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TED Ed: What on Earth is spin?

What on Earth is spin? And why is it so special? In this TEDEducation video, educator Brian Jones explains how this dynamic affects our lives in all sorts of ways.

Megateam Revolution kite-flying

This video of kite-flying Megateam Revolution was filmed by Gaétan in Berck-sur-Mer, France at the 27th Rencontres Internationales de Cerfs-Volants à Berck, one of the larger kite festivals in the world. Watch how th...

How wind turbines work

From NOVA PBS, an explanation of how wind turbines work, what challenges wind power faces, and why this renewable energy source is important. With charts! More vids with wind turbines are in the archives.

What is Energy?

From Nova PBS, “What is energy and why are we on a never ending search for new energy sources?”

Adam Savage puts together a Strandbeest model kit

We love artist Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests, and as it turns out, so does Mythbuster Adam Savage. Watch Adam describe and build a Japanese-made Strandbeest Model Kit. These advanced building kits can be found on ...

How do filmmakers get such amazing footage of birds flying?

If you’ve ever seen a clip from the BBC’s Earthflight, you’ve probably wondered how filmmakers get such amazing footage of flying from the birds’ perspectives. This is an example of just one of...

Windless kite flying

Has the kid seen windless kite flying? Member of Team iQuad and recognized as one of the top Rev pilots in the world, Spencer Watson flew this winning indoor kite competition performance at the 2013 Windless Kite ...

Fate adrift: Max Mulhern’s Aqua Dice

The New York Times’ video profile of Max Mulhern’s “Aqua Dice” shows how the artist’s love for the sea and his interest in unknown outcomes came together into one project. Fate adrift,...

Sesame Street: Hurricane Part 1

Sesame Street explains the hurricane to kids in an episode originally created for Hurricane Katrina and set to air again this weekend in the aftermath of Sandy. Sesame Street - Hurricane Part 1, via explore-...

Windswept by Charles Sowers

On older buildings, it’s not too uncommon to see the crowning touch of an ornamental weather vane — a rotation device which indicates the wind’s direction. But what happens when a bunch of weather...

The Old Mill, a Walt Disney Silly Symphony (1937)

The Old Mill, a Walt Disney Silly Symphonies cartoon from 1937. Like many of the later Silly Symphonies, The Old Mill was a testing-ground for advanced animation techniques. Marking the first use of Disney’s...

Red Octopus

Massive animal kites! From German and Czech photographers René & Radka, the photo/video series, Colors of the Wind. In addition to the red octopus above, we also liked this dancing lobster:  via Laug...

Energy 101: Wind Turbines

An Energy 101 video from the US Department of Energy: the modern wind turbine and how it generates clean electricity using physics and technology.

Skydive in a wind tunnel

Four skydivers do a choreographed dance in the Skydive Arena wind tunnel in Prague, Czech Republic.  The kid keeps asking to watch this classic viral video. I’ve explained about how the wind tunnel allows t...

The time lapse assembly of wind-power turbines

We’ve always loved the super tall wind-power turbines while speeding by on a train or in a car. Reaching tall into the sky, they are a marvel of sustainable kinetic power and so the kid often asks for videos of...

Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba story

William Kamkwamba's story is already out there as a book, a young readers book, a Kickstarter documentary film project, not only one but two TED Talks, and luckily for us, the six minute story in video form. A descrip...

Entropy: How a sandcastle reveals the end of all things

Professor Brian Cox builds sandcastles in the Namib Desert to explain why time travels in one direction. It is a result of a phenomenon called entropy; a law of physics that tells us any system tends towards disorde...

Beach Creatures: Theo Jansen and his Strandbeests

Theo Jansen makes wind-fueled kinetic sculptures specifically for walking and “surviving” on the beach. He calls them Strandbeests and they are extraordinary. Check out his 2007 TED Talk, which explains mo...

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