Mix together a bit of firearms, some strange (yet, more or less) everyday happenstances and situations, and some slow-motion video, and you might get Destin from Smarter Every Day. Okay, he’s not entirely about firearms, but there’s a lot of things that my colleagues would categorize as “things to attract boys” (like guns, explosions, helicopters, and spiders). Destin’s channel is also not entirely slow-mo, but a lot of the videos I use for class happen to be.
Oh, and add in there the enthusiasm and a constant smirk. Kinda a smile, but really, mostly a smirk. Probably because he seems genuinely fascinated by whatever he’s filming (emphasized by the Psalm 111:2 he posts at the end of his videos). This guy loves what he does. I wonder if he was the nerd in the classroom, or the closet-nerd (I’m leaning toward the latter).
I think I first found Destin while looking for something to help teach about rotational inertia. Like why cats always land on their feet:
Things to ask during lunch:
- Do your kids go to public or private school now? Why?
- What has the internet brought you?
- How do you think of new ideas?
- How do you contact people for trying new stuff?
- What does your “normal” job help you do on your videos?
- How did you get into videos, anyway? and slow-motion stuff?
- How do research some of the science involved in your videos?
- What should random internet-people take from your videos?
- What do you want to explore next? Anything you want to do but can’t?
- What do you think of Gever Tulley and Mythbusters, especially in terms of education?
- What makes a good teacher, anyway?
- I know you’re doing this for your kids’ college funds (which is all kinds of awesome). What do you hope they can get from your videos?
- What do you hope they do with their college experiences?