EP 167: Physics Girl on How to Make Impactful Science Content

The popular YouTube channel Physics Girl began as a fun personal project for Dianna Cowern, who simply wanted to spread her love of physics after college. But it quickly grew into much more — today, it has close to a million followers as a channel that advocates for women in STEM and serves as a resource for teachers and students alike.

Dianna has done research at MIT and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, looking into dark matter and low-metallicity stars, as well as worked for GE designing software apps. She now works at UCSD as a science outreach coordinator. Her channel is also sponsored by PBS Digital Studios.

The Physics Girl channel features demonstrations, interviews, research, and all things physics- and science-related. Her most popular videos have millions of views, focusing on topics such as how to make a cloud in your mouth or what causes certain optical illusions. But her videos can range in subject matter to pretty much anything, as long as she’s explaining the world through science and physics.

Dianna’s work revolves around more than just making videos — Dianna also wants to encourage more women to pursue careers in STEM. By representing female physicists on the Internet and to such a wide audience, she can begin to normalize the idea of girls entering these typically male-dominated fields.

To watch Dianna’s videos, view her channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UC7DdEm33SyaTDtWYGO2CwdA or check out her website at www.physicsgirl.org. To hear the full interview, listen to the podcast below.  

EP 166: Mother Goose Club - Making Learning Fun with Music, Colors, and Characters

Preschool is one of the most important time in a child’s learning development. Sockeye Media’s Mother Goose Club has reinvented the world of early learning by bringing characters to life through nursery rhymes and live action filming. The content is predominantly aimed at young children, with the goal being to develop reading skills and literacy from a young age.

The six characters that star in these videos and songs are Baa Baa Sheep, Eep the Mouse, Little Bo Peep, Jack B. Nimble, Mary Quite Contrary, and Teddy Bear. These characters “inspire viewers to interact with rhymes” through memorable lyrics, engaging plot lines, and choreographed dances. The videos foster a love of learning from the beginning, letting kids go on to be successful in primary and secondary school with a strong foundation in vocabulary and reading skills.

The Mother Goose Club YouTube channel now has over 4.7 million subscribers, with sister channel Mother Goose Club Playhouse at 3.1 million subscribers. The videos have amassed billions of views since the channel’s founding. The show is also available on Netflix and local PBS stations, boasting four Midsouth Emmy awards, 19 nominations, and 12 other industry awards.

The website has over 90 rhymes in videos and songs. It also provides resources for teachers and parents such as lyrics, coloring pages, activity plans, and other tips.

Building literacy from a young age is essential to educational success later in school. Sockeye Media and Mother Goose Club ensure just that.

To learn more about Mother Goose Club, check out their website at https://www.mothergooseclub.com/ or their channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/MotherGooseClub/featured. A few more key links are as follows:

Mother Goose Club Playhouse channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/SockeyeMedia

Mother Goose Club Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/mothergooseclub/

App Store:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mother-goose-club-rhymes/id1146875428?mt=8

Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.storytoys.mothergooseclub.free.android.googleplay&hl=en_US

Favorite Nursery Rhymes:  https://amzn.to/2HwYOlB

Hello, Hello, Alphabet Train:  https://amzn.to/2J306Sl

To hear the full interview with CEO Harry Jho and CCO Sona, listen to the podcast below.

EP 165: Math and Music Together Again with Numberock

It all began when Ben Hehn, an elementary school teacher, brought his guitar to school one day to sing a song about long division to his students. They were interested, both by the song and the animations that accompanied it. This became the founding spark for NUMBEROCK, a YouTube channel that specializes in animated math-themed songs for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The goal was to create catchy songs that students would remember and use both inside and outside of the classroom. Few children willingly discuss math equations for fun if they’re not forced to in class, but singing songs about them is an entirely different story. Ben had several parents tell him that their kids were singing his songs wherever they went, allowing them to absorb and process new math concepts while having fun.

His channel now has over 50,000 subscribers and over 80 videos, most of which focus on math concepts, but some of which veer into other areas, such as U.S. presidents or counting in different languages. Each video is a song complete with animated characters ranging from Australian alligators to cartoon kids. Every video typically comes with a lesson plan for teachers to utilize.

The videos all focus on specific math concepts, which are the primary focus of the songs. Sillier aspects are added in to keep students’ attention while still being informative and educational. Many of Ben’s videos are free, but his entire library of videos, lesson plans, and other materials can be accessed through a paid subscription.

To learn more about NUMBEROCK, visit Ben’s website at www.numberock.com or check out his channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt9SZgFExNwWTH5T_JnyF-A. To hear the full interview, listen to the podcast below!