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5 Stunning Interactive Mini-Sites Made by the BBC

Mihir Patkar 02-05-2017

The BBC has been England’s (and the world’s) most reliable source of news for longer than any of us have been alive. One of the reasons it has stayed at the top is how the BBC updates itself over the ages. For the internet age, it dove into the world of interactive content.


It’s a stunning series of experiments. The idea is to take data and present it to people in entertaining new ways, such that they are interacting with it. From knowing your body better to interactive chemistry experiments, you’ll see it all here.

1. Biggest Bangs: Interactive Chemistry Experiments

This isn’t the first interactive YouTube video 5 Interactive YouTube Games That Still Work Looking for interactive YouTube games? Here's why most of them have disappeared, and which ones still work today. Read More you’ll see, but it’s the best made one. Go into the BBC’s laboratories to create your own experiments, looking to make the biggest explosion.

Biggest Bangs gives you eight elements: hydrogen, sodium, sulfur, nitrogen, chlorine, oxygen, iodine, and aluminum. Select any two to mix them, and see the experiment on YouTube.

The narrator explains the science behind what’s happening, with the BBC’s typical dry sense of humor. Repeat the experiments with as many elements as you can, all in the quest to find which one makes the biggest bang!

2. Journey to the Center of the Earth

Let’s imagine you got two new vehicles. One is a drilling machine, boring through anything the crust of the Earth has to offer, going all the way to its core. The other is a submarine capable of going to depths in our oceans that no one has ever been. What would you see?


bbc journey to the center of the earth

Find out on this Journey to the Center of the Earth, which you can view in any desktop web browser. Scroll down to make the two vehicles travel downwards towards the “Earth’s center”, with each scroll taking you deeper. The site will show you fun facts along the way, like the deepest marine life recorded by humans, or the deepest water well dug by hand.

It’s a fascinating look at all the things that lie beneath us, but which we never pay much attention to. It’s also a wonderful way to teach your kids about everyday science Help Your Inquisitive Child Learn About The Science Of Everyday Stuff A never ending curiosity about commonplace things is what gives birth to a scientist. The scientific spirit needs to be nurtured early, and today’s parents and teachers can play a big role. Read More .

3. How Big Is Space?

After you scroll down into the depths of our planet, do the opposite to explore the vastness of space Watch This Space: 10 Must-See Documentaries About the Universe These are the best space documentaries to help you explore the universe from the comfort of your living room. Read More . This interactive site works the same way, but instead of two vehicles side-by-side, you’re propelling a rocket.

bbc how big is space

With each scroll, you’ll go further into space, watching the colors change as you go outward and outward. Find out how far Yuri Gagarin had to go to be the first man in space, or be amazed by the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

Can you make it to the heliosphere, otherwise known as the outer edges of our solar system? And if you can, find out how much more scrolling it would take to reach the edge of the universe as we know it.

4. How Much of Your Body Is You?

The human body is an incredible, complex mechanism. If you stop and think about it, it’s a wonder that the number of things working in our body can function so efficiently. Want to find out what your body is actually made up of?

bbc how much of your body is you

The “How Much of Your Body Is You” asks for your birth date, age, sex, height, and weight. It then spits out four data charts: body shop, body count, body size, and body builder.

In this, you will find things like how much of your body is oxygen, and even its value. BBC can estimate the total elemental value of your entire body right now. It will also show how much data is stored in your DNA, or how much of your body is water. It’s a fascinating glimpse into everything that makes you who you are right now 5 Remarkable Websites to Help You Understand Your Health & Fitness Do you want to understand your body, and how exercise and nutrition affects it? These five quality websites will help you reach your fitness goals with education. Read More .

5. Our World War: Can You Survive World War I?

You have never seen anything like this, folks. The BBC created the last resource you’ll ever need on World War I. And with it, you get this one interactive episodes, where you get to be a part of the action.

bbc our world war

The interactive episode makes you take the role of a commanding officer in the middle of a firefight. You will make decisions that are life or death for your soldiers, and for you. And at every stage, you will get a small assessment of your skills. It’s kind of like playing a game, only a whole lot better because it’s based on real life. While the characters are fictional, the situations and the decisions come from true stories from military veterans 5 Places for True War and Military Stories From Veterans Relive the best war stories for free through these websites. Read More .

Looking back on things now, we forget how tough times really were back then. But do you think you have it in you to survive World War I? Find out.

What’s Your Favorite BBC Project?

The BBC has 500 free audio documentaries online BBC Documentaries: Download & Listen To 500 Free Radio Documentaries Online Read More , and regularly makes some of the best content on the web available for free.

What’s your favorite BBC project? Do we have any Planet Earth fans here?

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  1. David Cairns
    May 3, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    The author's introduction says it all. The BBC's biggest shortcoming is its focus on England not the constituent nations of the United Kingdom for which it has funding and a remit. It's bias during elections and referenda has become legendary with a focus on London and Westminster politics to the detriment of those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It consequently is very definitely not the "most reliable source of news" in the UK.

  2. Paul Taylor
    May 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    The BBC may be England's "most reliable source of news", but it certainly is not Scotland's. The bias and manipulation seen in the BBC's reporting of Scottish affairs over the last 5 years is such that one researcher actually managed to gain his PhD by investigating it.

  3. Ben Milne
    May 2, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    It's UK not England - a very important distinction (unless you're cool with annoying millions of Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish people

  4. Gavin
    May 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    In Our Time (podcast and radio)!
    In depth analysis that doesn't talk down to you.
    Vast array of subjects? History, Science, Religion, Philosophy.
    Hundreds of programs.
    New topic weekly.

  5. klu9
    May 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Currently enjoying "How Big is Space". Thanks for these mini-sites.

    As for "England", I guess the first B in "BBC" must stand for "English" ;) Which would surprise Jon Reith https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Reith,_1st_Baron_Reith , the individual who established the concept of public service broadcasting via the BBC... and was from Scotland.

  6. Young Bodach
    May 2, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    2 things Mihir.

    1. Chocolate yeah.
    2. England nope. British = Scottish, English, N. Irish & English.

    3 things...

    3. Some of my Nationalist chums might disagree with "most reliable source of news ". I don't but there you go.

    4. And a lot of their web-content is superb.

    4 things.