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.


  • 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.
  • Water

    Getting clean, fresh water to a huge city like New York is a complicated process. When we talk about New York City's water, we're talking about several different...
  • Geology

    Even in the human-altered landscape of New York, scientists can use the tools and laws of geology to understand the history, present and future of our planet.
  • Urban Ecology

    How does the environment affect humans, and how do humans affect the environment?