Let’s face it, research science isn’t easy to get into. Due to a rich history and thousands of researchers adding to the knowledge pool almost daily, there is a steep learning curve that those interested in the sciences need to overcome to even get their foot in a lab’s front door. To ease the pain of meeting this threshold, JoVE, the first peer-reviewed scientific video journal, is releasing a new database of educational videos aimed at coaching new scientists on techniques they will use for the rest of their careers in research and development.
JoVE’s new Science Education Collection will launch with two collections aimed at coaching scientists on basic techniques valuable to chemists and biologists, such as an introduction to centrifugation, volume measurements, solution creation, and pipetting. By providing a visual approach to learning basic techniques that are valuable in advanced research, JoVE’s Science Education makes experimentation more accessible to undergraduates in general chemistry and biology classes and to high schoolers participating in advanced placement or college preparatory science courses.
Science Education launches in May with two collections: General Laboratory Techniques and Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Each collection includes 15 demonstrative videos, each paired with five application videos, for a total of 90 articles per collection. Science education will be free to use for the remainder of 2013, at which point the database will only be available through subscribing academic centers.