Conversations in Science

Conversations in Science is now on YouTube

I'm sure that there will be many out there who will think that I've completely lost it. I have to admit that I probably have. However, today, I'm pleased to announce that Conversations in Science now has it's own YouTube channel.

Although Conversations in Science has been available on YouTube since the very beginning, episodes and videos were easily lost among all the other stuff that is published from KLRNRadio on YouTube. Because Conversations in Science is such an anomaly compared to the other shows on KLRNRadio, I managed to convince the station manager to let me set up a YouTube channel of my own.

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The Pleiades Star Cluster

Teaching Astronomy to Children

Within New Zealand, June provides the perfect opportunity for astronomers to get out into the community and spark the astronomy bug in children. Not only are we currently in winter, experiencing sunset really early — 6pm in some parts of the country and earlier in the far south — but it is also the Maori New Year, or Matariki as it is called, a time of the year that is marked by the dawn rising of the Pleiades Cluster.

Every year, I get asked by at least one of the local scout groups to introduce the kids to some of the concepts behind astronomy. This month's show of Conversations in Science was all about some of the tactics that I use to explain eclipses, seasons, and our place in the galaxy.


Teaching Astronomy to Kids
(First aired on KLRNRadio, Monday, June 5, 2017)

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Creating Holograms

With the holiday season upon us, many of us have our children sitting at home getting bored. Well, in my house, when the kids say they're bored, out comes the science experiments.

Over the years, I've managed to accumulate a variety of different experiments that you can do using common household items. I thought that it would be fun to get my children to help me share them with you, so you can share them with your children. To my surprise, the station owners of KLRNRadio were happy to support the idea and have given me their full backing. So here we go...

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