20 episodes

On STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum, each month curious kids will interview STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) innovators from across the country for answers to their biggest questions.

National Children’s Museum inspires children to care about and change the world—and we encourage all kids to dream through the lens of STEAM!

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On STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum, each month curious kids will interview STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) innovators from across the country for answers to their biggest questions.

National Children’s Museum inspires children to care about and change the world—and we encourage all kids to dream through the lens of STEAM!

    Community Captains

    Community Captains

    It’s time to hit the red carpet for the biggest event of the year: the Community Captain Awards! Join A.J. in celebrating the Community Captains around the world who are fighting climate change by reducing waste in their communities. The Gill Brothers, three young entrepreneurs who created their own candle company and recycling program, join us to accept their award! Then, A.J. chats with Peggy Mandanas, the Sustainability Liaison at GEICO, to learn how she uses her passion for sustainability at her job and in her everyday life.

    For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org.

    STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan and Paige Childs, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting.


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    • 18 min
    The Magic of Music

    The Magic of Music

    Cue the music, Dreamers! In this month’s episode, we’ll learn more about the music that powers the Museum’s new Dance Party Pod, presented by Spotify. Follow along as A.J. discovers the magic of music—how it can inspire movement and represent emotions. With help from Olivia, our 11-year-old Kid Interviewer, and Hilary Giumara, Music Programming Manager for Kids & Family at Spotify, A.J. curates the perfect dance playlist. Then, he speaks with Andre Johnson, guitarist and founding member of the iconic band Rare Essence, about D.C.’s official music: Go-go!

    This episode contains a sample of “Hey Buddy Buddy” by Rare Essence courtesy of Rare One Records. For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org.

    STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan and Paige Childs, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting.


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    • 22 min
    Pollinator Patrol

    Pollinator Patrol

    Hey Dreamers, want to hear the buzz on this month’s episode? A.J. is out on Pollinator Patrol when he receives a report about a bat stuck in the attic of 8-year-old Colin’s home. Together, A.J. and Colin free the bat and build a native plant garden to attract more pollinators to Colin’s yard. With help from special guests Gary Krupnick, the Head of the Plant Conservation Unit at the National Museum of Natural History, and Sarah Red-Laird, the Head Worker Bee and Executive Director of Bee Girl Organization, Colin and A.J. learn how to protect and support pollinators of all kinds.

    Head to www.pollinator.org for resources on how to build your own native plant garden and tips on how to help preserve pollinators! For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org.

    STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan and Paige Childs, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting.


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    • 21 min
    Dance and STEM

    Dance and STEM

    In this month’s episode, A.J. and 9-year-old Kid Interviewer Trinity discover the important role STEM plays in dance performances. Special guests Yamilee Toussaint Beach, Founder + CEO of STEM from Dance, and Catie Cuan, Choreographer and PhD Candidate in Robotics at Stanford University, inspire Trinity to combine her love of STEM and dance for the performance of a lifetime. Spoiler alert: It includes robots, A.J. in hoverboots, and some funky music!

    For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org.

    STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan and Paige Childs, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Special thanks to IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, for connecting us with the experts in this episode.


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    • 20 min
    Water Warriors

    Water Warriors

    Oh, to be in the deep blue sea! This month, A.J. goes on an underwater adventure in a submarine, but something fishy is going on–and climate change might have something to do with it! Aubrey, our 7-year-old Kid Interviewer from Virginia, talks to Sarah Cooley, the Director of Climate Science at Ocean Conservancy, to figure out how the Earth’s changing climate is affecting the ocean and the animals that live there. Then, A.J. speaks with Hillary Burgess from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program to learn how Water Warriors can help prevent trash from ending up in the ocean!

    For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org.

    STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting.


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    • 20 min
    Make It Fly!

    Make It Fly!

    Planes, birds, and helicopters–oh my! This month, join A.J. at the Worldwide Flying Extravaganza to learn all about things that fly! We’ll do a deep dive into the four forces that make flight possible: lift, thrust, drag, and weight. Then, we’ll chat with two experts to discover how planes and birds use the same forces in different ways to achieve flight! First, Frank Hatten, an Education Relations Specialist at Boeing, will explain how planes are engineered to soar high in the sky. Then, Brian Evans, a Migratory Bird Ecologist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, joins us to solve the mystery of why some birds can fly and others can’t!

    For STEAM videos, programs, resources, and more from National Children’s Museum, visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org.

    STEAM Daydream with National Children’s Museum is generously sponsored by GEICO. It is narrated by A.J. Calbert and produced by Aubrey Vaughan, with post-production by Maddie Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting.


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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

CaseyRP ,

Getting my kids into good stuff

STEAM Daydream introduces my kids to things I’ve hoped they’ll get into, like drawing—and practicing!—in a way much more effective than I could. We love how kids do the interviews. Thanks A.J. and team!

piapiscitelli ,

Great for kids and adults!

Love how interesting this podcast is for both kids and adults. It’s great hearing from experts in such a fun and approachable way. Can’t wait for more!

ShmooZee ,

Thank you STEAM Daydream

Loves sharing this show with my nephew. Helped us talk about Covid-19.

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