To some the internet is a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but some very intelligent people are using it to help you become Smarter Every Day.
In fact, that’s what rocket scientist Destin Sandlin is calling his fun, educational YouTube channel; Smarter Every Day.
Sandlin, who has worked with both the U.S. Military and NASA, is dedicated to getting people, kids especially, excited about science. The Alabama based host started his channel with a series of videos shot in his own back yard, and from TED talks to Tumblr he has infected the internet with his love of science.
It would be hard to narrow down the best of the more than one hundred videos, which run from 2-20 minutes, but here are a few that stand out as shining examples of what Sandlin is doing. And yes, we watched them all.
Sandlin starts his channel off with a bang, literally. Nothing says science like a high powered firearm and some massive explosions. Here he breaks down some firearm physics.
On day 109, Sandlin covers slow motion beat boxing. In this video Flula, who you may or may not know is an amazing German born DJ and entertainer, schools Sandlin in the art of beatboxing while Sandlin schools us in the physical mechanics of just how it is that a beat boxer drops the beat.
On day 22 Sandlin gets his hands dirty. Maybe not a lunch break video, as here Sandlin breaks down some good old fashioned poop science that just might help you poop smarter.
Aside from his desire to share his love of science with the world, Sandlin also uses his time to volunteer around the world, bringing science and his own knowledge and time to those who can use it the most. A number of the Smarter Every Day videos highlight some of the good works Destin Sandlin has done, while highlighting the ways in which science can be used to make a better world.
While visiting his sister in Sierra Leone to teach local children math and science, Sandlin covers everything from building huts with handmade mud bricks to eating goat brains. In this video he talks about the versatility of the Frisbee.
In another video Sanlin covers his work with the group Not Forgotten, which is focused on assisting the orphan children of Peru. While the group, and Sandlin himself, have strong theological views, he keeps his videos pointed on the overall social impact that science can have. While visiting Peru he uses levers to help change the lives of orphans in the area.
On day 85 Sandlin gets a geek dream come true. After sending a question to the International Space Station, he gets a response from the astronauts themselves, and then breaks down how you can catch the space station as it passes over your neighborhood.
In his most recent video, one which hit nearly 3 million views, Sandlin plays with balloons in his mini van. Trust us, its science.
While geeks have long known the weird and wonderful world of science doesn’t have to be stuffy, people like Destin Sandlin are doing a great job spreading the word to those not in the know. With some of his videos reaching over 9 million views, Sandlin’s popularity is well deserved. What’s more, he doesn’t hesitate to get his own little geeks in on the action, making the videos accessible to adults and kids alike, and includes more than a few experiments you can try yourself at home.