The Science Forward Video Series

When scientists explore, observe, test and analyze the world around us, how do they approach questions? How do the Science Senses help us to understand our universe and make decisions?

These videos have been produced by Science Forward to support inquiry-based basic science classes.  Students, we expect, will watch the videos and come to class with a wider range of basic questions, primed for discussion.  The videos are meant to enhance classroom instruction, not replace it, to engage curiosity and stimulate activity.

All these videos are provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.  That means that you are free to use, share and adapt them for any non-commercial purpose, as long as you cite Science Forward, CUNY as the source (a link to this site would be appreciated) and share them with others in the same way.

We hope that you will use them!  If you do, please let us know with a quick comment on each video’s page.  Or even better, if you have ideas or strategies or questions or thoughts, share them in more depth on the forum on our Communication page.  We have some teaching resources for each video (and hope soon to have more!) on our Resources page.


  • What is Science?

    What is Science?  How does it work? What questions does it ask and answer? How should we approach scientific information?
  • Astronomy

    For millennia, human beings have wondered about the lights in the night-time sky. Astronomy lets us learn more about them--even about the ones that we can't see...
  • Animal Communication

    What happens when we see animals as something different from "stupid humans"? What can we learn from studying the ways that animals communicate?
  • Tools of Seeing

    Scientists use a range of tools, from microscopes to telescopes, to make small things bigger and brighter, and distant things closer and clearer.
  • Drug Development and Discovery

    When scientists look for new drugs, chemistry, biology, and even, sometimes, venomous snails are involved in the process.
  • Scientific Uncertainty

    Uncertainty to scientists is something to be quantified and explained. And it helps to drive science forward.