In the Classroom

The 21st century classroom demands novel teaching tools to facilitate student participation and enthusiasm. Our podcasts are designed for listeners of all ages, presenting scientifically accurate information alongside real-world context in a fun and engaging way.


We have developed educational packets and PowerPoint presentations, designed with the Next Generation Science Standards in mind, to supplement our podcast episodes for use in the high school or advanced middle school science classroom. Packets include comprehension questions to guide podcast listening, prompts to facilitate reflection, and associated hands-on activities. PowerPoint slides go one step further by reinforcing podcast content, encouraging critical thinking (Grades 4-8), and fostering discussion (Grades 9-12). All materials are free and available to download below.

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Download Themed Packets

Our themed packets identify collections of episodes (~3 episodes per packet) that discuss different aspects of a common scientific topic. Packets contain some combination of comprehension questions, activities, lab assignments, and links to sources for more information. Each zipped folder below contains an assignment sheet and the associated answer key.

Download Hot Topic Packets

Our hot topic packets, each focusing on a single episode of our Hot Topics Series, provide a deep-dive into scientific current events. Packets contain some combination of comprehension questions, activities, lab assignments, and links to sources for more information. Each zipped folder below contains an assignment sheet and the associated answer key. 

Download PowerPoint Presentations

Meant to accompany specific podcast episodes, our PowerPoint presentations translate podcast content into slide decks that can be used during classroom lessons or provided as supplementary material for students. Slides for Grades 4-8 are designed to promote critical thinking, while those for Grades 9-12 are geared toward discussion. Each zipped folder below contains two PowerPoint files, one for Grades 4-8 and the other for Grades 9-12.