steady...Show More
How? The Acceptance of Scientific Laws

How? The Acceptance of Scientific Laws

How Do Scientists Know...

Through an examination of Steno’s Law of Superposition, this video explains the importance of empirical data collection for gathering evidence in support of scientific laws. With the simple and entertaining analogy of pants in a laundry basket,...Show More
The Difference Between Theories and Laws

The Difference Between Theories and Laws

How Do Scientists Know...

The difference between a scientific theory, law and hypothesis can be easily misunderstood by students. This video aims to provide each of these terms with sturdy definitions, supported by a humorous and unlikely example that will be both...Show More
Basic Techniques

Basic Techniques

Lab Skills

Basic techniques in the science lab are important to master. This clip demonstrates how to safely light a Bunsen burner, how to correctly smell a test tube using wafting and how to gently mix the contents of a test tube. It also explains the...Show More
Connecting an Ammeter or Voltmeter

Connecting an Ammeter or Voltmeter

Lab Skills

When working with circuits, it is necessary for students to also understand how to correctly connect a voltmeter and ammeter. This clip demonstrates how to connect an ammeter in series and a voltmeter in parallel to accurately measure the current...Show More
Dilution

Dilution

Lab Skills

Accurate dilutions are an important skill for a science student. This clip demonstrates how to use a volumetric pipette and explains how to extend this skill to preparing dilutions.
Fire Safety Equipment

Fire Safety Equipment

Lab Skills

When emergencies occur, students need to be prepared. This clip demonstrates how to use a fire blanket, a fire extinguisher and a sand bucket so that students are prepared for a fire in the science lab.
Separation Techniques

Separation Techniques

Lab Skills

Separating mixtures is an important skill. This clip looks at how to: fan-fold filter paper; separate a mixture of iron filings, sand and sodium chloride; recover a dissolved salt like sodium chloride; and perform suction filtration.
Personal Safety Equipment

Personal Safety Equipment

Lab Skills

When accidents happen in the science lab, students need to be prepared. This clip demonstrates how to use an eye bath, a chemical shower and a fumehood, and explains the items they can expect to find in a chemical spill kit.
Spring Balance, Ticker Timer, Hodson Light Box

Spring Balance, Ticker Timer, Hodson Light Box

Lab Skills

All physics students will encounter the spring balance, ticker timer and Hodson light box. This clip introduces these three simple instruments and demonstrates basic skills for measuring force, speed, reflection and refraction.
Taking Measurements

Taking Measurements

Lab Skills

In a science lab, it's important to know how to take accurate measurements. This clip demonstrates how to: measure temperature using a thermometer, use an analytical balance, and measure the volume of a liquid using a measuring cylinder, taking...Show More
Testing for Gases

Testing for Gases

Lab Skills

Without knowing the equation for a reaction, there are simple tests a student can perform to identify the gas produced. This clip demonstrates the tests used to identify hydrogen gas, oxygen gas and carbon dioxide gas.
Testing for Organic Compounds

Testing for Organic Compounds

Lab Skills

When doing food analysis, a student can test to identify the food component present. This clip demonstrates what to expect when testing for the presence of protein, starch, carbohydrate, glucose, and fats and lipids.
Titration

Titration

Lab Skills

Volumetric analysis is an important technique used in quantitative testing, which takes some practice to perfect. This clip demonstrates how to set up and perform a titration using a simple acid-base reaction.
Using a pH Meter

Using a pH Meter

Lab Skills

A pH meter is used to measure the pH of a solution and is a delicate instrument. This clip introduces students to using a pH meter to check the pH of an acid or base.
Using a Microscope

Using a Microscope

Lab Skills

Biology students need to be familiar with how to use a scalpel safely and a microscope correctly. This clip demonstrates how to move about while holding a scalpel, how to use a microscope and how to prepare a dry mount microscope slide.
Safety in the Senior Science Lab

Safety in the Senior Science Lab

Safety in the Science Laboratory is imperative, not only is it the basic fundamental of a successful learning environment, it is also every student and teachers right to work in a safe environment. This programme is aimed at providing students...Show More
What's So Special About Science?

What's So Special About Science?

Very few parts of our everyday lives are untouched by science in some form or other. Scientific inquiry, research and technological development have taken human beings on an incredible journey – particularly in the past 100 years. When...Show More
Pseudoscience: Looking for Evidence and Proof

Pseudoscience: Looking for Evidence and Proof

The Eyes of Nye

Bill shows students how to examine out-of-this-world claims through the eyes of a scientist - by looking for evidence and proof. He exposes techniques used by psychics, demonstrates the science of walking on flaming coals, and considers "The Case...Show More
Scientific Method: How It Works

Scientific Method: How It Works

Scientific methodology is a cornerstone of modern science. This video introduces scientific methodology by describing its development and purpose. Then, using the basic question 'Do plants need light to grow?', the viewer is given a detailed...Show More
Scientific Problem Solving

Scientific Problem Solving

Understanding Science Series

This programme takes a student through the correct steps for solving a problem scientifically: define or state the problem, research the problem, form a hypothesis, test the hypothesis, record and analyse the data, and state a conclusion. A...Show More