Learning through videos and shows can be a fantastic source for students. There are so many different STEAM and STEM shows and educational videos available now through a variety of mediums, and some of them are simply genius! They can take complex topics and present them in multisensory (audio-visual) ways that make those topics easy to understand. Finding the perfect show to compliment your lessons and studies simply requires a bit of digging. We’ve gone and done some of the digging for you and provided 40 STEM Shows recommendations.
STEAM and STEM Educational Videos
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We love STEAM learning around here (it’s kind of in our name!). The genius in STEM and STEAM is that it integrates the subjects so they work together. The way they are used most often in the real world. Explore this idea more in What is STEM and STEAM?
After all, science is fun especially when you get to do some exciting experiments. Engineering and technology are fascinating, and math makes sense to even math anxious people when they see how it works to solve real life problems rather than just numbers on a page.
STEM and science-focused shows help students have fun and learn at the same time. Today, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and STEM shows have become some of the most popular programming for kids from preschool to middle school.
But around here, learners of all ages, including those of us with a little grey, love these STEM shows and educational videos!
This popularity means there have been a ton of resources and energy put into the production of STEM videos in recent years. Creating a diverse and exciting variety of programming available through many sources and all over the world. These videos foster imaginations, creativity and passions, all while building a life long love of learning.
Here are our Top STEM Educational Video picks!
Keep in mind that new shows are coming out all the time. Some shows are discontinued, and some may only be available through certain sources and not globally available. Since I am in Canada my picks are heavily focused on those available in North America, but through the power of the Internet, many of these are now streamed online and can be found anywhere in the world.
We have picked shows that are focused on school aged children. There are lots of amazing preschool STEM shows too, but our focus is on Elementary and older.
40 Shows Perfect for STEM Education and Learning
STEM EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
Adam Savage’s Tested
Tested is a YouTube channel created by legendary Mythbuster Adam Savage. Tested’s website is Adam’s home on the web and is the place where he and his team explore topics in depth, asking the hows and the whys about the things that excite readers the most.
ASAP Science is a YouTube channel by a couple from Canada that does an amazing job of taking interesting and sometimes complex subjects and explaining them in brilliant ways for students of all ages.
The Brain Scoop
The Brain Scoop is a YouTube Channel ran by Emily, the Chief Curiosity Correspondent of The Field Museum in Chicago. This channel shares some of the amazing things from the collections of The Field Museum. Clips include bullet ant venom, a two-face calf, CSI fun, and more.
Crash Course is a YouTube channel started by the Green brothers, Hank Green and John Green, which contains dozens of videos for physics, astronomy, anatomy and much more.
CGP Grey is a YouTube Channel which features short explanatory videos on varying subjects, Popular clips include Daylight Saving Time Explained, The Debt Limit Explained, The Simple Solution to Traffic.
It’s Okay To Be Smart
It’s Okay To Be Smart is a YouTube channel from PBS Digital Studios, founded by Joe Hanson, Ph.D. Videos explore the fun, creative and pure “wow” of science.
MinutePhysics is a YouTube channel, created by Henry Reich, that explains physics concepts in simple, easy to understand clips in just a few minutes.
Periodic Videos is your ultimate channel for all things chemistry. There are videos for each element on the periodic table, science news, interesting molecules and the world of chemistry. Available on YouTube.
SciShow is a YouTube channel that explores the unexpected. Seven days a week, Hank Green, Michael Aranda, and Olivia Gordon delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious. They also have a sister channel devoted to space, SciShow Space.
Sick Science! is a YouTube channel which contains such science experiments by celebrity teacher, science toy designer, speaker, and author Steve Spangler.
The Slow Mo Guys
The Slow Mo Guys is a YouTube Channel created by two guys, Gav and Dan, who love filming the world in slow motion. You can see fascinating clips of an underwater bullet, paint on a speaker, popping popcorn, and exploding watermelons. This channel is mesmerizing!
Socratica Studios is a YouTube channel that makes beautiful, high-quality educational videos for people of all ages.
STEM SHOWS ON NETFLIX
A note on Netflix: I only recently subscribed to Netflix and I wish I had done it sooner. They have an incredible library of high quality educational programming.
This interactive series uses games, illusions and experiments to illustrate how our brains manufacture our reality and often play tricks on us. We love learning how our brains work around here and this show is a huge hit with all our learners, young and old! When it comes to educational videos, this is one you should definitely check out. Available on Netflix.
Can you make an explosive with coffee? Can vacuum cleaners lift a car? An engineer puts these and other unconventional questions to the test. Available on Netflix and National Geographic.
Sir David Attenborough narrates this eight-part series that explores the unique wonders of the natural world. Produced in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, it provides and incredible look into Earth’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants, and explores how climate change is affecting our planet. Available on Netflix.
Sir David Attenborough narrates this critically acclaimed series that dives into the oceans to explore the depths of the marine environment. Two-thirds of the world’s surface is covered with water but scientists know less about the oceans than they do about the moon. This series is perfect for your aspiring marine biologists. Available on Netflix.
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
We love this book and even did a windmill activity inspired by the novel. We were excited to watch the movie inspired by the book the moment it was released on Netflix. It’s the fascinating story of a boy who taught himself how to build a windmill and bring electricity to his village for the first time. It’s a true story and you can watch it on Netflix.
Got a kid who is always asking questions? Introduce them to Explained and you can finally get those questions answered! Available on Netflix.
Bill Nye Saves the World
We loved Bill Nye when he was the Science Guy and now he is saving the world. A great series of educational videos to teach your students some fascinating science plus the importance of conservation and protecting our planet. Available on Netflix in the US (sadly not for us in Canada).
Who Was? Series
We’ve been big fans of this book series for years. My kids love learning about the people behind the history, inventions and discoveries. Now you can watch the show version on Netflix.
EducatioNAL VIDEOS AND STEM SHOWS ON TV
How Do They Do It?
Each episode explores how 2 or 3 ordinary objects are made and used. The show’s slogan is “Behind the ordinary is the extraordinary.” Check your cable provider or visit SciGo, where you can stream full episodes.
How It’s Made
Each episode shows how common, everyday items are manufactured. The show avoids showing a host onscreen, and keeps human interaction with the manufacturing process to a bare minimum. The off-screen narrator explains each process. Check your cable provider or visit SciGo, where you can stream full episodes.
I think Mythbusters was the original educational video that was also entertaining. Fearless hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take viewers on an eye-opening — and often explosive — journey as they examine some of the most commonly held beliefs in popular science and culture. Available on cable in reruns.
After Mythbusters wrapped their last episode we thought we would be without Mythbusters, but then they returned with Mythbusters Jr. which challenges students to take on some epic challenges! Check with your cable provider.
The Science of STupid
This show is hilarious! Think of it like America’s Funniest Home Videos but where they actually go through and explain the science of those epic wipe outs and what they can do differently in the future to avoid those catastrophes. It provides memorable lessons that will have you laughing and learning. It’s available on cable.
How to Build…Everything
Each episode is a do-it-yourself guide to building humanity’s greatest inventions. Foe example, episode 1 is Secrets Of A Space Suit…the simple, easy steps to build your very own Jet Wing, Space Suit, and Aerial Tramway. Check your cable provider or visit SciGo, where you can stream full episodes.
How mega buildings and cutting-edge ships, trains and planes were designed and built. Check your cable provider or visit SciGo, where you can stream full episodes.
Host Mo Rocca explores the stories behind the world’s greatest inventions and showcases present-day change-makers from all over the world who are creating solutions to real needs. The intent is to stimulate curiosity and to inspire audiences with entertaining yet educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries. Available on cable.
Outrageous Acts of Science
The internet is an extensive archive of people doing downright amazing things. Outrageous Acts of Science highlights the cream of the crop. Check your cable provider or visit SciGo, where you can stream full episodes.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong
Kevin Moore and Grant Reynolds seek out the Internet’s most epic fails, and with their science smarts, recreate them showing what science can do to make them go right. Check your cable provider or visit SciGo, where you can stream full episodes.
Educational STEM SHOWS ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Make: Combining Technology with Imagination
Inventors, artists, geeks, musicians and everyday people – these creatively inclined individuals – known as Makers – produce new-fangled marvels by mixing and matching technologies. MAKE: taps into the energy of the Makers movement. Each half-hour episode features stories of creativity and innovation, of Makers and their projects, accompanied by practical how-to guides designed to inspire! Available on Amazon Prime Video which you can try now for free for 30 days.
A documentary series where in each episode provides an in-depth look at a different subject of scientific research. Available on Amazon Prime Video which you can try now for free for 30 days.
Secrets Of The Universe
This groundbreaking new series follows a trail of energy into the power centers of the universe. Each program visualizes these realms based on current scientific data and uses state of the art supercomputer simulations. Dive into the heart of a supermassive black hole, fly down onto the toxic landscapes of alien planets and ride along the roiling surface of a star that’s about to explode! Available on Amazon Prime Video which you can try now for free for 30 days.
These videos show you how to do experiments with items you have at home, making it easy and approachable, but they end every episode with a big bang! Available on Amazon Prime Video which you can try now for free for 30 days.
Wow, I Never Knew That!
A whimsical television series that is jam-packed with exciting tidbits and fascinating facts that uncover the truths and origins behind the stuff in your life. From the items you use every day, to the phrases you use in conversation, to those annoying little habits, you’ll be fascinated to learn how they came to be! Available on Amazon Prime Video which you can try now for free for 30 days.
Xploration Outer Space
Host Emily Calandrelli, Harvard scholar and former Nasa employee, takes viewers on incredible journeys through space. She visits various NASA facilities as we search for answers about our universe. Available on Amazon Prime Video which you can try now for free for 30 days.
Popular Mechanics for Kids
We love Popular Mechanics! This series of educational videos is perfect for your young engineers who want to know everything about how stuff is build and works. It’s fantastic, award winning videos that will keep your student learning and growing. Available on Amazon Prime Video which you can try now for free for 30 days.
From PBS this animated series features characters who need to save the day using science and STEM. Available on cable and Amazon Prime Video which you can try now for free for 30 days.
MORE EDUCATIONAL VIDEO SOURCES
TEDEd has a website devoted entirely to lessons for students of all ages. They also provide supportive lesson materials and plans for deeper learning. After each video, there is a quiz, additional resources, and a guided discussion. Best of all it’s free.
Curiosity Stream‘s mission is to provide an affordable, ad-free, online destination where the high quality educational videos can be enjoyed on demand and on any device by the planet’s community of the curious.
My list of favorites would take way too long for you to read, but just know that there are over 1500 programs covering all aspects of science, math, technology, engineering, and even history, economics, politics, art, music, literature and more.
That’s a lot of STEM Educational Videos! The best part is that there are more coming out all the time.