physics

Episode 63: How Do Scientists Listen to Black Holes?

  Challenge: Listen to the podcast and see if you can tell which is a black hole colliding and how close or far away it is. Did you get them right? Then look up information about a black hole or LIGO and draw a picture of gravitational waves or a black hole. With your parent’s… Continue Reading Episode 63: How Do Scientists Listen to Black Holes?

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Episode 63: How Do Scientists LISTEN to Black Holes?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Eric Thrane, Cosmologist and Astrophysicist Dr. Thrane is  a Professor at Monash University in the School of Physics and Astronomy where he studies cosmology, astrophysics, and gravity. He specialises in astrophysical inference using data from gravitational-wave observatories to answer questions such as: how do compact binaries form, what is the fate… Continue Reading Episode 63: How Do Scientists LISTEN to Black Holes?

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Episode 61: How Do You Keep Astronauts Alive in Space?

Meet the Expert: Bailey Burns, Systems Engineer   Bailey Burns is a systems engineer working for Raytheon and now Paragon Space Development Corporation. She is involved in planning the  next mission for the moon! Bailey is also the Rubik’s Brand Amabassador. She first started solving Rubik’s cubes in 7th grade when her math teacher taught… Continue Reading Episode 61: How Do You Keep Astronauts Alive in Space?

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How Can Physics Help Us to Capture an Alien?

  Challenge: Experience Physics around your  house. Look at gravity, friction, time, and more. Write down a few experiments that you tried. How do you think these forces would work in microgravity in space? Draw a picture or send us a note about what you learned? With your parent’s permission, send us a picture or… Continue Reading How Can Physics Help Us to Capture an Alien?

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Episode #57 What Do You Need to Know to Operate a Rover on Mars?

Meet the Expert:  Brian Franz, Mechanical engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA JPL) Brian’s fascination with space began in middle school and the Boy Scouts with the introduction of rockets. The journey in a career in space took its first big leap in the form of a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University… Continue Reading Episode #57 What Do You Need to Know to Operate a Rover on Mars?

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Episode 48: The BEST of Space… Again (and Big News for the Podcast)

  Solve It for Kids podcast is has some BIG NEWS– We are getting a new cohost! Jedlie has decided to spend more time with is HUGELY popular Reading with Your Kids Podcast so Jeff Gonyea will be joining Jennifer as a new cohost. The first episode of Jennifer and Jeff will premiere April 26th.… Continue Reading Episode 48: The BEST of Space… Again (and Big News for the Podcast)

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Episode 45: How Do You Diagnose Someone?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Rajani LaRocca, physician and children’s author Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, she spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and… Continue Reading Episode 45: How Do You Diagnose Someone?

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Episode 36: How Can Cars Drive by Themselves?

Challenge: Ask members of your family or friends if they would like to ride in a self-driving car and/or  if they think cars should drive by themselves? With your parents permission, send us your findings via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR tag us on our Twitter or Instagram account @kidssolve If you send in your challenge… Continue Reading Episode 36: How Can Cars Drive by Themselves?

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Episode 29: Can You Look Back in Time to Learn How Galaxies are Formed?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Bob Williams, Astronomer Dr. Robert Williams is currently Astronomer Emeritus at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, and the Donald Osterbrock Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. From 1993-98 he served as Director of STScI, which with Goddard Space Flight Center operates Hubble Space Telescope for NASA… Continue Reading Episode 29: Can You Look Back in Time to Learn How Galaxies are Formed?

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Episode 27: Why Would You Want to Break a Flying Car?

Challenge: Design your own Flying Car. Follow the steps HERE Draw a picture of it and with your parents permission, send us your picture via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR tag us on our Twitter or Instagram account @kidssolve If you send in your challenge OR just leave a comment on the episode page, you will… Continue Reading Episode 27: Why Would You Want to Break a Flying Car?

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Episode 15: How Do You Fix a Helicopter with Dippity-Doo?

Meet the Expert:  Captain Wendy Lawrence, USN, retired —  Astronaut and Helicopter Pilot Captain Wendy Lawrence graduated from the Naval Academy in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering and earned her “Wings of Gold” in 1982. As a Navy helicopter pilot, she made several deployments to the North Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Kenya,… Continue Reading Episode 15: How Do You Fix a Helicopter with Dippity-Doo?

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Episode 10: How Do You Measure Particles That Can’t Be Seen?

Meet the Expert:   Gene Van Buren Gene Van Buren, PhD,  is a nuclear physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). After moving around from the Philippines, to the U.S. Midwest, to its South, he found an interest in math as an overarching language in physics and computers. He pursued engineering and physics degrees at Washington University… Continue Reading Episode 10: How Do You Measure Particles That Can’t Be Seen?

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