Many educators, parents, ed-techs experts, and early childhood researchers became YouTubers during the pandemic, sharing their years of experience through easily-understandable, interactive educational videos. And, all this to simply benefit the students worldwide.
One such story is of Ken Zscach from Rohnert Park, California, a real estate agent, who started volunteering at elementary school 14 years ago when his children attended it. He did in-person ‘Science Nights’ for students to indulge them in science facts and experiments, but due to the pandemic & following lockdown, the learning stopped in March. However, that ultimately resulted in him focusing on his 3-year-old YouTube channel ‘Kids’ Fun Science,’ that has now gained a lot of popularity.
The channel has 10,000+ subscribers and viewers in around 150 countries, almost 2,000 of those subscribers are new since the pandemic, said Zscach.
He gets ideas for his experiments from people who comment on his videos. “They say ’Can you do an experiment on this?’ And then I’ll look it up and do the experiment,” he told The Press Democrat. He publishes about one video a week, according to him each video takes up to two hours to film, edit and publish.
One of his favourite videos is where he tests whether or not toilets flush a different way in different countries; it was in collaboration with an Australian viewer named Andrew, who works for a robotic teaching aid company called STEMshare.
Zscach plans to continue ‘Science Nights,’ the in-person science talks he volunteered for at schools, once the schools reopen.
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