Tumble: A Science Podcast for Kids hosted by Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla
http://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/; Available on iTunes and Soundcloud
Synopsis: Join Lindsay and Marshall as they talk to scientists and explorers about science and ask those burning questions we’ve forgotten we wanted to ask about the world around us.
The podcast may be aimed at kids 8-12, but its designed to be listened to as a family. This makes sense to me, partially because of the advent of the STEM movement. The Tumble Manifesto asserts that “We struggle with understanding science in society” and I feel that to an extent that this is accurate. It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase ‘science/research suggests…’ in the media, but what does it really mean? It means that a lot of curious people saw a problem, asked a question, and through a process of research and trial and error experimentation, came up with a (plausible) answer. And that is really what this podcast is after: inspiring curiosity. Kids are some of the sharpest observers of the world and unfortunately, that curiosity about the world often gets stifled by the principle of belief. Science isn’t so much about belief as it is about wonderment: once upon a time, mankind wondered about celestial bodies, whether or not the Earth was really round, and what kept up from floating off into space. But there are so many other questions that need to be asked and answered, and others that have been asked that still need smart, curious people to answer them. That’s what makes this podcast so enjoyable: it encourages kids to go out and explore and discover the world around them. It wants to foster the future generations so that they will go out and do their own investigations rather than depending on society at large to spoon feed them the answers. Plus, science is just cool. Seriously. Like, consider this for a moment: we see stars (balls of gas burning billions of miles away) as small points in the sky, but because they are so far from Earth, it’s possible to still see a star even after it has stopped burning (for one reason or another). And it all has to do with how light travels through space. Every time we turn on a light in our house, it’s because a scientist/engineer figured out a way to bring electricity to the homes of the populace. My point is, we need to know and reinforce that it’s okay to ask questions, that we need to be going out into our backyard and communities and exploring the world around us and telling stories about what we find, and this podcast does that. So next time you have a problem, try science. You never know what you might find.