Tumble Science Podcast for Kids podcast

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

A Common Sense Selection! Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit www.tumblepodcast.com for educational content.

A Common Sense Selection! Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit www.tumblepodcast.com for educational content.

 

#238

The Science of Candyland

Happy Halloween! We’re headed to Candy Land, a sugary laboratory where mathematicians found a mysterious candy dagger appear - over and over again. So gather up your candy box, and let’s discover out why mathematicians are studying candy to understand the real-life landscapes around us. Mathematician Leif Ristroph shares how he stumbled into making sweet experiments.  Want to learn more about the reason behind Leif’s experiments? Listen to our bonus interview episode, available for Patrons at the $1/level a month or higher. Pledge now at Patreon.com/tumblepodcast! We have Leif’s special recipe for “research-grade candy” on our website. Check it out on the blog at sciencepodcastforkids.com! Want to see Lindsay and Marshall perform LIVE at the Foundry in West Stockbridge, MA? Go get tickets [here] (https://thefoundryws.com/event/tumble-a-science-podcast-for-kids-live-show/) . ... Read more

05 Jul 2024

19 MINS

19:55

05 Jul 2024


#237

The Kid Scientists' Galapagos Adventure

This is an encore of one of our favorite episodes from Season 5! If you'd like to help us choose our next episode, go to our Patreon and [VOTE] (https://www.patreon.com/posts/encore-vote-3-106457165?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=postshare_creator&utm_content=join_link) ! You don't have to pledge to support us in order to vote, but if you do we'd appreciate it a ton! What’s it like to be a kid doing experiments in one of the most famous science places in the world? Oscar and Mae Johnson were nine and twelve when they traveled to the Galapagos Islands with their scientist dad. The Galapagos are isolated tropical islands made famous by Charles Darwin, who came up with the theory of evolution based on his research there. Mae and Oscar followed in Darwin’s footsteps. With help from their parents, they conducted their own research and got it published in a scientific journal - a big deal for scientists of every age! Hear Mae and Oscar tell their own story of science discovery in this episode.  See photos of Oscar and Mae doing their experiment on our blog at sciencepodcastforkids.com! We also have more resources to learn about the Galapagos there.  Want to learn more about Mae and Oscar’s great science adventure and experiments? We have a special bonus interview episode available for our Patrons. Just pledge $1/month for this and all our scientist interviews at patreon.com/tumblepodcast. ... Read more

21 Jun 2024

19 MINS

19:42

21 Jun 2024


#236

The Cave of the Underground Astronauts

This is a summer encore episode of one of our favorite episodes from Season 4 of Tumble! Do you love fossils, adventure, and spending time in small spaces? If so, you could become an underground astronaut! Marina Elliot, Becca Peixotto, and Kenni Molopyane found this unusual job description through a Facebook ad, and landed deep inside a cave that few people can access. The team of archeologists talked to Tumble in the middle of excavating Homo Naledi, one of the biggest recent discoveries on the human family tree. Find out how they squeeze through a 7 inch gap on their daily commute, and how their work could change the way we understand early human history. If you want to vote on Tumble's next re-broadcast for the summer, go to [https://bit.ly/SummerTravelPoll] (https://bit.ly/SummerTravelPoll) and vote! While you're there, think about subscribing at the $5 level or higher to get birthday shout outs, interview extras, and more! ... Read more

07 Jun 2024

18 MINS

18:52

07 Jun 2024


#235

Can We Time Travel?

Is it possible to build a time machine? Can we time travel someday? That’s what Tumble listener Willa wants to know. Clifford Johnson, a theoretical physicist and film consultant, says that there’s real science behind the time travel - and he’ll tell us what it takes to do it. To learn more about time travel, go visit our blog at sciencepodcastforkids.com, where you can find all sorts of awesome resources to go along with this episode. This is our last episode of season 9! If you like what we do, why not support our show on Patreon? Just go to patreon.com/tumblepodcast and support us at any level for ad-free episodes, or for $5 a month you can hear a happy birthday wish on our show. Visit our Threadless shop to get awesome tumble t-shirts: tumblepodcast.threadless.com ... Read more

24 May 2024

20 MINS

20:40

24 May 2024


#234

Will An Asteroid Hit Earth?

How do scientists find out if an asteroid might hit our planet? And what do they do if it’s on a collision course with Earth? We’ll meet a planetary defender - an astronomer who uses radar telescopes to defend our planet from space rocks! Edgard Rivera Valentín grew up in Puerto Rico, next to Arecibo, the world’s most powerful radar telescope. Hear the story of how Edgard became a scientist superhero, and the supervillain asteroids they’re up against.  A bonus interview episode with Edgard is available to Patreon members who pledge at the $1 level or higher at [patreon.com/tumblepodcast] (http://patreon.com/tumblepodcast) .  Check out more resources about Arecibo and asteroids on our blog, at [sciencepodcastforkids.com] (http://sciencepodcastforkids.com/) . Listen to Tumble en Español! Search for “Tumble en Español” wherever you get your podcasts, or on our website under “ [En Español] (https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/tumble-en-espanol) .” ... Read more

10 May 2024

21 MINS

21:48

10 May 2024


#233

Why Do Cicadas Live Underground for So Long?

How did cicadas evolve to go underground for so long? Why do cicadas spend so much of their lives underground? That’s what listeners Gus and Zachary want to know. This spring, up to a TRILLION cicadas will emerge across 16 states in the U.S., in an event that hasn’t happened since 1803. Cicada scientist Chris Simon helps us dig into the surprising science of cicadas - and figure out how they’re changing on this science podcast for kids.  Listen to our interview episode with Chris Simon, available to Patreon members who pledge at the $1 level or higher at [patreon.com/tumblepodcast] (http://patreon.com/tumblepodcast) .  We also have free resources on our website - including maps of the emergence and links to download Cicada Safari, a citizen science cicada project. That’s on the blog at sciencepodcastforkids.com. Buy Tumble gear at our [threadless shop] (https://tumblepodcast.threadless.com) ! ¿Hablas español? Hay más episodios de nuestro podcast Tumble en Español en nuestro sitio web, [https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/tumble-en-espanol] (https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/tumble-en-espanol) . ... Read more

26 Apr 2024

20 MINS

20:44

26 Apr 2024


#232

The Alien Bacteria Abduction

Scientists stage an alien abduction to learn how bacteria avoid antibiotics, in this fact-meets-fiction episode! Meet our alien bacteria invaders (fiction) and our real life scientist, Caroline Blassick (fact) as they face off in a battle of microbial life and death. We’ll find out how Caroline implants mind-control devices in bacteria to improve human health, in bioengineer Mary Dunlop’s lab. Our bacteria are played by Clara and Elijah, middle school STEM students.  This episode is supported by the National Science Foundation under award number MCB 2032357.  Learn more about “alien bacteria” on the bonus interview episode on our Patreon, at patreon.com/tumblepodcast.  We have more free resources about bacteria and antibiotics available on the blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com ... Read more

12 Apr 2024

19 MINS

19:44

12 Apr 2024


#231

Can We See Black Holes?

Why can’t we see black holes? Can we see black holes with a telescope? That’s what Tumble listener James wants to know. We explore the science of supermassive black holes and gravitational waves, with the help of astronomer Maura McLaughlin. Find out how the LIGO telescope is aiding in the search for supermassive black holes on an intergalactic collision course! ANNOUNCEMENT: Tumble en Español, the Spanish adaptation of Tumble, is back for Season 3! Listen here: https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/tumble-en-espanol Learn more about black holes and gravitational waves on the science podcast for kids blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com Listen to Maura talk about the science of pulsar stars - the key to finding gravitational waves and black holes - in our bonus interview episode, available when you support us on Patreon for just $1 or more a month on Patreon.com/tumblepodcast. ... Read more

29 Mar 2024

20 MINS

20:28

29 Mar 2024


#230

The Songs of Spiders

What does a spider web sound like? Join us as we weave a web of connections between science and music - and learn some truly mind-blowing facts about spiders! MIT scientist and musician Markus Buehler shares his journey into the spiderverse, turning spider silk into instruments and making materials from nature.  Watch Markus’ spider music videos on the blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com The song "Spider Variations" by Markus Buehler was used with permission from Markus. The sounds are based on a sonification method of a spider web as described in the references below [1-2], part of a larger collaboration with Tomás Saraceno, Saraceno Studios, Ally Bisshop, Thomas Muehletahler, and Evan Ziporyn, and the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST). Hear more of Markus' songs on his Soundcloud: [https://soundcloud.com/user-275864738] (https://soundcloud.com/user-275864738) Hear more from Markus about materials and music in our bonus interview episode, available when you support us on Patreon for just $1 or more a month on Patreon.com/tumblepodcast. ... Read more

15 Mar 2024

18 MINS

18:31

15 Mar 2024


#229

A Kid's Guide to the Total Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse is coming to the United States! Join us for Tumble’s Eclipse Spectacular with games, music, and a thrilling audio experience to learn what it’s like to be on the path of totality. Eclipse expert Vivian White guides us and our listeners through the mysteries of this rare astronomical event. You’ll be singing our new song, “Total Eclipse of the Sun” with your eclipse glasses on!  Hear our bonus interview episode with Vivian on our Patreon feed at patreon.com/tumblepodcast, when you pledge just $1 or more a month. There’s more free resources to learn about the eclipse on the blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com “Total Eclipse of the Sun” will be available on Spotify by eclipse day!  ... Read more

01 Mar 2024

22 MINS

22:48

01 Mar 2024


#228

The Case of the Molecular Detective

When human health is on the line, it’s a case for a molecular detective! Meet Mona Minkara, a scientist who studies molecular clues to solve big crimes inside the body. She’s tracking down the criminals who creep into our bodies to make us sick. Find out how Mona uses her powers of observation to solve mysteries just like her hero, Sherlock Holmes. Support Tumble on Patreon to join Lindsay and Marshall on Zoom! Just go to patreon.com/tumblepodcast and support at ANY LEVEL! Learn more about Mona's work on the bonus interview episode on our Patreon, at [⁠⁠patreon.com/tumblepodcast⁠⁠] (https://www.patreon.com/tumblepodcast) .  Check out free resources for this episode available on the blog on our website, [⁠⁠https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/] (https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/) ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

19 MINS

19:28

16 Feb 2024


#227

The Swift Quake

How do you think a stadium full of Taylor Swift fans would shake the earth? Tumble enters the Swiftiverse with Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, the scientist who discovered the “Swift Quake” - a type of earthquake created by fans at Taylor Swift concerts. Find out who really “shakes it off” - when it comes to music and seismic energy. Hear the other "sounds" of Jackie's earthquake and volcano research on the bonus interview episode on our Patreon, at [⁠patreon.com/tumblepodcast⁠] (https://www.patreon.com/tumblepodcast) .  Check out free resources for this episode available on the blog on our website, [⁠https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/] (https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/) Concert music in this episode was recorded by Ana Hedrick at a Taylor Swift show in Seattle, and used as data by Jackie Caplan-Auerbach. ... Read more

02 Feb 2024

29 MINS

29:02

02 Feb 2024


#226

How Did Humans Create Language?

What are the origins of human language? That’s what Elliana wants to know. Linguist Robert Englebretson joins us for a time travel adventure to unravel the mysteries of a question that has stumped scientists for centuries.  Learn more about the study of language with Robert Englebretson on the bonus interview episode on our Patreon, at [patreon.com/tumblepodcast] (https://www.patreon.com/tumblepodcast) .  Check out free resources for this episode available on the blog on our website, [https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/] (https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/) This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number # 2148711 - Engaging Blind, Visually Impaired, and Sighted Students in STEM with Storytelling through Podcasts. ... Read more

19 Jan 2024

21 MINS

21:25

19 Jan 2024


#225

Tumble's 150th Episode Quiz Show!

It’s Tumble’s 150th episode! 🥳 To celebrate, we had a Quiz Show with four of our biggest fans. Hear our Patrons Zoe, Kai, Eleanor and Avery compete in Tumble trivia with questions from episodes across all nine seasons of our podcast! You can play along at home, too! [Click here] (https://forms.gle/MfRSNNbWX9o5Z7N18) or visit our blog at sciencepodcastforkids.com to find an online quiz form that you can fill out as you listen. There will be a prize for our first three winners! Thank you to our amazing contestants! If you would like to compete in a future quiz show and help support the show, sign up to become a Tumble Patreon on patreon.com/tumblepodcast. You’ll get access to ad-free episodes, bonus content, and more goodies like these Quiz Shows. ... Read more

05 Jan 2024

23 MINS

23:10

05 Jan 2024


#224

Do Dreams Have Meaning? [ENCORE]

Happy Holidays! If you would like to help support Tumble and get a last-minute holiday gift, consider becoming a Patreon member! Pledge your support on Patreon.com/tumblepodcast to get access to ad-free episodes, bonus interview extras, and your very own shoutout! Before we go away on break, we’re sharing one of our favorite episodes: “Do Dreams Have Meaning?”. Join neuroscientist Sidarta Ribeiro as we unveil the fascinating history of dreams and witness how science revolutionized their interpretation forever. From ancient gods to Freud's couch, we'll discover how an 8-year-old boy contributed to a major scientific breakthrough, all while asleep. Learn three steps to unlock the meaning of your own dreams before drifting off to Dreamland. Sweet dreams! ... Read more

21 Dec 2023

20 MINS

20:13

21 Dec 2023


#223

Do Aliens Exist? [ENCORE]

Our 150th episode is coming up! To celebrate, we’re doing a quiz show with trivia from all 9 seasons of Tumble! Get entered to be on the show: Sign up now to become a Tumble Patreon on [patreon.com/tumblepodcast] (patreon.com/tumblepodcast) , and tell us why you would make a great contestant! (Microphone licking not required.) How likely is it that we’ll find intelligent alien life on other planets? Are there extraterrestrial civilizations that we could contact - or that could contact us? And what would these aliens be like? We’re going to try to answer these big questions with the help of two scientists, and a very famous math equation. We have free resources available on the blog on our website,  [⁠https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/single-post/do-aliens-exist] (https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/single-post/do-aliens-exist) ... Read more

08 Dec 2023

21 MINS

21:58

08 Dec 2023


#222

How Do Toilets Work? [ENCORE]

When you have to go, where does it go? That’s what our listener Ellie wants to know. Prepare for potty humor and science as we hear from civil engineer and toilet expert Francis de los Reyes! Who invented the toilet? And what’s “The Great Stink?” We’ll be plunging into the past, present, and future of flushing to discover how toilets don’t just save us from stinky smells - they save lives.  Thanks so much to KiwiCo for sponsoring this episode. If you want to get 50% off your first month of any crate, go to kiwico.com/TUMBLE. ... Read more

22 Nov 2023

21 MINS

21:04

22 Nov 2023


#221

What If There Were No Animals?

What would the world be like without animals? Rae Wynn Grant - ecologist, podcaster, and bear cub cuddler - gives us a picture of what would happen if animals disappeared, and explains how we can stop it from happening. We’ll find out how the Endangered Species Act has worked for over 50 years to save endangered species, and how we can make it even better for the next generation. Thanks to Elliana, as well as Hadley and Roman for their question!  This episode is part of the Kids Podcast Party! Tumble and other kids podcasters are making episodes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Want to hear more? Check out Smash Boom Best, and their episode about Capybaras vs. Komodo Dragons.  Hear more from our interview with Rae Wynn Grant - host of Going Wild with Rae Wynn Grant - on the bonus interview episode on our Patreon, at patreon.com/tumblepodcast We have free resources for this episode on the blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com. ... Read more

10 Nov 2023

21 MINS

21:11

10 Nov 2023