There’s no denying that YouTube has a massive influence on how information is consumed for the modern day generation. From individuals to large corporations, many use the YouTube platform to offer opinions, education, stories and insights to grow their audiences. If you’re not already on there absorbing all that useful information, here’s a look at 6 great Youtube channels aimed to increased your engineering knowledge. For more helpful engineering advice, news and career opportunities, make sure you subscribe to NewEngineer.com here.
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Hosted and narrated by Destin Sandlin, an American engineer, SmarterEveryDay was launched in 2007 and currently has over 5 million subscribers as of August 2017. Episodes are based on scientific discovery and exploration from an engineering perspective. With a background in aerospace engineering, Sandlin has a fascination with space and flight. However, his channel also includes videos on a wide range of other random subjects from “Why dogs tilt their heads”, through to “Turning gravity into light” and “Acoustic levitation”. If you’re naturally curious about the world around you, then SmarterEveryDay might help answer some burning questions.
Created by Henry Reich, minutephysics is an educational channel that has been going since 2011, and has reached 3.9 million subscribers as of August, 2017. As you would expect, the about page of the channel sums it up best: “Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science.” The channel consists of engaging animation style videos that clearly explain physics-related topics. When the channel launched, topics were summed up in and around the one minute mark, though they’ve evolved into slightly longer videos now on average. Videos range from “The limits of Lithium-ion” to “Why doesn’t time flow backwards?”. Intrigued? Go take a look and get learning.
The Vsauce channel presents videos on a range of topics of a scientific, mathematical and technological nature among other things. Michael Stevens launched the Vsauce channel in 2010, and as of August 2017, there are a whopping 12.3 million subscribers. Aside from the extremely informative videos the channel produces, Stevens himself is a big draw and has become an internet personality. The channel initially started out with a focus on the video gaming culture, but naturally evolved into what it is today. There are a variety of unusual, and extremely interesting titles to choose from. For example, “Would headlights work at light speed?” and “How high can we build?”.
Veritasium is a scientific educational channel, created by physicist Derek Muller in 2011. As of August 2017, the channel has 4.3million subscribers. The channel’s focus is that of an engineering and scientific nature, with a wide range of videos featuring experiments, interviews with experts, intriguing demonstrations and even songs. One of the most notable draws of the channel are the numerous discussions with the general public about a variety of scientific misconceptions. Some video titles on the channel include, “The world’s heaviest weight”, and “Misconceptions about temperature”. So, if you want to debunk some common misconceptions and simply learn more engineering facts, then check this channel out.
Learn Engineering is an engineering educational channel and was created at the end of 2012. As of August 2017, the channel has just under 1 million subscribers. If you’re not drawn to the channels with wacky internet personalities and weird experiments, then Learn Engineering could be your best bet. It’s a purely educational channel that strips engineering back to basics to help explain complicated technologies. Animation videos are clear and straight-forward, and the channel has different areas focusing on different Engineering sectors. These sectors range from automotive engineering, aerospace and aeronautical, electrical engineering, equipment design, thermal engineering and more. If you’re more of a purist, then this one’s for you.
The Engineerguy Youtube channel was created by Bill Hammond, an engineering professor, in 2010. As of August 2017, the channel has 622k subscribers. Hammond’s passion and knowledge for science and technology are clear to see from his educational videos. He creates videos that visually presents complex technical information. His easygoing demeanour makes his videos engaging and easy to follow. There are a lot of practical and fundamental theories explained like “How a laser works”, or “How a microwave oven works”, through to basic processes like “Plastic injection moulding”. Without doubt, one to watch if you’ve ever wanted your own personal engineering professor who’s easy to listen to and actually makes you want to pay attention. This short list is just a highlight of some of the best engineering YouTube channels out there. Once you start watching, Youtube will recommend other relevant videos and channels for you to watch based on your interests. Before you know it, you’ll be top of the class, or within reaching distance of your next big promotion, so get online now and keep learning.
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