5 best examples of educational science animated videos in eLearning

Dec 20, 2018animation application, animation examples, Blog, educational animations

Animation has been adopted as an effective method of teaching science. In eLearning, science animation’s best use is to simplify abstract scientific phenomenon and complicated processes quickly and beautifully. A large number of educators appreciate science animated videos as a leading solution to bring fun into scientific subjects. Take a look at 5 best examples of science animations below to see how animations benefit in science education.


Which types of animation work best for scientific subjects?

There are various types of animation; each type has its pros and cons. However, regarding the purpose of teaching science, we would like to recommend you the 3 types below:


3D animations

Perform best in delivering topics require high accuracy.

If your scientific subject requires a high level of accuracy like describing a medical training course, you should opt for 3D animations. Why? Because 3D animations could illustrate ideas with more realistic textures. With 3D videos, students have a better experience of observation as they could see lifelike and detailed graphics that might be difficult to see in real life. 

As their great function is, 3D animations can be costly and time-consuming. To produce 1 minute of 3D animation, a studio needs average 6 weeks, and the cost could reach to thousands of dollar.  

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2D motion graphics

Visualize anything of the scientific subjects with simple movements.

2D motion graphic describes the flat version of the world. They couldn’t illustrate things with depth and full angel customization as 3D can. However, 2D motion graphics could visualize anything of the eLearning content with simple movements.

It’s believed that 2D motion graphics’ key feature is the storytelling. Indeed, thanks to this feature, 2D motion graphics can help explain natural science because they make the abstract processes easy to understand. Moreover, 2D visuals and animating are suitable for those has low health literacy. They are appreciated in permaculture too.


Whiteboard animations

White background and simple illustrations.

Whiteboard animations are the choice of savvy educators who look for affordable animations. This kind of animated videos is simple with the appearance of a hand drawing images on a white background. 

In a whiteboard animation video, every step of the educational material is SIMPLE to follow like the way it’s created. To produce whiteboard animation, you could draw the images and record the whole process with a camera. Or you can do it on a computer with a Wacom. Then let the software like Adobe After Effect or Adobe Flash Player do the animating work.


5 examples of educational science animated videos in eLearning


1. TedEd (a YouTube channel)

  • About TedEd

TedEd is a well-known organization in the world that curated educational videos using animations, especially about science. TedEd animating lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators.

  • 2D motion graphics make TedEd stand out in explaining what cause kidney stones

As other examples, animation proves its advantages in the visualization of the symptoms and kidney stones that can’t be seen by naked eyes. Although it’s originally about a complex and rather boring concept, 2D animation did it well in telling a story, bringing joy into the explanation.

The success of TedEd in using 2D animation for science subjects may not only due to beautiful graphic design. Their key is to bring ease and attraction to the explainer video through storytelling. They know how to make the content relatable, memorable and entirely entertaining.


2. AsapSCIENCE (a YouTube channel)

  • About AsapSCIENCE

AsapSCIENCE is a YouTube channel that produces weekly videos that touch on many different topics of science. The channel’s goal is to make science fun and accessible to people from all walks of life. In each science video, they tackle questions and issues in a unique way.

  • Whiteboard animation is chosen to be an amazing explainer and motivation booster for science subjects

It isn’t an accident that AsapSCIENCE chose whiteboard animations to make the videos. It’s because they are quicker to produce and more cost-efficient in comparison to the 3D animations and 2D motion graphics.

Moreover, a combination of whiteboard animation with impressive narrations is enough to make an amazing explanation, as of the example video. What if your airplane door burst open mid-flight? By primarily illustrating the characters, the video tells a story about scientific factors that affect horrifying factors that can occur in a flight. However, the animation shows the story in a fun and exciting way to make everything easy to grab and remember.


3. Permaculture Design Online Course 2018 (F.Studio’s client)

  • About Permaculture course

Permaculture Design is a program specializing in practical solutions to developing abundant and sustainable ecosystems. The course follows the MOOCs concept. Geoff Lawton, the instructor, has produced over 700 talking-head types of video for his online course.

In 2017, F.Learning Studio has consulted Geoff on how to combine live-action and 2D animated videos in the courses. We worked together to produce 330 animated learning videos under 2D motion graphics type. In 2018, we continue cooperating to create 3D animated videos for explaining a more complex and abstract system of permaculture.

  • 3D animation is applied as a fascinate visual-supporting tool in teaching permaculture design training course

The 3D animation is adopted in this situation because of their amazing visualization ability to explain difficult concepts of permaculture. In addition, 3D illustrations is a more significant visual aid for explanation mission than 2D ones.

In permaculture, the high level of accuracy is essential. The full angel customization of 3D illustrates does a great job in describing in details the system, from where to locate the worker accommodations to the storeroom. 3D effects have also shown clearly the depth and thickness of the straws placed in the chicken house.


4. Sedimentary Design Training (F.Studio’s client)

  • About Sedimentary Design course

UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales) are moving towards a  blended and fully online training delivery for all their courses. The example below is one video of an animation series for their civil engineering program. Contrary to Permaculture, Sedimentary consists of more storytelling in the videos than narrating the academic knowledge.

  • 2D motion graphics is optimized in training sedimentary for the engineers

2D animation greatly helps to explain various processes that occur in the formation of metamorphic rock. Instead of detailed illustrations about the elements of the rock, the video focuses more on delivering the information by storytelling.

The image below is one scene in our storyboard that detailed describe the changing process of the rocks. When animating, storytelling perfectly explains the complicated process. As you can see, we don’t need the rock’s 3D visual that perfectly looks like the real one. What is necessary here is to make the content easier to understand, through the movement and change. 

The primary purpose of this animations series is to convert the information from books to engaging animations. Therefore, storytelling is chosen as the easiest way possible to deliver knowledge to give the most natural understanding.

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5. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell (a YouTube channel)

  • About Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

Kurzgesagt is a youtube channel that produces videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism. They want to make science look beautiful because, in their opinions, science is beautiful.

  • 2D motion graphics take advantages of visualization to educate people about the overpopulation.

The knowledge and theory about the overpopulation isn’t people’s primary concern unless you are researching this field. However, K. made the topic easy to understand and relatable to audience by telling a story and raising a conversional question at the end of the video. Besides, the 2D illustrations please the viewer’s eyes by using nice visuals with neutral colors.

2D animated videos reduce the stress when talking about astronomy than a whole page full of words. The power of visual could naturally set the tone of the videos from tediously scientific to humorously informative.



Now you see, the idea of using animation for educational science videos is not new. After seeing the advantages of applying science animation, maybe your next question is: “Which type of animation works better for your course?”. According to 5 examples above, 2D motion graphic is the most common choice as it utilizes storytelling for better learning outcomes in the most cost-effective manner. However, it doesn’t mean every course is suitable for 2D animations. Take a step closer to animations to better understand its educational value and choose the best one for your course!


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