Science Bytes

Synopsis

Science Bytes features short videos — from five to seven minutes in length — that introduce students to the ideas and practices of science by telling stories about researchers working at the frontiers of their fields. The videos will be designed to help teachers convey the three dimensions of science education that form the foundation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—a new set of expectations codifying what every student should understand about science before graduating from high school. View our trailer above to get a quick sense of the possibilities inherent in this kind of storytelling.

The videos will be accompanied by online teachers’ guides that will help teachers to make the best use of the videos, and correlate the information they’re presenting with the new educational standards. Together, these materials will help teachers to be more effective in the classroom while simultaneously enriching students’ experiences.

The first five videos in the series were produced as part of a pilot project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and were based on peer-reviewed studies published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS).  Since then we have expanded our editorial focus to include other videos like the three we recently produced for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, featuring Manu Prakash’s work on the $1 microscope, Beth Shapiro’s discoveries using ancient DNA, and Roman Stocker’s research into the mysteries of the ocean.

We are currently seeking funding for a multi-year project that would make Science Bytes the centerpiece of a broader effort to inspire young people and enhance public understanding of science.