Skype A Scientist: Online Science During The Coronavirus Pandemic : Short Wave The spread of the coronavirus has led many to stay home in recent weeks. During that time, the non-profit Skype A Scientist has seen a surge in demand for its service of virtually connecting students to scientists. Maddie talks to Sarah McAnulty, executive director of the group and a squid biologist, about bringing science to kids and, at the same time, confronting stereotypes about who can be a scientist.

Stay Home And Skype A Scientist

Stay Home And Skype A Scientist

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The spread of the coronavirus has led to many school closures across the United States and elsewhere. At the same time, worries continue about an economic downturn in the wake of the pandemic.

But at least one business has seen a huge increase in clientele: Skype A Scientist.

Skype A Scientist is a non-profit led by Sarah McAnulty.

Usually, the organization matches scientists with classrooms and is focused on direct, real-time science communication. But recently, they've expanded to include smaller groups — like families stuck at home in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Check out the Skype A Scientist webpage for more info on their live streams and group pairings.

Talk #scicomm with Maddie on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Plus, remember you can always reach the show by emailing

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn.