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?
  • Cancer

    Cancer is a tumor that has the ability to invade and metastasize.  But there are so many different types of cancer and researchers use so many techniques to investigate...
  • Energy

      Most of us don’t realize the intricate infrastructure that brings us the electricity that powers so much of day-to-day life in the contemporary world. ...
  • Ethics

    That inner voice or intuitive sense of right and wrong is something that people rely on.  Scientists use more than just an inner voice, though.  What makes scientific...
  • 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?