American Chemical Society Mixes YouTube, Bytesize Science

It's time to "Uncover the Chemistry All Around You."

That's the new tagline for Bytesize Science, the American Chemical Society's video series that has fascinated kids and adults alike since 2007. They're back with videos fit for summer, including explanations on the chemistry of cotton candy and how mosquito repellants work.

Bytesize focuses on food, energy, the environment and health – among other relevant topics – in 3-4 minute snippets to fit fast-paced lifestyles and the format of online media. Bytesize's short features on the world of science will also draw material from the ACS' 39 peer-reviewed scientific journals and its weekly newsmagazine, Chemical & Engineering News, to bring the newest science to even the youngest viewers.

The most recent episodes of Bytesize Science can be found free at or on YouTube at

Though the ACS is embracing online media to make chemistry more fun, they're no spring chicken. The ACS was founded in 1876 and has grown into an organization of over 163,000 members – the world's largest scientific society — with an influential presence in both academia and business.

Now, however, even non-scientists – and even kids – can get on board a few minutes at a time. They can find out why smaller ice crystals make smoother ice cream, as explained by Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Food Engineering Richard Hartel, see how cotton candy is made or why DEET keeps your skin intact in a mosquito-heavy summer.

Bytesize Science has received accolades from the National Science Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the National Science Foundation and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Matthew Tabor

Matthew Tabor

Matthew is a prolific, independent voice in the national education debate. He is a tireless advocate for high academic standards from pre-K through graduate school, fiscal sense and personal responsibility. He values parents’ and families’ rights and believes in accountability for teachers, administrators, politicians and all taxpayer-funded education entities. With a unique background that includes work in higher education, executive recruiting, professional sport and government, Matthew has consulted on new media and communication strategies for a broad range of clients. He writes the blog “Education for the Aughts” at , has contributed to National Journal’s ‘Expert’ blog for Education , and interacts with the education community on Twitter and Google+.
09 6, 2011
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