Science

Climate Activist Kids

3 hours ago
Our Children's Trust, CC

 5/28, 9a: The Children's Hour welcomes kids who are actively trying to save the planet. Aji Piper will join us from Seattle to talk about the lawsuit that he and 19 other kids are involved with to hold governments accountable for pollution. The kids are winning their cases, and that's good news for us all. Plus we'll be joined by some of the musicians in the New Mexico Philharmonic to learn about their efforts to educate kids about the environment and the symphony, and how they join together.  The KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, great music, and so much more, every Saturday at 9am. 

  Sat 4/23, 9a: On The Children's Hour this week, Valle Vista 4th Graders from Mrs. Dawson's class join the KUNM Kids in the studio to talk about how bird watching at the Valle del Oro was a life changing experience. Not only did these kids learn about our feathered friends in the Bosque, but the program enabled them to be citizen scientists. Plus, we'll find out about a celebration of public art in Albuquerque. Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more this week on The Children's Hour. 

Tribal College Students Simulate Mars

Mar 30, 2016
Elaine Baumgartel / KUNM


A small battery operated rover rolls back and forth across a tiled floor. It slowly jerks past foam boulders and a green Martian cutout. A few feet away a student types on a computer, controlling the vehicle. The mini-Mars yard room is in full swing at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Science Of Spring

Mar 17, 2016
Creative Commons

Sat. 3/19, 9a: The Children's Hour bounces into spring with a show dedicated to celebrating the lengthening daylight and warming weather, and saying farewell to winter. What makes it winter one day and spring the next? We'll discover the science of springtime.  Plus, find out how you can get a scholarship to Hummingbird Music Camp with the Sky Velvet Vassar foundation. With great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more, spend an hour with the KUNM Kids!

Dr. Jonathan Wolfe

    

Martian Rocks

Feb 17, 2016
University of New Mexico, Carl Agee

Sat 2/20, 9a:  What's out of this world but right on this planet?  Martian meteorites! This week on The Children's Hour, Zoltan Vaci from the Institute of Meteoritics at UNM, brings these cosmic wonders down to earth, specifically to our studio.  Cosmic rocks, great music, The KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more this week on The Children's Hour. 

Wild Things

Feb 3, 2016
Cristina Ortega

Sat. 2/6, 9a: The wild things of New Mexico are sometimes visitors and sometimes lifelong residents. We'll be joined by wildlife biologist Wendy Brown and learn about a few of our feathered, furry and rooted wild things living in the neighborhood.  With excellent music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more; The Children's Hour is a great start to any Saturday. 

Alligators All Around

Jan 26, 2016
Gareth Rasberry, Creative Commons Wiki

Sat. 1/30, 9am:  The Children's Hour welcomes a docent alligator from the Albuquerque Zoo along with herpetologist Katie Anderson. We'll talk about frogs, toads, lizards and crocs of the Americas and learn about one special frog whose species depends upon zoos to survive total extinction.  Great music the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more. 

Fractals

Jan 22, 2016
The Fractal Foundation

Sat. 1/23, 9a: The Children's Hour explores the magic, math and art of fractals, with the Fractal Foundation. Plus, do we have nine planets again in our solar system? Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more, every Saturday from 9-10am. 

Mouzzy via Flickr / Creative Commons License

The University of New Mexico may eliminate a program that trains future educators how to teach natural sciences.

UNM’s Natural Sciences Program has been training primary education majors for 20 years. Professor Mel Strong says students learn not only how to understand natural sciences, but how to teach them as well.

Scientific Kids

Nov 20, 2015
Kari Barrera

    

The Children's Hour, 11/21 9am:  New Mexico has brilliant scientists of all ages residing across our state. We'll talk with a group of students who want to be able to compete in our state's Science Olympiad.  Plus, we'll hear about what kind of programming is at Ghost Ranch for kids and families.  We'll also feature Naomi Shihab Nye reading her essay: Gate A4.  With excellent music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more, all in one hour just for kids!

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This Saturday on The Children's Hour, find out about the Super Blood Harvest Moon, making its appearance this weekend in our evening skies on Sunday. We'll also explore the amazing power of solar energy.  With our family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, great music and so much more, start your Saturdays with us at 9am.   

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Sep 18, 2015
Sierra | kris krüg | CC BY-SA 2.0

Get ready to walk the plank! It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day this Saturday on The Children's Hour. We'll raise the Jolly Roger and call on all me hearty mates to join in the fun and celebration. Plus our pals from the Valle De Oro will enlighten us about what's going on down by the riverside.  And, we'll let you know about a celestial event happening Sunday that you won't want to miss.  All in a wee hour this Saturday at 9am.    

Creative Commons, Wiki

Sat. 8/22, 9a: National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones talks with The Children's Hour crew about supercell storms, lightning safety and El Niño.  Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, and of course, lots of silliness. Wake up on Saturdays with a smile and a song, 9 to 10am. 

Geology Of New Mexico

Jul 21, 2015
American Geological Union (agu.org)

Sat. July 25, 9am: The Children’s Hour will explore the unique geology of New Mexico with Dr. Barry Kues, professor emeritus of Geology at UNM. We’ll also find out about classes for rock hounds of all ages. Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more.   

Thinking Like A Pollinator

Jul 16, 2015
Bill Bumgarner

Sat. 7/18, 9am: The Children's Hour will be thinking like pollinators with beekeepers from the New Mexico Beekeepers Association to teach us all about these magnificent and powerful creatures, upon whom our lives depend. Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more. Bee with us!

UFOs in Roswell

Jul 9, 2015
ufodb.com

July 11, 9am: The Children’s Hour digs into the Roswell Incident with the SciFi Channel archeologist who excavated the site, Dr. William Doleman.  What did Dr. Doleman and his team find at the remote desert landing site?  Hakim Bellamy reads his poem about Nepal: Boys School for Better Living. Plus, we celebrate the birthday of EB White. Join us for great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more.  

Rainy New Mexico

Jun 17, 2015
Ari Levaux, High Country News

The Children's Hour wonders, with all the rain this spring, is New Mexico still in a drought?  Where does our water come from, anyway? Journalist and environmental reporter John Fleck joins The Children’s Hour in the studio to talk about water and the west. We'll also interview Maia Weinstock about her efforts to get the Lego company to have more women scientists and professionals, including a true to life US Supreme Court. Plus great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more. 

Dinosaurs Of New Mexico

May 15, 2015
nmstatefossil.org

Sat. 5/16 9a: Dinosaurs ruled New Mexico for hundreds of millions of years. This week on The Children's Hour, we'll learn about some of the dinosaurs who lived here from 3rd graders in Mrs. Estes class at Albuquerque's Manzano Mesa Elementary School. We'll also have great music, a family events calendar, and the KUNM Kids Birthday Club. You can count on us to start your Saturday right! 

Women in Science

Apr 29, 2015

Saturday, May 2 on The Children's Hour we heard kids from Mr. Pence's class at Jimmy Carter Middle School educating us about women scientists. With great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and a family events calendar, start every Saturday with us. 

Epic Pi Day

Mar 13, 2015
http://susanmidlarsky.com

Sat. 3/14, 9am:  It was Pi Day on The Children's Hour, and Einstein's birthday! Albert was with us in the studio. We enjoyed the epic Pi Day moment, at 9:26am.  

Spoonerisms!

Jan 30, 2015

Saturday, 1/31 at 9am on The Children's Hour, Anna and Julia covered spoonerisms. We promise, it wasn't a lack of pies - or a pack of lies! The good folks from Animal Humane also joined us, plus we learned about new science classes for kids at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. The KUNM Kids Birthday Club, great music and a family events calendar. Wake up with The Children's Hour every Saturday!

Asteroids And Comets

Jan 23, 2015
http://rosetta.esa.int / European Space Agency

Get up with us, 1/24 at 9am on The Children's Hour. We mean really far up. We'll be exploring comets, asteroids and learn about classes for kids at The Balloon Museum. The fun starts at 9am on KUNM.Our KUNM Kids Birthday Club, family events calendar, and great music, all in an hour.  

Sandhill Cranes

Jan 1, 2015
John Hamilton Farr, Taos, NM / http://www.jfarr.com

1/3, Sat. 9am:  Every cold season, tens of thousands of sandhill cranes  spend their winters in New Mexico. What are they doing here? How long have they been coming? How and why do they make their trumpeting calls?  We'll learn all about the magestic sandhill crane with UNM professor Dr. Crhsitopher Witt, Curator of Birds at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. Plus, our KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, and great music.  Join us!

Toxic Toys & The Invention of the Phonograph

Dec 4, 2014

Sat. 11/29:  What makes a toy toxic?  We'll learn how to identify toys that present a danger for children with Jacob Peters from the New Mexico Public Interest Research Group.  Also, hear the first recording ever made, by Thomas Edison, and presented November 29, 1877.  

Brush 'Em If You've Got 'Em!

Oct 31, 2014
http://www.toothachesremedies.net

    

Sat, 11/1 9am:  Want to have your candy and eat it too? Just in time for the day after Halloween, we bring you University of New Mexico student dental hygienists to talk about oral hygiene and kids.  It's the tooth and nothing but the tooth on The Children's Hour. 

Poop Happens, Then What?

Oct 21, 2014
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

  

 Sat. 10/25, 9am:  It all comes out in the end, they say, and when it does, where does it go? We learned exactly what happens with Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority educator Sharon Savinski. Plus, we explored the methane world of flatulence. It stinks!  

Digging In - Archaeology in New Mexico

Oct 8, 2014
US National Park Service

    

Sat. 10/11, 9am:  New Mexico has a human history dating back over 12,000 years.  Archaeologist Eric Blinman, from the Museum of New Mexico, will join us in the studio to teach us about archeology. We'll learn about the job of the archaeologist, plus find out what to do if you discover an ancient artifact in the woods, or even in your back yard.  With great music, our family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more, we'll dig into our past. 

Valle de Oro's Birthday Party

Sep 18, 2014
Photo by Don J. Usner / Trust For Public Lands

Sat. 9/20, 9a:  The Valle de Oro is a National Wildlife Refuge located in Albuquerque, at the site of the former Price's Dairy. This magical place is home to New Mexico's wild wonders, including turtles, roadrunners, coyotes, porcupines, and many more critters and special plants.  

We'll also explain the science of autumn, and celebrate a very special Santa Fe author's birthday.  

Fossils on Public Lands in New Mexico

Aug 10, 2014
Jonathan Wolfe

    

  Sat. 8/16, 9am:  New Mexico is covered in fossils of ancient plants and animals, including dinosaurs, marine life, mastodons, saber tooth cats and more, dating back hundreds of millions of years.  Phil Gensler, Regional Paleontologist for the Bureau of Land Management’s southwestern district will join us to teach us about finding the signs of ancient life on New Mexico’s public lands.  

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