MIT's Science Out Loud

Science Out Loud is an original webseries hosted and co-written by MIT students on everything from the physics of skydiving to the biochemistry of farts. These videos take the traditional concepts taught in middle and high school science, engineering, and math classes and put them in a context completely outside the classroom. You won’t find a single equation in these videos - instead, they feature the gamut of hosts and personalities who will take you into labs, rivers, and the sky! 

  • Engineering Engines | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Ever wondered what horsepower really means, and what horses have to do with other modes of transportation? Luke and Abhi take us behind how engines work in machines all around us, including the surprising ways that they're all related!

    Grades: 8-12
  • Engineering River Cleanups | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Figuring out ways to clean up contaminated waters is a huge challenge. But luckily, a simple piece of plastic that mimics fish fat can help!

    Grades: 6-12
  • Engineering Trash into Treasure | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Folks at MIT's D-Lab are turning trash into treasure - specifically, trash to heat homes and cook in developing countries. It's not magic - it's engineering!

    Grades: 4-12
  • Growing Nanotube Forests | MIT's Science Out Loud

    What if we could grow elevators to space? Or make phones that last for weeks without a charge? These things could someday be possible someday with an amazing material like carbon nanotubes. Alex takes you behind the curious way researchers create this super-material.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Computers Compute | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Even though we think of computers as super high-tech machines with tiny parts, they can also be huge, wooden, and mechanical. It's what they have in common that makes them computers - switches!

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Do Braces Work? | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Braces are a lot more barbaric - and awesome - than you might think. But they actually just copy the process that the rest of your bones naturally undergo! Andrea, an MIT Sloan Fellow, explains.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Do Ships Float? | MIT's Science Out Loud

    The technology that keeps huge cargo ships afloat is amazingly simple. PJ, a masters student in Naval Construction and Engineering at MIT, explains just how simple it really is.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How to Discover a New Planet | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Thousands of planets - ones that look totally different than what we're used to (and could host life!) - exist outside of our solar system. But we're only just now starting to find them! Ashley takes you behind the simple technique that astronomers have been using to discover these curious new planets.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Humanoid Robot Brains | MIT's Science Out Loud

    The smartest people in the world have spent millions on developing high-tech robots. But even though technology has come a long way, these humanoid robots are nowhere close to having the "brain" and motor control of a human. Why is that? Evan takes you behind the motor control processes in the human brain, and how cutting-edge research is trying to implement it in robots.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Solving Biology's Mysteries With Plants | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Some of the most powerful and useful things in our world come from plants. Who knew they could help us unlock some of biology's mysteries - all using an approach of mapping biological pathways!

    Grades: 8-12
  • Squid Skin with a Mind of Its Own | MIT's Science Out Loud

    When you cut the nerves from a squid brain to the skin, something unexpected happens with the tiny pouches of colored pigment, called chromatophores. Emily takes you behind this phenomenon, and how it can be explained and modeled on the computer with some surprisingly simple rules.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Strange Shapes | MIT's Science Out Loud

    In school, you learn about shapes with sides and edges - but there are weird shapes out there (beyond our 3 dimensions) that defy our normal idea of geometry. QuanQuan and Jenny explain, knit, and 3D print their way through these strange shapes!

    Grades: 8-12
  • The Physics of Invisibility Cloaks | MIT's Science Out Loud

    It's not just movie magic - invisibility cloaks could be feasible, just by manipulating the crazy ways that light bounces, bends, and mixes! Prashanth and Maria take you behind the physics of light and how an invisible cloak could theoretically work.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Physics of Skydiving | MIT's Science Out Loud

    When you fall thousands of feet from the sky, it seems like something strange is happening with the laws of physics. Turns out, everything relies on a simple force - DRAG!

    Grades: 4-12
  • The Science of Bouncing | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Think all squash balls bounce the same? Think again! Max and Bjorn look into what makes things bounce better than others - from elasticity to temperature and how it all relates to potential and kinetic energy. Ready for some physics? LET'S BOUNCE!

    Grades: 4-8
  • What is a fractal (and why do they matter)? | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Fractals are complex, never-ending patterns created by repeating mathematical equations. Yuliya, a undergrad in Math at MIT, delves into their mysterious properties and how they can be found in technology and nature.

    Grades: 4-12
  • What is a Semiconductor? | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Semiconductors are in everything from your cell phone to rockets. But what exactly are they, and what makes them so special? Find out from Jamie, a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

    Grades: 6-12
  • What Is Snot? | MIT's Science Out Loud

    The stuff that oozes out of you when you’re sick? Turns out, it’s a pretty awesome material. Elizabeth, a graduate of Biological Engineering at MIT, explains what it does and just how important it is!

    Grades: 6-12
  • Why can we regrow a liver, but not a limb? | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Unlike lizards, humans can’t regrow limbs. But we can kinda-sorta regenerate our livers. Ceri, an undergrad in Biology and Comparative Media Studies at MIT, explains how and why.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Why We Fart | MIT's Science Out Loud

    Behind every fart (and poop) is an army of gut bacteria undergoing some crazy (and crazy useful) biochemistry. Learn what they have in common with beer brewing, and why we'd want to know about this science anyway...

    Grades: 4-12