Resources for Educators

Brains On is an award-winning science podcast for kids from American Public Media.  Each week, joined by a different kid co-host, we ask fascinating questions about science and go wherever the answers take us.  Sometimes this means hearing skits about sound waves, songs about slime or interviews with astronauts.

Brains On is a great resource for parents and educators to engage elementary age kids in STEM learning at home, on the go or in classroom.


Smash Boom Best - Debate mini unit

Curiosity Kits

Curiosity Kits are recipes to help librarians and other educators engage with Brains On! These kits will help you come up with activities for 7-11 year-olds as a supplement to Brains On episodes.

Episode: Books: How they’re made and how your brain reads them

Episode: Animal Farts: A mighty wind

Episode: How do you catch a cold?

Episode: Deep Sea vs Outer Space

Episode: The science of slime: What is it and why are we so obsessed?


We have transcripts available for a number of episodes (and are hoping to have more soon!). You can find transcripts at the links below: