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Brains On! is a science podcast for curious kids and grown-ups where we explore things like space, animals, volcanoes and farts!
Brains On! is a science podcast for curious kids and grown-ups where we explore things like space, animals, volcanoes and farts!
Brains On! is a science podcast for curious kids and grown-ups where we explore things like space, animals, volcanoes and farts!
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Brains On! is a science podcast that was created by three public media folk with a love for sharing science with kids and answering life's biggest questions like: Why do cats purr?  How do volcanoes work? And why are farts important?

We're committed to making engaging, fun podcasts for kids - encouraging and nourishing their curiosity and love of science. Right now our show is enjoyed by kids, parents, teachers and scientists alike.

We are launching this campaign to help us create the next season of the podcast, with resources to make it bigger and better.  You can help!

Stretch goal!

Thanks to everyone's incredible outpouring of support, we've met our goal with time to spare - our stretch goal is: If we hit $53,000, we’ll produce a Brains On! video! We’ll select a Brains On! episode that has a compelling visual story to share and we’ll produce a video to accompany that episode, available later this year.

This campaign will help us:

Do our first special series - the science of National Parks. 

America is full of so many amazing National Parks and each one has unique science to teach us. It’s tough to visit them all. But thanks to the magic of podcasts, we can go on an audio adventure to places like the geysers at Yellowstone and the singing sand of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. No need to pack your bags, just your imagination.

Find coast to coast co-hosts. 

Our show is co-hosted by kids!  However, we've been limited in who can co-host the show, based on location.  Our team is split between Los Angeles, California and Saint Paul, Minnesota, but we’d love to work with curious kids from all over the country… Boise, ID; Tallahassee, FL; Portland, OR; Chattanooga, TN… everywhere. So we’ll use some of the money we raise to rent studios and hire engineers and producers who can help us collaborate with new kids in new places.

Bring the music back.

We used to have original, science-themed songs on Brains On! They were fun, catchy and taught us all about water and space and volcanoes… I mean, what better way to learn science than by rocking out? But to get fresh new tunes we need to pay our talented musician friends. With your support we can do that - and keep the music coming.

Check out what people are saying about us on iTunes:

"My family listened to about 6 episodes while on a recent road trip. Not only did it make time fly by but we were entertained & informed. The format is really engaging & accessible (to all ages!) Two days later, they are still making references to things they heard & learned! A great find & better than watching videos from or playing on devices while on the road." 
-McgarrySam

"My 7-year-old LOVES this podcast. He says, 'I really like the podcast. I like that they have a lot of good ideas, and it makes me laugh.' As a science teacher, I’m planning to assign listening to certain episodes even to my 8th graders. The level of content and they way that experts explain how science works (using evidence to figure things out) is accessible for younger listeners but just as valuable to Middle School aged kids. Great job!" 
-Jane and Quin

"My almost-5-year-old loves this show. It’s entertaining but contains real science – doesn’t dumb anything down. We wait IMPATIENTLY for new episodes, and he has listened to his favorites over and over again. There aren’t enough great podcasts for young kids out there, and this is at the top of our list. Thank you, Brains On!" 
-GoBanana2251

Check out the cover of our awesome coloring book!  We are so excited to see all of the creative ways you'll make the illustrations come to life!

Your support can help make this happen!  Currently, our podcasts are created in our spare time, with lots of love but basically no budget.  We want to share so much more science with you and to help encourage curiosity in kids everywhere.

And here is a sneak peek at the design for our Brains On! t-shirt!

 And our badges!  Like scout badges for the science-minded:

Risks and challenges

Our podcast is really a labor of love, brought together by three people with close to no budget. All three of us have regular full-time jobs - Molly is a Digital Producer for Minnesota Public Radio News, Marc is the producer for Performance Today (American Public Media) and Sanden is a science reporter for Southern California Public Radio. We create the show in our spare time with help from friends/coworkers.

We created Brains On! because we love science, podcasts and sharing that excitement with kids. With our limited resources, we've been able to make a lot of episodes that we're really proud of - but with these financial resources, we can do a lot more.

We have a great team and know we have the skills and experience needed to take your generous investment and turn it into a bigger and better Brains On! experience. We also have a seasoned partner to help us fulfill your rewards - so you'll get your goodies in a timely fashion! We feel confident we have everything we need to turn this campaign into more podcasts with bigger, better content.

Your support will give us the resources we need to make this all happen. Thank you for helping us take the show to the next level and for supporting science education (and podcasts) for kids!

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    Special Brains On! postcard! We will send you a super special Brains On! postcard featuring a design from our coloring book, that you can color.

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    Mystery Sound web page access. Do you love the Mystery Sound segment of our show? You’ll get special access to a secret web page filled with mystery sounds! If you don’t know what a mystery sound is, you’re in for a lot of fun!

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    You’re curious and love learning so show the world what you know with your choice of one of three Brains On! badges. Think scout badges for the science-minded podcast listener. Put them on your bag, your jacket or your hat and show off your science pride!

    · Earth
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    *We will send you a survey after successful completion of the campaign, where you can select the design you'd like.

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    Brains On! coloring book – digital download. We've created a special Brains On! coloring book, featuring images inspired by some of your favorite episodes including cats vs. dogs, volcanoes and space!

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    Set of all three badges! Wear your flair with a set of all three Brains On! badges!

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    Brains On! coloring book – physical book. Get a physical copy of the Brains On! coloring book with a set of custom twist-up crayons.

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    Brains On! T-shirt! (kids or grown-up size) – Get your very own Brains On! T-shirt! Sizes will be requested after the campaign is complete.

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    Brains On! Scientist-in-training set. We're making a special notebook and magnifying glass set to help you document your discoveries!

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    Brains On! coloring book - deluxe set. Get a physical copy, digital download and a set of our custom twist-up crayons.

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    Brains On! Basic Combo Pack #1 – You’ll get one t-shirt (kids or adult), a coloring book download and access to the Mystery Sound website!

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    Brains On Basic Combo Pack #2 – You’ll get the badge set, a coloring book download and access to the Mystery Sound website!

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    Brains On! Super Combo Pack #1 – One T-shirt (kids or adults), the scientist-in-training set (notebook and magnifying glass), a coloring book download and access to the Mystery Sound website!

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    Brains On! T-shirt Combo. Four shirts! You'll pick the configuration (kids or adult sizes).

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    Brains On! Super family pack. Four t-shirts. The Scientist-in-training set (notebook and magnifying glass). Two full sets of badges. A deluxe coloring set (physical book, digital download and set of twist-up crayons). Access to the Mystery Sounds webpage. Our eternal gratitude!

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    Brains On! cameo. We’ll arrange with you so you can be a guest on a future episode of Brains On! You might voice a character, read a script or ask some questions – we’ll talk and figure out how to best incorporate your curiosity on to the show! We’ll also send you a set of goodies (coloring book, t-shirt, scientist-in-training set, badges) along with access to the Mystery Sounds website.

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    Studio tour with a Brains On! staffer (MN and LA only). Come tour the studio and see where Brains On! happens. We’ll show you the equipment and the people who make it happen. You’ll also get a goodie bag filled with the items above (coloring book, t-shirt, scientist-in-training set, badges) along with access to the Mystery Sounds website.

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