Earlier this year, Brains On teamed up with the Science Museum of Minnesota, with funding from the National Science Foundation, to launch a study on how children’s science podcasts like ours, as well as the larger informal science education field, can provide families with science-based information to help ease children’s worries during a pandemic and support pandemic-related family conversations. This research is being led by the Science Museum of Minnesota.

The first stage of findings reveal important insights into the kinds of questions children are asking about the pandemic, the worries they have, and the types of support caregivers are seeking to be able to engage in discussions with their children about the COVID-19 pandemic specifically, and the science behind viruses and preventative health measures more broadly.

We hope these findings can inform the development of coronavirus-related educational resources responsive to the information and education needs of families as well as provide other researchers with insights that they can build on in their own work.  

You can access the full report here and the executive summary here

As part of this work, Science Museum of Minnesota has also compiled a resource guide of articles and web pages with tips on how to talk about pandemic-related topics with children. You can check out more Coronavirus information here. If you would like to participate in the study, click here.

If you have questions about this research study, please contact Amy Grack Nelson, Evaluation & Research Manager at the Science Museum of Minnesota. She can be reached at agnelson@smm.org

Check out info from our previous study with the Science Museum of Minnesota (with funding from the National Science Foundation) looking at how families use podcasts.