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Recommended Resource: Smarter Every Day

Smarter Every Day is a Youtube channel dedicated to exploring the physics of the world around us and making it fun and accessible to everyone.  Destin Sandlin, a mechanical and aerospace engineer, follows his curiosity with the help of high-speed video, demonstrations, input from experts, occasional help from his family, and the laws of physics. Destin gives the technical side of the series both breadth and depth, while keeping things thoroughly engaging.  His enthusiasm and fascination with science is contagious.

While not specificially focused on atmospheric science,  we wanted to share this resource because of the awesome combination of entertainment and engineering-related education it provides.  Many concepts in fluid mechanics, a favorite topic of ours, make an appearance, for example in the helicopter “deep dive” series.

Prof. McNeill and her family love watching these videos together before bedtime.  That two engineers with PhDs and a two year old all enjoy the videos equally says something about their special appeal and entertainment value (as well as the quality of the technical content).   At 2 years old her son may be a little young to be learning about concepts like cavitation and gyroscopic precession, but he enjoys every minute!

 

 

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