Favorite Video Clips

El Niño and La Niña Explained

This video is from the NOAA Ocean Today collection. The video explains and shows the interaction between the trade winds, surface ocean movement, jet stream, and the climatic impacts. What this video shows that is not found in other videos is a map view and cross sectional view of the Pacific Ocean basin, demonstrating the trade winds blowing the warm water to the western Pacific at the same time the upwelling of the colder water is occurring in the eastern Pacific.

Minute Physics: Why is the Solar System Flat?

Many of the Minute Physics videos are good, but I like this one in particular because it is the best resource I have found for this challenging concept.  They show an excellent computer simulation of a cloud of gas that represents the Solar Nebula collapsing to form a proto-planetary disk.  This is a concept illustrated in just about every introductory astronomy textbook, but it is almost impossible to get the details right in an illustration.

Is There Poop on the Moon? (Minute Physics)

As science teachers, one of our primary goals is to create ideal conditions for students to grow their content knowledge and skills in science.  But often students come into our classrooms with misconceptions that get in the way.  Sometimes we need to bust the false knowlege our students have acquired before we can really get them to reach deep levels of understanding of important scientific concepts.

Pale Blue Dot - By Carl Sagan

This one pretty much speaks for itself.  I had the honor of listening to Carl speak in person once, during a Planetary Society event following the impact of Shoemaker-Levey-9 into Jupiter.  He was every bit the science star I belived him to be.  He helped ignight my love of science with his Cosmos book and series.  This audio clip from his book "Pale Blue Dot" is read by Carl himself, and is shown to my students every Earth Day.

I ask my students to see how many epic movie clips they recognize.  The answer gets smaller every year!