By Sahil Patel
Under the partnership, the “Crash Course” channel is joining PBS Digital Studios’ YouTube network. Additionally, PBS has agreed to make the entire series library available to educators through PBS LearningMedia, the company’s on-demand educational service available for free to classrooms nationwide.
Created in 2011 by the Greens, “Crash Course” features eight courses on topics ranging from world history to chemistry and psychology. Since the launch, “Crash Course” videos have been viewed close to 150 million times, with the channel accumulating more than 2 million subscribers in that timespan.
With the addition of “Crash Course,” PBS’ YouTube network grows to 3.8 million subscribers. Other educational programs available through the network include “It’s Okay to Be Smart” and “The Art Assignment,” which was created by John Green and his wife Sarah Urist Green.
That’s not all, though. PBS has also agreed to develop two new “Crash Course”-based series on topics concerning the US government and astronomy. These shows will be hosted by Craig Benzine (aka WheezyWaiter), who will host the US government-based program, and Phil Plait (author of Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog), who will host the astronomy show.
These shows will debut on YouTube in January 2015, when the partnership goes into effect.