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The National Science Foundation's mission is as broad as science itself. As the U.S. government's fundamental research agency, we support all fields of science and engineering, keeping our nation’s scientific enterprise focused on the furthest frontiers of research. We recognize and nurture emerging fields, encourage the most insightful ideas, and prepare future generations of scientists and engineers. From supporting the initial discoveries that led to lasers, to advanced manufacturing, Internet protocols and automated systems, NSF funding has been crucial for technological leaps that have improved health care, automotive safety, communications and many other technologies that impact our daily lives. NSF has helped keep our nation at the forefront of the science and engineering research and education enterprise for more than six decades. NSF’s videos are designed to excite, educate and motivate students and adults alike about the impact and relevance of science in their lives.

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What is Engineering?
  • Science
  • Middle School
Flying cars, Earth-sized atmospheric filters, quick access to clean water, phones with holograms, and more! Who can make these things happen?...
Why is there thunder and lightning?
  • Science
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5
Join Timon and Pumba as they find out why there is thunder and lightning.
Why do we sneeze?
Join Timon and Pumba as they find out why we sneeze.
Science Of The Summer Olympics: The Long Jump
  • Science
  • MS, HS
The long jump is one of the most technically challenging events in the decathlon, a track and field competition consisting of 10 events held over two...
When Nature Strikes: Tornadoes

NSF and NBC News

  • Science
  • MS, HS
Tornadoes can form in minutes, making early and accurate warnings crucial to saving lives. Howard Bluestein at the University of Oklahoma and Adam...
Nanotechnology at the surface
  • Science
  • MS, HS
Nanotechnology: Super Small Science How could something only billionths of a meter thick defend against water, dirt, wear, and even bacteria? Working...
Sunny with a Chance of Solar Storms
In a flash, all of your electronics could be gone, and you'd be left thanking a solar storm. However, a collaboration of National Science Foundation-...
How does a CD play music?
  • Science
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5
Join Timon and Pumba as they find out how a CD plays music.
Human Water Cycle: Water, Food & Energy
  • Science
  • 3-5, MS, HS
Standards aligned
Scientists and engineers, including Greg Characklis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are studying the connections between water,...
Forecasting Melting:  Math on Ice
  • Science
  • MS, HS
People don’t usually think of mathematics as an occupation that requires survival skills, but they might change their minds if they saw Kenneth...