Welcome to our ultimate list of educational YouTube channels.
Broken down by category is as many quality channels as we can find – all in one place!
General Channels 🎓
You’ve no doubt heard of and watched a TED or TEDx video before, but you may not have heard of TED-Ed. TED-Ed make animated short explainer type videos covering a wide range of subjects. With nearly 1500 videos and over a billion views, there’s plenty of content to dive in.
Vox is a American news and opinion website. If you’ll excuse the sporadic news items, Vox produces some high quality educational digital media content on their YouTube channel. Between the news, you’ll get around four educational videos per month.
If you’re into your obscure knowledge, then Today I Found Out is the channel for you. It’s a mixture of stuff you’ve always wondered about but never thought to look up and random stuff you wouldn’t know unless you were told.
4. Crash Course
Crash Course, founded and produced by Hank and John Green is a YouTube series that teaches a massive range of subjects in an entertaining and concise format, using both real life footage and animations.
The videos are what you might expect, a collection of crash courses on various topics, mainly relating to academic topics. They have a number of hosts, including Hank and John themselves, each covering different topics.
The Infographic show’s aim is to make learning facts about the world fun and engaging. In this, they succeed, each episode is animated with 2D vector graphics that keep you engaged throughout. The Infographics Show will cover just about any topic, so it’s a great channel to help improve your general knowledge.
Exurb1a explores the weird and wonderful aspects of humanity and life. You never know what you’ll learn when clicking on an Exurb1a video, and that’s part of the charm of the channel. If you don’t mind a decent dose of British sarcasm and the odd bit of profanity, then you should definitely check out Exurb1a.
Science Channels 🔬
7. Cold Fusion
Cold Fusion explores science and technological news, developments and discoveries. With one of the highest production value and aesthetic quality in the YouTube educational sphere, Cold Fusion is a fantastic channel to keep up with.
Veritasium’s description reads ‘an element of truth – videos about science, education, and anything else I find interesting’. The channel does a fantastic job of explaining complicated subjects and topics, with well written scripts and helpful animations.
SciShow is hosted by Hank Green (one half of CrashCourse) and Michael Aranda. The format is similar to Crash Course, but with a focus on the sciences. Producing a short episode every day, you’ll never be short on content if you’re into your science!
Seeker is an digital media network and content publisher owned by the Group Nine Media group, and based in San Francisco, California. They produce 5-10 minute shorts explaining various scientific topics.
Being part of a large media group, you can expect regular videos. They generally produce 3-5 videos per week.
There is no way this list would ever be complete without Vsauce. One of the original YouTube educators, Michael Stevens has been creating videos under the Vsauce banner since the summer of 2010. He has since go on to create his popular YouTube RED series, Mindfield. Vsauce also has two sister channels Vsauce2 & Vsauce3 – which are also great.
Kurzgesagt explores the weird and wonderful side of science with high quality stylized 2D animations. It’s obvious that Kurzgesagt takes no short-cuts when creating their videos, each is brilliantly narrated and edited. The channel is run by a small team who manage to create a new episode every month.
13. Second Thought
From North Korea to Alien visitations, Second Thought explores the topics worth thinking about, and definitely some we’d not thought to think about. Their concise videos on a wide range of topics definitely offer for food for thought, for the day.
The Royal Institution is a British organisation founded in 1799 who specialises in scientific education and research. Their YouTube channel features talks and lectures from experts within the scientific community. Think of it like TED purely for science, thrown in with some audience participation.
Engineering Channels 🤖
FutureNow is relatively new channel that looks at the future of technology and society. Although there are only a handful of videos published at the moment, their current offering is definitely high quality.
16. Real Engineering
Real Engineering is the channel that teaches you to think like an engineer, and even if you’re not interested in engineering – it’ll makes you.
Their videos use a combination of footage and animations to explore engineering in the fields of architecture, transport and computing. Each episode is clearly narrated and well researched. Uploading twice per month, they make a great channel to check in with regularly.
Megaprojects is all about exploring the creation of humanity’s greatest engineering achievements. You may recognise the narrator, Simon Whistler from the Today I Found Out and Biographics channels. Don’t ask us how he has the time to do all these videos. The channel is relatively new, however, you can expect a few videos per week!
Economics Channels 💵
PolyMatter creates highly engaging explainer videos exploring mainly technology, business, world politics and economics. Evan, the creator boasts an impressive output of content, considering he writes and animates by himself. It is certainly an interesting channel to follow and you can be sure you’ll always learn something new.
Economics Explained produces videos analysing both historical and topical events from an economist’s perspective. The channel is fantastic for those times when you need an easy to understand explanation of current events and what effect they might have. It also serves as a great way to learn more about economics in general.
Maths Channels 🧮
3Blue1Brown, run by Grant Sanderson, produces videos exploring complex maths and mathematical physics. Even if maths, isn’t your thing, you can certainly still enjoy the high quality animations throughout the episodes.
Numberphile is run by Brady Haran. The channel description reads ‘Videos about numbers – it’s that simple‘. Numberphile approaches the weird and wonderful aspects of maths in an entertaining and engaging way. Even if you’re not into numbers, it’s a great channel to follow.
Geography Channels 🗾
National Geographic is an American television network. Their official description read “a world leader in geography, cartography and exploration”. They produce some of the highest quality geography content around. Their YouTube channel is no different, you can find great shorts on various topics and stories from around the globe.
Wendover Productions make some of the highest quality explainer videos on YouTube, right now. Their focus is ‘exploring the world’, by explaining the logistics, economics and marketing of travel. Wendover managed to produce around two videos per month, which is impressive considering the quality of the production and research.
WonderWhy produces high quality, short video essays on historical geography. Ever wonder why Korea split into North and South Korea? Or why the Dutch where orange? Perhaps not, but I’m sure you’re at least curious now. Whether, you are a fan of history of geography, you’ll definitely learn something new and interesting on WonderWhy’s channel.
25. Real Life Lore
Real Life Lore answer the questions that you’ve never asked. They cover topics such as science, economics, history and geography in well researched and engaging videos. Real Life Lore produce around three to four videos per month, so if you’re interested in any of the topics, be sure to subscribe.
26. Name Explain
As you may have guessed, Name Explain, explains the origin of names. The channel explore the origin of places and people and characters in short concise video essays. Uploading twice per week, it’s a great channel to keep up with.
Mustard is a channel that focuses on the history, engineering and culture of transport vehicles, with a particular emphasis on aircraft,. Mustard’s high quality animations are, without a doubt some of the best you will see on YouTube.
Although there isn’t a huge backlog of videos, the creators passion for the subject matter is clear and each video has obviously taken some time to create. If you’re into aerospace technology, then this is the channel for you.
Exploring science, geography and history, Soliloquy wins the award for cramming the most amount of information into his short episodes. The channel’s explainer type videos are accompanied by great 2D animations that keep you engaged throughout. Although his upload schedule is rather erratic, it’s always worth tuning in for an upload.
History Channels ⚓
29. Historia Civilis
With so shortage of source material, Historia Civilis explores the history of Rome, covering their battles, rulers and politics. The episodes are narrated with confidence and they show a real passion for the subject. It’s a fantastic channel to follow if you’re a history student or even just interested in learning about the era.
Biographics is essentially a video format biography channel. Several times a week, you’ll be treated to a 10-20 minute run-down of a historical figures life. Simon Whistler – who also hosts Today I Found Out – does a great job of narrating the videos and keeping them engaging. You’re guaranteed to learn something new with Biographics!
Technology Connections is probably one of the stranger and more unique channels on this list. The channel dives into old retro technologies and the stories behind them. So, if you’ve ever wondered how an old CD players works or why old CCTV footage only shows 2-frames-per-second then look no further. YouTube is all about sharing your interests and it’s great to see someone passionate enough to share their obscure knowledge!
LEMMiNO started as a Top 10 Facts channel, however, it has recently also started producing short documentaries exploring different mysteries and unexplained phenomena.
LEMMiNO’s most successful episode explored probably one of the weirdest events on the web, Cicada 3301: An Internet Mystery. If you’re looking for a more casual watch, then be sure to check out the Space Facts series.
Film Channels 🎥
Every Frame a Painting explores the art of film and everything surrounding it. You’ll never see films the same way again. Although the channel no longer publishes content, it remains one of the best resources for aspiring filmmakers and filmmaking enthusiasts to learn from.
The Cinema Cartography, formerly known as Channel Criswell is a channel dedicated to exploring and analysing the art of filmmaking. The video essays themselves would probably be considered art themselves, each video is a pleasure to watch.
After a brief hiatus it looks like The Cinema Cartographer is back to producing videos. If you’re into filmmaking or just love cinema, it’s definitely a channel to check out.
Created by Nehemiah T. Jordan, a Screenwriter from LA, Behind the Curtain explores the writing of important works in TV and film. Many of the videos take the form of a “How I wrote X” format, where Nehemiah stitches together clips of a given author/screenwriter about how they wrote their story.
36. Now You See It
Now You See it produces high quality video essays on film themes a tropes. The owner describes the channel as “a college film analysis class minus the lecture halls, essay assignments, and student loan debts”. The channel releases around one video per month and have a decent backlog of videos for you to binge on!