“Summers in Miami can be hot,” LeBron James confidently declares at the beginning of a Khan Academy lecture on humidity. But then his expression becomes puzzled as he continues: “I’m told the humidity makes it hotter.” Confounded by this idea, he furrows his brow and asks the camera, “Why is that?”
In a somewhat lamely forced “well-I’m-glad-you-asked!” response, Salman Khan’s voice replies, “Excellent question, LeBron!” before he launches into an explanation as to why humidity in the air makes it feel hot outside.
Awkward intro aside, it’s great to see James making guest appearances on Khan Academy videos. The more athletes, celebrities, and other role models that endorse educational resources, the more appealing they’ll be to students. Even if James isn’t the most charismatic spokesperson in the world, kids will watch his videos because they look up to him, and that’s really all that matters.
The humidity video is only one in a series of “LeBron Asks” videos that now appear on the Khan Academy website. Other videos in which James makes guest appearances include lectures on Newton’s Third Law, why sweating cools you down, what muscles we use to shoot a basketball, the odds of making 10 free throws in a row, and more, in which he defers to his “good friend Sal” to answer the questions he poses.
Check out the Khan Academy humidity lecture, embedded below. What other sports figures or celebrities do you think should be featured on Khan Academy next? Sound off in the comments below, or share your thoughts with me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.