stenocara beetles

Disney Road Trip - Podcast Recommendation: 30 Animals That Made Us Smarter

BBC’s “30 Animals that Made Us Smarter” is a great podcast for your Disney road trip. The episode about the way the Stenocara beetle’s body surface allows it to collect water reminded me of the way the surface of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth is designed to collect water and channel it so that it does not fall on guests below.

BBC’s “30 Animals that Made Us Smarter” is a great podcast for your Disney road trip. The episode about the way the Stenocara beetle’s body surface allows it to collect water reminded me of the way the surface of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth is designed to collect water and channel it so that it does not fall on guests below.

Is a road trip to Disney World part of your vacation plans? Do any of your kids have scientific/inventor inclinations?   If so, an interesting podcast to enjoy on the drive is BBC’s 30 Animals That Made Us Smarter.   I find the segments interesting as an adult but it seems to be presented at about an upper elementary school or junior high level and the episodes are only about 15-minutes long.    The “Stenocara beetle and water collector” episode made me think of Spaceship Earth at Epcot.  In the case of the beetle, it has bumps that helps it collect and channel water from fog in the desert where water is scarce. The panels on Spaceship Earth are designed so that no rainwater pours off of the surface onto the ground but, instead, is collected through gaps in the facets and is channeled to gutters that carry it to the World Showcase Lagoon. The beetle lives in an arid environment and Florida gets lots of rain but there are still similarities in the way that these outer surfaces work to direct water to a desire location. You can download and listen to the Stenocara Beetle episode here or stream it through your favorite podcasting platform.

Click here for a 1-minute animated video about the Stenocara beetle collecting water.

 Learn more about Spaceship Earth and the way it channels water

May you have safe travels!

Annette

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