How We Explore
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this podcast.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that How We Explore is an educational podcast from National Geographic that answers the questions "How do you become an explorer?" and "What does an explorer do?". The show specifically spotlights women in STEM who are National Geographic Explorers. From an Egyptian archeologist to a Mozambican ecologist, guests come from many diverse backgrounds and experience, including a linguistic anthropologist and a volcanologist. Listeners will learn how each of these women got to where they are today, and hear how they overcame challenges along the way. They share advice on persevering even when people tell you "no" and letting your curiosity and passion lead you. Kids, tweens and teens with a strong interest in science and exploration are likely to be inspired by this podcast, and adults are sure to learn something new as well.
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What’s It About?
In each episode of HOW WE EXPLORE, the hosts Gabby Salazar and Munazza Alam interview women from the National Geographic Explorer program in order to dive deeper into what they do and how they made it in their careers. We hear from a Mozambican ecologist studying elephants, whose colleagues doubted her strength and courage yet she proved them wrong. A conservation photographer (and cave diver) talks about how she went from studying snails in a lab to nature photography and communications. A common theme of many of the stories is that everyones path to reach their dreams and goals looks different. The stories help educate young listeners about scientific fields while also inspiring them to take initiative and persevere if they really want to do something. This is a great introduction into the different career paths for older elementary schoolers and middle schoolers, and is likely to be inspirational for tweens and teens. Adults will also find the interviews and insights information, which makes this a great show for co-listening.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast does a great job of introducing kids to science and exploration through interviews with people working in these fields. The hosts of How We Explore offer important context, definitions and insight, as they're also National Geographic Explorers like their guests. Don't expect a lot of bells and whistles — the episodes rely heavily on interviews and commentary and less on audio effects — but the friendly hosts do inject age-appropriate humor into the episodes.
How We Explore is perfect for curious listeners who want to learn more about hands-on science careers. There is a lot of good advice about how exploration can happen anywhere, even in your own backyard. And by providing diverse women in STEM as role models in fields like astronomy, archaeology and volcanology, this podcast can inspire others to not only reach for the stars, but past them.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how many of the explorers interviewed on How We Explore faced challenges along the way. Does hearing about how they didn't give up help you face your challenges? Do you always have to face challenges to reach your goals?
Who do you picture when you hear the words "explorer" or "scientist"? How do you think shows like this can help young women interested in science or other fields once dominated by men?
This podcast promotes curiosity and perseverance. Why are these important character strengths?
- Release date: June 9, 2022
- Genre: Science & STEM
- Average Run Time: 12 minutes
- Hosts: Munazza Alam, Gabby Salazar
- Publisher: National Geographic Kids
- Pricing structure: Free
- Topics: Activism, STEM, Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Perseverance
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: February 27, 2023
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