Science Sound Bites; a Podcast for STEM Teachers

Everyone is a scientist. We all make discoveries in our own world. It shapes how we live, how we interact, and how we co-exist. Some of us are casual scientists and some of us do it for a living. For those of us who do it for a living, the questions we ask are designed to further human understating of the world we live in. To help, to inspire, to cure, to prevent harm. microphone-21Benefiting human life and health are the core reasons why we do what we do.

We as scientist understand we can’t do it all alone. United we stand in trying to solve the health problems that plague our society. We need people. People like you to not only support what we do to help humanity, but to understand what we do as well. Thus, we need to inspire early and often. Early as in going into schools to provide real world applications of the crucial lessons students are learning right now. To show that there is more to science than just what is in a textbook.

So what if there was a way to get a scientist into classrooms when teachers needed them?

What if there was a way to link what that scientist did with current middle school and high school science curriculum?

I’m Michael Johnson, a postdoc at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A group of us here came up with the idea to interview scientists about their current research. But more than that, we want to breakdown our science in a way that everyone can understand and relate to, while drawing parallels to current middle school and high school science curriculum; things that you the teachers are going over right now. In each episode, I will chat with a scientist for about 15 minutes and include a slide or two about what we are talking about. It is my hope that you the teachers can use these interviews as a tool to supplement your lessons and inspire your students. Welcome to Science Sound Bites Presented by the Postdocs of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

If you are interested in using these podcast, please send me an email at Please include who you are, where you are from, what grade and subject you teach (if applicable), and what you will use it for. I need this information to generate institutional support and so I can keep you up-to-date on new podcast. These podcast are and will always be 100% FREE. Since this is a limited release, please feel free to email me back with feedback on what you want to hear, what you thought was an appropriate grade level for the interview you heard, and how your students responded. Also, if you know someone who is interested please share this information with them. Here is a sample.


Michael D. L. Johnson Ph.D.



One response to “Science Sound Bites; a Podcast for STEM Teachers

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