Nate Butkus

Move Over Sid! Here Comes 6 Year Old Podcaster 'Nate The Science Kid'!

Are you a curious person?  Do you like solving problems?  Do you ever think about questions like why is the sky blue or where salt water comes from?  If you do, you probably like Science!

Well, six year old Nate Butkus from Willmette, Illinois, LOVES science. Since he was three years old, his curiosity about the world around him has created an interest in science. In fact, he enjoys it so much, with the help of his father, he created his own podcast about it!

His podcast is called “The Show About Science” and he has recorded over 30 episodes since he was five years old!  And he now has 4,000 listeners around the world!

His guests have included scientists from Harvard, Yale and the University of Michigan. On each episode, he asks great questions about topics that interest him, like “how do alligators talk to each other?” and “how strong is an alligator’s bite?”

Someday, Nate would like to become a biochemist. He seems to be off to an awesome start. Nate is a great example of a young person following their passion and curiosity in a way that can benefit others.

Learn more about Nate’s podcast and inspiring story below:

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Topics for Discussion:

  • What character traits does Nate exhibit?
  • If you could create a podcast, what would it be about?  Why?
  • What questions about the world around you do you have?
  • What do you have passion for?  How could you use that passion to make the world a better place?

Take Action:

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.




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