Big Girl Reviews “Songs From the Science Frontier” (plus giveaway)

by Deb on February 8, 2011

Songs from the Science Frontier

I mentioned a while ago that there was a CD of science songs being promoted, it needed a certain number of backers to be produced.  Luckily we got enough and it has not only been produced, I have several signed copies in my hot little hands.  The big girl loves it and it is her new favourite CD even though she’s a little young for it, it’s really aimed at kids eight and up.  She doesn’t get most of the songs, but there are a couple she understands and she is enjoying the songs enough on their own that she’s working out the words as a challenge.

I love the songs and can’t rave about them enough, because it’s a great example of what I am always trying to do: relate science to everyday things  that people can easily understand.  It takes a very personal aproach, each song is based on an actual scientist and their work.  They deal with some very advanced concepts including how scientific research works (It’s Not Fair), radiometric dating (Grain of Sand) and bacterial senses (My Molecular Eye).  Most of them are a bit beyond the girls but they have sparked lots of discussion and we have been looking up Acrocanthosaurus on the internet.

Here is the big girl’s take on it:

What do you think of the CD? It’s good songs.  I like the words and partly I like the music.  I play it to listen to and sing along with.  I like his voice because I can hear the words, but I don’t understand all of them so it’s funny.  But when I listen to them more I’m working them out – now I know it says “Break the code” (in Super Scientist).

Which is your favourite song? The sun shining down on earth (Wind Energy)

What do you think it’s about? (With help!  She kept repeating the words, putting it into her own words instead is a big jump in comprehension.)  The sun makes the earth hot and makes a breeze.  The breeze makes the windmill go round and round.  They used to make flour, but now it makes electricity which makes the lamp work.  He’s turned it on and he’s reading a book.

Who do you think would like this CD? Big kids and I’m a big kid.  I think my friends would like it.  And my teacher to play to all the kids.

So that’s a 5 year old’s take on it.  I love it, it’s catchy and will get you to sing along, the songs are interesting, informative and understandable.  If you have older kids it’s definitely worth a look.  It’s available from CD Baby who ship internationally or have previews and downloads for each song separately, or through iTunes.  The CD has bonus features through your computer, I haven’t had a good look at them yet.

Giveaway:

I should mention now this is unsponsored, I just like the songs and want other people to experience them too.  I’m giving away a signed copy of the CD, all you have to do to enter is visit either CD Baby or iTunes and comment here to tell me which of the song previews you like the best.  Competition finishes Monday 14th February, winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday.  Don’t forget to leave your email address so you can be contacted if you win.

And just to give you a little preview here, the big girl has had fun ‘YouTubing’ again.  I give you fair warning, these clips involve 5 year old singing and dancing.

The first is a selection of clips with the actions she made up, they show she is understanding a little bit!

And if you’re game for a longer one this is the complete version of Wind Energy, her favourite.

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Chrissy M February 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I just listened to the songs with my boys and they both agreed Bat Man was the best 🙂 hehe and those videos are SO cute 🙂

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Deb February 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Bat Man was the big girl’s favourite until she realised it wasn’t actually about Batman!

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Meryl February 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I’m quite partial to ‘It’s Not Fair’ , even if it hits a little close to the bone…
Breaking stereotypes is a plus – a scientist, who is a female AND a mother. Doesn’t seem like a big thing, but it is.

We’ve got Here comes Science by they might be Giants and there was much drama at bedtime this evening when the CD could not be found (comes with a DVD also).

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Deb February 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I hadn’t actually thought of all the stereotypes it’s breaking, but you’re right it’s really an achievement. I did notice that the baby in Born to do Science is a girl!

We love They Might Be Giants too, we’ve had a few of those nights.

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Monty Harper February 9, 2011 at 12:21 am

Hi Deb,

The girls are adorable! Thank you for reviewing the CD!

I should mention that one of the bonuses you haven’t checked out yet on the disc is a video called “Wind Energy Motions.” (Pretty self-explanatory) It looks like the big girl has already figured out what some of them are!

The same video can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwZMfkwpp3w

Good luck with the give-away, everyone! Thanks for checking out the CD!
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Michael D. Barton February 9, 2011 at 1:25 am

“Acrocanthosaurus”

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rivqa February 9, 2011 at 6:53 am

Our favourite (based on the samples anyway) is Acrocanthosaurus.

Love the videos!

One of the highlights of inorganic chemistry was our lecturer playing “Why does the sun shine?” by They Might Be Giants (although it is an older song I believe) to us. It summed up the unit we were doing perfectly so I think it’s a great way to learn. My daughter is also loving a cassette with music just about dinosaurs gifted to her by older cousins.
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Deb February 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Thankyou, I think Acrocanthosaurus is actually my favourite too.

I love that one too, they have done an updated on ‘Why Does the Sun Really Shine’ including the line ‘The sun is a miasma, of incandescent plasma’ 😀

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Nate February 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

I cheated and reviewed these at work so my (arguably invalid) opinion, is this CD is awesome! I loved Acrocanthosaurus. My 4yo will love trying to say that. I’m sure they’ll both make a liar of me and pick some other favs when we check it out tonight, but it’s a lot of fun!

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Deb February 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Definitely not cheating, getting it into schools is a great thing!

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Helen February 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

What an absolutely amazing idea!!! This CD is awesome and the only reason I love the Super Scientist song the most, is because I am a biochemist and am amazed with how much I have in common with Marianna (the microbiologist who inspired this song). The only thing I don’t have in common is having a husband lol! I’m a single mum :o)
Anyway, my son is only 14 months old, but he loves his music. If I don’t win a copy of this CD, I will download it for sure.
I have kept all your little science experiments (which we can do at home) in a special folder on my laptop. Once he’s old enough, I’ll be doing these experiments with him and playing this CD in the background!

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Helen February 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

Oh and by the way, your girls are just too cute with their dancing! Your eldest might not now all the words, but she sure know what it’s all about 🙂

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Charndra from My Green Nappy February 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

The first I previewed was “My Molecular Eye” and Mr 5 was laughing along too. I listened to a few others, but that was the funniest.

Gave your giveaway a plug on my FB page too.

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Tara February 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

Definately Acrocanthosaurus, for a family of dinosaur lovers.
I love the variety, awsome CD for a science teaching mum who has quite a lot of music loving students. I think it would really grab their attention.

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Tara February 13, 2011 at 9:06 am

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Alissa February 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I like born to do science! As a school teacher I can see great use for things like this in classrooms around Australia!

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Jen February 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Love Super Scientist! My mum (who was a teacher) had me convinced when I was 7 that all teachers were secret super heros (a la The Greatest American Hero). I’d love for my kids to think the same thing about their scientist mum!

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Sophie February 14, 2011 at 7:17 am

We’ve just moved house and don’t have internet yet -not even a landline & dial-up (boo hiss!) – so I haven’t had a chance to play these to my little one (yet!!), but I agree with your Big Girl that Wind Energy sounds really good 🙂

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Michele February 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I liked Super Scientist. Sounds like an awesome CD!

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