How the LearnOn Podcast strives to make at-home learning fun
Jaansi and Sunay Patel, founders of the LearnOn podcast, discuss the
process of creating and managing the podcast over the past year.
Alyshba Ahmed | August 7, 2021
Jaansi Patel (left) and Sunay Patel (right)
Since the surge of COVID-19 and its many variants, learning has been
While most students despised the lingering smell of pencils and
drugstore body spray in school hallways, learning at home has become an
even worse challenge, causing students to lack motivation and focus in
their virtual classrooms.
That’s where LearnOn comes in. Started by Jaansi Patel (9th grade) and
Sunay Patel (3rd grade), LearnOn is a podcast committed to bringing new
STEM-related discoveries to the forefront in a fun and engaging manner.
“[Students] were feeling burnt-out and didn’t have many resources for
entertaining education so they can actually absorb material without
feeling bored,” says Jaansi Patel, the Founder and Host of LearnOn.
“That inspired us to start this podcast.”
Through this podcast, Jaansi and Sunay hoped to encourage listeners to
practice mindfulness, learn more about STEM discoveries, and improve
both education and lifestyles all from the comfort of their homes. In
one particular episode, Jaansi and Sunay are joined by Diana Winston,
author of The Little Book of Being and UCLA’s Director of Mindfulness
Education to discuss the impact of meditation on the mind and how it may
have the ability to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s. In another,
Jaansi and Sunay are joined by Dr. Maryvi Gonzalez to uncover the effect
of music on the mind.
With this month marking LearnOn’s one-year anniversary, Sunay and Jaansi
reflect on the past and present of LearnOn along with the valuable
lessons they’ve learned along the way. Both podcasters agree that
trusting oneself is the best approach to fostering a successful
organization. While the LearnOn podcast was initially heavily scripted,
Jaansi and Sunay soon felt this was not authentic. “It almost sounded
robotic. It didn’t sound friendly or engaging.” Once the two began to
rely less and less on scripts and more on their own intuition, they saw
LearnOn become the material that they had hoped it would become,
subsequently improving their skills on public speaking and making
LearnOn more engaging for younger audiences.
When Jaansi and Sunay started this podcast, they were in 7th grade and
1st grade, respectively. Now, with Jaansi heading into 9th grade and
Sunay into 3rd, the podcast is susceptible to many changes. For one, the
two hope to incorporate discoveries of different STEM disciplines into
their channel. Furthermore, LearnOn will feature more guest speakers
from different backgrounds in upcoming seasons.
While LearnOn will experience many significant changes in the upcoming
season, Jaansi and Sunay will continue to make quality content. “Every
episode we make, we put hours of work into it so every episode we really
love and is close to our hearts,” says Jaansi Patel. As Jaansi and Sunay
head into the next phases of LearnOn, it is clear that the podcast will
not only continue to educate listeners on a variety of interesting
topics, but it will also engage and inspire young listeners of color to
make changes, both in and out of the STEM field.