“Can you recommend any math podcasts for kids?”
That was the question I fielded over the phone last week. And to tell you the truth, it’s a bit of a head scratcher because though there are some video podcasts made by elementary school kids for elementary school kids about operations or lattice multiplication, an audio podcast focusing on interesting or unique math topics for younger kids … well, it’s not so easy to find.
Of course, there are some fantastic math podcasts out there but they are aimed at an older audience. However, for some sheer podcast-y fun, a few of my favorites are listed below. Why not give them a listen and perhaps talk about them with the children in your lives?
Math Mutation bills itself as “a short podcast for people of all ages, where we explore fun, interesting, or just plain weird corners of mathematics that you probably didn’t hear in school.”
Relatively Prime is a project funded through Kickstarter and is all about “the stories behind mathematics.” Sadly, there are only eight podcasts in the series. I want more. One of my favorites is about the Hexayurt – a zero waste disaster relief shelter built from readily available materials, and (often) less expensively than a tent.
Freakonomics Radio is the brainchild of economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner, whose best-selling book of the same name applied statistical analysis and economic theory to pop-culture questions (i.e. Why do drug dealers still live with their mothers?) Expect more of the same in the podcast.
Come to think of it, here’s a niche for all you wanna-be podcasters. Come up with the equivalent of some of the podcasts above, aimed at kids ages 5-11. And then let us know.