Science is an area with a lot of podcasts for kids. These range from ones produced by the big production houses like NPR and BBC. The production values of these tends to be high. But there are also some science podcasts which are co-hosted by kids – not all of these are still publishing but they have some great historic episodes. Some of these episodes also feature in our top ten list of podcasts for kids. Many schools are increasingly integrated science podcasts into their home learning – as they are with their history and other educational podcasts.
While these are dedicated science podcasts you will also find good science episodes in other non science topics. For example, the History Storytime – for Kids podcast has episodes on Brunel and Smallpox, and the Bedtime History podcast has episodes on Artificial Intelligence and Neil Armstrong.
Best Science Podcasts for Kids
- But Why: A podcast for curious Kids. This charming podcast sees kids submit questions. They have some really wacky questions like “Why is the sky blue?”, “why do we poop and fart?”, “Why are mammoth’s extinct?” and more. The questions are answered by experts who give clear answers. The show is biweekly. For all ages.
- Brain On. This podcast is similar to But Why. It takes questions from kids on science and then has experts answers them. It also has a kid co-host. The questions are a little more tricky than with But Why and the answers a little more complex so it’s suitable for older children. Questions include “Why are smartphones so hard to put down?”, “Why is it so hard to break a habit?” and “Why do we have crushes?. However, the show is still fun and silly. For tweens.
- Wow in the World. This radio show from America’s National Public Radio sees two co-hosts, Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, answer a series of questions over thirty minutes. Guy is the straight man who makes things clear for children. Masses of fact based fun. For 6 – 10 year olds.
- Houston We have a Podcast. This is not specifically targeted at kids. However, kids love it. This is produced by NASA and gives updates on the NASA missions, outlines NASA’s future plans and explores some of the mysteries of space. For Tweens.
- Tumble. This podcast sees the scientists interviewed about discoveries. They try to make it so that people who think they are not interested in science find the podcasts fascinating. The podcast is hosted by a teacher and a scientist. Kids can send their own questions in. For 8 – 12 year olds.