Join Dr. Universe and her friends at Washington State University as they investigate science questions from kids around the world. If your students would like to be guest narrators on a future episode e-mail Dr.Universe@wsu.edu with the subject line: podcast.

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Before you listen

  • Choose one of the questions from the podcast. What do you think the answer might be? Why?
  • What questions do you have about the topic?
  • If you were to create a podcast of your own, what science topics would you talk about? What kind of scientist would you interview?

While you listen

  • Take a few notes. Scientists take lots of notes.
  • Write down any questions or words you might not know.

After you listen

  • What was one NEW thing you learned?
  • Who was one scientist on the podcast that inspired you?
  • Did you hear any words you have never heard before? Can you make a list and discover the definitions?
  • What is one fact you can share with family or friends?

 

Episode 4: Mushroom Rings, Apple Cider, Tree Sap, Glass Colors, Lost Connections

Hello young scientists. I’m Dr. Universe and if you’re anything like me, you’ve got lots of big questions about our world. On this episode, we’ll investigate questions about why mushrooms grow in rings, how to make apple cider, the art of stained glass, why trees have sap and finally investigate why the internet goes down. A big thanks to our friends at Regional Theatre of the Palouse for helping with the narration. Thanks to Washington State University researchers David Wheeler, Bri Valliere, Nadia Valverdi, Dustin Regul, and Dingwen Tao for help with the answers.

Episode 3: Knuckle-Walking Apes, Yawning Tears, Best Exercises, A Pandemic Mystery

Have you ever wondered why apes walk on their knuckles? Why we make tears when we yawn? Why and how exercise helps our bodies? What’s the best exercise? How the COVID-19 pandemic started? On this episode, we’ll dig into these great kid science questions with help from researchers at Washington State University. Thanks to Parker for helping read the questions on this episode. If you would like to help read questions on a future episode send an e-mail to Dr.Universe@wsu.edu. Thanks to WSU researchers Nanda GrowKarin BiggsChris Connolly, and Michael Letko for helping with the science.

Episode 2: Ants, Face Masks, Pins and Needles, Gummies, Spider Webs

Have you ever wondered why ants build hills? Why face masks are effective? Why we sometimes get that pins and needles feeling when we sit too long? How gummies are made? Why spiders hang upside down in their webs? On this episode, we’ll dig into these great kid science questions with help from researchers at Washington State University. Thanks to WSU researchers Rob ClarkDarrell JacksonMarian Wilson, Hang LiuConnie Remsberg, and Todd Murray for helping with the science.

Episode 1: Coins, Robots, Bees, Food, Dogs, Microbes

Hello, young scientists. I’m Dr. Universe and if you’re anything like me, you’ve got lots of big questions about our world. On this episode, we’ll talk with researchers at Washington State University about how coins are made, robot languages, bee wings, how food gives us energy, if dogs can tell time, and explore a tiny world of microbes.

A big thanks to our friends Natalie and Sierra who helped read the questions on this episode. Thank you to Elizabeth Reilly Gurocak, Manoj Karkee, Melanie Kirby, Alice Ma, Lynne Nelson, and Viveka Vadyvaloo for helping with the science.