EveryDay Science is a coproduction between Little Shop of Physics and Poudre School District Channel 10. Brian Jones (Colorado State University Physics Instructor and Director of Little Shop of Physics) works with Poudre School District students to explore a science theme. These videos are designed to be educational and entertaining as well as align with K-12 Standards.
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An archive of our old podcasts of EveryDay Science can be found here.
Episodes of EveryDay Science have been made into short podcasts and are posted below. New podcasts are released weekly as part of Tie Dye Fridays.
In this last part of our Electricity Show, we learn more about the Fort Collins Trolley and how it actually uses the principles of electricity, circuits, conductors and insulators to run!
In this edited segment, we take a look at the history of the Fort Collins Trolley Cars.
Claire and Madeline put everything they’ve learned together to figure out how we can use electricity to get a car to move. Charges flow from high potential to low potential through conductors.
This week, our scientists use a pencil to literally draw an electrical circuit!
Brian, Claire and Madeline try their hand and making and breaking circuits!
Brian meets Claire and Madeline, a couple of Junior Broadcasters from Tavelli Elementary School in Fort Collins. Together they begin to explore electricity.
Sunlight is a form of radiant energy, which is very important to us. Brian and the crew use another form of radiant infrared to cook a pizza!
Light has energy, and both plants and people can capture this energy to use!
Brian, Hailey and Finn play around with different colored lasers and explore which color photons carry the most energy.
Brian and the team play with solar powered grasshoppers and begin to explore colors of light that are beyond the rainbow.
Brian and the crew focus a beam of light and use it to pop a balloon!
Bees can see beyond the rainbow in the ultraviolet light. We explore the wonderful world of patterns on flowers that are made just for bees!
What color is the sky? Brian and the crew debate the finer points of scattering, color addition and subtraction to explore this question.
Our intrepid scientists explore a world without red. It turns out bees don’t see red very well, and in this aspect “being a bee doesn’t sound very fun.”
Brian, Hailey and Finley remove colors form the rainbow one by one to see what’s left! Subtractive color mixing for the win.
Brian, Finley and Hailey discover the secondary colors by mixing the primary colors together.
Brian, Hailey and Finley take the rainbow apart and put it back together!
Brian, Hailey and Finley use a diffraction grating to split white light. They see the 3 primary colors of light: red, green and blue.
Some of nature’s brightest colors come from the wave nature of light! The coloring of certain a male mallard duck’s head comes the interaction of light with thin layers of melanin and keratin.
Hailey and Finley show us an art project they made using clear nail polish on black paper. Even though the nail polish is clear, they get rainbows! This thin film effect can also be seen in nature, for instance with how certain birds make colors.
Brian, Hailey and Finley begin to explore the wave-ness of light with two lasers different: red and green. They experiment with how the two colors are affected by a diffraction grating. They’re able to show that red light has a longer wavelength than green light, and when you mix the two you get yellow!
Brian, Hailey, and Finley continue to explore constructive and destructive interference. Now they are actually looking at light waves–from a freaking laser!
Welcome to a brand new episode of EveryDay Science! Brian teams up with two young scientists, Finley and Hailey, to explore the wonderful world of light and color.
The intrepid magnetism team uses magnetic induction to make a tasty snack!
Brian, Bailey and Taylor experiment with different was of using magnetism to store information and music! Also, the team visits Dr. Kristen Buchanan’s lab at Colorado State University, where she uses lasers to study the basic properties of magnets, and learn more about how they work.
Brian, Taylor and Bailey experiment with a magnet, a coil of wire, and an electric guitar. This is how a pickup works on an electric stringed instrument such as a guitar or bass.
The EveryDay Science Team investigates a phenomenon called induction.
The EveryDay Science team continues to investigate the interactions of magnets and electric charges. In this episode we use electromagnetism to listen to Bon Jovi and see some auroras!
Brian, Bailey and Taylor continue to explore the connections of between electricity and magnetism. In this episode they see how a magnet interacts with moving electrons in a television, and make a simple motor!
Brian, Bailey and Taylor begin to explore some of the connections between electricity and magnetism.
Brian and team take a trip back through time to learn about the first people known to have studied magnetism.
Magnetic materials like to line up with a magnetic field. Brian, Taylor, and Bailey experiment with steel paperclips and nuts near a super strong magnet.
Brian, Taylor, and Bailey team up once again to explore some of the basic properties of magnets. All magnets have at least two poles, one north and one south pole. Opposite poles attract each other and like poles repel each other.
Brian is joined by two young scientists, Bailey and Taylor, from Kinard Elementary School. Together they being to experiment with some magnetic materials including magnetite rocks, iron nails, steel nuts and nickel coins.
In this last part of the Forces and Torque Show, the crew takes a quick trip to the Fort Collins Discovery Museum to see the principles of levers at work to lift a piano and move a bison!
Brian, McKenzie and Taylor explore forces and torques in the human body.
The team takes a trip to the hardware store, and sees some of the levers examples of levers in their daily lives. Levers are used to cut, turn, twist and even trim bushes!
Many things in life around you are levers and wedges. Brian, McKenzie and Taylor explore a whole bunch of examples of stuff we bought at a thrift store.
Brian, McKenzie and Taylor explore forces and torques in common kitchen tools. They use the relationship between force and distance to crack a walnut and slice and apple! All of these kitchen tools use either a lever or a wedge!
Brian, McKenzie and Taylor explore wedges and how they use the relationship between force and distance to split things apart.
McKenzie and Taylor take part in torque competitions like arm wrestling. Who can twist the hardest? It all depends on leverage!