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Crash Course (originally hosted by John) tackled subjects like history, literature, and psychology, while Hank’s SciShow taught the basics of chemistry and biology. Both were successful with the Vlogbrothers’ existing audience of YouTube fans, but they also proved surprisingly popular with teachers who used the videos in class.
The new Crash Course Kids channel is aimed at a younger audience, with classroom teaching tools tying in to fifth-grade science. The channel, hosted by YouTuber NerdyAndQuirky, will post fun, accessible science videos twice a week before branching out to other topics.
Although Hank Green is producing rather than hosting or co-writing these shows, we’re still beginning to wonder when he finds time to sleep.
The Vlogbrothers’ online influence continues to expand at an impressive pace, now encompassing these two new educational channels, DFTBA Records and merchandise, Vidcon, Nerdfighter fandom and its charity projects, the PBS Art Assignment channel hosted by John Green’s wife Sarah, the Pemberley Digital transmedia franchise that began with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and the Vlogbrothers’ various personal channels.
That doesn’t even include the network of YouTube channels run by the Green brothers’ employees and collaborators.
The brothers now lead YouTube’s first major media empire. It’s probably just as well that they’re using that power to do something constructive, like raising money for charities and making animated videos for fifth-grade science classes.
Just want to say that the flood of excitement and kindness regarding this new channel makes our heart grow three sizes 😀
— Crash Course Kids (@CrashCourseKids) February 23, 2015
Screengrab via Crash Course Kids/YouTube
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor