Just over a year after starting his YouTube channel, 10-year-old Jordan Hilkowitz has gained an impressive following. Better known as “Doctor Mad Science,” Jordan creates videos of himself conducting kid-friendly science experiments, and now has nearly 5,000 followers and close to two million video views.
This would be impressive on its own, but there’s more: the Richmond Hill, Ontario boy is autistic, and until five years ago, barely spoke at all.
Capitalizing on Jordan’s lifelong love of science, one day his babysitter Tracy suggested that instead of just performing messy experiments at home, they film the experiments and put them online. Tracy, who is apparently the best babysitter in the whole history of ever, thought it might be a fun way to get Jordan to work on his speech, and maybe boost his confidence.
And holy moly was she ever right.
“There’s been a huge transformation,” Tracy said to CTV’s Canada AM this week.
“He has more confidence, he has so many friends, all his friends at school now are asking him how to do their own experiments, talking to him online. The stories that we get and the comments that we hear on Facebook and Twitter and our website are remarkable. Jordan is just transformed,” Tracy said.
Jordan writes his own scripts, then enthusiastically performs the experiments in front of a camera with the help of his mother. He then helps her edit the clips and loads them onto YouTube.
Jordan’s experiments use household products, and he’s great about reminding kids to use eye protection when necessary. Here’s Jordan’s latest video, in which he shows us how to blow up a balloon without blowing.
Totally my kids’ favorite new thing on YouTube — and so fun to find new (and cheap) things to do with them during the summer!
Find the rest of Jordan’s science videos on his YouTube channel, Doctor Mad Science!
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