12 TikTok accounts to follow for daily STEM classes

Since its inception, TikTok has quickly become an arbiter of culture, memes and even political organization, while curating oddly specific For Your Pages for its users, filled with dance videos, fun filters, and viral songs. But one of its most promising uses is to connect more people to fun and educational accounts, spanning the full spectrum of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

STEM creators have garnered tons of engagement on their informational videos in various fields of science, math, and even public health, like the doctors climbed onto the platform for dispelling misconceptions about the COVID-19 pandemic. Educational accounts like these combine the easily digestible format of the short video app with hard science, making often general STEM topics easily digestible for millions of viewers.

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The STEM side of TikTok offers something for just about everyone — no science interest is too niche. Scroll down for a short list of STEM accounts sharing content across a wide range of expertise, and follow a few to add fun and educational videos to your FYP.

Geo Rutherford is a printmaker, fiber and book artist, and resident teacher of the science of the lakes to over one million TikTok users. Rutherford’s account is a neat combination of beautiful, environmentally inspired art and science articles on hydrology, geologyand underwater exploration. She is known for her “Spooky Lake Month” series, in which she spends the entire month of October sharing weird or unusual facts about bodies of water around the world, like the boiling parts of the Amazon river or the wrecks at the bottom of the Black Sea. Go to his page for more cool hydrology videos, explanations of strange geology of the great lakesand explanations about ancient lakes which have long dried out.

Rutherford makes it clear that there are many more lakes and rivers than you might think
Credit: TikTok / @Geodesaurus

A screenshot from a TikTok video of Rutherford.

Did you know the Great Lakes have some really crazy ice phenomena?
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Samantha Cristoforetti, astronaut of the European Space Agency, is credited as the first TikToker in space, and it’s on a mission to educate the masses about what it’s like to orbit in space. Cristoforetti’s account includes videos on how astronauts use the bathroomwhat type of food you can bring on space stations, and how his fellow space explorers build muscle in weightlessness. The creation of her TikTok page coincided with her return trip to space, which began on April 27 — she posted his first TikTok from the International Space Station May 5. Follow her to follow her adventures in space.

A screenshot of one of Cristoforetti's TikTok videos.

Cristoforetti takes her supporters with her to the final frontier.
Credit: TikTok / @AstroSamantha

A screenshot of one of Cristoforetti's TikTok videos.

Floating in space? It would make a good TikTok.
Credit: TikTok / @AstroSamantha

TikTok’s “friendly neighborhood archaeologist” Annelise Baer is an archaeologist and producer of the Nivica Archeology Project, a research initiative on prehistoric Nivica cultures in southern Albania. Baer holds a master’s degree in screen archaeology, which she has used to produce educational archaeological content for various history and archaeology-themed series. On his TikTok page, Baer dives into archaeological historystrong points new discoveriesand dissipates Common error in regards to history and pseudoscience, as well as how is archeology done – it’s an inside look at the field.

A screenshot of one of Baer's TikTok videos.

Archaeological finds happen all the time, and Baer makes sure his followers stay informed.
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A screenshot of one of Baer's TikTok videos.

Look no further for cool historical artifacts.
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Darrion Nguyen is probably one of the most recognizable STEM accounts on TikTok due to his frequently viral (pun intended) comedy videos about biochemistry, medical research, and other humanities. A student at the University of Texas, Nguyen’s posts often riff on current trends and memes, adding real science lessons to the current app crazes. The videos include fun takes on the immune system, protein synthesis, and other concepts from your college biology class that you may have forgotten (or never even learned). His page is probably a relevant stop for any pre-med student or lab tech, bonding over the difficulties of doing difficult research and fight misinformation.

Phillip Cook is a high school chemistry teacher at the private Culver Academy and a beloved TikTok educator, whose accessible teaching has even is part of the Kelly Clarkson Show. Cook’s Account Shares Easy Scientific experiences with things you can find at home, everyday chemistry explainers like how hair dye worksand how chemistry can be used to create sustainable solutions like how biodiesel fuel can be made from cooking oil. Follow his account for accessible chemistry videos for all ages.

Kyne Santos is a longtime drag queen YouTube Creator with an impressive brain for all things math. Since 2020, the TikTok star has used her bachelor’s degree in math to make short videos, sharing simple explanations of math and physics concepts to 1.3 million followers. However, Santos videos aren’t just about the formulas or concepts you learned in your math class. Instead, the videos connect basic math principles to our daily lives, like how the Farenheit temperature scale worksHow? ‘Or’ What optimize the currency by adding new coins to the US currencyand how game theory relates to the modern workplace. Follow Santos’ account for a daily dose of useful, interesting, and mind-bending math, but in a fun way!

A screenshot from one of Santos' videos.

Weekly math puzzles to keep your brain nimble.
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A screenshot from one of Santos' videos.

Santos adds glamor to a notoriously… misunderstood subject.
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With over 9 million followers, the Institute of Human Anatomy is TikTok’s go-to place for quick lessons on human anatomy and physiology. Off the internet, the Institute is a Utah-based private human cadaver lab (received through body donation programs) that provides anatomical training for medical professionals. The TikTok account is managed by the organization’s staff, including marketing director and instructor Justin Cottle. In addition to the TikTok account, you can find scientific explanations from the institute’s co-founder, Jonathan Bennion, on the institute’s website. PageInstagramor head to his Youtube channel. A nice disclaimer here that this account doesn’t shy away from showing real body parts, genitals, organs, etc.

Yes the Encyclopedia Britannica has a TikTok account and shares all things science with over 200,000 followers – it’s basically the 2022 version of the famous general knowledge book first published in 1768. The page is great for all ages , displaying fun songs and trends turned into quick science lessons, as well as deep dives into facets of biology, physicsand just about anything you can think of.

A screenshot of a TikTok video from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Clever songs make simple natural history lessons easy to learn and share.
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A screenshot of a TikTok video from Encyclopedia Britannica.

The page and its commentators address common issues and scientific principles.
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New York City American Museum of Natural History also has its own TikTok page engaging over 250,000 followers with content about its collection, natural sciences and museum curation. Scrolling through his feed, you will find videos on ancient creatures like the Megalodon, fun facts about today’s animalsand highlights of unknown facets of science, such as paleooceanography. The page also includes lessons by museum curators and resources for educators and continuing education.

A screenshot from a TikTok video from the American Museum of Natural History.

The Natural History Museum’s TikTok page highlights experts and curators.
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A screenshot from a TikTok video from the American Museum of Natural History.

Fans also get a glimpse of the museum’s collection.
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TikTok’s favorite and beloved creator, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has gone viral time and time again for its Shellfish Monday weekly series, in which resident shellfish expert Tim Pearce shares occasional jokes and fun facts about snails and their close relatives. The account isn’t just for snail fans, however, as the museum publishes a plethora of content in the study of natural history, all of which are presented by museum experts in areas such as herpetology, geologyand paleontology.

The OGs

Famous science teachers Bill Nye (science guy) and Neil DeGrasse Tyson easily transitioned from our TV screens to the TikTok app. Follow their pages for more classic science content we grew up with.

A screenshot of one of Nye's TikTok videos.

Classic invoice.
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A screenshot from one of Degrasse Tyson's TikTok videos.

Neil Degrasse Tyson is trending.
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