A brother and sister from East Harlem who were stuck in the rut of remote learning decided to create science lab videos to educate and entertain their classmates. Now, the videos are being used by high schools and colleges around the world; CBS2's Hazel Sanchez reports.
- A brother and sister from East Harlem who were stuck in the rut of remote learning decided to create science lab videos to educate and entertain their classmates.
- Now those videos are being used by high schools and colleges all over the world. CBS2's Hazel Sanchez has their inspiring story.
HAZEL SANCHEZ: Masked, gloves on, and tools at the ready, 17-year-old Twins Jaeah and Jae Kim are dissecting the boredom out of remote learning.
JAEAH KIM: Today, we'll be looking at the anatomy of the red ocean perch.
JAE KIM: We do a lot of things together. We done science fair projects together, and competitions together, and things like that.
HAZEL SANCHEZ: So you have a really close relationship then, right?
JAE KIM: It's like a business relationship.
HAZEL SANCHEZ: The Kims, Senior at Hunter College High School, have made it their business to breathe new life into biology classes after finding themselves and their classmates disconnecting from virtual science labs.
JAEAH KIM: You kind of have to like just make through really blurry pictures on a slide show, and I was like that's clearly not really working out. That's not going to engage students at all.
HAZEL SANCHEZ: So Jaeah recruited her twin to make dissection videos to reel students back in. Their first video of a worm dissection was a big hit at their school, so they gave themselves the name Oh Worm, produced more videos, including fetal pigs, toads, and sea urchins, and uploaded them to YouTube.
JAEAH KIM: We got a bunch of positive feedback from teachers saying that they really needed this, and it was really weird for them to use it.
HAZEL SANCHEZ: Now more than 500 schools, including high schools and colleges in 47 states and 42 countries, are using the videos for their students.
JAE KIM: Yeah, people from like UK, Australia, China.
HAZEL SANCHEZ: More than 2,000 people subscribe to their YouTube channel, and thanks to the support of their parents, they bought a box filled with specimens for future videos.
- At first, I was reluctant. Now I'm very proud of how passionate they are.
JAEAH KIM: I think it's really great that there was a need and we were able to fill in.
HAZEL SANCHEZ: Filling a need without a profit, except for the reward of knowing they helped students love learning again. In East Harlem, Hazel Sanchez, CBS2 News.
- And all with a camera phone and a ring light.
- Really cool.
- And they did all of that.
- Who knew? Worm dissection videos are a thing.