The Genius Generation

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29 episodes
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12 min.
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32 days


This podcast is a deep-dive into one incredible invention, entrepreneurial pursuit, or discovery per episode and the young person behind it. Did you know that the trampoline was invented by a 16-year-old? That popsicles, snowmobiles, and even the Braille language were also invented by young people? In this podcast we’re talking to innovative kids, tweens, and teens who run their own businesses, made a new discovery, or invented something new using science. For season two, our host Stephanie Castillo, a science communicator who is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists through representation, is exited to interview and be inspired by the talented innovators!

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Angela Zhan
What if there were a way to biodegrade plastic, instead of having it collect in landfills and pollute oceans? Angela Zhan discovered bacteria that can do just that. The microscopic organisms that she found naturally eat up plastic, turning it into much more environmentally friendly products. Next, she’s scaling up her experiments from lab beakers to an entire bioreactor.
Lino Marrero
At 15, Lino Marrero is already a serial entrepreneur: his inventions include the String Ring and the Sole Solution. Most recently, he designed a prototype for the Kinetic Kickz 2.0, a shoe insert that converts physical activity into an electrical current that can charge a cellphone. One day, he hopes to perfect his invention and hook the world on renewable kinetic energy.
Mary Catherine Hanafee LaPlante
One day at softball practice, Mary Catherine Hanafee LaPlante noticed that noxious pesticides and herbicides were being sprayed on the field directly next to her. After arming herself with information and scientific research, she founded Speak Up Green Up ( to lobby her district to swap in less harmful alternatives and encourage others to do the same.
Jonathan Tamen
Jonathan Tamen wants to be an upstander and not a bystander, and so far, he’s succeeding. He and his twin brother founded Helping Hands MB (, a nonprofit whose mission is to change children’s lives through 3D-printed prosthetic limbs. After extensive quality checks, their first shipment of prosthetics is on its way to Haiti.
Sarah Park
When 14-year-old Sarah Park moved a close family member to tears by playing the violin for them, she realized the huge potential that music can have on a person’s emotions. She created Spark Care+ ( to harness the healing power of music therapy and create personalized experiences powered by artificial intelligence. 
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Nala Hayden
Nala is the creator of the non-profit organization MyHairLove. Her mission is teaching younger black children how to care for their natural hair while breaking stigmas and negative stereotypes at the same time. She plans to do this through YouTube, educational “hair kits,” and live workshops with elementary and middle school aged children.
Anugreh Sehtya
Anugreh, at just 17 years old founded a technology company called Hybrid Idea to solve some of the problems he saw in his home country of India. But his company isn’t just dedicated to one interest. Everything from visual impairment to autism to clean water, Anugreh has taken them all on.
Emily and Kyle Tianshi
Emily and Kyle are a brother and sister duo who founded an environmental advocacy organization called Clear Water Innovation ( that’s dedicated to solving the global water crisis. Through their organization, they encourage young people to solve environmental problems. Emily and Kyle are also quite the pair of scientists and conduct experiments out of their own garage science lab.
Victoria Ren
When Victoria was 13 years old she had an epiphany at a speech and debate summer camp where her peer mentor, Ashna supercharged her learning experience. When Victoria and Ashna realized how powerful peer-to-peer mentorship could be they knew they wanted to spread that power to others. The result is the organization STEM & Buds ( that uses the capacity of mentorship to foster a love of science in young people.
Peter Gordon
Peter was a freshman in high school when he learned that monarch butterflies are disappearing at an alarming rate, so he decided to act. He formed an organization called Homes4Monarchs ( which has distributed 10s of 10,000s of milkweed seed packets all around his native city of Chicago. If you've never heard of milkweed, that’s okay. The one thing you need to know is that it's essential to the survival of the species.
Gia Mar Ramos
Ever since she was a little girl, Gia Mar Ramos had an interest in computer science and technology, but as she got older she noticed something: there were very few girls in her technology classes… so Gia decided to do something about that. The summer before high school she started a non-profit organization called Girl Innovation ( dedicated to closing the gender gap in computing and technology. She does this by educating middle school girls about computer science on her home island of Puerto Rico.

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3.9 out of 5
87 reviews
wert 2347 2021/01/08
It literally never is going to UPTATE again(I think).so how am I suppose to know how good it,it talked about a different show.but it looks lik...
Sundari_108 2021/07/01
The Genius Generation
I love The Genius Generation because it shows that teenagers can do things that change the world. It inspires other teens and adults to make a change.
pencil sharpener grandma 2021/06/14
This is a ues
I think this is very cool that people that are comfortable sharing there stories. I love this. I love to listen to this when I run.
?i like it a lot? 2021/04/11
I really like this podcast
It is very inspiring and a great learning experience.
kudos 3333333333:333 2021/04/04
Alright adore this
LOOVVEEEEEEEE THIS! I’m 11 and I love this! Ispiring me to make a change in the world and I have been creating a charity! So thank you so much for ins...
Pi is a Lie 2021/03/23
Great pod
I love hearing the stories of these incredible kids. This is a great podcast that leaves you in awe of what people can accomplish, no matter what age.
nooooooooooooooobodyyyyyyyyyyy 2021/03/23
Cant wait for next episode!
Good stuff
happy;):) 2020/11/01
Now I’m unhappy
This is never gonna come out ever!!!


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