Any time is a good time for children to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). For a screen-free way to encourage children’s curiosity and keep them engaged in STEM learning, podcasts offer plenty of fun and accessible options families can enjoy at home, in the car or just about anywhere at all.
For STEM-focused podcasts both kids and parents can enjoy, we’ve put together this list of great listens.
1. “Brains On!”
Host Molly Bloom is joined by a different kid co-host each week to promote curiosity and find answers to big questions. Families are encouraged to submit their own questions, keeping topics fresh and engaging. There are more than 100 episodes to choose from, and if you’d like to start with the most popular, you can find listeners’ favorites right here.
This science podcast is hosted by two parents — Lindsay Patterson, who has a background in public radio and science reporting, and her husband Marshall Escamilla, a music teacher. When families submit their own questions, the hosts interview scientists about their processes and discoveries, so you can be confident that your kids will hear expert answers.
3. “But Why”
Got even more questions? Try this podcast from NPR. Parents are encouraged to record their children asking a question and then send an audio file to be answered in an episode. No question is too big or too small! Recent episodes have covered topics like what happens to a forest after a fire and why ladybugs have spots.
4. “Wow in the World”
Another great podcast from NPR, “Wow in the World” delivers the most intriguing new stories about science and technology, in ways that both parents and children will enjoy. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz explore topics like the science of smell, how birds evolved to fly and the stress-relieving power of video games.
You can’t create a list of STEM podcasts for kids without including one hosted by a kid. Nate Butkus, 9, started “The Show About Science” with the help of his dad four years ago. Nate interviews a different scientist in each episode and gets fascinating answers that will satisfy your child’s curiosity, as well as your own.
If you think a podcast about intellectual property might not be much fun, think again! With “Stroke of Genius,” IPO Education Foundation offers up intriguing episodes, from an interview with National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductee Radia Perlman to a look at the copyright controversy behind dance moves in the popular Fortnite video game.
Does your family have a favorite STEM podcast that belongs on our list? We’d love to give it a listen! Please share your recommendations with us on our Camp invention Facebook page.