Favourite YouTube Channels
Tested Our favourite channel for the latest in technology and popular culture.
Vsauce Created and hosted by Michael Stevens, we've become big fans of this superb and often hilarious Youtube channel.
Veritasium Created and hosted by Dr. Derek Muller, a fellow Canadian, we love this channel for its deeply thoughtful yet very accessible approach to science.
SmarterEveryDay Destin, a Mechanical Engineer, is super clear, natural, and intuitive with his explanations. The kind of guy who could explain anything to anyone, given enough time. Very well edited, engaging, addictive in many ways.
3Blue1Brown by Grant Sanderson... a very calm and patient voice explaining math in a way that inspires awe.
Alpha Phoenix We discovered this channel via their response to Veritasium's light bulb thought experiment (if you haven't seen the Veritasium video yet, or the fascinating videos posted in response, be sure to check them out, starting with the Veritasium one).
UpandAtom supported by Vsauce, this channel explores some really deep topics in a surprisingly accessible way.
LinusTechTips our go-to channel for computer hardware advice.
ColinFurze an awesome and very entertaining maker. We think he's brilliant and perhaps could be thought of as England's Adam Savage.
Steve Mould we love his delightful British accent and calming voice.
The Action Lab we love how clearly some very difficult topics are explained.
A Concord Carpenter we love how this channel uses a scientific approach to find the best tools for making.
Project Farm Ever wonder which brand of super glue is truly the best? Like if you made a science fair project out of it? Well, if you'd like to find out the answer on just about everything you can imagine, check out these guys.
Nile Red A fellow Canadian with a huge following and a vast collection of excellent videos of about chemistry.
Jared Owen A wealth of awesome 3D animations of how familiar things (eg., escalator, clicky pen, etc.) actually work on the inside.
Strange Parts a huge library of fascinating factory-tour videos about how things are made in China.
Marques Brownlee our go-to source for thoughts on new tech, especially new phones.
Cosmos Club - a Canadian Youtube channel with some excellent science demonstrations (including a few products that we carry)
Nate from the Internet - A new channel hosted by Nate, formerly with TKOR (below). Be sure to check out his awesome series of cheap vs. expensive ingredients for various recipes (chocolate chip cookies, etc.).
The King of Random (TKOR) - an excellent YouTube channel founded by the late, great Grant Thompson, with a deep library of awesome experiments and explorations of what is possible for really anyone.
Tibees - We love Tibees calming voice with a lovely New Zealand accent :) We hope you enjoy and learn from her YouTube videos as much as we have.
Mathologer - some really superb explanations about math topics that can be a huge help in understanding math (eg., he points out how we make conscious choices in our mathematics - such as when we convert infinite converging series into exact values with calculus).
Practical Engineering - we find Grady's explanations very clear and engaging about a whole range of interesting topics.
Science Online - Check out their video describing how anyone can directly measure the percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere using materials in your home (!) We plan to watch all of their videos.
Answers with Joe. Some great explanations on all sorts of topical science items.
theengineerguy. Incredibly clear and interesting explanations of clever mechanisms in everyday items. We love their open-source approach to developing and sharing content. Be sure to check out: Coffee Maker: Pumping water with no moving parts; and DLP Projector Stereolithography 3D Printer.
Nighthawkinlight. Be sure to check out his "How to Make a BATSIGNAL (For Real)!" video!
Got2Learn Despite the broad name, this channel is devoted to amazingly clear and concise explanations of a surprisingly complicated subject: plumbing. Be sure to check out the video regarding "water hammer".
Home RenoVision DIY An incredibly enjoyable, engaging and rich with useful information for DIYers, homeowners, contractors, tradespeople, tenants/renters with responsibility for minor repairs, you name it. Rob is now addicted to this channel, likely permanently. You can check out their website as well, with links to some great deals on world-class products available in Canada.
74 Gear Created and hosted by Kelsey, a 747 pilot, this channel explores all sorts of stories about airline incidents, including a series of videos about Hollywood myths around aviation.
my Mechanics A highly addictive series of stories about restoring impossibly old and corroded objects that are transformed (like the car in Christine almost?) to as good as new, if not better than.
Building Integrity In the wake of the tragedy that occurred in Surfside, Florida, on June 24, 2021, we found this channel to be head-and-shoulders better than any other source of information about the potential causes of the condo building collapse. We highly recommend the entire series; it's simply superb.
Kostack Studio The YouTube algorithm brought us this marvelous channel providing meticulously crafted 3D physics animations. With viewer discretion, be sure to check out their modelling of the physics of Champlain Towers South building collapse, the terrible tragedy that occurred in Surfside, Florida, in 2021.
Jeremy Fielding Jeremy can explain anything to anyone and will be the last one standing after the Zombie apocalypse; he can make anything from repurposed materials. Be sure to check out his collaboration with Destin from SmarterEveryDay, building an insane home-run hitting machine here.
Mystery Scoop Another YouTube algorithm gem, this channel uses deep AI to re-animate historic people with a life-like appearance. It's quite startling in fact how alive these people seem. Be sure to check out the one of Nikola Tesla!
Phil Edwards A witty and thoughtful "personal and history" channel we discovered late Jan-22. Don't miss: What really happened when Bill Gates jumped the chair!
Pontypants. We just learned of this channel via shout-out from the Phil Edwards channel (above). Pontypant's top video (at time of writing) is First 6 Months Learning Unreal Engine (No Programming Experience). We love his intro to that video: "6 months ago I decided to learn Unreal Engine from scratch and make my first game. Here's what happened."
NYCCNC. A super resource for how-to CNC machining, working with Fusion 360 CAD + CAM, and manufacturing entrepreneurship. Approved by ThisOldTony.
Lesics "The Physics behind Engineering". Be sure to check out Hoover Dam | All the Secrets of the Engineering Wonder.
That Chemist An excellent channel with some great graphics and "ranking summaries" of plenty of major industrial and research chemicals.
Cody's Lab Kind of like your friendly neighbor genius doing crazy s#it out back, but also some videos you'd imagine winning awards at science fairs because of how well the issues are explained. Don't miss: (285) Why beekeepers usually don’t plant flowers next to the hive - YouTube
Corridor Crew Computer-generated visual effects experts with an awesome behind-the-scenes series of YouTube videos.
And here are some favourite videos that inspired us early on. For anyone out there who loves a good campfire, be sure to check out the first one with Dr. Szydlo: