Science Please!

Science Please!

Got a science question? Got a minute? The 26 one-minute video clips in the Science Please! collection offer humorous but rigorously accurate explanations of scientific discoveries and phenomena we encounter in our daily lives. Have you ever wondered... why do we see colours? What makes the wind blow? Why do some things float and others sink? What is sound? Why does soap clean? Each question is carefully researched and clearly explained through animated illustrations, archival footage and amusing narration. The wacky humour will appeal to 9- to 12-year-olds, while encouraging an interest in science. Science is cool!

  • The Atom
    2001|1 min

    Where would we be without these microscopic particles?

  • The State of the Matter
    2000|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please collection, The State of the Matter uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain how temperature affects the state of matter.

  • The Dirt on Soap
    campus 2000 | 1 min

    How soap cleans? Part of the Science Please! collection for children.

  • Explosives
    2001|1 min

    Are cows a time bomb just waiting to explode? Part of the Science Please! collection for children.

  • Gravity
    2001|1 min

    What keeps us down to earth? This clip from Science Please! answers the question.

  • Operation Lever
    2000|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, Operation Lever uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain how a lever increases force.

  • The Force of Water
    1998|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, The Force of Water uses archival footage, animated illustration and amusing narration to explain the Archimedes principle, of why some things float and others sink.

  • Lift Off
    2000|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, Lift Off uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain what makes a rocket lift off.

  • Wheel Meets Friction
    1998|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, Wheel Meets Friction uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain how the invention of the ball bearing reinvented the wheel.

  • The Internal Combustion Engine
    2000|1 min

    Four strokes of genius.

  • Fire
    2001|1 min

    What lights your fire? Part of the Science Please! collection for children.

  • The Wind
    1998|1 min

    In the collection Science Please!, the first clip, entitled The Wind, explains the phenomenon of the wind with the help of archives, animation and narration.

  • Slippery Ice!
    1999|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, Slippery Ice! uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain why we slip on ice.

  • The Refrigerator
    2001|1 min

    What makes a fridge cool? A clip from the Science Please! collection.

  • Lightning
    2000|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, Lightning uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain: What causes the electrical discharge we see as lightning?

  • Magnets
    2000|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, Magnets uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain: North Pole, South Pole... what's the big attraction?

  • Battery
    2000|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, Battery uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain: Why do we get a charge out of batteries?

  • Electricity
    2001|1 min

    How do we convert motion into electricity?

  • The Light Bulb
    2000|1 min

    Edison's bright idea, or how the electric light bulb works?

  • Electromagnetic Radiation
    2001|1 min

    What do X-rays, microwaves and light have in common? Part of the Science Please! collection for children.

  • Sound Is Vibration
    2000|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, Sound Is Vibration uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain what is the sound.

  • The Telephone
    2001|1 min

    How do voices travel over the phone?

  • The Wonderful World of Colour
    1999|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, The Wonderful World of Colour uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain how the cones of the retina enable us to perceive the spectrum of colours.

  • The Moon Changes
    2000|1 min

    A clip in the Science Please! collection, The Moon Changes uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain what causes the different phases of the moon.

  • Mirrors
    2001|1 min

    What's the angle on mirrors?

  • Why Is the Sky Blue?
    2001|1 min

    Why isn't it green, yellow or striped?