Episodes

Season 7

Episode 178: How Did The Moon Form? The Story of Earth’s Moon

Earth’s moon is the spotlight of the night sky. It’s been Earth’s best friend for over 4 billion years. How did the Moon form in the first place? What theories do scientists have about the Moon and how it formed? In this episode, I will take you into the story of how the Moon formed, why humans are exploring the Moon, and more about Earth’s best friend!
Learn more about NASA’s Artemis Moon missions here! (https://nasa.gov/feature/artemis/)
Here’s an article! It is called “How Moons Form! (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/06/how-moons-form/)
Here’s an activity! It is called “How Did The Moon Form? Activity” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/06/moon-formation-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 177: What’s So Special About Europa? Searching for Life on Jupiter’s Moon

Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons has been getting a lot of attention. In fact, NASA is sending a mission to Europa, known as the Europa Clipper in late 2024 to find out more about this special moon! Why do scientists want to investigate Europa and what does this have to do with searching for life on Europa? In this episode, I will blast you off into the science of Europa, and the search for life on Jupiter’s moon.
Here’s an article! It is called “All About Europa!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/06/all-about-europa/)
Here’s an activity! It is called “Draw The Surface of Europa!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/06/draw-the-surface-of-europa-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 176: How Does Sound Travel Underwater? The Science of Sound

Sound! It is all around us. We all know how sounds travel in air, but what about water? You’ve probably noticed sounds underwater when swimming at the pool or at the beach. Things sound louder and more defined, and it is very interesting to experience. Does sound travel differently through water? What is the science behind it? In this episode, I will take you behind the science of sound, water, and what happens as sound travels through water.
Here’s an article! It is called “How We Hear Sounds!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/06/how-we-hear-sounds/)
Here’s an activity! It is called “Hearing Sounds Underwater! Activity” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/06/hearing-sounds-underwater-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 175: Why Are Warning Lights Red? The Science of the Color Red

The color red is everywhere! But, have you noticed that most warning lights are red? Fire truck sirens, airplanes, brake lights, traffic lights, and even on top of skyscrapers! Why is the color red used in warning lights and what is the science behind it? In this episode, I will take you behind the science of the color red and why it is used as warning lights.
Here’s an article! It is called “What is Light?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/05/what-is-light-article/)
Here’s an activity! It is called “Mixing Colored Lights Activity!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/05/mixing-colored-lights-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 174: Why Does The Moon Have So Many Craters?

One of the most identifiable features of the Moon are its millions of craters, formed by collisions in space. Why does the Moon have so many craters though? Is there a reason why? In this episode, I blast off to explore the science of the Moon, craters, and answering the question of why it has so many craters.
Here’s an article! It is called “How Do Moons Form?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/05/how-do-moons-form/)
Here’s an activity! It is called “Make Your Own Craters! Activity” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/05/make-your-own-craters-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 173: The Northern Lights in the South! What Happened Last Week?

Last Friday, May 10th, people from around the US, Canada, and Europe looked to the skies to see something amazing. The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, was putting on a show. It wasn’t just another aurora, but this one was visible in places such as Georgia, Florida, and New York! How did the Northern Lights come this far down south? In this episode, I will be taking you into the science of solar storms, and go this rare phenomenon happened.
Here’s an article! It is called “How Auroras Happen!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/05/how-auroras-happen/)
Here’s an activity! It is called “Auroras – Labelling Worksheet Activity” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/05/auroras-labelling-worksheet-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 172: Could Jupiter Become a Star?

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. 1,300 Earths would fit in Jupiter! Since Jupiter is such a large planet, could it become a star like the Sun? In this episode, I explore the science of stars, Jupiter, and reveal if Jupiter ever was or could become a star.
Here’s an article! It is called “All About Jupiter!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/05/all-about-jupiter/)
Here’s an activity! It is called “Life Cycle of a Star Worksheet” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/05/life-cycle-of-a-star-worksheet/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 171: Why Are Fruits Different Colors?

Fruits and vegetables are some of the most colorful things on Earth! From the bright red apples, to pink watermelon, to yellow bananas, colors are everywhere in nature. Is there a reason to why fruits are so colorful? Did this evolve over time? In this episode, I will take you into the science of fruits, why they’re different colors, and the role color plays in nature.
Here’s an article! It is called “Why Fruits Have Peels and Shells!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/04/why-fruits-have-peels-and-shells/)
Here’s an activity! It is called “Fruit Color Scavenger Hunt!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/04/fruit-color-scavenger-hunt-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 170: Why Does Color Black Absorb Heat? The Hidden Science Behind Color and Heat

You’ve probably noticed that darker colors absorb more heat than lighter colors. Have you ever thought of why and how this happens? In this episode, I take you into the hidden science of color, heat, and how this interesting phenomenon happens!
Here’s an article! It is called “Colors and Heat Absorption Science!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/04/colors-and-heat-absorption-science/)
Here’s an activity! It is called “What Gets Hotter First? Color Experiment!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/04/color-hotter-science-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 169: What is Cell Therapy Manufacturing? Explained – With Mr. Keshav Shah

Did you know scientists can manufacture cells for cell therapy? Cell therapy manufacturing is making cells in a lab and using it in humans to heal certain injuries. How does this process work and what is so special about it? In this episode, I will be speaking with Mr. Keshav Shah, a PhD student at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and a researcher in the cell manufacturing field. Mr. Shah knows a lot about cell therapy and does lots of research on how cell therapy works and how to make cell therapy more efficient. This episode is full of the amazing wonder and innovations that are happening right now in the biotechnology field.
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 168: All About the Total Solar Eclipse – How To Watch and More!

On April 8th, 2024 (tomorrow!), a total solar eclipse will be visible over North America and parts of the United States. But, what is the science of solar eclipses, how do they happen, and how can people view them safely? In this special episode, I will be exploring the science of solar eclipses and how and when you can watch this very special eclipse safely tomorrow.
Here’s an article! It is called “April 2024 Total Solar Eclipse!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/04/2024-total-solar-eclipse)
Here’s an activity! It is called “At-Home Solar Eclipse!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/04/at-home-solar-eclipse-activity)
To find out more timing information, visit NASA’s solar eclipse website: https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 167: Flying High Airplane Science! With Mr. Jonel Murray from Delta

Ever wondered how airplanes soar in the skies? What science goes into building and most importantly, maintaining aircraft? In this episode, I will be speaking with Mr. Jonel Murray, an aircraft mechanic and A220 Instructor/Developer from Delta Air Lines. Mr. Murray knows a lot about how airplanes work, how they are maintained, and how teamwork at Delta helps fly thousands of people around the world.
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!

Episode 166: Sugarcane Waste to Sugarcrete! With Ms. Oluchukwu Okonkwo

Over 2 billion tons of sugarcane is produced around the world. When it is processed, waste is generated. This waste sits there or gets burned, polluting the environment. But, scientists at University of East London have figured out a way to turn the waste into Sugarcrete, construction materials made of sugarcane. In this episode, I will be talking to Ms. Oluchukwu Okonkwo, a research assistant for Sugarcrete at the Sustainability Research Institute, about this sustainable building material and how it works.
Sugarcrete was a nominee of the Earthshot Prize 2023 and winner of Green Cross Climate Positive Award 2023. Sugarcrete has also earned multiple awards recognizing the innovation and sustainability in this product.
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Season 6

Episode 165: The Science of Color! How We See It

Colors are all around you. Without the colors that we see, life would be very different. How do humans see colors and what goes on in our brain to give us these colors? In this episode, I take you behind science of light and color, and explore the fascinating world of color perception. Plus, I will walk you through a colorful science experiment!
This is the final episode of Season 6! I will be back with brand new episodes and Season 7 on Tuesday, March 26th, 2024.
Here is an article! It is called “The Visible Light Spectrum!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/02/visible-light-spectrum/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Separate Marker Colors Activity!” It is the activity shown in the episode! (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/02/separate-colors-activity/)
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Also, try out the Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 164: How Do Things Burn? The Science of Fire

When a match, candle, or even campfire burns, what happens to it? Fire is dangerous, but when regulated, is very important to humans! We use it to cook our food, keep us warm, or give us light. In this episode, I will answer the question, what happens when something burns, and go into the science of combustion.
Here is an article! It is called “What is the Fire Triangle?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/02/what-is-the-fire-triangle/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Draw a Fire Triangle!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/02/draw-a-fire-triangle-activity/)
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I have been uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 163: How Does Soap Work?

You’ve probably used soap many times! It is very useful to keep your hands clean and free of germs. How does soap clean things and how does it work? In this episode, I take into the science and explore the amazing chemistry of soap.
Here is an article! It is called “Why Does Soap Make Our Skin Dry?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/02/soap-why-our-skin-is-dry/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Soap Molecule Drawing!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/02/soap-molecule-drawing-activity/)
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I have been uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 162: What Is Absolute Zero?

Absolute zero! You may or may not have heard about it, but it is a very interesting phenomena that has to do with the coldest temperature ever possible! What is absolute zero, and what happens when we reach that temperature? Weird and interesting things can happen, so make sure to join me as I take you behind this science.
Here is an article! It is called “Absolute Zero Science!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/01/absolute-zero-science/)
Here is a activity! It is called “Absolute Zero Diagram!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/01/absolute-zero-science/)
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Also, try out the Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 161: Why Do We Forget?

You probably forget things a lot! Car keys, lunch, or even your homework. But forgetting is more than that! Sometimes you can forget entire memories or experiences from a long time ago. Why does that happen? In this episode, Akshay takes you into the science of memories, how they’re formed, and why we forget them.
Here is an article! It is called “What Are Memories?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/01/what-are-memories/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Memory Mind Map!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/01/memory-mind-map/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have been uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 160: Why Do We Get Goosebumps?

Whether you’re scared or cold, you get goosebumps. Why do we get goosebumps and what is the science behind them? Were they actually useful to our ancestors thousands of years ago? In this episode, I will uncover the science of goosebumps and why they happen!
Here is an article! It is called “What Are Vestigial Features?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/01/what-are-vestigial-features/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Evolution Souvenir Scavenger Hunt”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/01/evolution-souvenir-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have been uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 159: What Are Gravitational Waves? With Dr. Zoheyr Doctor

What are gravitational waves? It is hard to wrap your head around something that bends the fabric of space-time itself! How are gravitational waves formed and how are they detected? In this episode, I will be speaking with Dr. Zoheyr Doctor to break down this amazing space science for us. Dr. Doctor is an astrophysicist at Northwestern University and studies gravitational waves and black hole collisions!
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Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 158: Is It Really a New Year? According to Science

Happy new year! It’s 2024 now, but is it really? Is January 1st really the start of a the new and the start of a new circle of orbit for the Earth? In this episode, I take you behind the science of the new year, Earth’s orbit, and revealing what science says about the new year!
Find the 2023 Recap of Spectacular Science here: https://spectacularsci.com/2023/12/recap-of-2023/
Here is an article! It is called “How Do Planets Orbit Around The Sun?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/01/planets-orbit/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Earth Orbit Model”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2024/01/earth-orbit-model-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have been uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 157: Why Are Earthquakes So Hard To Predict? With Dr. Ramon Arrowsmith

Earthquakes are groundbreaking natural phenomena. What are earthquakes, how do they form, and why are they so hard to predict? In this episode, I will be talking to Dr. Ramon Arrowsmith to learn more about earthquakes and answer these questions. Dr. Arrowsmith studies earthquakes and fault lines at Arizona State University.
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 156: It’s Cold! Why Didn’t It Snow?

The holiday season and winter time in North America is usually associated with snow! The white, powdery frozen ice that falls from the sky! Kids, including me, love to have fun in the snow! Even though it is very cold, it is still not snowing yet! Why? In this episode, I take you behind the science of how snow forms and all the factors the go into play for it to snow.
Here is an article! It is called “The Science of Snow!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/12/the-science-of-snow/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Will It Snow?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/12/will-it-snow-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 155: How Can We Build Wildfire Resilient Houses? With Dr. Michele Barbato

Wildfires are very destructive events that can wipe out homes and communities. How can we build houses that are able to withstand nature’s fiery forces? The answer lies beneath our feet! In this episode, I speak with Dr. Michele Barbato to take a closer look at the fire-resilient materials he is working on at University of California Davis. We will learn about these materials, how they work, and what they will look like in the future.
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 154: What If Volcanoes Didn’t Exist? With Dr. Amanda Clarke

Volcanoes! Lava, rocks, ash, and dust! Volcanoes are some of the most mind-blowing natural phenomena in the world, and are destructive forces that shape our planet. But, what if volcanoes didn’t exist? How would our lives be like on Earth without volcanoes? In this episode, I will answer this question with the help of Dr. Amanda Clarke. Dr. Clarke studies volcanoes and volcanic eruptions at Arizona State University.
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 153: Could You Outrun a Tsunami?

Could you outrun a giant tsunami wave? Could the fastest person or even animal outrun it? In this episode, I am taking you into the science of tsunamis, exploring their hidden mysteries, and unveiling whether or not a human or even a cheetah could outrun these giant tsunami waves!
Here is an article! It is called “What Causes Tsunamis?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/11/what-causes-tsunamis/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Tsunami Poster”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/11/tsunami-poster-activity/)
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I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!

Episode 152: Your Water Is Billions of Years Old!?

How old is the water you drink? Believe it or not, the water in the oceans, rivers, and inside the human body are billions of years old! It’s even older than dinosaurs! How? In this episode, I will take you behind the science of water, the water cycle, and how water is so old!
Here is an article! It is called “Why Do We Need Water?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/11/why-do-we-need-water/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Diagram the Water Cycle”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/11/diagram-the-water-cycle-activity/)
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I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 151: Do Plants Get Stressed?

Do plants get stressed like humans? Although plants might not have a hundred homework assignments, they still might get stressed by other things around them! In this episode, I will answer the burning question: do plants get stressed and do some more digging on how this happens! Plus, Akshay has a special guest on the show: Mr. Tree!
Here is an article! It is called “How Do Plants Know When to Grow?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/03/how-do-plants-know-when-to-grow/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Be a Botanist!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/11/be-a-botanist-activity/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 150: Why Do Days Get Shorter in the Winter?

You might notice that as the winter season approaches, it seems like the days get shorter and its night time for longer. Why does that happen? In this episode, I take you into the science of why days get shorter and longer as seasons change.
Here is an article! It is called “How Does Earth’s Tilt Cause Seasons”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/05/how-does-earths-tilt-cause-seasons/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Why There Are Seasons Worksheet.” (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/11/seasons-worksheet/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 149: Halloween Special! – “Mummified” Plants!? All About Plant Fossils

Mummified plants? Sounds crazy and spooky, right? In this Halloween special episode, I take you behind the science of plant mummys, also known as plant fossils. We will learn how plant fossils are formed, how they are preserved, and what scientists do with them now.
Here is an article! It is called “How Plant Fossils Are Formed”. (https://
spectacularsci.com/2023/10/plant-fossils-formation/
)
Here is an activity! It is called “Mummify an Apple”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/10/mummify-an-apple/)
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 148: What if Black Holes Didn’t Exist? With Dr. Christopher Carroll

Black holes! They’re mysterious objects in space. When things go in them, they never come back. In this episode, with the help of Dr. Christopher Carroll, I am answering a burning questions about black holes: what if they didn’t even exist? Dr. Carroll studies black holes at Washington State University and knows a lot about the awesome science behind black holes. Learn more about Dr. Carroll by visiting https://ccarroll.space.
Do you have science questions that you want answered on an episode? Grab an adult and head over to https://spectacularsci.com/contact!
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 147: All About Gorillas! With Ms. Rhiannon Schultz

Gorillas! They’re amazing animals! This episode features amazing questions sent in by a few of my listeners! We will all learn more about gorillas with the help of Ms. Rhiannon SchultzMs. Schultz is a gorilla researcher at the University of Georgia and knows a lot about the kings of jungles. Learn more about Ms. Schultz by visiting https://rhiannonschultz.com.
Special thanks to the listeners who submitted their questions about gorillas: Arjun, Eesha, Nitya, Shloka, Rajvika, and Sharanya!
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Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 146: Where Does Maple Syrup Come From?

From trees to your pancakes! Where does maple syrup come from and why is it so sweet? In this episode, Akshay takes you into the delicious science of maple syrup, where it comes from, and why it is so deliciously sweet!
Here is an article! It is called “What are the Layers of a Tree’s Bark?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/02/what-are-the-layers-of-a-trees-bark/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Find a Maple Tree!” (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/10/find-a-maple-tree-activity/)
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 145: Why Do Birds Fly in a V Shape?

Look up! It’s a flock of birds! Chances are that you’ve seen a flock of birds flying in a letter V shape. Why do they do that? In this episode, I take you into the skies to find out the science behind this amazing question.
Here is an article! It is called “Why Do Birds Migrate?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2021/03/why-do-birds-migrate/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Bird Photographer Activity!”. (https://spectacularsci.com/bird-photographer/)
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 144: What Makes Diamonds So Strong?

You’ve probably heard that diamonds are the strongest material naturally found on Earth. What makes diamonds so strong? In this episode, I will take you into the science of diamonds, how they form, and how all that plays a role in why diamonds are considered the strongest natural material in the world!
Here is an article! It is called “Diamonds vs. Graphite”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/09/diamonds-vs-graphite/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Diamond Molecular Structure Model”. (https://spectacularsci.com/diamond-molecular-structure-model/)
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 143: How We’re All Made of Stardust!

We’re all made of stardust! It seems mind-blowing or even unreal, but everything on Earth is made out of materials that were originally in stars. In this episode, I will uncover how we’re actually made of stars and some amazing facts about our early universe.
Here is an article! It is called “What is a Supernova”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/03/what-is-a-supernova/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Supernova Demo”. (https://spectacularsci.com/supernova-demo/)
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 142: What if Coral Reefs Disappeared? With Dr. Emma Camp

What if all coral reefs on Earth suddenly disappeared? How would the Earth react? What problems would that create? In this episode, I talk to Dr. Emma Camp, a marine biologist at University of Technology Sydney, about this mind-boggling question and to tell us more about the harsh future of coral reefs.
Dr. Camp is an award-winning researcher and has won several awards including Rolex Awards for Enterprise Laureates and Time Magazine Next Generation Leader List. Dr. Camp has also been featured in the Heroes of the Ocean documentary.
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 141: What are Shooting Stars?

You’ve probably heard the saying “wish on a shooting star”. What exactly are shooting stars? Hint! They might not be actual stars. In this episode, I will talk more about shooting stars and what they really are.
Here is an article! It is called “What Causes Meteor Showers”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/06/what-causes-meteor-showers/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Shooting Stars in a Jar”. (https://spectacularsci.com/shooting-stars-in-a-jar/)
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 140: Why is There a Hurricane Season?

Why is there a specific hurricane season, especially in North America? Why don’t hurricanes come at all times of the year? I will explore the science and wonders of hurricanes, such as Hurricane Idalia and answer some of these mind-boggling questions in this episode..
Here is an article! It is called “How Do Hurricanes Form?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2021/09/hurricanes/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Hot and Cold Water Density”. It demonstrates why hurricanes prefer warmer, less dense water. (https://spectacularsci.com/hot-cold-density-experiment/)
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Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 138: Biomes – Part 2 – Land Biomes!

Welcome to part 2 out of 3 in this series about biomes on Earth! In the previous episode, I covered the science behind what a biome is. In this episode, you will learn more about the different land biomes on Earth and what makes them unique!
In part 3, Akshay will dive into the science of the different aquatic (water) biomes on Earth!
Here is an article! It is called “What Is A Biome”. (https://spectacularsci.com/what-is-a-biome/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Biomes Poster Activity”. (https://spectacularsci.com/biomes-poster/)
I have started uploading video podcasts on YouTube! Head over to https://youtube.com/@SpectacularScience to learn more!
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 137: Biomes – Part 1 – What Are Biomes?

Welcome to this 3 part series about biomes! Biomes are different areas of Earth that have different temperatures and are home to unique types of life! In this series, Akshay will be covering the science behind biomes and the different types of biomes on Earth! In part 1, Akshay will be introducing you to biomes and what makes biomes unique. You will learn about what biomes are, what makes a biome unique, and how animals, plants, and even nonliving things interact in these biomes.
In part 2, Akshay will dive into the science of the different terrestrial (land) biomes on Earth!
Here is an article! It is called “What Is A Biome”. (https://spectacularsci.com/what-is-a-biome/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Biomes Poster Activity”. (https://spectacularsci.com/biomes-poster/)
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Episode 136: Physical and Chemical Changes!

Physical and chemical changes are all around you! But, what are these changes, and what are some real-world examples of them? What’s the difference between physical and chemical changes? In this episode, Akshay talks about the science behind physical and chemical changes and why it is so important for our world.
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Here is an article! It is called “Physical vs. Chemical Changes”. (https://spectacularsci.com/physical-vs-chemical-changes/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Find Physical and Chemical Changes Around You”. (https://spectacularsci.com/physical-and-chemical-changes-activity/)
Also, try out the new Spectacular Science Fun Fact Generator, where you will discover new and interesting science facts in the click of a button! Head over to https://facts.spectacularsci.com to check it out!

Season 5

Episode 135: Your Body’s Clock! Circadian Rhythm with Dr. Erin Gibson

Do you know what controls your sleep cycle, hunger, and even changes in body temperature? Circadian rhythm does! Circadian rhythm is your body’s internal clock and controls when certain things happen in your body. How does circadian rhythm work and why is it important? In this episode, Akshay wonders about circadian rhythm after waking up late! That is why Akshay talks to Dr. Erin Gibson, a circadian biologist and assistant professor at in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Stanford Center for Sleep and Circadian Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Gibson is a circadian expert and will also give you some tips on how to maintain your circadian rhythm and schedules.
This is the last episode of Season 5! We’ll take a short break and will be back with brand new episodes with Season 6 on August 1st, 2023. Meanwhile subscribe to our YouTube channel and stay up-to-date on new DIY science experiments we will be posting! Here is our channel: www.youtube.com/@SpectacularScience

Episode 134: What Is LiDAR and How Does It Work? – With Mr. Jack Wood

LiDAR is a type of technology that uses light to scan areas and to build a computer model of real-world places. LiDAR is now being used for many things, such as self-driving cars and even on smartphones. What really is LiDAR and how does it work? What does the future of LiDAR look like? In this episode, Akshay gets curious about this very bright (pun intended) technology, so he speaks with Mr. Jack Wood, from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Mr. Wood is a research scientist at the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Episode 133: Where Does The Salt In The Ocean Come From?

When you go to the beach and jump into the water, all you get is a mouthful of salt water! It tastes like the same salt you have on the kitchen table. Why is the ocean salty? Where does that salt come from? In this episode, Akshay gets curious about why the ocean is salty while at the beach and finds out more about this very salty mystery.
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Here is an article! It is called “What is Salinity”. (https://spectacularsci.com/what-is-salinity/)
Here is a fun activity! It is called “Saltwater vs. Freshwater Density Experiment”. (https://spectacularsci.com/saltwater-density-experiment/)

Episode 132: All About Artificial Selection! With Dr. Ian Dworkin

Have you ever wondered how there are so many breeds of dogs in the world. Or, have you wondered why there are so many varieties of fruits and vegetables. It’s all thanks to artificial selection and selective breeding! Akshay visits the animal shelter in search of a new pet, and sees all of these hundreds of breeds to choose from. Curious about selective breeding, Akshay visits Dr. Ian Dworkin, a professor at McMaster University in Canada, in his awesome fruit fly lab to learn more about artificial selection. You’ll see why fruit flies are important to the study of artificial selection and will learn more about this concept in this amazing episode.
Special thanks to Dr. Will Ratcliff for arranging this interview with Dr. Dworkin!

Episode 131: What’s The Deal With Microplastics? Why They Are Harmful To Earth

What’s the big deal with microplastics? What is microplastic and why is it harmful to the environment, especially animals? In this episode, Akshay tries to relax on the beach, but can’t because of all the plastic on the beach! He gets curious about microplastics and learns more about them. In this episode, we will learn about what microplastics are, why they are harmful, and what we can do about this problem.
Here is an article! It is called “Microplastics”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2021/05/microplastics/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Clean Up Plastic Poster”. (https://spectacularsci.com/clean-up-plastic-poster/)

Episode 130: Food Chains and Food Webs!

Food chains and food webs! They are important to show the transfer of food from one animal to another. Even humans are part of a giant food web. But, how exactly does a food chain work? What are the parts of a food chain and what role do animals and plants play in it? In this episode, Akshay explores the science behind food chains and even how they can get even more complex, such as food webs
Here is an article about the very beginning of the food chain, producers! It is called “Why Do Plants Need Sunlight”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2021/06/why-do-plants-need-sunlight/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Draw Your Own Food Chain”. (https://spectacularsci.com/draw-food-chain/)

Episode 129: For Crying Out Loud! Why Onions Make Us Cry

You’re in the kitchen chopping onions, then suddenly, you start crying! No, it’s not because you are hurt but is because of the onion. Why do onions make us cry? In this episode, Akshay is making his signature Soup of Imagination in his kitchen. He starts chopping onions for his soup and starts crying! In this episode, Akshay uncovers the hidden mysteries of the onion’s amazing defensive system!
Here is an article! It is called “Why Do Onions Make Us Cry”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/02/why-do-onions-make-us-cry/)
Here is an activity! It is called “The Onion’s Reason for Defense Discovery Quest”. (https://spectacularsci.com/onion-cry-discovery-quest/)

Episode 128: Shark Talk! All About Sharks With Ms. Melissa Cristina Márquez

Sharks! They’re one of the most mysterious, misunderstood, and amazing creatures on Earth! Have you ever wondered about sharks and what it is like when diving with them? Akshay wants to learn more about sharks, so he talks to Ms. Melissa Cristina Márquez, a shark researcher and explorer. Akshay builds a new imaginary submarine and takes it on a test drive with Ms. Márquez while learning more about sharks! Join us on this deep sea adventure with an amazing shark scientist.
Check out Ms. Márquez’s book series, Wild Survival! It is an amazing series, so go check it out at https://melissacristinamarquez.com/books.html
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Episode 127: Where’d You Go? All About Chameleons!

Now you see me, now you don’t! Chameleons are able to camouflage into their surroundings. But, how do they do this and is how they change dependent upon their surroundings? In this episode, Akshay goes out exploring in the woods and finds chameleons everywhere, even though he can’t see some of them! Learn about chameleons in this amazing episode of Spectacular Science!
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Here is an article! It is called “Chameleon Camouflage”. (https://spectacularsci.com/chameleon-camouflage/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Hide Your Chameleon”. (https://spectacularsci.com/hide-your-chameleon/)

Episode 126: Survival of the Fittest! Evolution with Dr. William Ratcliff

Have you ever wondered how humans originated from apes or why birds look different based on their environments? Evolution and natural selection are the answers to those questions! What is evolution and natural selection? How does it work? Akshay wonders about this on his trip to the zoo, so he talks to Dr. William Ratcliff, an evolutionary biologist and professor at Georgia Tech. Dr. Ratcliff studies evolution and how animals and plants originated from single-celled organisms millions of years ago in his lab.
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Episode 125: Glow Up! How Do Creatures Make Light?

Many creatures such as fireflies, mushrooms, fish, worms, and microscopic sea animals make light. They have this amazing superpower that lights up their surroundings. How do they make light? Akshay wonders the same thing while watching fireflies in his backyard! In this episode, we are going to take a deep dive into the science of bioluminescence, or in other words, animals that produce light naturally.
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Here is an article! It is called “How Some Animals Glow In The Dark”. (https://spectacularsci.com/how-some-animals-glow-in-the-dark/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Make Glow-In-The-Dark Water”. (https://spectacularsci.com/make-glow-in-the-dark-water/)

Episode 124: The Largest Animal On Earth! Amazing Blue Whales

What is the largest animal on Earth? It is the blue whale! The blue whale is as long as three school buses and weighs over 200 tons! This giant animal is also the loudest animal on Earth. Let’s go discover more fun facts about the blue whale! Join Akshay as he dives deep down into the ocean to uncover the science behind the amazing gentle giants.
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Here is an article! It is called “Blue Whale Facts”. (https://spectacularsci.com/blue-whale-facts/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Life-Size Blue Whale Drawing”. (https://spectacularsci.com/life-size-blue-whale-drawing/)

Episode 123: Pollinators vs. Climate Change! With Dr. Samuel Myers

Pollinators are all around us! They help us humans get food and crops and also help the ecosystem stay in balance. But, we have a problem! Climate change! Climate change is impacting pollinators and the ecosystem as well. Akshay is curious about this and meets Dr. Samuel Myers at a bee farm! Dr. Myers is a principal research scientist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, specializing in planetary health. He is also the director of the Planetary Health Alliance. In this episode, you will learn a lot about pollinators, the importance of them, and how we can save the pollinator population.

Episode 121: All About Mysterious Black Holes!

Black holes are one of the most mysterious things in the universe. We know that they exist, but we don’t know what is inside of them. But, even what are black holes and how are they formed? In this episode, Akshay goes stargazing with his brand new telescope and wonders about black holes. Akshay takes you on a deep dive into the science of black holes.
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Here is an article! It is called “How Are Black Holes Formed”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2023/01/how-are-black-holes-formed/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Model The Formation of a Black Hole”.(https://spectacularsci.com/model-formation-black-hole/)

Episode 120: Flying Fish?? All About These Amazing Fish!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a flying fish! A fish that flies may seem like an animal out of a story, but they are actually a group of fish! Flying fish are amazing creatures. How are they able to fly or glide over the water and why do they do this? In this episode, Akshay takes a deep dive into the ocean to find out how flying fish are able to what other fish can’t do!
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Here is an article! It is called “What Are Flying Fish?” (https://spectacularsci.com/what-are-flying-fish/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Glide Like A Flying Fish”. (https://spectacularsci.com/glide-like-a-flying-fish/)

Episode 119: All About Teeth! With Dr. Ami Desai

Teeth! Your amazing pearly whites! We use them everyday to eat and to smile. But what are teeth made of and why is brushing and flossing them important? Akshay goes to the dentist for his check up and talks to Dr. Ami Desai, a dentist at Family Dentistry and Orthodontics. In this episode, you will learn a lot more about your teeth!
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Episode 118: Concrete! How It’s Made and Why It’s Important

Concrete is all around you! The sidewalks, roads, houses, and even skyscrapers! It plays a huge role in your everyday life. But, how is concrete made and how is it used? In this episode, Akshay takes you into a deep dive into the science of concrete!
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Here is an article! It is called “Are Cement and Concrete the Same Thing” .(https://spectacularsci.com/2021/04/are-cement-and-concrete-the-same-thing/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Concrete All Around You”. (https://spectacularsci.com/concrete-all-around-you/)

Episode 117: Hummingbirds! Small Birds With Flight Superpowers

Hummingbirds are small birds, but they are the masters of flight. These tiny birds have adapted special ways for them to fly fast and in different directions quickly. In this episode, Akshay explores the science of hummingbirds and how they have specially adapted wings that help them fly fast and even backwards!
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Here is an article! It is called “Why Do Hummingbirds Hover”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/06/why-do-hummingbirds-hover/)
Here is an activity! It is called “The Hummingbird Wing Flap Challenge”. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-hummingbird-wing-flap-challenge/)

Episode 116: Speakers! How They Work

If you listen to this podcast or music, you probably use a speaker! Speakers come in all shapes and sizes, from being in giant movie theaters to fitting inside of your phone. But, how do speakers work to produce sound from electrical signals? In this episode, Akshay explores the science behind simple speakers and explains how they work. Get ready, because this is going to be a journey through sound!
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Here is an article! It is called “How Speakers Work”. (https://spectacularsci.com/how-speakers-work/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Draw a Speaker Diagram”. (https://spectacularsci.com/draw-a-speaker-diagram/)

Episode 115: The Moon! Earth’s Best Friend

Look up in the night sky on a clear night. What catches your eye first? The Moon! The Moon is Earth’s best friend. We will all recognize it when we see it. But, what is the Moon, what is it made out of and why are missions such as NASA’s Artemis Mission being sent to the Moon? In this episode, Akshay takes you on a deep space voyage to discover the science of the Moon!
Sign up for the free Spectacular Science Membership where you can get bonus episodes, activities, and the Fact of the Day. Sign up at https://spectacularsci.com/membership.
Here is an article! It is called “The Formation of the Moon”. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-formation-of-the-moon/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Observe the Moon’s Phases”. (https://spectacularsci.com/observe-the-moons-phases/)

Episode 114: Auroras! The Greatest Light Show on Earth

Auroras! They are known as the “greatest light show on Earth”. These natural colored light shows happen near the North and South pole. But, how do these spectacular events happen and what is the science behind that? In this episode, Akshay takes you on a deep dive into the science of auroras.
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Here is an article! It is called “Auroras”. (https://spectacularsci.com/auroras/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Auroras on Other Planets Discovery Quest”. (https://spectacularsci.com/auroras-on-other-planets-discovery-quest/)

Episode 113: Making Oxygen on Mars! All About MOXIE with Mr. Shravan Hariharan

There is no Oxygen on Mars. The thin Martian atmosphere is only made out of Carbon dioxide. How will we send humans and rockets to space without the Oxygen that they need? MOXIE, a machine aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover helps with that! This amazing technology turns Carbon dioxide into Oxygen and is working as you are reading this page right now! But, what is it, how does it work, and why is it important for future space exploration. Akshay speaks with Mr. Shravan Hariharan, a graduate student researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) about this revolutionary technology.

Episode 112: Coral! The Basis For Marine Life

When you first see coral, you might think that it is just a pile of rocks. But, that’s not true! Coral is made out of hundreds of living things! What is coral, how is it formed, and why is it important? In this episode, Akshay takes you on a deep dive into the ocean to learn about the science of coral.
Sign up for the free Spectacular Science Membership where you can get bonus episodes, activities, and the Fact of the Day. Sign up at www.spectacularsci.com/membership.
Here is an article! It is called “Why Are Coral Reefs Important”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/06/why-are-coral-reefs-important/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Coral Reef Animals Art”. (https://spectacularsci.com/coral-reef-animals-art/)

Episode 111: How Does The Earth Support Life?

Earth! It’s full of active life and animals. But, what makes it so that Earth supports life? Why can’t Mercury or other planets support life? In this episode, Akshay takes a deep dive into the science of life and what makes Earth a good place for life. You will also learn about what scientists are looking for when they are identifying exoplanets that might have life on them!
Sign up for the free Spectacular Science Membership where you can get bonus episodes, activities, and the Fact of the Day. Sign up at www.spectacularsci.com/membership.
Here is an article! It is called “How Does Earth Support Life”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/07/how-does-earth-support-life/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Earth Supporting Life Checklist”. (https://spectacularsci.com/earth-supporting-life-checklist/)

Episode 110: Where’d You Get Those Genes? All About DNA

Why are your eyes blue? Why do you have black hair? Why do you look similar to your parents? It’s all thanks to genes and DNA! DNA is the instruction manual that makes you, you! In this episode, Akshay takes you on a deep dive into the science of DNA, genes, the types of genes, and what makes you unique.
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Here is an article! It is called “All About DNA”. (https://spectacularsci.com/all-about-dna/)
Here is an activity! It is called “DNA Worksheet”. (https://spectacularsci.com/dna-worksheet/)

Episode 109: The Carbon Cycle! From The Earth To Living Things

Carbon is the building block of all living things, even you! But, have you ever wondered about how the carbon got to you and how the carbon is spread out around Earth? It’s all thanks to the Carbon cycle, a giant cycle which the Carbon on Earth goes through to get recycled and reused by living things. In this episode, Akshay takes you on a loop into the science of the Carbon cycle!
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Here is an article! It is called “What is the Carbon Cycle?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/07/what-is-the-carbon-cycle/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Draw the Carbon Cycle”. (https://spectacularsci.com/draw-the-carbon-cycle/)

Episode 108: The Digestive System!

Have you ever wondered how our bodies digest the food that we eat? Well, in the episode of Spectacular Science, Akshay takes a deep dive into the science of our digestive systems. We will learn about what the digestive system is, how it works, and the organs that are involved in the digestive system.
Listen to episode 107 about cellular respiration and how our bodies make food out of what we eat for more information!
Here is an article about how the digestive system and cellular respiration work together! It is called “Cellular Respiration”. (https://spectacularsci.com/cellular-respiration/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Draw the Digestive System”. (https://spectacularsci.com/draw-the-digestive-system/)

Episode 107: How Do We Make Energy Out Of What We Eat?

Have you ever wondered how our body makes energy out of what we eat? This plays a huge role in our lives! Without energy, we would not be able to live!! In this episode, Akshay explores the science of cellular respiration, the process in which our body turns what we eat into useful energy that we need tp survive. Get your snacks ready, because you’re going to need a lot of energy for this episode!!
Sign up for the free Spectacular Science Membership where you can get bonus episodes, activities, and the Fact of the Day. Sign up at www.spectacularsci.com/membership.
Here is an article! It is called “Cellular Respiration”. (https://spectacularsci.com/cellular-respiration/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Cellular Respiration Worksheet”. (https://spectacularsci.com/cellular-respiration-worksheet/)

Episode 106: The Science of 5G Technologies with Mr. Lyle Paczkowski

A new era of communication has been released in the past few years and is gaining heat now! It is called 5G or the fifth generation of technologies! This new type of communication tech is opening possibilities of having faster phone and internet speeds as well as having more smart gadgets, such as self-driving cars and smart refrigerators! But, how does this new technology work and how is it different from the previous versions of communication technology? In this episode, Akshay explores the science behind 5G technology with Mr. Lyle Paczkowski, who specializes in discovering and bringing in new and emerging technologies!

Episode 105: The Science of Machine Learning With Mr. Dale Lane

There are many smart machines around us such as smart speakers, self-driving cars, and even smart thermostats! But, how do these machines learn how to perform their tasks and how are they able to respond to different situations? This is all thanks to machine learning! In this episode, Akshay gets curious about machine learning while playing around with his smart speaker! He speaks with Mr. Dale Lane, a software developer and the creator of the interactive machine learning website, machinelearningforkids.co.uk. In this episode, we discover what machine learning is, how it works, and what machine learning can do, in the present and in the future!
Check out Mr. Lane’s website, www.machinelearningforkids.co.uk! It is very fun to play around with the countless projects you can create using Machine Learning for Kids!

Episode 104: How Do Cells Grow and Divide?

Humans, animals, plants, and even bacteria all grow! But, how do they grow? It is all because of the cells inside of them dividing and making more of themselves! How do these cells grow and what process do they go through to create new cells? In this episode, Akshay takes you in a deep dive into the science of mitosis and cell division.
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Here is an article! It is called “What Are Cells”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/06/what-are-cells/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Cell Cycle Diagram”. (https://spectacularsci.com/cell-cycle-diagram/)

Episode 103: What Causes Allergies?

Some people, including Akshay, are allergic to certain things. These can be pollen, milk, nuts, and even dust! Allergies can cause the body to react to these things and make them sick. But, what causes people to be allergic to some things and what goes in in their bodies when they have an allergic reaction? In this episode, Akshay takes you inside the human body to discover what allergies are and what goes on inside of our bodies!
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Here is an article! It is called “Why Does Pollen Give Some People Allergies”. (https://spectacularsci.com/2022/04/why-does-pollen-give-some-people-allergies/)
Here is an activity! It is called “What Causes Allergies Poster!”. (https://spectacularsci.com/what-causes-allergies-poster/)

Episode 102: The Science of Sleep! With Dr. Leah Irish

When you fall asleep, it just feels like you lay down and then get up in the morning 10 hours later! But, there is actually so much that goes on inside of your body when you sleep!! Akshay wonders about sleep and why we need it, so he talks to Dr. Leah Irish from North Dakota State University! Dr. Irish knows a lot about sleep, what happens inside of our bodies when we sleep, and why sleep is very important, especially for kids!
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Episode 101: Diving at Super-Speed! Peregrine Falcons

Welcome to season 5 of Spectacular Science! Peregrine falcons are very special birds. These birds dive for their prey at up to 250 miles per hour! But, how do these amazing birds dive from the air so fast? What’s the science behind the super fast flying skills? In this episode, Akshay explores the science behind how peregrine falcons dive so fast and how they are the fastest flying animal in the world!
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Here is an article! It is called “Diving Peregrine Falcon”. (https://spectacularsci.com/diving-peregrine-falcons/)
Here is a fun activity! It is called “Peregrine Falcon Suit Drawing!”. (https://spectacularsci.com/peregrine-falcon-suit/)

Season 4

The 100th Episode of Spectacular Science! – Music and the Brain

This is the 100th episode of Spectacular Science! This is a very big milestone for this podcast. In this episode, Akshay is celebrating the 100th episode of Spectacular Science with a musical spectacular! In this episode, Akshay talks to Dr. Alan Harvey from the University of Western Australia about how the brain processes music. Akshay also talks to Charan Ramachandran, a musician, about how he makes music. Charan has created many of the songs you hear on this podcast such as the theme song!
This is the end of season 4 of this podcast! We will be back with new episodes for season 5 on August 23rd, 2022.
I am so happy that this podcast has gotten so far and I really want to thank you, my listeners! My mission when starting this podcast was to spread the spectacular things about science to kids and share the wonders of science with the world. I really need your help to keep spreading science and this podcast. Share this podcast with all of your friends and family and ask them to follow this podcast! This really supports me and encourages me a lot. Thank you!
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Episode 99: Owls! Superstars of the Night

Owls are amazing creatures and have some superpowers. But, what are those superpowers? In this episode, Akshay is taking a dive into the science of owls when he meets an owl! From turning their heads almost all the way around to hearing things from far away, owls are definitely the superstars of the night!
Next week is the 100th episode of Spectacular Science! To increase the fun and celebration, this episode is going to have different parts to it! Check your podcast feeds next week!
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Here is an article! It is called “Owls”. (https://spectacularsci.com/owls/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Owl Superpower List”. (https://spectacularsci.com/owl-superpower-list/)

Episode 98: A Need For Speed! How Cheetahs Run So Fast

When you think of speedy animals, what is the first animal that comes to mind? The cheetah! Cheetahs are known for running very fast. But, how do cheetahs run so fast? They have developed many adaptations that help them run so fast! In this episode, Akshay explores the science behind how cheetahs run so fast!
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Here is an article! It is called “Cheetah Speed”. (https://spectacularsci.com/cheetah-speed/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Speedy Adaptations Chart”. (https://spectacularsci.com/speedy-adaptations-chart/)

Episode 97: What Makes a Bubble Pop?

Bubbles! Why do they pop? And why do they have shadows even though they are transparent? In this episode, Akshay gets curious about the science of bubbles when he blowing bubbles! Join Akshay on an adventure from the small soap molecules to giant-sized bubbles in this episode.
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Here is an article! It is called “Why Do Soap Bubbles Pop So Easily?” (https://spectacularsci.com/2021/06/why-do-soap-bubbles-pop-so-easily/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Bubble Trouble! Compare Bubbles!” (https://spectacularsci.com/bubble-trouble-compare-bubbles/)

Episode 96: Asteroids! Giant Pieces of Rock Floating In Space

Have you ever heard of asteroids? Asteroids are giant pieces of rock floating in space. But, did you know that there are different types of asteroids? In this episode, Akshay explores the science behind asteroids and the asteroid belt!
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Here is an article! It is called “The 3 Types of Asteroids”. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-3-types-of-asteroids/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Draw Pictures of the Asteroid Belt!”. (https://spectacularsci.com/draw-pictures-of-the-asteroid-belt/)

Episode 95: Heat Transfer! How Heat Moves Through Things

We all see and experience heat every day, from the Sun shining down on us, to touching a hot mug, to even cooking food!! But, heat is actually being transferred or moved through many things every day. What is heat transfer and what are the types of heat transfer? In this episode, Akshay uncovers the science of heat transfer – how heat moves through objects!
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Here is an article! It is called “Heat Transfer”. (https://spectacularsci.com/heat-transfer/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Heat Transfer Examples Worksheet”. (https://spectacularsci.com/heat-transfer-examples-worksheet/)

Episode 94: The Secret Senses of Plants!

Can plants feel pain? No, they don’t feel pain. But, they have some amazing secret senses! Akshay wonders about these plant senses and explores the science behind the secret superpowers of plants! Plants are able to defend each other and themselves, recognize bugs that attack them, and even figure out which direction to grow!!
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Here is an article! It is called “Relaxing Odor of Freshly-Mown Grass? Think Again!” (https://spectacularsci.com/why-does-grass-have-a-smell-when-it-is-mown/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Plants’ Secret Sense: Growing Up!” (https://spectacularsci.com/plant-secret-sense-growing-upwards-sunlight/)

Episode 93: Solar and Lunar Eclipses!

Solar and lunar eclipses are amazing space events to see. They both involve the Moon, Sun, and the Earth. But, how are they created and how are solar and lunar eclipses different from one another? That is what Akshay is exploring in today’s episode of Spectacular Science!
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Here is an article! It is called “Solar and Lunar Eclipses”. (https://spectacularsci.com/solar-and-lunar-eclipses/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Solar and Lunar Eclipse Model!”. (https://spectacularsci.com/solar-and-lunar-eclipse-model/)

Episode 92: The Human Brain! With Dr. Laura Carruth

The brain! It fits inside of our head, but it plays a huge role in how our bodies function and stay alive! The brain controls many things like thoughts, hunger, and so much more! But, what exactly is the brain and how does it work? Akshay gets really curious about this too! That is why Akshay is talking to Dr. Laura Carruth from Georgia State University about the brain!
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Episode 91: Gravity!

Right now, as you are reading this, are you floating out into space? No! It is because of the gravity that is keeping you glued to the Earth’s surface! But, what exactly is gravity and what does it do? In this episode, Akshay explores the science behind gravity!
Gravity plays a huge role on how much you weigh! Ever wondered how much you weigh on other planets? I’ve built a weight calculator that helps you calculate your weight on other planets! Go to https://projects.spectacularsci.com/calculate-your-weight-on-planets to check it out!
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Here is an article! It is called “Gravity”. (https://spectacularsci.com/gravity/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Baseball vs. Basketball! A Gravity Demonstration”. (https://spectacularsci.com/baseball-vs-basketball-a-gravity-demonstration/)

Episode 90: Beyond the Planets! The Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud

We all know our Solar System and it is our home. But, have you ever thought about the objects beyond Neptune? That is what we are learning about today! Akshay gets curious about the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud which are outside of the planetary region! We will learn what these objects beyond the planets are and what role they play in our Solar System!
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Here is an article! It is called “Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud”. (https://spectacularsci.com/kuiper-belt-and-oort-cloud/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Edible Solar System Model”. (https://spectacularsci.com/edible-solar-system-model/)

Episode 89: How Do We Taste Things?

When we eat food, we all know what it tastes like. It might be sweet, savory, sour, salty, or even bitter! But, have you ever wondered what goes on in your mouth and your brain when you taste things? Akshay wonders the same thing when we is playing around with foods and different tastes in the kitchen! In this episode, we will learn about how we taste things, the different types of tastes, and a lot of other tasty information!!
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Here is an article! It is called “The Sense of Taste”. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-sense-of-taste/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Taste Test”. (https://spectacularsci.com/taste-test/)

Episode 88: Mountains! What They Are and How They Form

Time to climb a mountain! But, before we do that, we have to think about how mountains form! Akshay wonders about mountains a lot and sets out to discover how mountains form and many more things about these giant mounds of rock. Akshay also answers an amazing question he came up with: why is it cold on top of a mountain if we are closer to the Sun?
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Here is an article! It is called “The Formation of Mountains”. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-formation-of-mountains/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Mountain Formation Fill-In-The-Blanks”. (https://spectacularsci.com/mountain-formation-fill-in-the-blanks/)

Episode 87: Chilling Out With Snow!

Snow! It marks that winter has arrived! Snow coats the ground like a white blanket and kids (including me) love to play in it! When you look at snow, it all looks the same, but they are not. In fact, there are lots of different shapes of snowflakes! In this episode, Akshay wonders about snow and finds out how snow is formed and why every snowflake is unique.
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Here is an article! It is called “Snow”. (https://spectacularsci.com/snow/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Snow Word Search”. (https://spectacularsci.com/snow-word-search/)

Episode 86: How Did The Universe Form? – With Dr. Paul M. Sutter

Have you ever looked up in the night sky and wondered how everything got there? I’m talking about the origins of our universe! The one thing that formed this universe!! Akshay wonders about that when he goes stargazing, so he visits Dr. Paul M. Sutter, an astrophysicist and author of Your Place in the Universe and How to Die In Space. He also hosts a podcast called Ask a Spaceman. Join Akshay and Dr. Sutter and discover the origins of the universe!! Visit Dr. Sutter’s website pmsutter.com!
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Episode 85: 142-Year-Old Seed Experiment! – With Dr. David Lowry

Have you wondered how long seeds last underground before they can’t sprout anymore? Akshay wonders the same thing! So, Akshay talks to Dr. David Lowry from Michigan State University about the amazing Beal Seed Experiment. Join Akshay and Dr. Lowry on an adventure to discover what the Beal Seed Experiment is and go on a seed treasure hunt!!
Learn more about the Beal Seed Experiment here!
Look at pictures of the seed bottles here! (https://spectacularsci.com/beal-seed-experiment-bottle-pictures/)

Episode 84: Weather!

Look out the window. Is it sunny, cloudy, or rainy? Well, that is all weather! In this episode, Akshay gets caught in a storm and wonders what weather is and how weather works! In this episode, we are taking a deep dive into the science of weather and the patterns in the atmosphere.
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Here is an article! It is called “High and Low Pressure Systems”. (https://spectacularsci.com/high-and-low-pressure-systems/)
Here is an activity! It is called “High and Low Pressure Systems Fill In The Blanks!”. (https://spectacularsci.com/high-and-low-pressure-systems-fill-in-the-blanks/)

Episode 83: Ocean Waves and Tides!

The oceans are full of roaring waves and moving tides!! You may have surfed of waves and watched the tide go in and out. But, have you ever wondered about the science behind these ocean movements? Akshay wonders that as well on his trip to the beach. Grab your swim gear because we are taking a deep dive into the science of ocean waves and tides!!
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Here is an article! It is called “The Formation of Waves” (https://spectacularsci.com/the-formation-of-waves/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Waves and Tides Unscramble Words!” (https://spectacularsci.com/waves-and-tides-unscramble-words/)

Episode 82: The Science of Slime!

Slime is something that you can make at home or buy at the story! It is gooey and has some strange properties. Have you ever wondered about what slime really is and how it gets these weird properties? Akshay wonders the same thing after making his own slime!! Get ready because we are diving straight into the science of slime.
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Here is an article! It is called “Polymers in Slime!” (https://spectacularsci.com/polymers-in-slime/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Make Your Own Slime!” (https://spectacularsci.com/make-your-own-slime/)

Episode 81: Skin! Our Body’s Protection

Skin protects our bodies from the outside world. But, there is so much more inside of your skin! In this episode, Akshay explores the different layers of skin and how they play a role in protecting our bodies. This episode is all about the anatomy of skin!
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Here is an article! It is called “Skin!” (https://spectacularsci.com/skin/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Draw The Layers of Skin!” (https://spectacularsci.com/draw-the-layers-of-skin/)

Episode 80: Comets!

It’s time to look up in the night sky! In this episode, Akshay explores the science behind comets! Comets are giant “dirty snowballs” that orbit around stars. We will learn about what comets are, what the parts of comets are, and comet mysteries in this episode! Don’t forget to grab your telescope and stargazing gear!!
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Here is an article! It is called “The Parts of a Comet”. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-parts-of-a-comet/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Draw a Comet”. (https://spectacularsci.com/draw-a-comet/)

Episode 79: Atoms and Molecules!

If you were to zoom in on anything around you, you would see tiny building blocks called atoms and molecules! Atoms and molecules make up everything in this universe from wood, to people, to air! In this episode, Akshay explores the science behind these tiny building blocks of the universe.
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Here is an article! It is called “Atoms”. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-science-behind-atoms/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Atom Model”. (https://spectacularsci.com/atom-model/)

Episode 78: Gecko-Inspired Robot! – With Dane Brouwer

Akshay is curious about how geckos can walk on glass! Then, he discovers that some scientists have actually built a robot that is inspired by gecko feet! In this episode, Akshay talks to Mr. Dane Brouwer, from Stanford University, about farmHand, a gecko robot hand! Join Akshay and Mr. Brouwer as they talk about the science of this amazing robot hand!
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Episode 77: How Do Flamingos Stand On One Leg? – With Dr. Young-Hui Chang

Have you ever wondered how flamingos can stand or even sleep on one leg? Akshay wonders this same exact thing when he tries to balance on one leg! Akshay visits Dr. Young-Hui Chang, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology who studies movement in animals. Join Akshay and Dr. Chang as they talk about how flamingos really stand on one leg and what that amazing discovery can be used for!
Check out the flamingo scientific study here! (news.gatech.edu/news/2017/05/24/tech-study-stands-flamingos-unique-pose)
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Episode 76: Welcome to Season 4 – Light!

We are starting off Season 4 of Spectacular Science with a really bright episode! This episode is all about light! Light makes our world bright and helps animals and plants survive! In this episode, Akshay explores the science of the visible light around us.
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Here is an article! It is called “Light”. (https://spectacularsci.com/light/)
Here is an activity! It is called “Light Word Search”. (https://spectacularsci.com/light-word-search/)

Season 3

Episode 75: Season 3 Finale! – How Do Lightbulbs Work?

This is our Season 3 Finale and our last episode of 2021! In this episode, Akshay is exploring the science behind something that we use everyday but don’t really notice, lightbulbs! Lightbulbs light up our world! Akshay is exploring three types of lightbulbs today: incandescent lights, fluorescent lights, and LED lights. This episode is going to be really bright!
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Read our blog posts about LED Lights and Incandescent Lights to learn more!

Episode 74: How Are Fossils Formed?

Ever wondered how those giant fossils of dinosaurs are formed? That is what Akshay is exploring today! Get ready because this episode takes you back in time and under the soil. The process in which fossils are formed is a really complex and interesting process!! Join us next episode for the Season 3 Finale!!
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Here is an article that you can use to learn more! It is called Fossil Formation. (https://spectacularsci.com/fossil-formation/)
Here is an activity! It is called Fossil Formation In Pictures! (https://spectacularsci.com/fossil-formation-in-pictures/)

Episode 73: How Do We Make Memories?

Everyone has memories! They have memories of their childhood, vacations, and even someone’s name! But, how do we actually create, store, and recall those memories? That is what Akshay is exploring today! Akshay is looking at his baby photo album and wonders about how memories are created and how we remember or even forget them!
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Here is an article! It is called Memories! (https://spectacularsci.com/memories/)
Here is a fun activity! It is called Memory Mind Map! (https://spectacularsci.com/memory-mind-map/)

Episode 72: How Continents Move!

If you look at the map of the world, you see seven continents. But, millions of years ago, you would actually see a giant supercontinent called Pangaea!! How do the continents move? Akshay is curious about that too! Join Akshay on an adventure to find our how continents move!
We now have an exclusive membership where you can get access to bonus activities, episode snippets, the fact of the day, and science courses to keep the science going! Sign up for the membership at www.spectacularsci.com/membership!
Please contact me at www.spectacularsci.com/contact! It makes my day when I receive your wonderful episode suggestions, comments, and questions!
Here is an article that you can use to learn more! It is called The Movement of Tectonic Plates. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-movement-of-tectonic-plates/)
Here is an activity! It is called Puzzling Pangaea! (https://spectacularsci.com/puzzling-pangaea/)

Episode 71: Soap! How It Works

We use soap a lot, especially during this pandemic. Washing our hands with soap and water helps keep us safe from pesky viruses and bacteria, but also gets rid of dirt. But, how does soap work in the first place? That is what Akshay is exploring today! Join Akshay on an adventure to discover how soap works.
We now have an exclusive membership where you can get access to bonus activities, episode snippets, the fact of the day, and science courses to keep the science going! Sign up for the membership at www.spectacularsci.com/membership!
Please contact me at www.spectacularsci.com/contact! It makes my day when I receive your wonderful episode suggestions, comments, and questions!
Here is an article that goes with this episode! It is called The Magic of Soap. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-magic-of-soap/)
Here is a fun activity! It is called Soap Molecules’ Portrait! (https://spectacularsci.com/soap-molecules-portrait/)

Episode 70: The Science of Smell with Dr. Rachel Herz!

Have you ever wondered how we smell? Akshay wonders about the same thing while he smells things around the kitchen! That is why Akshay visits Dr. Rachel Herz, a neuroscientist and an expert on the psychology of smell. Join Akshay and Dr. Herz on an adventure to find out how we actually smell!
Dr. Herz is the author of the books Why You Eat What You EatThe Scent of Desire, and That’s Disgusting. Also, check out her website, rachelherz.com!
We now have an exclusive membership where you can get access to bonus activities, episode snippets, the fact of the day, and science courses to keep the science going! Sign up for the membership at www.spectacularsci.com/membership!
Please contact me at www.spectacularsci.com/contact! It makes my day when I receive your wonderful episode suggestions, comments, and questions!

Episode 69: Hair!

Hair, hair, hair! All around us! We have hair and animals have hair. But, what is hair made out of and how does it keep growing? Akshay is getting a haircut and wonders the same thing! Hold onto your hair because you are going to go on a wild adventure, finding out what hair is and how it grows!
We now have an exclusive membership where you can get access to bonus activities, episode snippets, the fact of the day, and science courses to keep the science going! Sign up for the membership at www.spectacularsci.com/membership!
Please contact me at www.spectacularsci.com/contact! It makes my day when I receive your wonderful episode suggestions, comments, and questions!
Here is an article! It is called Hair! (https://spectacularsci.com/hair/)
Here is an activity! It is called Analyze Your Hair! (https://spectacularsci.com/analyze-your-hair/)

Episode 68: How Do Plants Produce Food From Sunlight? All About Photosynthesis

We all think that plants are just sitting there, but there is so much going on inside and around the plant! Today, we are going to focus on plants making their won food. Plants don’t go to the grocery store to buy food and they definitely do not order food delivery, so how do they produce food when rooted to one place? That is what Akshay is exploring in this episode of Spectacular Science!
We now have an exclusive membership where you can get access to bonus activities, episode snippets, and science courses to keep the science going! Sign up for the membership at www.spectacularsci.com/membership!
Please contact me at www.spectacularsci.com/contact! It makes my day when I receive your wonderful episode suggestions, comments, and questions!
Here is an article! It is called Why Are Leaves Green? Because of Chlorophyll (https://spectacularsci.com/why-are-leaves-green-because-of-chlorophyll/)
Here is an activity! It is called Can Plants Grow In The Dark? (https://spectacularsci.com/can-plants-grow-in-the-dark/)

Episode 67: Wind!

Wind can range from a gentle breeze to intense storms like hurricanes! Wind can be very powerful. But, how does wind form in the first place? That is what we’re uncovering in this episode. Join Akshay on a windy adventure as he explores what wind is and the formation of wind. Hold onto your hats, because it’s windy in here!
We now have an exclusive membership where you can get access to bonus activities, episode snippets, and science courses to keep the science going! Sign up for the membership at www.spectacularsci.com/membership!
Please contact me at www.spectacularsci.com/contact! It makes my day when I receive your wonderful episode suggestions, comments, and questions!
Here is an article! It is called The Formation of Wind. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-formation-of-wind/)
Here is an activity! It is called Wind Formation Fill-In-The-Blanks! (https://spectacularsci.com/wind-formation-fill-in-the-blanks/)

Episode 66: Teeny-Tiny Planets! All About Dwarf Planets

We all know that we have 8 planets in our Solar System. But, did you know that we have so many other dwarf planets in the Solar System?? In this episode of Spectacular Science, Akshay discovers the science of dwarf planets! Get in your rocket ship and zip up your space suits, because we are leaving Earth and heading out into deep space.
Please contact me at www.spectacularsci.com to suggest episode topics or to just say hi! I love reading your comments and questions! It makes my day to receive a new message.
Here is an article that you can use to learn more! It is called Dwarf Planets. (https://spectacularsci.com/dwarf-planets/)
Here is a fun activity! It is called Dwarf Planet Checklist! (https://spectacularsci.com/dwarf-planet-checklist/)

Episode 65: All About Inventions!

All the things we have today like cars, computers, towels, soap, and concrete had to be invented! Inventions make our life easier and faster! Akshay really wants to invent something, so he talks to Dr. Shyamala Rajagopalan about inventions and how they are created!
It makes my day to receive your show suggestions, questions, and comments! Go to www.spectacularsci.com/contact to contact me!

Episode 64: Natural Resources!

Trees? Sunlight? Air? Iron? Coal? They are all natural resources! Natural resources are used all around us from our computers, to cars, and even electricity production! Natural resources make up most of the materials we use today for energy and construction. In this episode, Akshay discovers what natural resources are and they different types!
It makes my day to receive your messages about my podcast! Please contact me by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact!
Here is an article! It is called Renewable and Nonrenewable Natural Resources. (https://spectacularsci.com/renewable-nonrenewable-resources/)
Here is an activity! It is called Is It Renewable? (https://spectacularsci.com/is-it-renewable/)

Episode 63: Fossil Fuels!

If you look at energy resources around us, they are mostly coal, oil, and natural gas. They are used in cars, from factories, to stoves! But, how are these fuels made? On this episode, Akshay learns how fossil fuels, like oil and natural gas get created! We will also learn about the big fossil fuel problem.
It makes my day to see your messages about my podcast! Go to www.spectacularsci.com/contact to leave a comment or question!
Here is an article! It is called Fossil Fuels! (https://spectacularsci.com/fossil-fuels/)
Here is an activity! It is called The Steps In Which Fossil Fuels Are Formed! (https://spectacularsci.com/fossil-fuel-formation-activity/)

Episode 62: How Do We Breathe?

You always breathe every day! But, have you ever stopped to notice how we breathe? We take breathing for granted, but on this episode, Akshay explores the science of the respiratory system, which helps us breathe! Don’t hold your breath, but this episode is all about breathing!
Please contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact. We love hearing from you!
Here is an article! It is called Alveoli! (https://spectacularsci.com/alveoli/)
Here is an activity! It is called Name The Parts of the Respiratory System! (https://spectacularsci.com/name-the-parts-of-the-respiratory-system/)

Episode 61: Pollution!

Akshay notices that outside of his lab, there is a lot of litter, trash that is on the ground. When Akshay goes outside to pick up the trash, he meets Mr. Santosh Chandru, an environmental engineer. On this episode, we are learning all about pollution from Mr. Chandru! You will even learn the part you can play in the pollution solution! We’re making the world a cleaner place together.
Please contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article! It is called The Three Types of Pollution! (https://spectacularsci.com/the-three-types-of-pollution/)
Here is an activity! It is called The Three Types of Pollution Word Match! (https://spectacularsci.com/the-three-types-of-pollution-fill-in-the-blanks/)

Episode 60: The Tumble Science Podcast For Kids With Lindsay Patterson!

On this episode, Akshay meets Lindsay Patterson, creator, producer, and host of the Tumble science podcast, in the “podcast neighborhood”. Lindsay and Marshall host the awesome Tumble podcast! Akshay runs into Lindsay and gets to know what the Tumble science podcast is! To listen to episodes and to learn more about this awesome show, head to Tumble’s website, www.sciencepodcastforkids.com.
Please contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.

Episode 59: Rocks!

You may think that rocks are just boring old lumps of material. But, on this episode, you will learn that the rock you are holding in your hand has encountered millions of years of transformation in the Rock Cycle! Akshay explores the science of rocks! Listen to our previous episode about minerals for a quick refresher.
Please contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article! It is called The Rock Cycle! (https://spectacularsci.com/the-rock-cycle/)
Here is an activity! It is called Types of Rocks! (https://spectacularsci.com/types-of-rocks/)

Episode 58: Minerals!

You may think that minerals are just shiny things, but they are actually much more! On this episode, Akshay explores the properties and characteristics of minerals! This episode is a shiny gem with tons of facts! Next week, we will explore the science of rocks! You will find out how rocks and minerals are connected in the next episode, so stay tuned for that! Please contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article! It is called The Mineral Checklist. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-mineral-checklist/)
Here is an activity! It is called Mineral Properties Match. (https://spectacularsci.com/mineral-properties-match/)

Episode 57: Cells! Building Blocks of Life

On planet Earth, life is thriving. But, what are the building blocks of life? On this episode of Spectacular Science, Akshay discovers what cells, the building blocks of life, are! Bring your microscopes because we are discovering the science behind tiny cells.
Please contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article! It is called Cells. (https://spectacularsci.com/cells/)
Here is an activity! It is called Cell Model. (https://spectacularsci.com/cell-model/)

Episode 56: Voices! How We Make Sounds

Have you wondered how you speak to other people? It may seem effortless to talk, but there are thousands of cells and a few select parts of your body that help you talk. On this episode, Akshay discovers how the human vocal tract works and how we make sounds!
Here is an article! It is called The Vocal Tract. (https://spectacularsci.com/the-vocal-tract/)
Here is an activity! It is called Feeling Vibrations. (https://spectacularsci.com/feeling-vibrations/)

Episode 55: The Brains On Science Podcast with Marc Sanchez!

On this episode, Akshay meets Mr. Marc Sanchez, producer of the Brains On science podcast, in the “podcast neighborhood”. Akshay talks with Mr. Sanchez discover what the Brains On science podcast for kids is really about and how it came to be. If you want to learn more about Brains On or Mr. Sanchez, head to https://www.brainson.org.
Please contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.

Episode 54: The Challenges During the Pandemic

During this pandemic, we have all faced challenges like schools opening and uncertainty about the future. Akshay wants to go on a Summer vacation trip, but is a little nervous about the pandemic. On this episode, we will learn how to cope with those feelings with clinical psychologist Dr. Saori Maruyama, Ph.D.
Check out this fun Breathing Exercise Activity! (https://spectacularsci.com/breathing-exercise/)
Check out this article to learn more about Uncertainty During the Pandemic! (https://spectacularsci.com/uncertainty-during-pandemic/)

Episode 53: The Origins of the Solar System!

The Sun and the planets is also known as the Solar System. How did this magnificent Solar System form? On this episode, Akshay explores the science and origins of this Solar System. This episode has a lot of cool facts and a lot of fun! Please contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article! It is called The Sun and the Solar System! (https://spectacularsci.com/the-sun-and-the-solar-system/)
Here is an activity! It is called The Solar System Timeline! (https://spectacularsci.com/the-solar-system-timeline/)

Episode 52: Simple Machines All Around Us!

How do cranes that build buildings move? How do people with wheelchairs get up stairs? How do your joints move? They all use simple machines. On this episode, we are talking about simple machines and what they are. When you’re finished with this episode, you will come out with a totally different point-of-view about the science around you! Please fill out this poll to tell us which simple machine you encounter the most in your life. (https://spectacularsci.com/simple-machines-poll/) We will post the results of the poll soon. Please contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
To learn more, read this article about Reducing Work/Energy to do Something Using Simple Machines! (https://spectacularsci.com/reducing-work-energy/)
Here is a fun activity! It is called Simple Machines All Around You! (https://spectacularsci.com/simple-machines-all-around-you/)

Episode 51: The Science of Science with Steve Spangler!

This podcast is all about science. But, do you know what science really is? I had the same question! So, to find out, join me and Mr. Steve Spangler, science teacher extraordinaire and television host, on an adventure to find out what science really is! If you want to learn more about Mr. Spangler, head to stevespangler.com.
Please contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.

Season 2

Episode 50: Season 2 Finale! Rockets and Satellites!

Pack your spacesuit and a bunch of snacks, because we are blasting off into space!! But wait, how can we get all the way up into space? We use rockets. On this episode, I am talking to Yash Chandramouli, a satellite operations engineer, about rockets and satellites! This is the last episode of season 2! We will be back with brand new episodes on July 6th, 2021. Until then, check out our blog posts at www.spectacularsci.com/blog.
Here is an article! It is called Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion Helps Rockets Get Off the Ground. (https://spectacularsci.com/rockets-get-off-the-ground/)
Here is an activity! It is called Pop Bottle Rocket. (https://spectacularsci.com/pop-bottle-rocket/)

Episode 49: Clinical Research! Testing Medications for Safety!

The medicine that you use if you have a fever, had to be tested by clinical researchers! Clinical research helps get safe medicines to us! But, how does that really work? On this episode, I am talking to Ms. Lavanya Veda, a clinical researcher, about how clinical trials work! We are just one episode away from episode 50 and the season 2 finale! Please fill out our favorites form to tell us what you like about Spectacular Science! Go to www.spectacularsci.com/favorites-form/. Please contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article. It is called Placebos – What They Are! (https://spectacularsci.com/placebos-what-they-are/)
Here is an activity. It is called Clinical Research Word Search! (https://spectacularsci.com/clinical-research-word-search/)

Episode 48: Clouds! Fluffy Collections of Water Droplets

Playing the “Guess What Shape a Cloud is” game is very fun! But, have you ever stopped and wondered, what are clouds? On this episode, we are diving into the science of clouds! We will learn about the 4 types of clouds and what clouds really are. Fill out this form to tell us what you like about Spectacular Science! Go to https://spectacularsci.com/favorites-form/. Please contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article. It is called The 4 Different Types of Clouds! (https://spectacularsci.com/the-4-different-types-of-clouds/)
Here is an activity. It is called Spectacular Science Cloud Types Fact Cards! (https://spectacularsci.com/spectacular-science-cloud-types-fact-cards/)

Episode 47: Plastic! It’s Everywhere!

Take a look around you. Your podcast playing device, made of plastic. Your headphones, made out of plastic. Your jacket, also made out of plastic! It seems like plastic is all around us! Plastic has made making lots of things easier, like computers or cars. Plastic can also be bad for the environment! Find out what plastic really is and what the future of plastic could hold on this episode. Fill out this form to tell us what you like about Spectacular Science! Go to https://spectacularsci.com/favorites-form/. Please contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article It is called Polymers – Chains of Molecules! (https://spectacularsci.com/polymers-chains-of-molecules/)
Here is an activity. It is called Paper Polymer Links! (https://spectacularsci.com/paper-polymer-links/)

Episode 46: Start Your Engines! How Cars Move

Start your engines! We are going on a Spectacular Science road trip! We are driving through the science of how cars move. This journey takes us to the inner engines of cars, to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere! Join us, as we set off on a journey to discover how cars work! Contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article! It is called A Car’s Engine! (https://spectacularsci.com/a-cars-engine/)
Here is an activity! It is called Balloon Car! (https://spectacularsci.com/balloon-car/)

Episode 45: Flying Machines in the Sky!

I have always thought to myself, how do airplanes and helicopters fly like the birds? I’m sure you have wondered this too. On this episode, we are flying into the science of flying machines with Vajraang Kamat, a mechanical and aerospace engineer at Area-I, a defense company in Georgia. We will learn about how helicopters and airplanes fly and what the future of flight may hold! Contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is a blog post, to learn more, about Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion! (https://spectacularsci.com/2021/04/sir-isaac-newtons-third-law-of-motion/)
Here is an article! It is called Airplanes and Helicopters! (https://spectacularsci.com/airplanes-and-helicopters/)
Here is an activity! It is called Airfoil Shape and Size Matters! (https://spectacularsci.com/wing-shape-and-size-matters/)

Episode 44: Dust, All Around Us!

There’s dust in the corner of your room, on the ceiling fan, it’s everywhere! Dust blows around in the wind a lot! But what is dust exactly? On this episode, we grab our giant super power microscope to take a closer look at dust! Contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article that is “out of this world”! It is called Moon Dust!?! (https://spectacularsci.com/moon-dust/)
Here is an activity! It is called Predict What’s In Your Dust! (https://spectacularsci.com/predict-whats-in-your-dust/)

Episode 43: Magnetism!

Magnets attract some objects and repel others. But, what really are magnets? On this episode, we will take a look at the science behind magnets! Magnets and electricity have much more in common than you may think! Find out by listening to this episode! Please contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Here is an article. It is called The Power of Magnetism! (https://spectacularsci.com/the-power-of-magnetism/)
Here is an activity! It is called Is it Magnetic? (https://spectacularsci.com/is-it-magnetic/)

Episode 42: Go On a Trip With… Oxygen!?

Breathe in….. and breathe out. Don’t you just love breathing Oxygen! But, where does Oxygen really come from? What if you’re in the middle of the desert? Or on a boat in the ocean? On this episode, we are travelling with Oxygen and learning how teeny tiny bacteria and plants helped create the Oxygen that we breathe today!
Here is an article! It is called The Great Oxygen! (https://spectacularsci.com/the-great-oxygen/)
Here is a fun activity! It is called Leaf Power! (https://spectacularsci.com/leaf-power/)

Episode 41: The Weird and Wacky World of Water!

We all know what water is. The clear liquid that comes out of faucets and in oceans! Have you ever wondered about the properties of water? On this episode, we are putting on our wetsuits and diving into the science behind water! Contact this podcast by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact.
Check out this article! It is called Water! (https://spectacularsci.com/water/)
Try this fun activity! It is called Dissolving Sugar! (https://spectacularsci.com/dissolving-sugar/)

Episode 40: How Do We Hear Sounds?

Sound is all around us! But, how do people hear sound? On this episode, we will answer that question and many other sound science questions! Grab your earplugs, because this episode is going to be filled with sound! Send us comments, questions, or show suggestions by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact!
Here is an article! It is called Pitch, Frequency, and Volume! (https://spectacularsci.com/pitch-frequency-and-volume/)
Here is a fun activity! It is called Guess the Pitch and Volume! (https://spectacularsci.com/guess-the-pitch-and-volume/)

Episode 39: Soil! Can you dig it?

Have you ever walked outside and though about the soil that is under your feet? Well, on this episode, we are taking a deep dive into soil science. What really is soil and what it is made out of? All these questions and more to be answered on this episode! Please send us questions or comments by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact!
Here is an article! It is called Soil Ingredients! (https://spectacularsci.com/soil-ingredients/)
Here is an activity! It is called Soil up Close! (https://spectacularsci.com/soil-up-close/)

Episode 38: Tornadoes – Massive Swirling Clouds!

On this episode we are getting into a massive column of clouds! That’s right, we’re learning about tornadoes. These swirling clouds hold many secrets and mysteries. We are going to take a deep dive into the science of tornadoes, especially because Spring weather involves lots of tornadoes. By learning about tornadoes, we can be sure to be save when a real one hits. Right now, we’ll have fun learning about tornadoes! Just remember to bring your umbrella, because this episode is a downpour! Contact our podcast by going to spectacularsci.com/contact!
Check out this article! It is called The Mighty Tornadoes! (https://spectacularsci.com/mighty-tornadoes/)
Check out this activity! It is called Tornadoes in a Bottle! (https://spectacularsci.com/tornado-in-a-bottle/)

Episode 37: Electricity!

Have you ever wondered how the lights turns on in your house, or how I am able to record my podcast with electric microphones? It’s all electricity. These flowing electrons help power lights a and so much more. We will learn about this everyday thing and how it happens naturally on this episode of Spectacular Science.
Here is an article! It is called The 2 Types of Electricity! (https://spectacularsci.com/the-2-types-of-electricity/)
Here is an activity! It is called Static Electricity with a Balloon! (https://spectacularsci.com/static-electricity-with-a-balloon/)

Episode 36: Birds – Masters of Flight

Have you ever looked up in the sky and wondered how birds fly? On this episode, we are soaring in the sky and figuring out how birds fly! We will learn about adaptations that birds have! Let’s fly with science!!
Here is an article! It is called Bird Flight! (https://spectacularsci.com/bird-flight/)
Here is a fun activity! It is called Paper Ball or a Piece of Paper? (https://spectacularsci.com/paper-ball-or-a-piece-of-paper/)

Episode 35: Moons of Planets! All About These Natural Satellites

Do you love the view of the Moon in the night sky? What if there were 78 moons in the sky!?! Some planets have more than one moon! On this episode, we are blasting off into space and learning more about moons of planets!
Here is an article! It is called Moons of Planets! (https://spectacularsci.com/moons-of-planets/)
Here is a fun activity! It is called Planets’ Moon Word Search! (https://spectacularsci.com/planets-moon-word-search/

Episode 34: Pollen and Pollination!

This episode ties in well with the time period people are entering in the Northern Hemisphere! That’s right: it’s the season called Spring! In Spring, there is a lot of pollen floating around because of flowers blooming. We are going to learn about this “magical flower powder” on this episode!
Here is an article! It is called Pollen! (https://spectacularsci.com/pollen/)
Here is an activity! It is called Pollen Needed or Not? (https://spectacularsci.com/pollen-needed-or-not/)

Episode 33: Weathering and Erosion! Destructive Processes That Shape Our Earth!

On this episode, we will talk about Weathering and Erosion! These forces make out Earth that we see today. Without these forces, our Earth would not have life or anything else! We will learn about these different types of forces on this episode.
Here is an article! It is called Erosion!(https://spectacularsci.com/erosion/)
Here is an activity! It is called Weathering and Erosion Word Search!
(https://spectacularsci.com/weathering-and-erosion-word-search/)

Episode 32: Stars – Twinkling Balls of Gas

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are launching ourselves into outer space to talk about Stars! These giant balls of gas have hidden secrets! We are going to learn about those hidden secrets and much more!!
Please contact our podcast by going to spectacularsci.com/contact! We love hearing from you!
Here is an article! It is called Stars! (https://spectacularsci.com/stars/
Here is a fun activity! It is called Hydrogen to Helium Transformation Activity! (https://spectacularsci.com/hydrogen-helium-transformation-activity/)

Episode 31: Microorganisms Series – Part 5 of 5!: Protozoa

This episode of Spectacular Science is Part 5 of a 5 part series about the types of Microorganisms (microscopic animals). The types of Microorganisms are… viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa. We will talk about each of these Microorganisms in an episode. Today, we are focusing on Protozoa! This is the last episode of this Microorganisms Series.
Please contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact and leave us a message by using our contact form!! We can’t wait to hear from you!
Here is an article! It is called Microorganisms! (https://spectacularsci.com/microorganisms/)
Here is an activity! It is called Microorganisms Word Search.(https://spectacularsci.com/microorganisms-word-search/)

Episode 30: Microorganisms Series – Part 4: Algae!!

This episode of Spectacular Science is Part 4 of a 5 part series about the types of Microorganisms (microscopic animals). The types of Microorganisms are… viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa. We will talk about each of these Microorganisms in an episode. Today, we are focusing on Algae or Protists!
Please contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact and leave us a message by using our contact form!! We can’t wait to hear from you!
Here is an article! It is called Microorganisms! (https://spectacularsci.com/microorganisms/)
Here is an activity! It is called Microorganisms Word Search.(https://spectacularsci.com/microorganisms-word-search/)

Episode 29: Microorganisms Series – Part 3: Fungi!

This episode of Spectacular Science is Part 3 of a 5 part series about the types of Microorganisms (microscopic animals). The types of Microorganisms are… viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa. We will talk about each of these Microorganisms in an episode. Today, we are focusing on Fungi!
Please contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact and leave us a message by using our contact form!! We can’t wait to hear from you!
Here is an article! It is called Microorganisms! (https://spectacularsci.com/microorganisms/)
Here is an activity! It is called Microorganisms Word Search.
https://spectacularsci.com/microorganisms-word-search/)

Episode 28: Microorganisms Series – Part 2: Bacteria!!

This episode of Spectacular Science is Part 2 of a 5 part series about the types of Microorganisms (microscopic animals). The types of Microorganisms are… viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa. We will talk about each of these Microorganisms in an episode. Today, we are focusing on Bacteria!
Please contact us by going to www.spectacularsci.com/contact and leave us a message by using our contact form!! We can’t wait to hear from you!
Here is an article! It is called Microorganisms! (https://spectacularsci.com/microorganisms/)
Here is an activity! It is called Microorganisms Word Search.(https://spectacularsci.com/microorganisms-word-search/)

Episode 27: Microorganisms Series – Part 1: Viruses!

This episode of Spectacular Science is Part 1 of a 5 part series about the types of Microorganisms (microscopic animals). The types of Microorganisms are… viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa. We will talk about each of these Microorganisms in an episode. Today, we are focusing on Viruses!
Here is an article! It is called Microorganisms! (https://spectacularsci.com/microorganisms/)
Here is an activity! It is called Microorganisms Word Search.(https://spectacularsci.com/microorganisms-word-search/)

Episode 26: Volcanoes – Welcome to SEASON 2!!!!!

On this “lavaly” (lovely) episode of Spectacular Science, we are talking about Volcanoes. These mega-mounds of lava have lots of mysteries hidden inside of them. Grab your beach gear because it about to get as hot as lava. We will discover the secrets behind volcanoes and why they actually help…create land!!!???! Please contact our podcast by filling out the contact form found at www.spectacularsci.com/contact.

Here is an article!! It is called The Magnificent Layers of the Earth!!
Here is a fun, interactive activity!! It is called Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano!

Season 1

Episode 25: Season 1 FINALE!! – Masking Up For Safety

This episode is the Season 1 Finale! We are so happy that this podcast in 1 Season old! To wrap up the 1st season of the podcast and the year of 2020, we are talking about 2020’s greatest fashion statement, MASKS!! We will talk about how masks protect us from catching COVID-19 and other viruses. Also, we have received several responses from listeners telling us what their favorite episode from Season 1 was. We will share what the listeners said! This will be a big celebration party of Season 1!!
NOTE: We now have a contact form!! Go to www.spectacularsci.com/contact and fill out the form! After you have filled it out, click “Send Message” to submit your message. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

Please click on the link to a form! Please fill it out to tell us what you like about Spectacular Science!!
Link: https://spectacularsci.com/favorites-form/

Episode 24: Telescopes!

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are talking about telescopes: the revolutionary devices that help us see in far-off space. We will talk about the amazing science of how these machines work and why they are so important. We only have 1 more episode until the…SPECTACULAR SCIENCE SEASON 1 FINALE!!!!! Please send us your favorite episode title
to our email address.
We will put these on our upcoming episode!

Here is an article! It is called How Do Telescopes Work?
Here is an activity! It is called Telescope Word Search.

Episode 23: Matter – It Really Matters!

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are going to learn about the thing that is everywhere: Matter!! We will talk about the different states of matter and the scientific matter tricksters, non-Newtonian fluids!
Here is an activity! It is called The Recipe For Oobleck: A Non-Newtonian Fluid.
Here is an article! It is called The States of Matter.

Episode 22: Brain Freezeeeeeee!!!!!

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are talking about the science of a brain freeze! This will be a very long-wordy episode. We will also learn about how to prevent these ice cream headaches.
To contact us, got to spectacularsci.com/contact to find our email address.
Here is an activity! It is called Brain Freeze Unscramble Words!
Here is an article! It is called the SPG Nerve

Episode 21: Climate Change

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are talking about Climate Change. This event is wrecking the planet’s temperature. We will learn more about this and how to put an end to it.
Here is an article! It is called The Greenhouse Effect.
Here is an activity that goes with this episode. It is called Climate Change Word Search!!

Episode 20: Planets of the Solar System Series Finale!!!: Neptune

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are learning about the last planet from the Sun, Neptune! This is the last episode in our 8 part series about the planets of the Solar System.
We would also love to see the Solar System Model activity that you made! Snap a picture and go to spectacularsci.com/contact to find our email address.
Here is an article to go with the episode. It is called The Solar System.
Also, here is an activity! It is called the Solar System Model.

Episode 19: Planets of the Solar System: Uranus

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are talking about Uranus, the 7th planet from the Sun. We will talk about this “diamondy” planet (SPOILER ALERT!!) on this episode.
Here is an article. It is called The Solar System.
Here is an activity that goes with this episode. It is called Solar System Model.

Episode 18: Planets of the Solar System: Saturn

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we will learn about Saturn. We will tell the tale of Saturn’s rings and more on this episode of Spectacular Science.
To learn more, read this article about The Solar System.
The Solar System
Here is an activity!! It is called Solar System Model.
Solar System Model

Episode 17: Planets of the Solar System: Jupiter

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are going to learn about the mighty planet Jupiter!! We also have a special planet guest! This episode will also feature a travel commercial!
To learn more, read this article about The Solar System.
Here is an activity!! It is called Solar System Model.

Episode 16: Planets of the Solar System: Mars


On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are talking about our neighbor, Mars! On this episode we learn about this red planet on this epiosde.
To learn more, read this article about The Solar System.
The Solar System
Here is an activity! It is called Solar System Model.
Solar System Model

Episode 15: Planets of the Solar System: Earth

On this episode, we talk about Earth, our home planet. we will learn some interesting things on this episode.
To learn more, read this article about the Solar System
The Solar System
Here is an activity. It is called Solar System Model.
Solar System Model

Episode 14: Planets of the Solar System: Venus

On this “stellar” episode of Spectacular Science (no pun intended) we are talking about our sister planet, VENUS!!! We will learn about this magnificent and “galactic” planet on this episode.
Link to blog post, Cloud Aliens on Venus
Here is an article that goes with this episode. It is called The Solar System.
This is an activity that goes with this episode. It is called Solar System Model.

Episode 13: Heart Health! Keeping Your Heart Healthy


On this episode of Spectacular Science, we talk to Dr. Indranee Rajapreyar about Heart Health! On this episode, Dr. Rajapreyar tells us about the heart and some tips on how to keep your heart healthy on this episode. Also, we will be back next week with an episode about Venus!!
To learn more, read this article about Tips on Keeping Your Heart Healthy.
Tips on Keeping Your Heart Healthy
Herer is an activity that goes with this episode. It is called Heart Word Search!!
Heart Word Search

Episode 12: Planets of the Solar System Part 1: Mercury

This is Part 1 of an 8 part series about the planets in our Solar System. On this episode (Part 1) we will learn about Mercury. The first planet from the Sun, We will learn more about this planet in this episode.
To learn more, read this article about the Solar System.
Here is an activity that goes with this episode. It is called Solar System Model.

Episode 11: DNA

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are talking about DNA, the instruction manual for humans. We learn about what DNA is and how it is used by cells on this episode.
To learn more, read this article about DNA. Here is an activity that goes with this episode.
It is called DNA Word Search.

Episode 10: Immune System

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are talking about The Immune System. I am talking to Dr. Ramachandiran about the Immune System. We will learn about our body’s inner defense system on this episode of Spectacular Science.
To learn more, read this article about White Blood Cells.
Here is an activity that goes with this episode. It is called Immune System Word Search.

Episode 9: Sleep

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are talking about Sleep. Did you know there are stages of sleep? There are! We will learn all about them and more on this episode.
Here is an activity that goes with the episode.
It is called Sleep Cycle Match.
To learn more, read this article about REM Sleep.

Episode 8: Vaccines

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we are talking about vaccines! This lifesaving medicine that prevents us from catching viruses. We will talk to Dr. Vasanthi Govindu from Emory University. We learn about the science behind vaccines on this episode.
To learn more read this article about The Father of Vaccinology. Here is an activity that goes with the episode. It is called Vaccine Unscramble Words.

Episode 7: Microphones

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we learn about the microphone. This amazing invention opened up a new era of sound. What is sound and what do microphones do and other questions are answers on this episode of Spectacular Science.
To learn more, read this article about The First Microphone.
Here is an activity that goes with the episode. It is called Sound Dictionary.

Episode 6: Thunderstorms

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we did some research on the mysterious thunderstorms. We learn how this set of events work. Learn what thunderstorms are and what thunder and lightning are in this episode.
To learn more, read this article about Storms.
Here is an activity that goes with the episode. It is called Thunderstorm Word Detective.

Episode 5: SPECIAL EDITION!!!!!!!! COVID-19

On this episode of Spectacular Science we talk to Dr. Srivenkatesh Ganeshan MD about COVID-19 which is why most of us are staying home. We learn about this very mysterious virus. If you have any questions for Dr. Srivenkatesh, email me at

and we will pass on your message to Dr. Sri!

To learn more, read this article about Viruses.
Also, here is an activity to go with the episode. It is called Make a Model of COVID-19 Virus Out of Play-Doh.

Episode 4: Yeast

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we talk to Akshara, a student of Georgia Tech, about the amazing yeast. We learn what yeast is and what it can be used for in this episode. It will be used for more than you think!
To learn more, read this article about Yeast.
Also, here is an activity called Yeast Word Search.

Episode 3: The Nervous System

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we talk to Siddharth about the nervous system. We learn about this very important system in our body that keeps us alive.
To learn more, read this article about Nerves.
Also, here is an activity to go along with the episode. It is called Unscramble Words.

Episode 2: Computers

On this episode of Spectacular Science, we talk to Mr. AJ to learn about computers. We learn about these machines we use in our everyday lives. Learn who invented them and what they can be used for in this episode.
To learn more by reading this article about Computers.
Also, here is an activity that goes along with this episode. It is called
Computer Part Memory Game.

Episode 1: Plants and Trees

On  this episode of Spectacular Science, we talk to Nilesh to talk about plants and trees. We learn many things about plants and trees. Even if they don’t say much or move much, they are still important to the ecosystem. Learn how they help living organisms and why they are in danger in this episode.
 To learn more by reading this article about Plants and Trees.
Also, here is an activity that goes along with this episode. It is called
Track the Growth of a Plant.

Podcast Trailer

Welcome to Spectacular Science

Welcome to Spectacular Science, a science podcast for curious kids and families! Join our enthusiastic host and curious kid, Akshay Jayaraman, as he embarks on fascinating explorations into the world of science.
In each episode, Akshay delves into interesting topics that make science come alive, captivating young minds and sparking a sense of wonder. From the mysteries of the universe to the wonders of the microscopic world, he uncovers the secrets and wonders that surround us every day.
Get ready for an exciting journey filled with engaging interviews with expert scientists, and mind-expanding discussions that will leave you in awe. Whether it’s unraveling the science behind breathtaking natural phenomena, discovering the hidden forces that shape our planet, or exploring the inner workings of the human body, Spectacular Science has it all.