Science podcast for kids, by a kid

By Phil Plait | November 19, 2010 12:00 pm

aaronsworldIf you’re looking for the very definition of "adorable", then look no farther than Aaron’s World, a science podcast made by a six-year-old boy who loves science. Each segment is just a few minutes long, and has a story with Aaron and his friend INO as they explore space and time. Aaron then explains a little bit about the science of the story.

Aaron does a great job talking about the science, and he is clearly an enthusiastic young scientist. I bet he’ll go a long way getting people excited about the Universe.

The podcast is helped along behind the scenes by Aaron’s father, who also does the Actually Speaking podcast. Aaron’s World is on iTunes, too.

If you have a kid who likes science — or dinosaur stories — then check out Aaron’s World, which is a pretty cool world to visit.

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  1. Cindy

    I’m going to have to download a few for my 6 year old daughter to listen to.

    Her sixth birthday party theme was “science experiments”. Fortunately my husband and I are both Ph.D. scientists so we could come up with some fun ideas.

  2. That’s fantastic! Junior just turned three and is starting to get interested in dinosaurs. I should go subscribe to Aaron’s World and build up a library for him to start listening to soon!

    @Cindy (1), my birthday is this weekend and I would LOVE a “science experiments” theme party! Is 37 too old to apply?

  3. Mason Myer

    That’s awesome!
    Who’s seen the astronomy rap? It’s also by a kid and is very good!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCBPhTdQgzY

  4. Bill

    Aaron and his mother were interviewed on Skepticality earlier this year. It’s a fun episode featuring young science podcasters.

    Downloadable here:
    http://traffic.libsyn.com/skepticality/128_Skepticality.mp3

    oh…and in the interest of beating Phil to the punch: “Mmmmmm…Swoopy”
    :)

  5. Yup, I’ve been trying to get people to listen to this podcast for months. Both Aaron and his dad are tapping into the nostalgia of early 20th century radio programs, and throwing in some education to boot!

    Quick anecdote. Aaron was being interviewed on another podcast, Skepticality, where the host asked him whether his favorite dinosaur (Allosaurus) and her (the host’s) favorite dinosaur (Iguanadon) would have been friends. Aside from the fact that one’s a carnivore, the other’s a herbivore (which she prefaced in her question), I was blown away when Aaron answered, “well, they didn’t live in the same time period….” it was a great moment, catching the host totally off-guard. And it proved that Aaron really knows his stuff.

    Great post, Phil!

  6. Correction: Aaron’s father does the “Acually Speaking” podcast. But “Skeptically Speaking” and “Actually Speaking” are both great podcasts as well.

  7. shawmutt

    Thanks for the heads up Phil, I added both to my podcast queue. I’ll have to try the younger one on my 2 and 3 year old and see what they think!

  8. Douglas Troy

    Good find Phil! I’ll be sharing this with my girls this week-end, should be fun to listen to.

  9. One correction: Aaron’s father does the Actually Speaking podcast, not Skeptically Speaking which is by Desiree Schell.

  10. Wow! So thrilled to see our little podcast mentioned here. Thanks, Phil!

    Howevever, one correction. The “other” podcast I do is “Actually Speaking” which is a podcast discussing communication skills for skeptics (www.actuallyspeaking.com). The show linked to aboved is “Skeptically Speaking” hosted by the amazing Desiree Schell… which should be on every skeptic’s playlist.

    FYI Aaron is doing flips knowing that the Bad Astronomer (Mr Bad Universe) has listened to his show. Doesn’t get much better than that! ;)

  11. Siphoneuphoria

    Thanks, Phil. My son will live this!

  12. cdnfish

    Don’t forget to Nominate Aaron’s World in the education catagory for the Podcast Awards…. I think it would be an awsome feather in Aaron’s hat…

  13. Gary Ansorge

    5. Chris Lindsay

    “I was blown away when Aaron answered, “well, they didn’t live in the same time period….”

    That’s hilarious. Reminds me of my Son. When he was three, we were at the Houston Natural History Museum looking at their dinosaur exhibit. Sean was calmly enunciating the names of the dinosaurs(stegosaurus, tyrannosaurus, etc) and we heard two elderly women near us speculating in whispers that Sean must be a 30 year old midget. What was really funny was that Sean had problems pronouncing truck(he said gruck) but dino names were easy for him. His favorite books for me to read to him were his dinosaur books. I thought he’d grow up to become an archeologist. Instead, he’s a software engineer. Meh, so much for early influences.

    Gary 7

  14. Nerdista

    Aaron’s World is one of my faves! Glad to see it here!

  15. Buzz Parsec

    1) the link to “Actually Speaking” doesn’t work… It looks like it has 2 “http://” in it. (At least, Opera treats it as an illegal URL and won’t follow it.)

    2) I’m definitely going to point my niece at this. She’s 8 and a dino-fanatic. Her favorite dinosaur is Troodon, which I notice is the subject of Aaron’s 2nd podcast.

  16. Alex Murdoch

    I have three kids, 3,5 and 7 and they’re addicted to Aaron’s World. It’s a favourite while we’re out driving in the truck. The episodes are fun and full of cool science. The kids drew some pictures for Aaron and he posted them on his website. We even got a message from Aaron once, and it was amazing to see the smiles on the kids’ faces!
    Can’t wait for the next episode.
    Oh, and Aaron’s birthday was just a week ago or so!

  17. Waaaaaaait a minute!

    I just listened to Episode 9, where Aaron and his robot buddy’s spaceship/timeship is right in the path of the asteroid that’s about to cause the K-T Boundary Event.

    Seriously, what kind of spacecraft design routes its primary systems control through the same data bus it uses for downloading podcasts?! I want to have a word with the engineer who built that control interface! HMPH!

  18. I love to see a young kid like that being involved with science!!!

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