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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Provides information on fun science topics and the processes scientists use to discover answers to questions that intrigue them. Some unique topics include the physics of why cats always land on their feet, conservation efforts of seals, and the science of dreaming. Vocabulary used within the show to explain the scientific processes aligns to learning often taught in the classroom modeling science in action. Curriculum packs are available for select episodes can be found on the show's website. Materials are aligned to national standards for language arts and science. Individual episodes, transcripts, and songs can be purchased for classroom use on the podcast's webpage. Perspectives of science from all around the world are featured.
Science is a powerful tool we use to shape the future of our world. Science is a process that leads to further understanding, which can aid in problem-solving. Inspiring kids to be curious and question the world around them supports developing future scientists and engineers. No question is too wild to search for an answer to.
Positive Role Models
Scientists from diverse fields join to share their work and findings. Examples are animal biologists, physicists, conservationists, social scientists, and astrobiologists. Each guest scientist shares their passion and excitement for the work they do. The show encourages kids to think like scientists by using guests as role models to inspire their own curiosity. Kids questions are featured on the show and usually prompt the exploration of each episode.
Guest scientists join from across the world and represent different races and ethnicities. Some episodes discuss topics related to social science with a focus on impacting marginalized groups of people. Many examples of women leaders within science.
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Products & Purchases
Some ads voiced by hosts, which are aligned to the content and mission of the podcast. The show can be accessed ad-free through a paid Patreon membership.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tumble Science Podcast for Kids is a show that supports children in understanding that science isn't simply a set of facts or people doing experiments in lab coats. One host is a science journalist, and the other a musician and educator, so they come from both an inquisitive and creative perspective. Guest scientists join the weekly show to share their stories of discovery. While there's no alarming language or content, hosts provide sensitivity warnings at the beginning of shows on topics like the science behind butts and understanding our body's microbiomes through poop. The language and presentation of the content shared are easy to follow through the host's questioning and explanations of complex concepts and ideas through banter with each other and their guests. Additional interviews with guests, bonus episodes, and other perks are available but only accessible by becoming a member of the show's Patreon channel. Episodes are long enough to pack in quality information, but short enough to keep kids' attention the whole way through.
Is It Any Good?
The show is a fun listen for kids and parents alike. Tumble Science Podcast for Kids supports the idea of science as an action rather a strict set of facts to be studied and memorized. Listening to several episodes paints a picture of the vast array of careers found within science today. The hosts make the content understandable and intriguing through their connection to one another. With original music created for many episodes and clever puns sprinkled throughout conversations, you can feel the hosts' continued passion and enjoyment for their work on the podcast.
Various show structures and special episodes keep the podcast fresh and exciting. Several episodes have been grant-funded by organizations supporting science education.
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