Loud Learning

BEEP BEEP! HONK HONK!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  The damage from vehicle emissions to our environment is obvious. But what about noise pollution’s toll on US? Enter Maria Foraster and colleagues from the IS Global Research Institute in Spain.  They examined the effects

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Hey Siri

Alexa, play “Baby Shark.” Alexa, PLAY “BABY SHARK”! ALEXA?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Kids can get pretty chatty with Alexa and Siri – even though they’re just “virtual assistants!” How does that affect the way they talk to REAL people?  Enter Alexis Hiniker

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Too Much Information

Does curiosity kill the . . . classroom?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A-B-C-D…but your kid has no interest! What was fun yesterday is a big YAWN today!  Jenny Wang from Rutgers University and colleagues wondered what level of knowledge sparks children’s curiosity. They

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Blockheads

Disordered building blocks of different colors

Are the building blocks for math skills… literal building blocks? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Luis builds a tower. Kim builds a town. Rosie crashes in, and it all falls down! Building blocks are great for preschoolers playing pretend, but do they REALLY teach

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Muddy Boots

Feet of two people wearing raining boots jumping in the mud

You kids better not track that mud into the house! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science…remembering something my mother used to say. Or more like, yell! But science asks: Could dirt actually be GOOD for you? Marja Roslund from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and

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Sweet Tooth

Assorted candies in bowls.

Think YOUR sweet tooth gets you in trouble? That’s nothing compared to Hansel and Gretel! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Birthday cake! Juice boxes! Froot Loops! Kids LOVE sugar! But just how much — and WHY? Sara Petty and her team at University of

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Little Champs

How do kids have so much BLEEPING energy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Young children can scream and run around all day. It’s like they have enough energy to be Olympic athletes… But could they really? Anthony Birat and colleagues at Clermont-Auvergne University decided

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Cake or Broccoli?

A small bowl of chopped broccoli on top of a wooden cutting board

Toddlers – they always seem to get the last word! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying… Heads or tails? When adults are asked this, eighty percent pick heads. The FIRST option. But what about toddlers – which would they choose? Emily Sumner from the

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Picturebook Overload

One pic, two pics, three pics, four. I don’t want to learn anymore! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Big letters, bright pictures, and lots of sparkles! What better way to get a toddler hyped for storytime! But could all that visual bling be overloading

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Modern Family

Not one, not two, but a hundred-and-one dalmatians! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s hard to spot one cute black-and-white puppy without picturing the other ninety-eight. But what if proud doggy parents Pongo and Perdita couldn’t have babies? Sadly, infertility is a struggle for

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