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Science Kids on the Loose


Our two podcast hosts, Trina Helfrich and Kimberly Brenneman, discuss various topics that touch a preschoolers lives, from a parent and educator perspective. Trina is a stay-at-home mom of two young boys who works through all kinds of ways of finding science in everyday life, and Kimberly is an educational advisor to Sid the Science Kid as well as an Assistant Research Professor at the National Institute for Early Education Research and the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers. New podcasts are available every month.

Preschoolers and Television

Kim and Trina discuss TV and preschoolers. Trina (a mom of two preschoolers) asks Kim (an educational advisor to Sid the Science Kid) about the use of educational media and young children at home and in the classroom. Continue.

Sid the Science Kid Celebrates Engineers Week!

Engineer and Dad Mitchell Nathan joins Trina and Kim to answer various questions on how engineering can be encouraged in the lives of preschoolers. Nathan provides real-world examples and helps us understand exactly what engineering is, what it means to a preschooler, and how we can encourage girls in engineering. Continue.

Literature in the Classroom

Trina and Kim discuss fiction and non-fiction literature and ways it can be used as a great tool for teaching scientific concepts. Continue.

Incorporating Reducing, Reusing and Recycling Into Our Everyday

To celebrate the new Sid the Science Kid episodes on environment and habitat, Trina and Kim share some ways to incorporate the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) into everyday activities. Continue.

Summer Activities To Do With Your Preschooler

Trina shares some ideas she has for activities with her kids this summer, and Kim gives some tips and advice on how to bring science into those activities. Continue.

Backyard Camping!

Kim and Trina discuss easy ways to get into the outdoors and nature with your kids. Continue.

Behind the Scenes of Sid the Science Kid

Ever wonder why our main scientist is a boy instead of a girl? Or what Sid’s parents do for a living? Or how Sid came to be? Trina and Kim welcome special guest Halle Stanford, an Executive Producer on Sid the Science Kid, to ask about the things we all want to know about the making of the show! Continue.

Preparing for Disasters with Your Preschooler

Kim and Trina talk about preparing kids for disasters and unexpected events. Continue.

Thanksgiving Day Food and Activity Ideas

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Kim and Trina share ideas for feeding kids ahead of the big meal (or anytime!), especially those who are picky eaters. They also discuss some ways to get moving, inside and outside, on Turkey Day. Continue.

New Sid the Science Kid Episodes on Technology and Engineering

Four new episodes premiered December 5 that cover flight, engineering, computers as a science tool, and using computers for research. Kim and Trina share their thoughts on the episodes and also discuss using the computers with preschoolers. Continue.

Robotics Engineer Julie Townsend

Julie Townsend, a robotics engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks with Kim and Trina about being a female scientist, her path in becoming an engineer, and ways to support young girls in science. Continue.

Kim and Trina Share Their Favorite Sid Activities

Kim and Trina discuss their favorite Sid activities and what makes certain ones great for the home or classroom. Continue.

Kids and Pets

Kim and Trina discuss pets and children, including how to pick a pet and what pets can teach kids. Continue.

Produced by: Funding is provided by:
Jim Hensen Corporation logo CPB ViNCi MetLife The Rosehills Foundation S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation logo The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations logo

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