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Boing_boing linked to this a few weeks ago, a science video contest sponsored by ars technica for <3min videos explaining a scientific concept for high schoolers.  The idea is to have a fun informative video of something you could show with stuff around your house.

The categories they have are
Bio: Anything's on the table, from biochemistry to evolutionary biology and ecology. Some ideas to get you started: photosynthesis, deep brain stimulation, speciation, the RNA world, defining consciousness, protein folding, PCR, and synthetic biology.

Physical: Physics underlies most of modern science, from geology to astronomy, so this category covers a lot of ground. Some examples: thermodynamics, the carbon cycle, time dilation, flood basalts, quantum tunneling, superconductivity, red shifts, the double-slit experiment, the black hole information paradox, dark matter, squeezed light, and neutron stars.

Math: Math is a powerful tool to help us understand the natural world, and has become a method of defining worlds—like those of string theory—that we may never be able to observe directly. Some math concepts that might make for good video explainers: higher dimensional geometries, imaginary numbers, exponential growth and decay, Turing machines, Godel's incompleteness theorem, P vs. NP, cellular automata, and the invention of the calculus.

I was thinking of doing one, and have a few ideas not on these lists to do with the water table, and I was wondering what sorts of ideas you would like explained, or would think would make a good science video?


Date: 2010-11-17 09:52 pm (UTC)
jeweledeyes: Sailor Venus thinks you're a loser (Matsumoto nerd)
From: [personal profile] jeweledeyes
I would love to see the black hole information paradox or dark matter explained in a more simplified manner because I think it would be useful not just for high schoolers, but for anyone. I feel like I ~sort of~ get it, but most of the explanations I've been given are a bit over my head, so I would definitely appreciate the video.

If you'd rather do something bio-related, I think mitochondrial DNA would be a good one. You hear people talk about it all the time, but when you press them to explain it, most people don't really have a good understanding of what it is.

/2 cents

Date: 2010-11-20 06:14 pm (UTC)
83_tauri: Alien beasties, falling toward a gas giant's moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] 83_tauri
I was a little bit involved in a sort of similar project about a year ago. It was called 'The Starry Messenger'. It was meant to excite school children about science via a dramatisation of incidents in various important historical scientists' lives. It was interesting to do, and definitely a good idea, but the main problems we ran into were actually more 'technical' than scientific. We had problems with the lighting - the place where we were filming was often too dark for the cameras, there were sript-related difficulties and all of the sound editing had to be completely re-done(!).

So if I could offer any advice, it would be keep an eye on the lighting! Bright but indirect seems to be the way to go.


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