STEAM Daydream with National Children's Museum

National Children's Museum

On STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum, each month curious kids will interview STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) innovators from across the country for answers to their biggest questions.

National Children’s Museum inspires children to care about and change the world—and we encourage all kids to dream through the lens of STEAM!

Introducing STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum!
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It’s time to hit the red carpet for the biggest event of the year: the Community Captain Awards! Join A.J. in celebrating the Community Captains around the world who are fighting climate change by reducing waste in their communities. The Gill Brothers, three young entrepreneurs who created their own candle company and recycling program, join us to accept their award! Then, A.J. chats with Peggy Mandanas, the Sustainability Liaison at GEICO, to learn how she uses her passion for sustainability at her job and in her everyday life. For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan and Paige Childs, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Nov 4

18 min 16 sec

Cue the music, Dreamers! In this month’s episode, we’ll learn more about the music that powers the Museum’s new Dance Party Pod, presented by Spotify. Follow along as A.J. discovers the magic of music—how it can inspire movement and represent emotions. With help from Olivia, our 11-year-old Kid Interviewer, and Hilary Giumara, Music Programming Manager for Kids & Family at Spotify, A.J. curates the perfect dance playlist. Then, he speaks with Andre Johnson, guitarist and founding member of the iconic band Rare Essence, about D.C.’s official music: Go-go! This episode contains a sample of “Hey Buddy Buddy” by Rare Essence courtesy of Rare One Records. For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan and Paige Childs, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Sep 24

22 min 15 sec

Hey Dreamers, want to hear the buzz on this month’s episode? A.J. is out on Pollinator Patrol when he receives a report about a bat stuck in the attic of 8-year-old Colin’s home. Together, A.J. and Colin free the bat and build a native plant garden to attract more pollinators to Colin’s yard. With help from special guests Gary Krupnick, the Head of the Plant Conservation Unit at the National Museum of Natural History, and Sarah Red-Laird, the Head Worker Bee and Executive Director of Bee Girl Organization, Colin and A.J. learn how to protect and support pollinators of all kinds. Head to www.pollinator.org for resources on how to build your own native plant garden and tips on how to help preserve pollinators! For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan and Paige Childs, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Aug 27

21 min 15 sec

In this month’s episode, A.J. and 9-year-old Kid Interviewer Trinity discover the important role STEM plays in dance performances. Special guests Yamilee Toussaint Beach, Founder + CEO of STEM from Dance, and Catie Cuan, Choreographer and PhD Candidate in Robotics at Stanford University, inspire Trinity to combine her love of STEM and dance for the performance of a lifetime. Spoiler alert: It includes robots, A.J. in hoverboots, and some funky music! For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan and Paige Childs, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Special thanks to IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, for connecting us with the experts in this episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Jul 29

20 min 50 sec

Oh, to be in the deep blue sea! This month, A.J. goes on an underwater adventure in a submarine, but something fishy is going on–and climate change might have something to do with it! Aubrey, our 7-year-old Kid Interviewer from Virginia, talks to Sarah Cooley, the Director of Climate Science at Ocean Conservancy, to figure out how the Earth’s changing climate is affecting the ocean and the animals that live there. Then, A.J. speaks with Hillary Burgess from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program to learn how Water Warriors can help prevent trash from ending up in the ocean! For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Jun 24

20 min 19 sec

Planes, birds, and helicopters–oh my! This month, join A.J. at the Worldwide Flying Extravaganza to learn all about things that fly! We’ll do a deep dive into the four forces that make flight possible: lift, thrust, drag, and weight. Then, we’ll chat with two experts to discover how planes and birds use the same forces in different ways to achieve flight! First, Frank Hatten, an Education Relations Specialist at Boeing, will explain how planes are engineered to soar high in the sky. Then, Brian Evans, a Migratory Bird Ecologist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, joins us to solve the mystery of why some birds can fly and others can’t! For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

May 27

18 min 48 sec

Let’s save some trees, Dreamers! In honor of Arbor Day, we’re brushing up our Arbor Avenger skills this month. First, we’ll chat with Linda Walker, the World Wildlife Fund’s Senior Director of Corporate Engagement, Forests, to learn about all of the amazing things trees do for the Earth. Then, it’s time we put our knowledge into action! We’ll catch up with the Youth Programs Coordinator at Casey Trees, Kelsey Desmond, to learn how we can be everyday Arbor Avengers by taking care of the trees in our neighborhoods! For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

May 6

22 min 52 sec

Hey there, Dreamers! It's a bird... it's a plane... it's... trees?! Learn why Linda Walker of World Wildlife Fund considers forests to be a climate superhero by checking out this sneak peek of next week's episode: Arbor Avengers!  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Apr 30

55 sec

Breathe in… breathe out, Dreamers! Today, we’re learning all about mindfulness and how it can help us stay calm and deal with tough emotions. First, explore the science behind meditation from Maryam Abdullah, Parenting Program Director at the Greater Good Science Center. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy a guided meditation from our friends at Inner Explorer (in English starting at 16:06 and Spanish starting at 21:06!) that you’ll want to come back to time and time again. Special thanks to Inner Explorer (https://innerexplorer.org/) for providing the mediations in this episode. For more mindfulness resources from Inner Explorer, visit: https://nationalchildrensmuseum.org/steamwork/#resources For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Mar 25

29 min 26 sec

Get your sketchpads out, dreamers! In this episode, we explore the wonder of animation and discover how technology has revolutionized the process. First, hear from Dave Cunningham, Supervising Director of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, about how his team uses technology to bring Bikini Bottom to life! Then, listen to De Lisa Patterson, Marketing Creative Supervisor at GEICO, discuss the creative collaboration that goes into creating the beloved GEICO Gecko! Join kid Interviewers Grace and Veronica from Rosie Riveters, a partner of National Children's Museum, as they investigate the intersection between art and technology. For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. Supporting sponsorship is provided by the Akamai Foundation. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Feb 25

18 min 23 sec

In less than a year, medical experts and scientists worked together to create a vaccine to defeat COVID-19, and in this episode, we discover how they did it! Dr. Roberta DeBiasi, the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC, joins us to breakdown how vaccines are made and how they protect us. Then, we take a trip through A.J.’s immune system to see how the vaccine is used to defend against COVID-19! Check out HealthyChildren.org for more resources on the vaccine and COVID-19 from the American Academy of Pediatrics. For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. Supporting sponsorship is provided by the Akamai Foundation. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Jan 29

18 min 14 sec

We need your help hosting our upcoming podcast episodes! Are you a curious 7- to 12-year-old? We want to hear from you! Learn how you can become a National Children’s Museum Kid Interviewer at nationalchildrensmuseum.org/podcast/. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 1 at 5:00 pm EST. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Jan 24

1 min 32 sec

Dreamers, keep your seatbelts fastened throughout the episode—we’re hitching a ride through the sky with A.J. on his biplane for some up-close cloud observing! With the help of some Mighty Meteorologists, A.J. guides a cloud through an identity crisis. Adriana Bailey, Atmospheric Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, shares all about atmospheric science. Then, we hear all about predicting the weather from Ginger Zee, Chief Meteorologist for ABC7 News and Good Morning America. For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, check out nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. Supporting sponsorship is provided by the Akamai Foundation.  It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Special thank you to IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, for connecting us with the scientist in today’s episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Dec 2020

22 min 19 sec

Full STEAM ahead! A.J.’s car is broken, and he needs help getting it fixed. So, in this episode, we are learning all about engineering and safety! First, we talk to Xyla Foxlin, mechatronics engineer and Founder of Beauty and the Bolt, to discuss engineering and design. Then, we chat with Director Jeff Marootian from District Department of Transportation about how DDOT keeps drivers and pedestrians safe on the streets of DC! For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, check out nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Special thank you to IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, for connecting us with the scientist in today’s episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Nov 2020

21 min 32 sec

Hey there, sports fans! We’re about to hit this episode out of the park—and learn all about the science behind some of your favorite sports! Dr. Monica Rho, Head Physician for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, shares how she uses sports medicine and science to keep athletes strong. Then, Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman joins us to share more about the science of baseball and how he stays healthy on and off the field! For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, check out nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Special thank you to IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, for connecting us with the scientist in today’s episode. The Museum's Grand Slam Science experience featured in this episode is generously presented by The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Oct 2020

21 min 4 sec

This month, let’s dive into data science! Learn all about how data drives two major events that are happening in our country in 2020: the census, and the general election! We are joined by Robert Groves, former Director of the US Census Bureau and current Provost of Georgetown University, who shares more about how children count in the census. Then, Bruce Lesley, the President of First Focus on Children, explains why voting is so important for families and their children. Data science is all around us, dreamers! For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, check out nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie  Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Sep 2020

18 min 17 sec

Did you know that anyone can be a Climate Action Hero? This month, we’re exploring climate science, and learning about how to use our climate action superpowers to fight back against climate change!  We dig into big questions like, “What is climate change?” and, “What can we be doing now to positively affect climate change in the future?” You’ll also hear from Shyla Raghav, Vice President of Climate Change at Conservation International, and Victoria Herrmann, President and Managing Director of The Arctic Institute, to learn more about their jobs as real life climate champions. To take the Climate Action Heroes Quiz, go to climate-heroes.org. You can learn all about your Climate Action Superpower, and check out our STEAMwork videos and activities. For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, check out nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Stevie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Special thanks to IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, for connecting us with the scientists in today’s episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Aug 2020

24 min 59 sec

This episode, we will  focus on the "A" in “STEAM” by exploring art as a form of activism! You’ll meet our inspiring guests: Dr. Chelsea Johnson, co-author of “IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All”, a children’s book that celebrates solidarity, allyship, and community, and 9-year-old Kaityln, a kid who used her talent for skating to perform an inspiring tribute on Black Lives Matter Plaza in downtown Washington DC. For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, check out nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Stevie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All was co-written by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi of CLC Collective, an organization with the mission of making social theory accessible to people of all ages. IntersectionAllies was published by Dottir Press, a women-run publishing house celebrating books by feminists, for everyone. Illustrations by Ashley Seil Smith. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Jul 2020

19 min 36 sec

In our first episode, we’re peeling back the layers on pandemics. How have we overcome global diseases in the past? How can learning about neuroscience help us reduce anxiety? You’ll meet nine-year-old Giselle as she interviews two health science heroes: Dr. Joyonna Gamble-George, a neuroscientist whose research focuses on anxiety, and Dr. Jessica Taaffe, a global health scientist working to fight global diseases. Next month’s podcast will feature experts answering kids’ questions about racism and inequity in America. If you are a kid and have a question you would like answered, please leave us a voice message at anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message. Don't forget to begin your recording with your name, age, city, and state!  For STEAM videos, programs, resources and more from National Children’s Museum, check out nationalchildrensmuseum.org. STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Stevie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Special thanks to IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, for connecting us with the scientists in today’s episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

Jun 2020

20 min 34 sec

On STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum, curious kids will interview STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) innovators from across the country for answers to their burning questions. National Children’s Museum inspires children to care about and change the world -and we encourage all kids to dream through the lens of STEAM! Look out for our first episode dropping June 2020. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/national-childrens-museum/message

May 2020

1 min 4 sec