I’m working on a new CD of unique science songs for kids, and I’m writing to ask for your help.
The songs are unique because they focus on every-day scientists and current scientific research. Most of the songs were inspired by the scientists I’ve had as guest speakers in my “Born to Do Science” program at the Stillwater Public Library over the past two years.
Specific topics include phototaxic bacteria, stress hormones, wheat genomics, bacterial biofilms, bat taxonomy, x-ray crystallography, and luminescence dating! The deeper messages are that science is a process done by real people; science is important, cool, fun, and relevant; and science belongs to everyone!
I’m trying to raise the money to make a really top-flight recording, one that families will want to hear again and again.
You can watch Monty‘s pitch video for his “Songs from the Science Frontier” here. I figure home schooling families are a pretty natural audience for a project like this, so if you’re interested, let Monty know.
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More science songs to listen to this summer:
Singing Science, science songs from 1950s-60s LPs; we love these. EEK — no link any more! Here’s the old link which apparently no longer works. Try this too, from the Wayback machine. I have these already, but have no idea where to send you so you can get them if you don’t already have them. Drat. If anyone knows, please leave information in the comments. You can read about the songs, from the six-LP “Ballads for the Age of Science” series by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer (covering space, energy and motion, experiments, weather, and nature) here. You could probably, it occurs to me, find them somewhere online to download if you Google “singing science” and “torrent”. Just an idea…
You can find oodles of science songs if you just Google “science songs”. Some of the better sites:
Kiddie Records Weekly, where you can find some vintage LPs to download, including “By Rocket to the Moon”, “Space Ship to Mars”, and “What Are Stars?”
PhysicsSongs, more general than just physics; Prof. Walter Smith’s labor of love
And some Charles Darwin and evolution songs in my old Darwin Day post, which includes information on MASSIVE: a database for “Math And Science Song Information, Viewable Everywhere”. The database, which is maintained by Greg Crowther and is part of the National Science Foundation’s National Science Digital Library,
contains information on over 2500 science and math songs. Some of these songs are suitable for 2nd graders; others might only appeal to tenured professors. Some songs have been professionally recorded; others haven’t. Some are quite silly; others are downright serious.
A delight, which you can also listen to all day, all week, all year at MASSIVE Radio — many thanks to Greg Crowther (of the Yahoo Sciencesongs group) and the band Science Groove for putting it all together. Read more about them here.