STEM // Podcasts
The folks at Common Sense Media have put together a set of 25 podcasts for kids. These podcasts are meant to be informative, kid-friendly and entertaining with the objective of keeping kids engaged but away from screens. So go ahead and check out these 25 awesome picks for kids, including perfect bedtime stories, science exploration, cool news, and more – 25 Podcasts for Kids.
The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is for all the educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents out there who want to instill engineering thinking into young people. Listen as we try to find better ways to teach and inspire kids in invention, problem-solving, persistence, teamwork, and imagination. For more on what the podcast covers, read this article from producer and host Pius Wong: “Teachers and Engineers Need to Talk.” If you like the show, please consider supporting Pius and his indepdendent studio at Pios Labs through Patreon.
The STEM Everyday podcast (started 5 years & 130+ episodes ago) focuses on how teachers can infuse STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into their everyday lessons. We explore and share great ideas that inspire students to want to learn. I interview educators who are using innovative ways to add STEM to their everyday classrooms, schools, and communities. Search the archived shows of The STEM Everyday Podcast (part of the ESSDACK Network). Subscribe to the STEM Everyday Podcast on iTunes. Also available on your favorite Android podcast app! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel too for quick STEM & Education ideas!
Lab Out Loud : Hosted by two science teachers, Dale Basler and Brian Bartel, Lab Out Loud is a podcast that discusses science news and science education by interviewing leading scientists, researchers, engineers, science writers and other important figures in the field. Both Dale and Brian have taken on leadership roles in their state’s science teacher organization, the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST).
The STEM Read podcast explores the connections between STEM and storytelling. Hosts Gillian King-Cargile and Dr. Kristin Brynteson dive into hot topics in K-12 education with an educator or STEM expert. After that, they talk with an author whose books can ignite enthusiasm for reading and learning. They have great reading recommendations that will spark STEM ideas for your classroom or library.
The Engines of Our Ingenuity is a radio program that tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. Written and hosted by John Lienhard and other contributors, it is heard nationally on Public Radio and produced by Houston Public Media. It is now available as a podcast. Don’t be fooled by the short run-times. These little audio essays pack a lot of interest into a small package. They cover the who, what, where, why, how of man’s inventions. The website has full transcripts and is a treasure trove of interesting stories and thought-provoking ideas. The 3,000+ episodes are searchable, which makes this a great destination for students. The short run-times make these a fun addition to lesson plans in history, math, science, and engineering.
Science tangents : The producers behind the popular YouTube series SciShow, Hank Green, Ceri Riley, Stefan Chin, and Sam Schulz, have created this podcast to try to one-up and amaze each other with weird and funny scientific research. Suitable for adults and kids, there are tangents about video games, music, weird smells, and surprisingly deep insights about life, but it always comes back to the science. High energy, well produced, funny and with celebrity hosts.
Her STEM Story : Producer and host, Prasha Sarwate, created Her STEM Story to share the interesting and often inspiring stories about how women get into STEM. The interviews with female engineers and scientists discuss their backgrounds, education, and what they are doing today. These stories can be valuable for middle and high school students curious about different engineering fields while providing examples of successful women at all stages of their STEM careers.
99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With over 250 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.
The hundreds of episodes are searchable by category: architecture, infrastructure, cities, objects, sounds, visuals, technology and history. The show has high production values and very engaging storytelling. Great for adults and kids.
Unprofessional Engineering : Producers and hosts James and Luke take a laid-back approach to getting people interested in science, technology, machinery, engineering and the history behind everyday things. Not unlike hanging out with friends who know a little more about engineering than you do. They break down a weekly engineering topic, often suggested by their audience. A fun way to demystify the engineering process. The hundreds of episodes are searchable by category: architecture, infrastructure, cities, objects, sounds, visuals, technology and history. The show has high production values and very engaging storytelling. Great for adults and kids.
Engineering Innovation Podcast & Radio Series : The National Academy of Engineering works with the Washington, D.C. region’s most listened-to radio station — the all-news format WTOP Radio — and the nation’s only radio station specifically dedicated to covering news related to the federal government — WFED 1500 AM — to provide weekly features highlighting engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news.
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