Jacob Strickling – creator of Make Science Fun shares his successes
Newsflare contributor, Jacob Strickling and creator of YouTube channel Make Science Fun tells us his story of how his videos of Science experiments have gone viral on the internet and has led to TV appearances and a publishing book deal.
Living in Sydney, Australia, Jacob trained as a Mechanical Engineer. Has worked as a Science Teacher the past 20 years, produced over 130 videos for his YouTube Channel Make Science Fun and had over 125 sales via Newsflare. Jacob has a passion for Science and inspiring a love of Science in his students.
What is a typical day look like for you?
Go with my four kids to work/school (They attend the same school I teach at), during the day I daydream about short Science videos I’d like to do, or come up with video ideas for Newsflare. My work as a Science Teacher provides lots of inspirations, sometimes the students will suggest exciting things to do, or I’ll just see something in the playground e.g a kookaburra trying to kill a bread crust before eating it or a bluetongue lizard climbing stairs!
In the afternoon, my youngest son Sam will often ask to do some Science, so we’ll go downstairs to the lab and do an experiment or two. If I think it will make good footage I’ll film it. In the night I plan what videos to film for Make Science Fun and I’ll do editing as well.
A publisher recently made contact with me, and so I am very busy completing a book called ‘Make Science Fun at home’. It’s a recipe style book of Science experiments which parents can do with their kids at home with everyday materials and equipment found around the home. It’s due to be released in December this year for the Christmas market.
Saturday’s will usually involve filming.
What inspired you to start uploading videos to Newsflare?
In July 2015 I filmed an episode on ‘Talking to whales’.
My eldest son, two of his friends and myself were going to Japan for a school Science trip and we needed to bring a cultural video along. My family loves going whale watching in our boat so I thought we’d include a segment on whales. I made an underwater device to talk to the whales and bring them to the boat. It worked! We had whales jumping all around us and even going under the boat.
Newsflare found the video and requested to licence it. I’m so glad I agreed, it was the start of a wonderful relationship with Newsflare which to date has seen me upload 94 videos and make 126 sales.
What is your favourite video?
Obviously my first one on Newsflare! But lot’s of people like my beachworm video as well
What is your favourite part about working with Newsflare?
I love uploading videos and waiting for the feedback! I love the emails that say ‘Congratulations – we love your video and are promoting it’. Even better are the emails that say ‘Congratulations – Your video sold!’
I love seeing my videos being used in media outlets around the world. Without Newsflare this wouldn’t have happened. The money is awesome as well! It’s been a significant source of income.
Most people don’t realise that there are two ways to make income from Newsflare. First there is the straight out sale – which is great. But secondly, there are on-going royalty payments when your videos are used on websites etc. I’m now making more money from my ongoing royalty payments then my straight out sales.
What’s next for you?
Newsflare has opened up some amazing opportunities. Recently Newsflare allowed some big Facebook sites to post three of my videos. I had a total of 12 MILLION views!
A National Television Channel producer saw one of these Facebook videos and made contact, so I did a Science spot on the show which was awesome!
A large book publisher saw me on TV and made contact, so now I’m completing a Science Book ‘Make Science Fun at Home’. I’ve also featured on a big radio station after they saw me on TV. To think it all started when Newsflare contacted me about a whale video!
Life has never been so exciting for me and I can’t wait to check my emails to see what the next opportunity is that comes up!