Let’s be honest: Most of us don’t just spend the summer lounging by the pool and enjoying the outdoors. Particularly with this year’s historic heat waves, there are always those days when you find yourself wanting to curl up in the air conditioning and watch Netflix. That doesn’t mean you have to go without science, though! In fact, future science majors have a wealth of science documentaries to choose from when the couch is calling. Here are 11 documentaries that are made for students who love science:
This documentary series (Blue Planet and Blue Planet II) is awe-inspiring and simply stunning to watch. You’ll explore ocean and marine life through an incredible lens, with episodes dedicated to everything from the open ocean to the effect of human beings on the health of our seas.
Brain Games gives you a unique look at the inner workings of the human brain. How do we process morality? What happens if we don’t sleep? This series serves to answer the deeper questions of our psyche.
This 2007 documentary takes you on a quest to the South Pole, where you’ll see scientists who risk their lives to study and research Antarctica.
Adults in their 20s and 30s will remember Bill Nye for his science shows back in the 1990s, but he is still as relevant as ever for students today. In Bill Nye Saves the World, science enthusiasts can learn about aging, time travel, and extinct species, among many other episode topics.
Students who love cooking science will appreciate the Cooked documentary. Learn about the science of bread making and the mysteries of chocolate.
This documentary attempts to answer some of life’s biggest questions through science. If you’re interested in becoming a scientist, watching the 9 scientists featured in this documentary will teach you and help you imagine your own future in the field.
Dreaming of landing on Mars? This documentary takes you on a journey through the history of NASA as teenagers at Space Camp dream and plan a future that allows them to set foot on Mars. Inspiring and insightful for anyone who is mesmerized by space.
A documentary treat to enjoy in honor of July’s anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, you can order this one on Blu-ray or DVD. In the Shadow of the Moon teaches viewers more about the famous moon missions that occurred in the late 60s and early 70s, complete with interviews from the astronauts who saw it all firsthand.
After you’ve watched Blue Planet, check out 2006’s Planet Earth, an equally gorgeous documentary that takes you through mountains, deserts, jungles, forests, and seas.
This fun PBS series can be watched on Youtube. What the Physics?! examines such scientific topics as how olive oil can destroy lake waves and the wonders of potential parallel universes. A must for future physics majors.
PBS provides a variety of science programming, and The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers is sure to be a favorite web series. You can watch short, unique episodes that detail the lives of many different types of scientists.
We had a blast this year at the 2019 Summer Science Academy! Every year, the SSA takes students through exciting summer science courses to inform, inspire, and prepare them for their time in college and beyond. Next summer will be here before you know it! Learn more about our program and our scholarship. You can also follow us on Facebook and join our email list for regular news and updates.