The Fun Kids Science Weekly

Hosted ByDan Simpson

Dan from Fun Kids takes a look at the week’s biggest science stories. There’s also some amazing special guests, episodes from our favourite science series, and top experts answering all your science-related questions!

Science has got to be one of the coolest subjects around… there’s so many amazing things to discover, from terrifying triceratops to gigantic galaxies!

So if you love everything science as much as we do, check out the Fun Kids Science Weekly! In each episode, Dan from Fun Kids takes a look at the week’s biggest science stories. There’s also some amazing special guests, episodes from our favourite science series, and top experts answering all your science-related questions!

The Fun Kids Science Weekly is the flagship podcast from the children’s radio station Fun Kids, with over 50,000 downloads each month.

Starting in 2017, the podcast has produced over 100 episodes and has been the recipient of two nominations at the British Podcast Awards in both the Kids & Family and the Radio categories.

The podcast has been popular with advertisers with campaigns for ITV, Learning Resources, Drayton Manor and Young Imagineers.

ITV’s campaign was for its Thunderbirds Are Go franchise and consisted of bumpers, adverts and content from the Thunderbirds characters. Here’s the sponsor credit.

For Drayton Manor we amplified their sponsorship by running promotion on Fun Kids Radio and on the podcast network:


All Episodes

Tunnelling under London and what came first – the chicken or the egg?

Crossrail is one of Europe’s biggest engineering projects ever, involving 26 miles of tunnels under London. Chris Binns is a chief engineer from the project and tells Dan about immense job of digging right underneath the capital and the challenges they…

Everything you’ve ever wondered about stars with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is a space scientist and the author of ‘Star Finder for Beginners’. Maggie joins Dan in the studio to chat about stars – from what stars actually are to how you can spot incredible constellations by looking at the night sky….

Singing bats and meet the really, lonely iceberg!

Bats might seem scary but they’re incredible animals – and they play an important role in our environment. Hannah Van Hesteren is an expert from the Bat Conservation Trust and she’s answering all our questions about bats, like are they really blind and…

Hurricane chaos and the wild dogs that sneeze to vote!

This week, we answer all your questions about the hurricane chaos that’s happening! Jo Camp is a senior scientist at the Met Office and she chats to Dan all about hurricanes, tornadoes and why there are so many going on at the moment.
Plus, learn that…

The world’s smelliest flower and why do our ears pop?

Nathan Mansbridge, storyteller at The Eden Project, chats to Dan all about the Corpse Flower, a giant stinky plant that gives off a smell likened to rotting fish, or ripe camembert! 
Plus, we explore gravity with the Space Cadets, Harry and Terry…

Tyrannosaurus Rex and how BBC’s Planet Earth was filmed

James Aldred is a pro tree climber, cameraman and adventurer, who has spent his life travelling the world filming wildlife for the BBC. Dan chats to James about filming one of the most iconic shots for David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series and disco…

The man moving to Mars and could humans turn invisible?

Ryan MacDonald is one of 100 candidates for the Mars One project, that hopes to set up a human community on Mars. If it all goes to plan, Ryan will be leaving Earth in 2031 – and never coming back! We call up Ryan to find out more about his ambitions.

Deadliest predators ever and could Usain Bolt outrun a cheetah?

Apex predators are the animals at the very top of their food chain – with no enemies whatsover! Author and illustrator Steve Jenkins tells us about some of the most incredible predators the world has ever seen and what’s made them so impressive.
We al…

Why we need bees and the flesh-eating shark that lives for 500 years!

You might not realise it but bees are super important to life on Earth and without them we wouldn’t have enough plants and crops to go around. Phil Stevenson, Professor of Plants at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, is here to tell us more about this…