COSMOS Episode 5: Hiding in the Light (2014) gives an in-depth explanation of the fascinating phenomenon of light. Neil DeGrasse Tyson traces our earliest, first ponderings of light in ancient China through modern spectroscopy and the phenomenon of dark matter. He artfully links world-wide cultural contributions over the centuries concerning light to create an immersive story-line that holds a student’s attention. Yes, this is actually possible!
The title says it all—this is the journey from where the universe started to how we believe it could end. But this is not a religious creationism story. This story is brought to us by the awesome powers of science, which employs quantified knowledge obtained over hundreds of generations. There are few more qualified than Stephen Hawking to explain this grand journey of how the cosmos started and how it might end. Students just need to sit back and watch. (And fill in the documentary guide!)