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The Science360 Video Library provides series that showcase the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math.

We Are Mathematics

At the 2019 National Math Festival, the National Science Foundation announced the winners of its NSF We Are Mathematics Video Competition, an opportunity for the research community to showcase mathematical sciences research using video storytelling that is accessible to a broad audience.


The most important National Science Foundation-funded research delivered with text-on-screen, for when it needs "spelling out"

The Human Water Cycle

Water. It's an essential building block of life, constantly moving in a hydrologic cycle that flows in a continuous loop above, across and even below the Earth's surface. But water is also constantly moving through another cycle--the human water cycle--that powers our homes, hydrates our bodies, irrigates our crops and processes our waste. The tight connection between water, food and energy makes them dependent on one another. Our increasing need for these three vital resources is forcing us to rethink how we manage and use our water supply. The National Science Foundation has joined with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, to release a four-part video series, the "Human Water Cycle," that explores the connection between water, food and energy.

Ask a Scientist

You sent us your questions, and NSF-funded scientists are answering! Check out this series of brief videos for answers to science and engineering questions you might be wondering about.

International Consumer Electronics Show

Eureka Park, an area dedicated to up-and-coming technology born from fundamental science and engineering innovation, at the world's largest consumer electronics event, the International CESŪ. In this video series, the National Science Foundation features some of their SBIR grantees who presented at the CES.

Science Nation

Science Nation takes a dynamic, engaging look at the breakthroughs and the possibilities for new NSF-funded discoveries about our planet, our universe and ourselves. You're free to download, embed, post and distribute Science Nation episodes. If you wish to post or distribute broadcast quality Science Nation episodes, and/or you want to request content such as interviews, broll, images, etc..., please fill out the Science Nation request form.

NSF Science Now

Hosted by the NSF's Dena Headlee, NSF Science Now is a weekly newscast covering some of the latest in NSF-funded innovation and advances across all areas and disciplines, from astronomy to zoology. This fast paced, news round-up reports many of the week's top stories.

NSF's Science360 Super Science Show

Co-editors of NSF's Science360 News Service, Charlie Heck and Jordan D'Eri, bring you a weekly, well almost weekly, recap of some of the top NSF-funded news stories.

Earth Scope Chronicles

EarthScope is a multifaceted program investigating the internal structure, dynamics and history of the North American continent.

When Nature Strikes: The Science of Natural Hazards

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences has partnered with NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News) and the Weather Channel to produce a 10-part video series that explores the science of natural disasters and research to avert their human and economic toll.

Science of NFL Football

From the National Football League and the National Science Foundation comes an informative 10-part video series that explores the science behind America's most beloved sport.

Chalk Talk

This animated series of short videos acts as a video glossary to define specific scientific terms or concepts in a fun, easy to understand way. In each episode you'll learn what it is, why researchers study it, and what it might be used for. The content of each episode will be appropriate for all age groups, although some concepts may be high-school level science.

Chemistry Now

The National Science Foundation has joined forces with NBC Learn and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry by creating "Chemistry Now" - a weekly, online, video series that uncovers and explains the science of common, physical objects in our world and the changes they undergo every day. The series also looks at the lives and work of scientists on the frontiers of 21st century.

Changing Planet

NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, explores the impact that climate change is having on our planet. From Bermuda's tropical seas to the Arctic Ocean, this 12-part series looks at places around the world where scientists are observing the dramatic impacts of climate change. For related lesson plans, visit the Windows to the Universe project at the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

The ARRA Report

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. This is the latest news about NSF-funded ARRA research from universities and institutions across the country.

Fast Draw

Part Freakonomics, part Schoolhouse Rock: animated answers to real questions inside the news.

Finding Your Science

Finding Your Science is a National Science Foundation video series that's all about science passion, perspective, and inspiration.

Green Revolution

As part of the "Green Revolution" series we visited researchers all over the country and asked them lots of questions about the energy, fuels and technologies they are working on to make our lives better in the future. View the full Green Revolution Interactive or click on one of the videos.

Innovation Nation

Innovation Nation is a quick look at what happens when genius meets possibility: stories about some of the NSF-funded inventions and research shaping our world. You're free to post and distribute Innovation Nation episodes as long as you preserve the Science Channel logo. For more information, please contact Laurie Howell, lhowell[at]


Innovators features NSF funded scientists, engineers, mathematicians and educators whose innovations are helping to create opportunities for the future.

Profiles of Scientists and Engineers

What's it really like to be an engineer or a scientist? What do they really do all day? You're about to find out! Meet the next generation of engineers and scientists in these profiles of young professionals, who may just inspire you to join them.

Science In Motion

Short, lighthearted video reports about new developments in science and engineering stemming from National Science Foundation funded research.

Science of NHL Hockey

The National Science Foundation, in partnership with NBC Learn and NBC Sports and the National Hockey League, explore the science and math behind professional hockey. This 10-part video series exploring the science behind the fastest game on ice is made especially for students and teachers to use in the classroom, the videos will be aligned to lesson plans and national state education standards, and are available to the public cost-free on and

Science of Speed

You can't win NASCAR races without getting the science right. NSF has partnered with NASCAR in the production of the "Science of Speed", a fast-paced 12-part video series that explains the scientific principles that are so essential to the NASCAR experience

Science Of The Summer Olympics: Engineering In Sports

"Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering In Sports," the fourth and latest installment in the "Science of Sports" franchise, explores the science, engineering and technology that are helping athletes maximize their performance at the 2012 London Games.

Science of the Winter Olympics

NBC Learn has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to produce Science of the Olympic Winter Games, a 16-part video series that explores the science behind individual Olympic events.

Sustainability: Water

The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn explore the threats and challenges to our most vital natural resource.

Science of the Winter Olympic Games 2014

The "Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games" is a 10-part video collection that delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world's foremost sporting event.

International Year Of Statistics

2013 is the International Year of Statistics, a worldwide campaign supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and more than 2,020 other agencies and organizations in 123 countries. You may ask, "Why celebrate statistics?" Statistical sciences have powerful and far-reaching effects, and one of the goals of the year-long celebration is to help people understand and appreciate the impeccable impact these invisible sciences are having on our lives.Statistical sciences are helping us find solutions to numerous global challenges, such as climate change, cancer research, security, energy, sustainability and environmental protection. Statistical sciences are becoming increasingly critical to academia, businesses, and government agencies, who are relying on data-driven analytics to make informed decisions. And, in the scientific and engineering communities, data and statistical sciences are enabling new discoveries in all disciplines and powering new areas of exploration. At NSF, statistical sciences are supported across the Foundation, though support primarily comes from various programs within the Division of Mathematical Sciences and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. Statistical sciences are supported through not only the core programs, but also through various national priority areas, such as these, among others:Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES)Computational and Data-enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)Interface of the Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Engineering (BioMaPS)Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC), Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineering our Future (DMREF)Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)Neuroscience & Brainmapping

Science Behind The News

The National Science Foundation in partnership with NBC learn bring you the first story in this new series examining the science of political polls and random sampling

Science Of Innovation

From Thomas Edison's light bulb to Wilbur and Orville Wright's flying machine, inventors and inventions transform the way we communicate, travel and live our daily lives--thanks to the creative process of innovation. That process is highlighted in this video series The Science of Innovation. In celebration of the 165th birthday of one of America's greatest innovators, Thomas Edison, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and NBC Learn, produced this 11-part series narrated by NBC News' Ann Curry highlighting innovators from across the country.

To What Degree?

What science is telling us about climate change. Leading climate change experts discuss one of the most complex scientific puzzles ever to confront humankind.

WAIS Divide

This series provides a look at the history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, the life a scientist leads while on the ice, and the results from the data obtained by scientists studying the WAIS Divide.You're free to post and distribute the WAIS Divide Series. For more information, please contact Jeremy Polk, jpolk [at]

Nanotechnology: Super Small Science

"Nanotechnology: Super Small Science" is a six-part series that shows viewers how atoms and molecules that are thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair can be used as building blocks to create future technology.

NSF And The BRAIN Initiative

Responding to the need for a comprehensive understanding of the brain, President Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative on April 2, 2013. Led by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, BRAIN is a bold new research effort. Click Here for more information.


Alex, Jorge and the gang travel around the world to talk to real grad students and young scholars about the work they do and why they do it. From hiking out in lava fields to ethnographic studies of tap dancers, Ph.Detours gives you an inside look at the environments and the people who are doing some of the most interesting research today.

Evolution of Evolution: 150 Years of Darwin's "On the Origins of Species"

On Nov. 24, 1859, Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" intrigued scientists, appalled religionists and fascinated the public. Now, 150 years later, "Origin" still causes ripples. This report--updated on the original publication's anniversary--gives a surprising glimpse inside the science and society that fueled his rise to science stardom.

Consumer Electronics Show 2014

At 2014's Consumer Electronics Show, visitors were introduced to brand new products never seen before. At Eureka park, visitors could take look into future products from companies funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research Program. This NSF program funds companies that create prototypes with the potential to reach homes within three years.

The Demark Strait: Looking for the origins of a mysterious current

There is this obscure body of water separating Iceland from Greenland called the Denmark Strait. It's not very wide, only some 600 miles, but it's one of the most important stretches of water in the entire world-ocean circulation. Here's why: Every second of every day millions of cubic meters of warm water flow north along the British Isles and up the coast of Norway aboard an arm of the Gulf Stream System, treating Western Europe to a far more moderate climate than their latitude deserves. However, if all that warm water flows north, an equal quantity of cold water must flow south to maintain the circulation--the stability of our climate depends on it. The narrow Denmark Strait is the main portal for southbound water. Therefore, it's vital we understand the upstream system that delivers water to the strait.The accepted theory has held that a current flowing down the East Greenland coast delivered most of the water to the strait. It sounded reasonable. Besides, this region was so under-measured no one had enough data to offer another hypothesis. But then in 2004 two Icelandic oceanographers, Drs. Jonsson and Valdimarsson, found intriguing evidence of an unknown current. That doesn't happen very often these days; in fact, it's almost unprecedented. The current seemed to pass over the north slope of Iceland and then flow into the Denmark Strait. The Icelanders were certain enough of its existence to give it a name--the North Icelandic Jet. Then during a follow-on expedition in 2008, WHOI oceanographer Bob Pickart verified its existence with more extensive measurements. Not only is this a new current, not only does it flow into this important Denmark Strait--it supplies fully half the water that exits the strait to form the return-flow current. At least that's the hypothesis. It remains to be proven. That's what this cruise is all about.


WildFIRE PIRE (Partnerships in International Research and Education) is an international partnership focused on the causes and consequences of fire in the past, present, and future. This partnership includes scientists, educators, and fire specialists from: Montana State University, University of Colorado, University of Idaho, Salish Kootenai College, USDA Forest Service, Australian National University, University of Auckland, University of Tasmania, Landcare Research, and Monash University. The project also involves research and land managers from US and foreign non-profit conservation organizations, who are providing internship experiences for undergraduates and timely fire information. The expertise of the team includes scientist working on fire history, fire ecology, fire climatology, fire management, cultural anthropology, biodiversity and fire conservation, and invasive species. The team also includes specialists in natural history filmmaking and outreach, international education programs, project assessment, and data management.

Ordinary, Extraordinary... Junco

The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco is a documentary film project designed to engage, entertain, and inspire student and adult audiences of all backgrounds. The feature-length film (88 min.) is comprised of eight shorter video modules (3 to 20 min.), or "chapters," that highlight past and present biological research on one of the most common and abundant -yet amazing and diverse-groups of songbirds in North America, the Juncos.Each video chapter explores key themes in animal behavior, ecology, or evolution, and conveys the process of scientific research with high school and college science standards in mind. Related educational resources are available to facilitate classroom or self-directed (e.g., homework) use.

Inside Science TV

Inside Science TV (ISTV) produces short-form news vignettes about cutting-edge research and development in science, engineering, and mathematics designed to fit seamlessly into local television newscasts in stations across the United States and internationally. Inside Science TV is supported by the American Institute of Physics and a group of science, engineering, and mathematics societies.

In The Grass, On The Reef

In the Grass, On the Reef follows the research of two Florida State University marine ecologists. Dr. David Kimbro and Dr. Randall Hughes study coastal ecosystems such as salt marshes (In the Grass) and oyster reefs (On the Reef). These systems provide us with many services: sheltering commercially important crabs and fish, cleaning the water, preventing erosion, to name just a few. Follow their research journey with this series of videos.

Understanding Our Earth With UCAR

Understanding the behavior of our atmosphere is vital to preserving the future of our Earth, and the natural resources we rely on. Scientists across the country are dedicated to researching the areas of atmospheric research and Earth system sciences. Welcome to UCAR, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, where a consortium of universities, academic affiliates, and scientists are connected to better understand everything from solar storms to wildfires.

The Synergy Project: An Experiment In Art And Science Collaboration

Synergy is an experimental program that catalyzes partnerships between artists and research scientists. With an emphasis on communication and collaboration, Synergy aims to provide meaningful creative and intellectual experiences for both the general public and for participating artists and scientists. We carefully select and match artists and scientists to work together to formulate a shared voice. We then present the outcome of these collaborations as group exhibitions that invite the public to engage with this unique collision of art and science. Synergy was conceived in early 2012 in affiliation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Geospatial Revolution

The Geospatial Revolution Project is an integrated public service media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact. The mission of the Geospatial Revolution Project is to expand public knowledge about the history, applications, related privacy and legal issues, and the potential future of location-based technologies.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Creating the Future Video Contest

For 60 years, NSF-supported graduate research fellows (GRFs) have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering and to the nation. As part of the celebration of this anniversary, NSF sponsored the "GRFP: Creating the Future" Video Competition. Current GRFs were asked to submit 90-second videos showing how their research can help shape the future for them as individuals, for their fields of work, and for the world.

ByteSize Science

Produced by the American Chemical Society, Bytesize Science is an award-winning video series that uncovers the chemistry in everyday life. Bytesize Science is available at

Explore Research

Explore Research videos feature past and present research from the University of Florida


QUEST is an award-winning multimedia science and environment series created by KQED, San Francisco, the public media station serving Northern California. QUEST's ultimate aim is to raise science literacy by inspiring audiences to discover and explore science and environment issues for themselves.


ESOcast is a video podcast series dedicated to bringing you the latest news and research from ESO - Astronomy made on planet Earth. Here we explore the Universe's ultimate frontier with our host Doctor J, a.k.a. Dr. Joe Liske.

Engineer Guy

Bill Hammack takes a humanistic approach: from the trial, tribulations, and triumphs of inventors and scientists to the effect of technology on our daily lives.

The Road To The New Energy Economy

As the Nation's biggest sponsor of science and engineering research, the National Science Foundation is playing a leading role in developing and supporting climate-friendly technologies. This series of briefings aims to garner congressional support for innovation that will allow us to shift to a more efficient, lower-carbon energy future.


CreatureCast is a collaborative blog produced by members of the Dunn Lab at Brown University, along with assorted friends. This project, which is focussed on zoology in the broad sense, serves as a forum to present original content that we have produced and observations by others that we find interesting and beautiful. Support for some original podcast content is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Mollusc themed podcasts are supported by a collaborative NSF research grant to Casey Dunn, Gonzalo Giribet, and Nerida Wilson.

Discover - Engage - Transform

The videos presented in this series are a hybrid of documentary filming and graduate thesis research. These short videos are meant to educate the world by creating more awareness of the knowledge and findings coming out of universities and disseminating those findings visually so everyone can digest them.

The Field Revealed

Every object in the collections of the Field Museum has a story to tell and we have more than 24 million of them. Each week we turn the spotlight onto the cases, cabinets and shelves behind the scenes and let our staff reveal the hidden stories from The Field Museum.

Science In Action

Science in Action delivers science news through media screens and live chats at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, this Science Today website, podcasts and monthly Nightlife programming. We gather and disseminate content through our partners, local programs, other media and Academy staff. And you.

Green Holidays

Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and even Festivas - all different holidays, but ingrained in each, is an element of glitz, glitter and gift-giving. How does the American style of celebration reconcile with another movement sweeping the United States, the desire to be "green"? During the holiday season, the National Science foundation asks what steps could help make the holiday season a bit "greener".

Spellbound: How Kids Became Scientists

Spellbound, a video series produced for the 2011 observance of the International Year of Chemistry, tells the story of scientists whose childhood curiosity about everyday things helped them launch careers in the lab, win Nobel Prizes, and make other achievements. Their curiosity, mentors, role models, and other early childhood experiences may point to approaches that can be used today, and tomorrow, in encouraging young people into careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Sea-It-Live Presents The BiG RAPA Cruise

The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) is a NSF-sponsored Science and Technology Center designed to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the diversity of microorganisms in the sea. Marine microorganisms dominate the ocean and ensure the habitability of our planet. The focus of the 2010 C-MORE expedition, BiG RAPA was to explore unique habitats that exist in the South Pacific subtropical ocean, with environmental conditions ranging from a rainforest flourishing with life to a desolate desert. Please join us as we take you on a virtual field trip to explore the highlights of this expedition.

Prized Science

Prized Science is a video series featuring the work and contributions of recipients who won ACS awards. Watch, listen, and discover how the chemistry behind ACS' awards transforms our lives. Prized Science videos are available free of charge at iTunes, YouTube, and also on DVD. Videos are suitable for classroom use and other audiences of students and non-scientists. ACS encourages educators, schools, museums, science centers, news organizations, and others to embed links to Prized Science on their websites.