Session S51c (Wednesday, 9:30am, Thomas 118)

P741: Periodic table of videos - WITHDRAWN

Samantha Tang (University of Nottingham, UK)

Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century – but this modern version has a short video about each one. Our group has launched a website,, which has become one of the most successful science channels on YouTube. This session, for a general audience, explores the advantages of presenting science as online videos rather than live experiments in the lecture. The University of Nottingham has collaborated with video journalist Brady Haran to pioneer the use of YouTube for communicating actual science to the widest possible audience. The highly successful channel of the Periodic Table of Videos (PTOV) has been running since 2008 and has had over 20 million hits from over 200 different countries. The audience has ranged from young children to Nobel Prize winners, and the videos appeal to students, teachers, and anyone with an interest in science! It has won awards for its educational value and creativity, most notably the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE). The channel has over 66,000 subscribers, with many more contributing to the comments and feedback. Many teachers and students have emailed the team to tell them how it is used in the classroom, and provide suggestions for future videos. Overall, the aim of these videos is to excite and stimulate their audience, to promote chemistry and the elements, and to encourage future generations to take up a career in the sciences.


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