I volunteer at the local museum of natural history, giving astronomy talks and showing videos on the dome-screen of the planetarium. In between shows, I frequently amuse myself by looking through the program files for new and interesting demo videos and projector scripts. Some interesting things I’ve found: a “diagram” of space-time that starts out flat but warps and curves itself into a gravity well; a fly-by of the sun that shows prominences, flares, etc.; and most importantly of all, the Singing Science Records.
A set of songs produced in the 1950s to engage kids’ interest in science, the Singing Science Records is a six-LP set with each disc covering a particular scientific domain. Performed by folk singer Tom Glazer and others, each track contains a snippet of information on topics ranging from the Moon to the weather. Not only are the tracks catchy and fun, but they contain scientific facts that are easy to digest and easy to remember thanks to the melodies. I could talk about how great these tracks are, but it’s much easier to just link.
For fans of the band They Might Be Giants, be sure to check out the original “Why Does the Sun Shine?” And for anybody, I highly recommend “Zoom a Little Zoom” for its infectious melody and moon facts. Share these tracks with your friends and learn something about science!