The Kids Corner Bookmobile

Looking to add to your reading list? Check out these books from the Kids Corner Bookmobile - just a few of the hundreds of books recommended over the years on Kids Corner! (refresh for more selections)

First Ladies of the United States

Presidential Pets

Veterinarian Dr. Mindy Cohan joins Kids Corner host Kathy O'Connell to explore the rich and colorful history of presidential pets! Once you've listened to part one, click below to listen to part two - as Mindy explores the pets of Presidents Abraham Lincoln up to President Obama!

The History of Computers

WXPN's Eric Schuman joins Kathy O'Connell to explore the rich history of computer technology. Part one of two. Once you've listened to part one, click below to listen to part two!


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Deep Space

For many Philadelphians, Derrick Pitts is The Franklin Institute. Since 1978, Derrick has been teaching us to look up—and to wonder about what we see up there.

We all know that Derrick is an excellent “teacher.” What’s made him famous in Philadelphia is his ability to help everyone appreciate the universe as he sees it—not a watered-down sketch of the universe, but a rich, deep, complex version with human connections that everyone can understand at some level.

Derrick is currently the Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute. He’s also been a NASA Solar System Ambassador since 2009 and serves as the “Astrobiology Ambassador” for the NASA/MIRS/UNCF Special Program Corporation’s Astrobiology Partnership Program. One of his newest honors is an appointment to the outreach advisory board for the world’s largest telescope, the new Thirty-Meter-Telescope at Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

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Kitchen Chemistry

As Dr. Lisa Chirlian always says - chemistry is the study of the way materials are put together and how they act under various conditions and best of all - - chemistry is ALL around us! Did you know that you have a chemistry lab right in your own home? These experiments from Dr. Lisa use everyday materials and can be performed in an ordinary kitchen.

Before we begin, there are some General Safety Rules to learn.

  • Always be sure to have a responsible adult supervising your experiment - in fact, make Kitchen Chemistry a family experience!
  • Never taste food that you are using for a science experiment - not only might it taste bad, it could also be bad FOR you.
  • Finally, as a general safety precaution, never mix bleach or ammonia with anything else!

Now that you have those rules - let's learn about chemistry!

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Green Acres

For a self-described “ecology geek” like our all-natural Science Guy Mike Weilbacher, the chance to be the Executive Director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) —Northwest Philly’s 340-acre green treasure—is a dream realized.  Mike loves his post, creating new programming for the SCEE that will attract both children and adults to what he refers to as the “Mother Ship” of local nature centers.

Mike has been with Kids Corner since the start - he was our very first guest back in 1988! With his leadership, Kids Corner has been able to help kids become citizens that are capable of wrestling with the complicated environmental issues they’re going to get as adults. Plus, studies show that kids who grow up connected to nature are smarter, more emotionally grounded, calmer, more resilient; there’s just unbelievable benefits for children growing up with an immersion in nature. Join Mike every 2nd Thursday on Kids Corner.

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Due to CoVid-19 protective measures, spring science fairs across the Kids Corner community have either been cancelled or postponed. Since learning everyday is vital, we decided to launch the first ever Kids Corner Science Fair

The way it works is simple: While staying at home, you can create your very own science fair project using items you have around the house. If you're looking for project ideas, visit Dr. Lisa Chirlian's list of Kitchen Chemistry projects and experiments to see if one is right for you! 

Dr. Lisa Chirlian's Kitchen Chemistry Experiments

Once you have your project chosen and have tested out the results, have someone in your household video you presenting your science fair project to the world. Then have them upload the video to a video site of their choice (YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook offer free video hosting) and simply copy the video URL and paste in the proper line on the entry form below. 

The Kids Corner Science Fair is open to kids 17 and younger. Video presentations must be ten minutes or less in length. All qualified science fair project videos will be included in the Kids Corner Science Fair section on our website - which will make its debut later this spring! 


Understanding Climate Change

A lot of conversation is happening about Climate Change - but just what is it? Why is it important and is there anything that can be done to fix it? Our All-Natural Science Guy Mike Weilbacher joined Kathy in the Kids Corner studio to help us better understand the issues surrounding Climate Change as well as ways we can better respect our environment. Click the links to listen - and be sure to visit the sites below to learn more! 

Climate Kids

The Climate Kids website is produced by the Earth Science Communications Team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology -- it's a wonderful resource for kids and explains, in everyday terms, the issues surrounding our climate.

NASA Climate Change

The NASA Climate Change website offers detailed information, studies and exploration on issues including, but not limited to, global warming and climate change - along with how our solar system plays a role in all of this.

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education website is a wonderful portal to all things green - both in our region and beyond. Consider them an ideal resource on ways that you can participate in discovering and preserving the nature found around us.

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