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Hands-on Technology for Engaging Students in Real-World Science with Jolie Pelds

Classroom data literacy and adaptability in education today. Jolie Pelds, Director of Innovative STEM Teaching for the Science Center of Iowa chats about various topics including life opportunities, the Science Center of Iowa, Silicon Valley, ecosystems, and the importance of technology and data literacy in education. The conversation explores the importance of teaching computer science in a contextual and authentic way. It emphasizes the need for students to develop problem-solving skills, algorithmic thinking, and the ability to debug and troubleshoot technology. The conversation also highlights the value of collecting and analyzing data, as well as the importance of teamwork and collaboration. The guests share examples of hands-on activities and real-world experiences that engage students and foster a deeper understanding of scientific concepts. Overall, the conversation emphasizes the need for educators to create opportunities for students to become self-driven learners and to develop skills that will prepare them for the rapidly changing world. In this final part of the conversation, Jolie and Dave discuss the importance of learning how to learn and finding one's passion. They emphasize the need for individuals to explore their interests and identify the specific aspects they enjoy, as this can lead to unexpected career opportunities. They also discuss the importance of being comfortable with discomfort and embracing the learning process. The conversation touches on the uncertainty of future careers and the need for individuals to adapt and be open to new opportunities. They also highlight the value of collecting and analyzing data in various aspects of life. Overall, the conversation emphasizes the importance of curiosity, passion, and adaptability in navigating the rapidly changing world.    Science Center of Iowa     ABOUT JOLIE Jolie Pelds is the Director of Innovative STEM Teaching at the Science Center of Iowa. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Science Education both from the University of Iowa. She has taught at both the secondary as well as collegiate level. She joined SCI in 2014 and her current work at SCI allows her to strengthen STEM education across the state through professional development and the creation of educational programming for early learners, homeschoolers, parents and teachers.
5/29/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 7 seconds
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Lessons from Nature: Biomimicry Design for the Classroom with Amanda Sturgeon.

Challenge your students to create eco-inspired designs. Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the Biomimicry Institute, an architect and advocate for biomimicry and biophilic design, discusses the importance of design that enhance the connection between people and nature. Biophilic design and Biomimicry involves bringing elements of nature into buildings, engineering, mechanics and more, such as natural patterns, colors, and textures. Sturgeon emphasizes that modern architecture has become sterile and disconnected from nature, and biophilic design aims to shift this mindset and create spaces that promote a deep connection with nature. She also highlights the need for a shift in societal values to prioritize this connection and advocates for the inclusion of biophilic elements in all communities, not just those that can afford it. The conversation explores the need for a shift in how we design and use buildings, with a focus on incorporating nature-inspired biomimicry principles. The discussion touches on topics such as the impact of building design on productivity, the role of technology in remote work, the importance of creating flexible and biophilic spaces, and the need for a cost model that considers the true environmental and social costs of construction. The conversation also highlights the potential of biomimicry to revolutionize product design and the building industry by learning from nature's efficient and sustainable designs.   Access the Biomimicry Institute free curriculum units Watch the Biomimicry Teacher Webinar for the Youth Design Challenge Learn more about the Biomimicry Institute     ABOUT AMANDA As CEO of The Biomimicry Institute, Amanda fosters a thriving eco-system of innovators, educators and change-makers to bring about a world that works in harmony with nature and natural systems. Amanda is an award winning Architect, author and non-profit and thought leader on how people, buildings and cities connect to nature. She authored the book ‘Creating Biophilic Buildings” and has an essay in the best selling anthology ‘All We Can Save” , she has published articles across mainstream media, such as The Guardian, and is a frequent keynote speaker at global events. Amanda was previously the inaugural CEO of Built by Nature, a network and grant-making fund, focused on accelerating the timber and bio-based building materials transformation and she has also served as Regenerative Design Lead at global consultancy Mott MacDonald, working with clients across the Asia Pacific region to bring climate and biodiversity positive solutions to infrastructure, buildings and cities. During her decade with the International Living Future Institute as CEO she authored and developed regenerative building programs such as The Living Building Challenge and founded the Biophilic Design Initiative. Amanda was elevated to be a Fellow of The American Institute of Architects in 2015 due to her extensive advocacy for buildings and cities that work in unison with nature. Amanda currently serves on the board of Climate Action Network Australia and is on the Biophilic Cities Advisory Group.
5/22/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Necessity of Mistakes, Progress, and Industry in Science Education with Christine Girtain

Exploring continuous learning and careers in education.   In this conversation, Dave and Christine discuss various topics, including their past interactions, the importance of travel and learning, careers in technology, and the challenges of communicating complex ideas. They also touch on the significance of problem-solving skills and the need for continuous learning in today's rapidly changing world. In this part of the conversation, Christine and Dave discuss the importance of making mistakes gracefully and the excitement of discovering new interests. They also touch on the potential of synthetic biology in the fashion industry and the changing nature of the pigment industry. They share stories about challenging interview questions and the value of problem-solving skills. They emphasize the need for a mindset of continuous learning in science and the importance of exposing students to different career paths, including trades and agriculture. They also discuss the role of teachers in preparing students for future careers and the need for industry partnerships in education. The conversation explores the intersection of different engineering disciplines and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. The hosts discuss the roles of mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and software engineers in various industries, including self-driving cars and sensor design. They also touch on the potential of machine learning and language models in innovation and problem-solving. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the value of attending conferences and the need for teachers to stay updated on the latest advancements in science and technology.   Connect with Christine on X: https://twitter.com/CCgirt    ABOUT CHRISTINE Christine Girtain is the Director of Authentic Science Research at Toms River High School North and South in Toms River, New Jersey. An advocate for hands-on science education, she manages a three-year research program that encourages students to explore their scientific interests. Under her leadership, students have engaged in diverse projects, from studying the antibacterial properties of fruit seeds to bioengineering E. coli. With 28 years of teaching experience in her hometown district, she has earned several accolades, including the 2022-23 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. Christine's passion for teaching is rooted in a lifelong love of learning, instilled by her family and inspiring teachers. She began her teaching career through a Governor’s Teaching Scholarship, later earning a bachelor's in biology and a master's in earth science instruction. As a recognized leader in STEM education, she has forged significant partnerships and brought substantial grant funding to enhance educational opportunities. Christine’s commitment extends beyond the classroom, involving her students in international research projects and advocating for agricultural literacy and student well-being nationwide.
5/15/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 34 seconds
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Cultivating Curiosity Through Story Telling and Inquiry with Joe Hanson

How student's personal experiences shape learning and scientific exploration.   Join PBS and YouTube creator Dr. Joe Hanson to learn about the importance of storytelling and curiosity in education. Joe and Dave discuss the value of being the narrator of your own story and the dangers of algorithms and passive content consumption. They touch on the unreliability of memory and the power of personal experiences. The conversation ends with a personal story about a spooky experience that turned out to have a logical explanation. The conversation explores the universal experience of curiosity and the importance of nurturing it. It discusses how curiosity is innate in children and how adults can learn from their natural curiosity. The conversation also touches on the value of noticing and being present in the world, as well as the power of books and magazines to inspire wonder and expand our understanding of the world. It concludes with a discussion on the impact of curiosity on learning and the potential of technology to enhance our ability to explore and understand the natural world. In this final part of the conversation, Joe and Dave discuss the potential for using AI tools to understand whale communication and the importance of listening to nature. They explore the idea of translating whale songs into human language and the challenges of understanding different species' perspectives. They also touch on the limitations of human senses and the need for humility in scientific exploration. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the value of boredom and the importance of being in control of one's own mind. Joe's PBS YouTube Channel   Joe's Twitter.      Joe's Instagram.      Joe's TikTok.     ABOUT JOE Joe Hanson, Ph.D., is a science writer, biologist, educator, and YouTube creator. He is the creator and host of Be Smart, an award-winning science education show from PBS that celebrates curiosity and the pleasure of finding things out. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and his science writing has been published by WIRED, Nautilus, Scientific American and Texas Monthly. He lives in Austin, TX.
5/8/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 39 seconds
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Critical Thinking in the Classroom: Boeing, Objective Media Coverage, and the Safety of Flying

Teaching students how to interpret headlines and media sensationalism.   Join PBS correspondent Mile's Obrien as he discusses this current event with host Dave Bakker and special guest, Clifton Roozeboom. The conversation revolves around the topic of airline safety, specifically focusing on the recent issues with Boeing's 737 Max 9. The hosts discuss the sensationalism in the news media and the importance of critical thinking when consuming information. They emphasize the need to seek out primary sources and trusted experts to filter out biased or misleading information. The concept of risk and reward is also explored, highlighting the need to assess risks in a meaningful way. The conversation concludes with a lighthearted discussion about the future of flying cars.   Learn more about Miles on his website: https://milesobrien.com/  Connect with Miles on Twitter at https://twitter.com/milesobrien  Watch Mile's conference session from Science is Cool 8: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic8/miles-obrien  ABOUT MILES Miles O’Brien is a veteran, award-winning journalist who focuses on science, technology, aerospace, and the environment. He is the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series. For nearly seventeen of his thirty-two years in the news business, he worked for CNN as the science, environment and aerospace correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning. While at CNN, he secured a deal with NASA to become the first journalist to fly on the space shuttle. The project ended with the loss of Columbia and her crew in 2003 – a story he told to the world in a critically acclaimed sixteen-hour marathon of live coverage. Prior to joining CNN, he worked as a reporter at television stations in Boston, Tampa, Albany, NY and St. Joseph, MO. He began his television career as a desk assistant at WRC-TV in Washington, DC. O’Brien is an accomplished pilot and is frequently called upon to explain the world of aviation to a mass audience. He has won numerous awards over the years, including a half-dozen Emmys, and a Peabody and DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. In February of 2014, a heavy equipment case fell on his forearm while he was on assignment. He developed Acute Compartment Syndrome, which necessitated the emergency amputation of his left arm above the elbow. Born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, he is based in Washington, DC. He has a son at the US Naval Academy and a daughter at Davidson College in North Carolina. He was a history major at Georgetown University.
5/3/202426 minutes, 13 seconds
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Arizona's STEM Acceleration Project's Success with Mike Vargas

Enhancing STEM education and preparing students for technical careers. Mike Vargas discusses his involvement in the Arizona STEM Acceleration Project, a $10 million grant aimed at improving STEM education in the state. He highlights the need to start STEM education early and the importance of project-based learning. Vargas emphasizes the need for authentic science experiences and the role of mentors in inspiring students. He also addresses the challenges faced by rural teachers and the efforts to connect science careers with teachers through initiatives like Stem to Space. This conversation explores various themes related to STEM education and career opportunities. The discussion highlights the wide range of STEM careers available in the federal space, the importance of external influences in career choices, and the need for career education in schools. The conversation also touches on the Smart Scholarship and other opportunities for students, the evolving thinking between four-year degrees and CTE paths, and the value of teaching critical thinking skills. The challenges of shifting paradigms in education, the need for statistics education in high school, and the importance of interpreting data and studies are also discussed. The conversation concludes with a focus on the effort to increase the number of certificates and degrees, the outcomes measured in the project, and the creation of an archive of STEM lesson plans.   Learn more about the Arizona State University STEM program  https://stemteachers.asu.edu/        ABOUT MIKE Mike Vargas is a 20-year veteran Physics teacher who is a founding member of the Cactus Caucus, a group of Arizona Physics teachers who helped pass legislation to advance science teacher education in Arizona. This effort led to the Arizona Department of Education’s “Get Set for STEM”program which aimed to increase the number of higher-level STEM teachers state wide. This initiative helped increase the number of physics teachers in Arizona by nearly 20%. Mike is also a founding member of STEMteachersPHX and has extensive ties to the Arizona Science Teachers Association, the American Modeling Teachers Association, and the American Association of Physics Teachers. Mike served as a board member to the Northern Arizona University K12 Center and has been an active participant in the Arizona Education Foundations efforts to promote STEM education with its “TeachSTEM” program. Mike has served on the Air Force Association National Aerospace Council for the last few years and co-led the Space Force’s first national education outreach project, “STEM to Space”. Mike served on the Federal Coordination in STEM’s Interagency Working Group for Strategic Partnerships (IWG-SP) and served as a Department of Defense Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow to the Department of the Air Force K12 STEM National Office as well as the Department of Defense’s Strategic Manufacturing Education Workforce Development program. His policy and strategic partnership experience has been essential for the creation of Arizona State University’s newest initiative -The Arizona STEM Acceleration Project. He is currently the Co-Principal investigator and Senior Program Manager for ASAP.   
5/1/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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Students Designing Experiments for a Zero-Gravity Lab with Lauren Parker

Innovative science teaching through simulated space exploration. In this conversation, Lauren shares her experience of flying in zero gravity and conducting experiments. The chapters cover various aspects of the flight, including the parabolic flight pattern, the duration of zero gravity, and the unpredictability of movement in zero gravity. Lauren also discusses the experiments conducted, such as the Diet Coke experiment and the hydrophobic material experiment. The involvement of students in experiment design and the funding and organizations supporting the flight are also explored. The conversation highlights the importance of engaging students in real-world science experiences and the potential for future flights and experiments. Learn more about Limitless Space Educator Program https://www.limitlessspace.org/limitless-educator-program/     ABOUT LAUREN Lauren Parker teaches seventh- and eighth-grade science at Fort Worth Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. She has earned many recognitions in her teaching career including being named District Teacher of the Year, The Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award, and the Tony So Excellence in Education Award. She was also selected to present with her students at the NASA/Sally Ride Science GRAIL MoonKam Teacher Expo in Washington, D.C. to share how the mission was incorporated in the classroom. She serves as a member of the Space Exploration Educator Crew program at Space Center Houston; a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, a Space Station Ambassador with the ISS National Laboratory, and a Limitless Space Institute Educator Ambassador. Most recently, Lauren was one of eight teachers nationwide to participate in the Embedded Teacher Program through the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium in partnership with Space for Teachers. This allowed Lauren’s students to develop experiments for a microgravity environment which she then flew and conducted for them on board a Zero-G parabolic flight.  
4/24/202451 minutes, 35 seconds
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Tammie Schrader on How to Use AI in the Modern Classroom

AI: the benefits, ethics, and future of critical thinking skills. Tammie Schrader, Science Coordinator in Washington State, discusses the impact of AI in education. She and Dave explore the challenges and benefits of implementing AI tools in the classroom, as well as the need for ethical guidelines and critical thinking skills. They also touch on the evolving nature of technology and the importance of updating educational materials to reflect current advancements. The conversation highlights the potential of AI to enhance learning experiences and foster critical thinking skills among students. Additionally, they discuss concerns related to privacy, ownership, and the competitive nature of gifted students. In this conversation, Tammie and Dave discuss the use of AI tools in education and the importance of critical thinking. They explore the assessment of critical thinking skills and the potential of AI to assist in data analysis. They also discuss the role of AI in coding and the future of AI in education. The conversation highlights the need for student involvement in AI discussions and the importance of addressing biases in AI. They emphasize that AI should be seen as a tool, not a replacement for teachers, and discuss the power of AI in differentiating instruction and promoting equity in education. Overall, the conversation emphasizes the potential of AI in education and the importance of using it to enhance learning experiences. This conversation explores the power of technology in education and the role of AI in equalizing opportunities for students. It emphasizes the importance of understanding versus writing and encourages students to solve real-world problems. The conversation also discusses the value of passion in problem-solving and the need for authentic learning experiences. Additionally, it highlights the limitations of traditional education and the flaws of word problems. The role of AI in education, the importance of critical thinking in teams, and the value of social-emotional learning are also explored. The conversation concludes by emphasizing the need for authentic conversations and the importance of thinking critically about AI.     ABOUT TAMMIE Tammie is a Regional Science and Computer Science Coordinator for Northeast Washington Education Service District 101 in Washington State. Tammie was a science teacher at Cheney Middle School, in Cheney, Washington for 15 years. She is currently an adjunct science methods instructor at Whitworth University. She taught Life Science as well as Computer Programming, Gaming Programming, Robotics as well as coaching the Science Olympiad Team, Robotics Club, SeaPerch Team as well as Future Business Leaders of America at her middle school. She has her B.A. in Education as well as a B.S. in Biology. She earned her M.A. in Education and Teaching At-Risk Students from Gonzaga University. She is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate and is writing her dissertation on Leadership and Game-Based Education in the Classroom.  
4/17/202458 minutes, 12 seconds
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AI in the Classroom, STEM Teaching Strategies, and Critical Thinking with Dr. Scott Sweeting

Georgia Curriculum Director uses technology to enhance learning.  Dr. Scott Sweeting talks with us about integrating AI in science and computer science education, highlighting how it can enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills vital for today's students. Key topics include using AI for more efficient assessment writing, fostering creativity through AI tools, and adapting teaching methods for future technological advancements. The talk also covers practical applications of AI in classroom settings, such as Swift code generation and open AI tests, preparing students for emerging jobs. Additionally, it touches on the exciting use of AI in environmental science, the significance of events like solar eclipses, and the role of planetariums in sparking student interest, all essential for science educators looking to enrich their curriculum and teaching strategies.   ABOUT SCOTT Dr. Scott Sweeting epitomizes a lifelong dedication to advancing science education. With over 23 years of experience in the field of science education, his journey has been marked by a profound commitment to igniting curiosity and fostering a deep appreciation for the wonders of science. As a High School Science Teacher, STEM Coordinator, and now as the Secondary Curriculum Director for Thomas County Schools, Dr. Sweeting has continually pushed boundaries and championed innovation in science education. He has embarked on a mission to transform science education at both the local and global levels. Dr. Sweeting's academic journey began with a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Florida State University, where he laid the foundation for his passion for the natural sciences. Building upon this, he pursued higher education at Valdosta State University, earning both a Master's and Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Within the Thomas County School system, Dr. Sweeting spearheads an array of programs aimed at nurturing scientific curiosity and prowess. From science and computer science to Artificial Intelligence and physical education, his influence extends across diverse domains. He oversees initiatives such as Project Lead the Way, the Gentian Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, and Lego League, providing students with immersive experiences that transcend traditional classroom boundaries. Beyond curriculum development, Dr. Sweeting is a fervent advocate for promoting the significance of science within the community. He tirelessly communicates the importance of scientific literacy to teachers, students, and the wider public, emphasizing its role in shaping our understanding of the world. His efforts have garnered international recognition, with Thomas County Schools participating in the prestigious Pocket Lab Unconference SCIC 8. This global platform showcased the collaboration between the school system and Georgia Tech on Urban Heat Island research, attracting over 8,000 educators from around the world. In a landmark collaboration with Chattooga County Schools, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and the Georgia Department of Education, Dr. Sweeting helped lead the production of the groundbreaking middle school science series, "Science in Action." This initiative exemplifies his vision of a 3D science classroom, where students are engaged through hands-on experimentation and real-world applications. Dr. Scott Sweeting's unwavering dedication to science education has left an indelible mark on the educational landscape. His tireless advocacy, innovative initiatives, and collaborative spirit continue to inspire generations of students and educators alike, propelling science education into new frontiers of discovery and enlightenment.
4/10/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 47 seconds
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Amy Oliverio is Fostering Curiosity with Transformative Learning Experiences

USASEF Director discusses learning motivation and discovery in STEM education. Amy Oliverio, Director of the USA Science and Engineering Festival discusses various topics related to learning, motivation, and the joy of discovery. They delve into the idea of challenging oneself and the satisfaction derived from overcoming obstacles, drawing parallels between learning experiences and the rush of endorphins experienced during magic tricks. Amy shares insights from neuroscientist Andrew Huberman, emphasizing the importance of tackling difficult tasks to develop the brain and highlighting the physiological changes that occur when individuals engage in challenging activities. They discuss the gratification derived from problem-solving, whether it's analyzing data to uncover anomalies or exploring new concepts like bonsai plants on YouTube, showcasing the value of lifelong learning and adaptability. Throughout the conversation, Dave and Amy reflect on the enduring nature of skills acquired through learning, illustrating this with examples ranging from starting YouTube channels in one's 80s to fostering problem-solving skills in students. They underscore the transformative power of curiosity and the rewards of persistence, emphasizing the role of mentors and supportive environments in nurturing a culture of exploration and growth. They conclude with a call to action for teachers interested in applying for fellowships, encapsulating the theme of continuous learning and the collective pursuit of knowledge.  USA Science and Engineering Festival: https://usasciencefestival.org/  Free X-STEM lessons (NGSS and CASEL): https://app.thepocketlab.com/pocketlab-library?filters=X-STEM  ABOUT AMY Since joining the Festival in 2019, Amy has contributed to the development of partnerships, programs, and marketing strategies that include the creation of an extensive email outreach program targeting Title 1 schools across the country and implementation of a social media marketing and advertising strategy. After 13 years with a major corporation and 10 years running her own travel and event business, she is loving the switch in gears to a mission-driven non-profit organization that serves the educator and helps to fill our nation’s upcoming workforce needs in the STEM fields.
4/3/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 13 seconds
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Kari Byron Explores Student-led Parkinson's Research at National STEM Festival

Empowering student innovation with the US Department of Education. In this conversation, Kari Byron (Mythbusters, EXPLR Media, Crash Test World) is joined by National STEM Champion Sritej Sai Padmanabhan. Kari, Sritej and Dave discuss his STEM Festival project Neuralize, which aims to quantitatively measure disease markers associated with Parkinson's disease. Inspired by his grandfather's diagnosis, Sritej wanted to create a tool that could remotely monitor the condition of Parkinson's patients, especially those in rural and underserved areas. This conversation explores the themes of problem-solving, technology, and the importance of support in the STEM field. The guests discuss the desire of the younger generation to make a difference and the impact of technology on problem-solving. They also highlight the time and effort required to solve problems and the importance of starting small and thinking big. The National STEM Festival is promoting students and their projects like this one with the goal of creating a community where young innovators can showcase their brilliance and be inspired to pursue their passions in STEM fields. They believe in fostering an environment where every child has the opportunity to excel and make a meaningful impact on the world.   ABOUT KARI For nearly two decades Kari Byron has been a strong presence in the world of science television. She is best known as a host on Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters but has gone on to host and produce shows spanning several networks;Head Rush, Punkin Chunkin, LDRS, Thrill Factor, Strange Trips, America Declassified, The White Rabbit Project, Positive Energy and Crash Test World.   ABOUT SRITEJ Sritej Sai Padmanabhan is a 10th grader from North Allegheny Intermediate High School. Srtiej’s project observes how getting medical access in rural areas is a struggle for those who suffer from neurological disorders such as Parkinson's Disease (PD). His objective was to create a telehealth solution through a computer vision tool that can quantitatively measure Parkinsonian Disease Markers and then use these values to quantify the disease severity.  This project is very close to Sritej- as two years ago, his grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson's' disease, and it was difficult to monitor conditions remotely. He noticed firsthand how much hand tremors can affect one's daily life and set off on the task to address this with his skills in computer science.  
3/27/202439 minutes, 26 seconds
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Hands-On Learning: Mia-Pia's Approach to Rural Science Education

Hawaii teacher discusses teaching strategy with project-based learning. Mia-Pia Cummins shares her journey as a middle school science teacher, tackling curriculum challenges and emphasizing hands-on learning and adaptability in education. She discusses the beauty and challenge of teaching in such a rural area like she is in Hawaii. Mia-Pia discusses the challenges she faces as a middle school science teacher, particularly with curriculum choices and state standards. She highlights the importance of having flexibility in teaching materials and the need for mixed media, including printed resources, to cater to different learning styles. Mia-Pia emphasizes the value of allowing students to make mistakes and engage in hands-on learning experiences. Additionally, Mia-Pia and Dave discuss the frustrations teachers encounter with mandated curricula and the importance of adapting to students' needs. Throughout the conversation, they underscore the necessity of empowering teachers with the autonomy to choose and customize their instructional materials. They dig into differences in different learning environments and cultures stemming from Mia-Pia’s experience growing up in Europe. They emphasize the importance of allowing students to make mistakes and encouraging critical thinking in the learning process. Mia-Pia shares her experiences with using Kesler Science materials and the benefits of having access to a diverse range of resources for teaching. They conclude the conversation by expressing their commitment to improving education and finding innovative solutions to address the limitations of the current system. Hawaii Science Teachers Association: https://hasta.wildapricot.org/   ABOUT Mia-Pia Aloha, I’m Mia-Pia Cummins-VanHerreweghe, and I am a 7th-grade Science teacher at Konawaena Middle School in Kealakekua on the Big Island of Hawai’i. I started teaching Math in 2007, and switched to teaching 8th-grade Science in 2012 and 7th-grade Science in 2014. I hold dual licensure for Math and Science 6-12. My students are a very diverse group of students from various backgrounds and ethnicities. My classes are fully inclusive for both English language learners and Special Education students. My passion is using project-based and culturally relevant learning opportunities for my students while also focusing on NGSS. I was born and raised in Belgium and attended the KU Leuven Medical School. After leaving the medical field and moving to the US, I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, and my Post-Baccalaureate in Secondary Math Education from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where I also obtained my Master’s of Education in Learning Design and Technology with a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning. I currently serve as president of the Hawai’i Science Teaching Association, and will be serving as National Science Teaching Association Director for District XVI (California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Territory of the Pacific Islands) starting this summer. Before and after school, I work on my farm in South Kona, where I raise various types of chickens, ducks, geese, and sheep. In my spare time I enjoy baking bread.
3/20/20241 hour, 37 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bonus Episode: John Spencer, Professor, Author & YouTube host

In this bonus episode, we have an extension of our conversation with professor, speaker, and author, John Spencer.  We dig into his love of project-based learning and how he stays inspired in his classroom. https://spencerauthor.com/  https://www.youtube.com/@spencereducation  https://twitter.com/spencerideas  https://www.facebook.com/spencereducation/  https://www.instagram.com/spencereducation    ABOUT JOHN Hi, I’m John Spencer. I’m a former middle school teacher and current college professor on a quest to transform schools into bastions of creativity and wonder. I want to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be makers, designers, artists, and engineers. I explore research, interview educators, deconstruct systems, and study real-world examples of design thinking in action. I share what I’m learning in books, blog posts, journal articles, free resources, animated videos, and podcasts. You can subscribe to John’s newsletter at https://spencerauthor.com/newsletter/.
2/27/202419 minutes, 56 seconds
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From Elton to Electrons: The Role of Creativity and Experimentation in the Classroom with Dr. John Spencer

In this week's episode, Dave joins Dr. John Spencer to take a dive deep into the evolution of technology, education, and innovation. Their conversation delves into the importance of project-based learning in education, emphasizing the value of empowering students to explore, experiment, and learn through hands-on experiences. They discuss the significance of embracing failure as an inherent part of the learning process and highlight the parallels between classroom dynamics and real-world industries like music and semiconductor manufacturing. Throughout the episode, they emphasize the need for engaging, curiosity-driven education that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and adaptability. By sharing personal anecdotes and insights, Dave and John underscore the importance of fostering a culture of experimentation and risk-taking in both education and professional fields. They emphasize the power of phenomena-based learning, drawing connections between scientific principles and real-world applications. Through examples ranging from Elton John's music career to Steve Spangler's captivating demonstrations, they illustrate the concept of prolific creation and the iterative nature of success. Ultimately, the episode underscores the need for educators to embrace innovative teaching methodologies that prioritize curiosity, exploration, and resilience, preparing students for a rapidly changing world. https://spencerauthor.com/  https://www.youtube.com/@spencereducation  https://twitter.com/spencerideas  https://www.facebook.com/spencereducation/  https://www.instagram.com/spencereducation    ABOUT JOHN Hi, I’m John Spencer. I’m a former middle school teacher and current college professor on a quest to transform schools into bastions of creativity and wonder. I want to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be makers, designers, artists, and engineers. I explore research, interview educators, deconstruct systems, and study real-world examples of design thinking in action. I share what I’m learning in books, blog posts, journal articles, free resources, animated videos, and podcasts. You can subscribe to John’s newsletter at https://spencerauthor.com/newsletter/.
2/14/202447 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Morpho Institute, Education and Conservation in the Rainforest with Christa Dillabaugh

In this podcast episode, Dave engages in a conversation with Christa Dillabaugh, Director of the Morpho Institute, discussing their conservation efforts and educational programs in the Amazon rainforest. Krista shares insights into the institute's initiatives, highlighting the delicate balance between progress and conservation in the region. They delve into the challenges of managing biodiversity while accommodating human presence, emphasizing the need for integrated approaches that involve indigenous communities and diverse perspectives. Furthermore, Christa elaborates on the Morpho Institute's educational programs, detailing their Amazon research program and efforts to broaden participation and diversity. They discuss upcoming projects, including biodiversity monitoring and field investigations, underscoring the importance of hands-on learning experiences for educators and students alike. Through collaborative efforts and thoughtful planning, the Morpho Institute aims to foster a deeper understanding of tropical ecology while advocating for sustainable conservation practices in the Amazon. https://morphoinstitute.org/  PocketLabs in the Amazon! https://morphoinstitute.org/pocketlab-in-the-amazon/  https://www.instagram.com/morphoinstitute/  https://www.facebook.com/morphoinstitute      ABOUT CHRISTA Christa's journey through science, biology, and education has been a bit like the Amazon River - lots of curves and switchbacks, but all culminating in where she is today.   She is currently the director of the Morpho Institute, a conservation education non-profit that develops field study programs for US K12 educators - all based in the Peruvian Amazon. Her love of the Amazon and neotropical rainforests began while leading expeditions for my middle school students. Her current passion is blending inquiry, place-based education, and community-based conservation into professional learning experiences for teachers. Her next big project is developing a ‘research experience for teachers’ that focuses on biodiversity monitoring in the Amazon. She have a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and a Masters of Biology from Miami University. Before founding the Morpho Institute, she was a middle and high school science educator. She has also worked as a science consultant for Pearson Education and Discovery Communications, contributing to curriculum and activity guides as well as educator in-service workshops and training materials focusing on STEM and Understanding by Design in the science classroom.
2/7/202449 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Chuck Nice, Comedian & StarTalk Co-Host

This is a bonus episode of the Science is Cool Unplugged podcast where we get to hear more of our conversation we had with Chuck Nice. They discuss fostering a love for learning and why that is more important than the love of grades and achievement. They also dig into how to create meaningful classroom interactions and more! https://www.chucknicecomic.com/  ABOUT CHUCK A self-confessed science geek, Mr. Nice is an activist masquerading as a comedian who uses his quick wit and warm personality to rally his audience around the most pressing issues of our time: climate change.   Chuck Nice is a 19-year veteran of stand-up comedy with a rich history in both entertainment and climate activism. He has worked across all mediums, including radio, television, and podcasts. Recently, Mr. Nice appeared in “The Week Of” with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, and delivered a TED Talk on the main stage of the Vancouver conference, about the unintended consequence of future tech and human interaction. He is the co-host of Star Talk with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on Nat Geo. Mr. Nice has also hosted How to Buy Like Mega Millionaire and Home Strange Home on HGTV. He is a regular contributor to the Today Show, has guest hosted The View, and he is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, and HLN. Other credits include: host of Price This Place on HGTV, VH-1‘s Best Week Ever, TRU TV’s World’s Dumbest, The Katie Couric Show, Bethany, The Meredith Viera Show, The Juice on Veria Living, The Better Show, Vh-1’s 40 Greatest, Black to the Future, Undatable, 100 Greatest Songs of 00’s, The Hot Ten on Centric, WE TV’s Cinematherapy, That’s So House Hunters, the red carpet pre-show for the Independent Spirit Awards and host of "Is It True?" on Discovery. Despite his busy schedule, he still makes time to regularly perform at New York City comedy clubs. Mr. Nice is currently busy preparing to launch the world’s first digital youth climate summit, “Shh...It’s Real!”  
1/31/202436 minutes, 25 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Patti Lawrimore, Lead Science Teacher

This is a bonus episode of the Science is Cool Unplugged podcast where we get to hear the extension of our conversation we had with Patti Lawrimore.  They discuss how she utilizes Chat GPT in her classroom and the ways she uses it as a tool and not a crutch.  They also delve into the importance of science literacy and its interdisciplinary importance.   ABOUT PATTI Patti has been teaching science in Fulton County Georgia for 28 years most recently at Riverwood International as Instructional Lead for science and teaching Environmental Science.  She loves teaching “outside the walls” and finding the perfect place on campus to experience science. Her classes have created and sustained food forests , opened an apiary and research garden on campus. Classes always focus on project and problem-based learning, making sure the students are learning how to ask great questions and the way to seek out the answers. Her latest adventure is starting a STEM outreach program “LabDash”. Incorporating vertical instruction, bringing science phenomena to our feeder elementary schools. She has a Bachelors of Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Conservation Biology and has an MEd.-Biology from North Georgia College. When she’s not teaching she is hiking, practicing yoga or playing tennis.
1/25/202431 minutes, 13 seconds
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Beyond the Test: Chuck Nice's Insights on Science, Humor, and Education

In this week's episode comedian and science television host, Chuck Nice, joins Dave to delve into the fascinating realms of science, education, and the pursuit of knowledge. Chuck shares insights into the importance of generating excitement in learning, emphasizing that the key lies in understanding rather than merely acing tests. Drawing parallels between his experiences and those of renowned scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck highlights the addictive nature of learning and the profound impact of passionate teachers. The conversation navigates through topics like the challenges of traditional grading systems, the value of foundational disciplines like math and science, and anecdotes from Chuck's own journey of discovery. Together, Chuck and Dave explore the dynamic interplay between curiosity, education, and the lifelong pursuit of knowledge. As the episode unfolds, Chuck and Dave also share humorous anecdotes, touching upon Chuck's son's perspective on the challenges of AP bio and many other jokes. The episode is not only a captivating exploration of science and education but also a celebration of the joy inherent in the learning process. Listeners are treated to insightful discussions, personal stories, and Chuck's trademark humor, making it a humorous and thought-provoking episode. https://www.chucknicecomic.com/  ABOUT CHUCK A self-confessed science geek, Mr. Nice is an activist masquerading as a comedian who uses his quick wit and warm personality to rally his audience around the most pressing issues of our time: climate change.   Chuck Nice is a 19-year veteran of stand-up comedy with a rich history in both entertainment and climate activism. He has worked across all mediums, including radio, television, and podcasts. Recently, Mr. Nice appeared in “The Week Of” with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, and delivered a TED Talk on the main stage of the Vancouver conference, about the unintended consequence of future tech and human interaction. He is the co-host of Star Talk with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on Nat Geo. Mr. Nice has also hosted How to Buy Like Mega Millionaire and Home Strange Home on HGTV. He is a regular contributor to the Today Show, has guest hosted The View, and he is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, and HLN. Other credits include: host of Price This Place on HGTV, VH-1‘s Best Week Ever, TRU TV’s World’s Dumbest, The Katie Couric Show, Bethany, The Meredith Viera Show, The Juice on Veria Living, The Better Show, Vh-1’s 40 Greatest, Black to the Future, Undatable, 100 Greatest Songs of 00’s, The Hot Ten on Centric, WE TV’s Cinematherapy, That’s So House Hunters, the red carpet pre-show for the Independent Spirit Awards and host of "Is It True?" on Discovery. Despite his busy schedule, he still makes time to regularly perform at New York City comedy clubs. Mr. Nice is currently busy preparing to launch the world’s first digital youth climate summit, “Shh...It’s Real!”  
1/18/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Science of Learning: Patti Lawrimore's Approach to Student-Centered Education

In this episode, Science Educator Patti Lawrimore joins Dave to share her passion for science education and the joy she gets from seeing students enthusiastic about what they are learning and discovering. She shares the ways she changes classroom structure in response to the students and their learning styles and requests and the ways it helps them connect to the material. They discuss ways to assess student understanding and the place of standardized testing in a learning environment. They emphasize the importance of learning scientific discovery skills and how they carry into fields other than science. She talks about her current project, LabDash, a portable science experience that brings experiments and discovery play to feeder schools and promotes learning while having fun. It provides application opportunities for high schoolers and exploration opportunities for junior high and elementary schools. They touch on other education points like science literacy, student connection, and meeting student's needs. She has a passion for earth science, student interaction, and getting students out of the classroom environment. She describes science as the physical education of the core classes and what's it to be the place where students get to "exercise" their brains past what happens in the other classes.   ABOUT PATTI Patti has been teaching science in Fulton County Georgia for 28 years most recently at Riverwood International as Instructional Lead for science and teaching Environmental Science.  She loves teaching “outside the walls” and finding the perfect place on campus to experience science. Her classes have created and sustained food forests , opened an apiary and research garden on campus. Classes always focus on project and problem-based learning, making sure the students are learning how to ask great questions and the way to seek out the answers. Her latest adventure is starting a STEM outreach program “LabDash”. Incorporating vertical instruction, bringing science phenomena to our feeder elementary schools. She has a Bachelors of Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Conservation Biology and has an MEd.-Biology from North Georgia College. When she’s not teaching she is hiking, practicing yoga or playing tennis.  
1/10/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 27 seconds
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Fostering Scientific Minds: Creative Teaching Strategies with Chris Kesler

In this episode, science educator and founder of Kesler Science, Chris Kesler, joins Dave to discuss how to create student-focused learning that teaches them not just science concepts but how to learn and grow on their own by creating meaningful classroom experiences.  They emphasize the importance of knowing your classroom and being attentive to student needs while keeping the focus on fostering a lifelong love of scientific discovery that can be carried into all aspects of learning.  They acknowledge and discuss funding issues within science departments and give some advice on possibly how to gain funding and to encourage districts to invest in interactive science tools.  They also discuss the importance of science to the learning mind and emphasize the use of science to teach important math and reading combination skills.  They emphasize Texas and the changes that are being made within Texas curriculum and the importance of those improvements.  Chris has a passion for customizable learning and adaptation of lessons and concepts to fit whatever type of classroom a teacher might find themself in.  Find Kesler Science at: https://keslerscience.com/  Connect with Chris at: https://www.facebook.com/chrisjkesler  ABOUT CHRIS Chris Kesler is a former award-winning middle school science teacher. When he started teaching, he was underwhelmed by the lack of meaningful resources and overwhelmed by the small amount of time he had to create experiences for his students. He spent thousands of hours of his own time creating lessons, all designed from the ground up with four non-negotiables in mind: Experiences have to be engaging. Lessons have to build relationships. Activities need to be student-centered and allow for student choice. Students need to connect their learning to the real-world. With these principles in place, the transformation that happened in his class was nothing short of spectacular. He noticed an increase in participation and engagement throughout the year. His test scores improved. More importantly, students made connections to the content, which built their confidence and gave them a sense of responsibility for their learning. Chris eventually stepped out of the classroom to focus on helping other teachers feel less stressed and more confident in their day-to-day teaching. He created Kesler Science LLC, and today his materials have been used by tens of thousands of teachers across the country and around the world.
1/3/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Art of Engagement: Magic, Media, and Mindful Teaching with Steve Spangler

In this episode, Dave and STEM educator and TV personality, Steve Spangler have an enlightening conversation about the interest students and young people naturally have in science and how to bring that to life in the classroom. They discuss Steves's success with the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment and how it captured the attention of millions in and out of the classroom. Steve draws on his experience as a magician and how that influences the way he teaches and engages the classroom. He talks about is experience making videos with Sick Science, and how they have changed their social media presence and strategy over the years. They discuss some of the issues teachers face today in the classroom and barriers to using creative teacher techniques. He shares his love for creating memorable classroom experiences over forgettable work and fostering a love within students that will stay with them beyond the classroom. Get in touch with Steve: https://stevespangler.com/    ABOUT STEVE He’s a bestselling author, STEM educator, and business leader branded by TIME Magazine as one of their “most influential people of the year” because of his passion for inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. With more than 2,100 television appearances and multiple Emmy awards to his credit, Steve Spangler understands the power of using television to make learning science fun. Steve’s catalog of videos featured on social media has more than 1.5 billion views, and parents and educators widely use his books and online experiments to increase student engagement and inspire young scientists to learn more about STEM-based careers. Nationally known as a teacher’s teacher, Steve travels extensively, working with educators at all levels in ways to make learning more connected and engaging in the 21st-century classroom. Steve’s in-person and virtual professional development workshops focus on inquiry-based learning that highlights best practices for classroom teachers with research-guided strategies for purpose-driven engagement. But Steve Spangler feels most at home when he’s on stage sharing insights and creating those amazing experiences audiences remember for a lifetime. Steve brings over 30 years of experience (6,500+ presentations) to the platform every time he speaks. In July 2010, members of the National Speakers Association inducted Steve into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame. He is among an elite group of only 242 professional speakers in the world to receive this honor. In 2022, Spangler joined the faculty at High Point University (High Point, North Carolina) as the STEM Educator in Residence. Steve works with students and faculty to create transformational experiences that inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. For the past two years, Steve Spangler has been honored to be included in the Global Gurus Top 30 in Education. This achievement recognizes Steve’s passion for finding the most creative ways to inspire students and educators worldwide. Whether you’re looking for an amazing keynote speaker to kick-off your event, teacher training and professional development opportunities to help you become a more effective STEM educator, or personalized consulting and coaching, Steve Spangler can help you create your own transformational experiences in business and education.  
12/27/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 44 seconds
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From Inspiration to Implementation: The Teacher's Guide to High-Quality PBL with Xochitl Garcia

In this podcast episode, Dave and educator Xochitl engage in a dynamic conversation about the challenges and rewards of project-based learning (PBL) in science classrooms. They discuss the importance of rethinking the nature of projects, emphasizing the difference between low and high-quality PBL. Xochitl emphasizes the need for authenticity in projects, encouraging teachers to provide diverse exemplars that showcase creativity and depth. The conversation delves into the complexities of resource curation for teachers and the challenge of balancing hands-on experiences with existing bodies of knowledge. They explore the role of science media in inspiring curiosity and framing phenomena, ultimately highlighting the inherently creative nature of teaching. The episode also touches on the significance of teacher creativity in maintaining the joy of learning in the classroom. The duo shares insights into the ongoing efforts to support teachers in project design, discussing the need for curated materials, exemplars, and resources aligned with standards. They explore the role of feedback and adaptability in teaching, recognizing the importance of acknowledging students as individuals capable of figuring things out. The episode provides a rich exploration of the intricacies of project-based learning, emphasizing the creative and adaptive nature of effective teaching.   ABOUT XOCHITL Xochitl Garcia is an experienced educator and instructional coach committed to working with schools and nonprofits to create more equitable learning environments for young people. She brings over 17 years of experience as an educator, curriculum developer, professional development leader, and program manager. Xochitl is an education consultant working with districts nationally on educator and leader professional development, selection and development of instructional materials, and the redesign of school systems and structures to create the best learning spaces for young people and those who work with them. Most recently, Xochitl served as the K-12 education program manager at Science Friday, where she facilitated a community of teacher leaders that worked to develop science experiences based on current research, designed and led STEM professional development, and programming to increase justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work in STEM. Before that, she was the Manager of Instruction and School Design at Springpoint: Partners in School Design, where she worked nationally to both design and redesign high school models with a focus on equitable design grounded in student and community voices. Xochitl was a teacher for seven years in the South Bronx in New York City, where she led work in special Education and STEM. Xochitl began her career working with GEAR-UP Project Higher Learning in LAUSD to develop peer mentoring programs to increase support and access to post-secondary opportunities. Xochitl can be found pursuing curiosity about this strange and wonderful world we live in (can we talk about dark plastic, please!?!), tinkering around to figure out how to generate models and experiences that help explain the natural world, and playing board games with her family at home in NYC.
12/20/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 5 seconds
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Limitless Learning: A Journey into Space Education with Kaci Heins

In this podcast episode, Kaci Heins, Executive Director at Limitless Space, joins Dave to discuss exciting projects and initiatives in the field of space education. They discuss topics such as the Space Exploration Educator Conference and the potential integration of data into art. The conversation explores the profound impact of space experiences on individuals, as exemplified by William Shatner's emotional reflections after his space trip. They also delve into the significance of using sensors in art and share anecdotes about Cloudflare's unique approach to cryptography using lava lamps. They also touch on the challenges faced by teachers and the importance of fostering a supportive community, highlighting the efforts of the Limitless Space Institute and PocketLab in advancing space education. Additionally, Kaci and Dave talk about their experiences with PocketLab sensors that enhance students' engagement with science. Kaci shares her positive experience using PocketLab in the classroom, noting its user-friendly interface and seamless integration into lessons. They emphasize the importance of providing teachers with resources that are easy to implement, sparking students' curiosity in science. Kaci expresses her enthusiasm for inspiring educators and students alike, contributing to a growing community of science enthusiasts. Throughout the episode, they reflect a passion for space education, innovative teaching tools, and collaborative efforts dedicated to making science accessible and exciting for learners around the world. https://www.limitlessspace.org/ Kaci Heins Twitter: https://twitter.com/spacespartan    ABOUT KACI Kaci Heins serves as the Executive Director and was the former Director of Education at the Limitless Space Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating the upcoming generation about space exploration. With over 20 years in the education sector, her primary focus has been on STEM education intertwined with space exploration concepts. Throughout her career, Kaci has partaken in a plethora of immersive STEM and space learning experiences that have profoundly shaped her perspective on space exploration. These include participating in two Zero-G flights carrying student experiments, overseeing two student experiments that launched to the International Space Station, and coordinating over ten high-altitude balloon launches, which transported student experiments to the stratosphere. Deeply rooted in her beliefs, Kaci sees space exploration as an impactful learning tool for both students and educators in the realm of STEM education. She harbors a deep-seated passion for professional development within the STEM education community, particularly through the lens of space exploration. She believes that the foundation of inspiring the future STEM workforce and space explorers lies in nurturing educators who are fervent, well-informed, and confident in their teachings. According to Kaci, the journey of cultivating the next wave of innovators is heavily anchored in providing students with hands-on experiences tied directly to real-world scientific phenomena. She often asserts that the true ignition of a student’s passion and curiosity can only be achieved when educators themselves are equipped with the right knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm. Kaci obtained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Southeast Missouri State University. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, the AIAA Educator Achievement Award, the ISS National Lab Exceptional Educator Award, and the Air Force Association’s National Teacher of the Year Award.
12/15/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 24 seconds
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Biology for All: The Amoeba Sisters' Mission of Accessible Education

The interview is a live recording from ScIC10 Live at CAST22 in Texas, Science is Cool Un-conferences. It features Brianna and Serena, also known as the Amoeba Sisters, who are educators and creators behind popular educational biology cartoons. In the interview, they discuss their journey, starting with the origins of their cartoon characters, Pinky and Petunia, and how their passion for making biology more accessible led them to create engaging content on YouTube. They emphasize the importance of providing free educational resources for both students and teachers, sharing insights into their creative process, and the development of their mega review video and GIF slideshow. The duo addresses questions about the diversity of languages in which their content is available and their commitment to supporting educators worldwide. Additionally, the interview touches upon the challenges faced by teachers in acquiring sufficient budgets for science resources, shedding light on the financial struggles many educators encounter. The conversation unfolds organically, revealing their dedication to supporting teachers globally and their plans for expanding into chemistry while still focusing on completing their biology series. Brianna and Serena also discuss their current project, a unique graphic novel-style biology book, blending humor and educational content, set to be released in the coming months. Overall, the interview provides a delightful glimpse into the Amoeba Sisters' educational mission, their creative process, and their exciting plans for the future. You can find their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/amoebasisters  You can find Amoeba Sisters fun classroom supplies and merchandise here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/amoebasisters/shop  Resources and handouts on their website: https://www.amoebasisters.com/  Teachers pay teachers resources can be found here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Amoeba-Sisters-Llc  You can find our interview with the Amoeba Sisters at ScIC10 Live at CAST22 in Dallas, TX, here: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic10/the-amoeba-sisters    ABOUT the amoeba sisters The Amoeba Sisters is a YouTube channel started by sisters Sarina Peterson and Brianna Rapini, and it specializes in teaching biology concepts at the high school level (and beyond) by using illustrated cartoons. Brianna Rapini is a former high school biology teacher and her sister, Sarina Peterson, is a self-taught cartoonist. The Amoeba Sisters channel has grown to over 1 million subscribers with a cumulative view count of over 160 million, and their online community has translated video subtitles in over 22 different languages.
11/29/202331 minutes, 14 seconds
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Climate Change, Renewable Energy, and Hope with Miles O'Brien

This is a bonus episode from an interview at one of our Science is Cool conferences. In this interview, Miles O'Brien joins Dave in a discussion focusing primarily on climate change, renewable energy, and potential solutions. He cover various alternative energy sources like nuclear, geothermal, biofuels, and innovative technologies. O'Brien explores the challenges faced by different forms of energy production, including investment, government intervention, and technological advancements needed for sustainability. They also touch upon the significance of journalism in highlighting solutions to climate problems and express enthusiasm for pursuing stories centered around climate change solutions in their future work. They emphasize the urgency of addressing climate issues and finding feasible solutions to combat the impending crisis. Alongside the exploration of alternative energy sources and climate solutions, the conversation delves into the limitations and potential advancements in energy storage technologies. They discuss innovative methods, such as repurposing abandoned oil wells for energy storage, illustrating the diverse approaches being explored to address the intermittency issue in renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Furthermore, Dave expresses a strong commitment to journalistic storytelling that focuses on actionable solutions rather than solely highlighting problems, aiming to create a more informed and motivated audience engaged in climate change mitigation. Find the Chasing Carbon Zero documentary here: https://www.pbs.org/video/chasing-carbon-zero-mzijvs/  Learn more about Miles on his website: https://milesobrien.com/  Connect with Miles on Twitter at https://twitter.com/milesobrien  Watch Mile's conference session from Science is Cool 8: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic8/miles-obrien  ABOUT MILES Miles O’Brien is a veteran, award-winning journalist who focuses on science, technology, aerospace, and the environment. He is the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series. For nearly seventeen of his thirty-two years in the news business, he worked for CNN as the science, environment and aerospace correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning. While at CNN, he secured a deal with NASA to become the first journalist to fly on the space shuttle. The project ended with the loss of Columbia and her crew in 2003 – a story he told to the world in a critically acclaimed sixteen-hour marathon of live coverage. Prior to joining CNN, he worked as a reporter at television stations in Boston, Tampa, Albany, NY and St. Joseph, MO. He began his television career as a desk assistant at WRC-TV in Washington, DC. O’Brien is an accomplished pilot and is frequently called upon to explain the world of aviation to a mass audience. He has won numerous awards over the years, including a half-dozen Emmys, and a Peabody and DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. In February of 2014, a heavy equipment case fell on his forearm while he was on assignment. He developed Acute Compartment Syndrome, which necessitated the emergency amputation of his left arm above the elbow. Born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, he is based in Washington, DC. He has a son at the US Naval Academy and a daughter at Davidson College in North Carolina. He was a history major at Georgetown University.
11/20/202339 minutes, 57 seconds
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Tech Equity in Schools: A Critical Conversation with Tammie Schrader

In this discussion, Tammie Schrader, science coordinator for Eastern Washington State, joins Dave to discuss a wide range of topics related to education, technology, and the evolving nature of learning. Come hear what she has to say about AI in the classroom plus so much more!  They start by exploring the importance of providing students with access to cutting-edge tools and technologies, such as AI and chatbots, to enhance their learning experiences. They emphasize the need for equity in education, as not all students have the same access to these tools, and ensuring that all students can benefit from the latest technology is a crucial goal. The conversation also delves into the idea that education should focus on teaching students how to think rather than preparing them for specific jobs. They discuss the value of introducing students to a variety of tools and fostering their creativity and problem-solving skills, as the jobs of the future may not even exist yet. They raise questions about traditional educational practices, like reading specific literary texts, and whether providing more choices to students in what they read or study could enhance their understanding and engagement. Overall, the conversation highlights the need for flexible and innovative approaches to education that empower students to think critically, adapt to change, and find their own path in an ever-evolving world.     ABOUT tammie Tammie is a Regional Science and Computer Science Coordinator for Northeast Washington Education Service District 101 in Washington State. Tammie was a science teacher at Cheney Middle School, in Cheney, Washington for 15 years. She is currently an adjunct science methods instructor at Whitworth University. She taught Life Science as well as Computer Programming, Gaming Programming, Robotics as well as coaching the Science Olympiad Team, Robotics Club, SeaPerch Team as well as Future Business Leaders of America at her middle school. She has her B.A. in Education as well as a B.S. in Biology. She earned her M.A. in Education and Teaching At-Risk Students from Gonzaga University. She is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate and is writing her dissertation on Leadership and Game-Based Education in the Classroom.  
11/13/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 3 seconds
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Expanding Education Expectations: Inspiring the Next Generation of Space Pioneers with Sonny White

In this discussion, Dr. Sonny White, the Director of the Limitless Space Institute, and Dave, engage in a fascinating conversation about the future of space exploration and propulsion. They delve into various aspects of advanced propulsion technologies that could enable human exploration of the solar system and even beyond. Dr. White emphasizes the need to move beyond traditional chemical propulsion for long-distance space travel. He discusses concepts like nuclear electric propulsion, which uses nuclear reactors to generate electrical power for more efficient propulsion, and fusion propulsion, which involves the fusion of hydrogen isotopes for even faster travel. These technologies have the potential to take humans to distant destinations within our solar system. The conversation also touches on the idea of space warps or wormholes, which could provide shortcuts through space-time, potentially enabling interstellar travel. However, the challenges of communication and the limitations imposed by the speed of light remain significant hurdles in exploring other star systems. They highlight the importance of inspiring and educating the next generation of scientists and engineers, particularly through outreach programs like Limitless Space, which aims to expose students to cutting-edge space science and technology. Dr. White stresses that exposure expands expectations, motivating students to explore the frontiers of physics and engineering. The discussion underscores the boundless possibilities and challenges of space exploration, emphasizing the importance of taking the next steps in advancing our understanding of the cosmos and developing the technologies that will make interstellar travel a reality, even if it may take generations to achieve. Learn more about Limitless Space Institute: https://www.limitlessspace.org/    ABOUT Sonny Dr. White has accumulated 25+ years of experience working in the aerospace industry with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA, and Limitless Space Institute. He currently serves as Director of Advanced Research and Development at LSI. In this role, he leads all R&D work for LSI and establishes priorities for investigations and expenditures. Dr. White obtains grants and other resources in support of R&D efforts; markets LSI to major benefactors to increase resources and related R&D efforts; and arranges/schedules/conducts events ensuring appropriately related well-known individuals are involved. Dr. White holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Rice University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of South Alabama. Dr. White has been recognized many times over the span of his career for his excellent work ethic, exceptional technical skills, abilities as a project manager, and dedication to the pursuit of human space flight. He was awarded the NASA Medal for Excellence in Achievement by the Administrator for his role in getting the Thermal Protection System robotic inspection tools built, delivered and certified to support the STS-114 mission. He was awarded the Silver Snoopy Award by the crew office for his actions in the discovery and disposition of critical damage to the robotic arm prior to the STS-121 mission. He received the NASA Spaceflight Awareness Honoree award for the STS-122 mission, one of the highest, most prestigious awards available to employees of NASA. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for his role in exploring and incorporating advanced power and propulsion concepts into human spaceflight architectures.
10/23/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 5 seconds
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Beyond Textbooks: Real-World Science of the 2024 Eclipse with Edward Csuka

In this podcast episode, Edward and Dave discuss an exciting educational initiative centered around the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Edward is a passionate high school teacher from Canada and shares his vision for involving thousands of students and teachers in North America to engage in authentic scientific observations during this celestial event. He emphasizes the importance of promoting real scientific experiences for students, allowing them to contribute to peer-reviewed journals, and fostering a love for genuine scientific inquiry. Throughout the conversation, they underscore the significance of encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to engage in STEM and STEAM fields and mention how partnerships and funding opportunities can help make this initiative accessible to a broader audience. They also touch on the fusion of science, mathematics, and technology and the transformative potential of breakthroughs in these areas. Edward Csuka’s Website  https://terryfox.sd43.bc.ca/steam/mr-csukas-page/ Solar Max Project Website: https://terryfox.sd43.bc.ca/steam/solar-max-international-research-expedition/ Terry Fox STEAM Program Website: https://terryfox.sd43.bc.ca/steam/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@edward.j.csuka Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edward.j.csuka Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edward.j.csuka Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm7DVui_2ceE2a1ayL-2KJg   ABOUT EDWARD Edward Csuka is an innovative educator passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). With a Bachelor's in Science and a Master's in Environmental Education from SFU, he's been teaching since 2002. Edward's contributions include coordinating Power of Ideas events, founding the Terry Fox Innovation Society, and receiving the Canadian Association of Physicists Award in 2022. As a Program Coordinator for Terry Fox Secondary's STEAM Program, he equips students with vital 21st-century skills. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies for STEAM Education, Edward continues to shape future leaders. One of Edward’s current endeavors is the Solar Max International Eclipse Research project. Edward is currently spearheading the Solar Max International Eclipse Research initiative, aiming to engage teachers and students continent-wide in collecting scientific data during the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Educators interested in participating can connect via email: [email protected].
10/2/202358 minutes, 4 seconds
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Interactive Simulations: PhET's Classroom Revolution with Ariel Paul, Part 2

In this two-part episode,  we explore the dynamic world of science education. Host Dave chats with Ariel Paul, a key contributor to the PhET Interactive Simulations project, delving into the art of making science engaging and accessible for all learners. They unravel the project's mission of creating interactive simulations that foster deep understanding and excitement in science classrooms. The conversation delves into the evolution of education, emphasizing the importance of lifelong learning and critical thinking skills. Ariel and Dave ponder the challenges and opportunities of preparing students for an ever-changing job landscape, touching on the significance of hands-on vocational skills and cultivating curiosity. They also reflect on the philosophy of science, stressing its dynamic and imperfect nature while promoting healthy skepticism. The discussion unfolds to highlight the project's global impact, particularly the PhET Fellows Program that empowers educators worldwide. This enlightening episode encourages listeners to appreciate the power of simulation-based learning and the vitality of representing diverse voices in the world of science education. Free PhET Interactive Simulations Lessons PhET Interactive Simulations from the University of Colorado, Boulder Help keep PhET Simulations free! Donate here. You can connect with PhET Interactive Simulations here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/PhET-Interactive-Simulations Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phetsims/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhETSims   ABOUT ariel Ariel Paul has been a member of the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado since 2011, both as a designer and helping to oversee the development of the simulations. An advocate for broadening participation in STEM, he has taught physics at the high school and undergraduate levels. Ariel received his B.A. in physics in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the PhET team, Ariel received his Ph.D. in physics in 2007 from the University of Colorado for his research focused on coherent imaging with extreme-ultraviolet light. Following his Ph.D., he also completed an apprenticeship in scientific instrument making.
8/28/202332 minutes, 15 seconds
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Interactive Simulations: PhET's Classroom Revolution with Ariel Paul, Part 1

In this two part episode,  we explore the dynamic world of science education. Host Dave chats with Ariel Paul, a key contributor to the PhET Interactive Simulations project, delving into the art of making science engaging and accessible for all learners. They unravel the project's mission of creating interactive simulations that foster deep understanding and excitement in science classrooms. The conversation delves into the evolution of education, emphasizing the importance of lifelong learning and critical thinking skills. Ariel and Dave ponder the challenges and opportunities of preparing students for an ever-changing job landscape, touching on the significance of hands-on vocational skills and cultivating curiosity. They also reflect on the philosophy of science, stressing its dynamic and imperfect nature while promoting healthy skepticism. The discussion unfolds to highlight the project's global impact, particularly the PhET Fellows Program that empowers educators worldwide. This enlightening episode encourages listeners to appreciate the power of simulation-based learning and the vitality of representing diverse voices in the world of science education. Free PhET Interactive Simulations Lessons PhET Interactive Simulations from the University of Colorado, Boulder Help keep PhET Simulations free! Donate here. You can connect with PhET Interactive Simulations here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/PhET-Interactive-Simulations Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phetsims/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhETSims   ABOUT ariel Ariel Paul has been a member of the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado since 2011, both as a designer and helping to oversee the development of the simulations. An advocate for broadening participation in STEM, he has taught physics at the high school and undergraduate levels. Ariel received his B.A. in physics in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the PhET team, Ariel received his Ph.D. in physics in 2007 from the University of Colorado for his research focused on coherent imaging with extreme-ultraviolet light. Following his Ph.D., he also completed an apprenticeship in scientific instrument making.
8/21/202336 minutes, 55 seconds
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Exploring the Intersection of Science, Culture, Color and Alcohol with Adam Rogers: Part 2

In part 2 of this episode, the insightful Adam Rogers, Senior Correspondent for Insider, takes listeners on a profound journey through the intertwining realms of science, education, and society. This episode is a must-listen for every science teacher aiming to spark genuine interest in their students. The lively discussion kicks off with an exploration into urban planning and the dynamics of cities in a post-pandemic world. Using San Francisco as a prime example, Rogers elaborates on the ramifications of unused commercial spaces due to COVID-19, igniting a conversation about societal impacts, city resilience, and the pressing need for adaptation. The duo also ventures into the realm of city infrastructure, from the dangers of large vehicles to the often controversial subjects of protected bike lanes and urban housing initiatives. For educators, this segment offers a real-world context to engage students in subjects ranging from urban planning to socio-economic impacts of global events. But perhaps the most engaging part for science educators is Rogers' impassioned discourse on the power of curiosity. Drawing from personal experiences, he speaks about the magic of discovering and understanding new scientific concepts. He emphasizes the importance of not just absorbing facts, but truly understanding the "why" and "how" behind them. This sentiment, coupled with humorous anecdotes about detailed drink recommendations and personal life, showcases the holistic nature of science – it's everywhere, from the classroom to the bar! Dave wraps up this enlightening conversation by highlighting Adam’s illustrious writing career, ensuring eager listeners know where to find more of his writings. For science teachers, this episode serves as a potent reminder: to inspire the next generation, we must first be insatiably curious ourselves. Dive into this episode and reignite that spark! You can find Adam Rogers' books here: Books available through Amazon  You can connect with Adam Rogers here: His website: https://www.adam-rogers.net/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamrrogers  Twitter: https://twitter.com/jetjocko    ABOUT adam Adam Rogers is a journalist at Insider, writing about science, technology, and culture. A longtime editor and writer at Wired, he wrote that one story about the Dress that one time (think which color do you see?). He is also the author of the New York Times science bestseller Proof: The Science of Booze, and his latest book is Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern.  
8/14/202329 minutes, 58 seconds
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Exploring the Intersection of Science, Culture, Color and Alcohol with Adam Rogers: Part 1

In an enlightening podcast episode, host Dave Baker engages with Adam Rogers, senior correspondent at Insider and the celebrated author of 'Full Spectrum' and 'Proof'. This episode provides teachers with a captivating exploration into the science of color and the science of alcohol, beautifully illustrating their convergence with cultural advancements. Sparked by the internet's famed dress color perception controversy, Rogers delves into the intriguing science of color in his book 'Full Spectrum'. His investigation uncovers the central role of titanium dioxide, a mineral pigment prevalent in our everyday environment. The podcast emphasizes how our understanding of color propels us to create and simulate more colors, further deepening our knowledge, a cycle that Rogers also identifies in the science of alcohol in his book 'Proof'. Rogers champions the use of familiar concepts, such as with cocktails, to simplify and communicate complex scientific ideas effectively. He advocates for an interconnected teaching approach that highlights practical applications, aiding students in grasping the intricate interplay between different disciplines. Rogers demonstrates his point by explaining the science behind whiskey production. The podcast also sheds light on the historical and cultural significance of the pigment trade, drawing parallels to the spice trade due to their rarity and location-specific availability. The discussion underlines the lasting vibrancy of certain colors, like blue, and the fascinating color advancements in civilizations around the world. Baker's conversation with Adam Rogers offers a vibrant journey through the landscapes of science, culture, color, and alcohol. It serves as a testament to the interconnectedness of scientific advancements and cultural changes. Be sure to tune in for part 2 of this engaging podcast episode, promising to continue this enlightening exploration of the science of color and the science of alcohol. You can find Adam Rogers' books here: Books available through Amazon  You can connect with Adam Rogers here: His website: https://www.adam-rogers.net/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamrrogers  Twitter: https://twitter.com/jetjocko    ABOUT adam Adam Rogers is a journalist at Insider, writing about science, technology, and culture. A longtime editor and writer at Wired, he wrote that one story about the Dress that one time (think which color do you see?). He is also the author of the New York Times science bestseller Proof: The Science of Booze, and his latest book is Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern.
7/24/202337 minutes, 4 seconds
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Teaching Students Using Holistic Education with Jacob Chastain: Part 2

Dave and Jacob question the true meaning of education in a society where information is readily accessible through smartphones. Part 2 of this teacher podcast, host Dave Bakker engages in a thought-provoking conversation with guest Jacob Chastain, delving into various aspects of education and teaching.  This teaching podcast touches upon the ongoing debate between traditional and classical education, and the hosts delve into the value of studying classics and engaging in time-tested educational activities. Looking toward the future, this STEM podcast episode discusses potential changes in education, including automated essay writing and the utilization of AI-generated prompts. However, the hosts express reservations regarding the potential lack of engagement and enjoyment in these approaches. The conversation also widens its scope to explore the broader societal implications of relying heavily on AI and automation, emphasizing the importance of understanding both the limitations and possibilities that technology presents. Throughout the podcast, the hosts stress the positive contributions that technology has made to education, such as fostering connections among people and providing new avenues for expression. They advocate for finding a balance between recognizing the limitations and potential dangers of technology while harnessing its positive impacts to enhance teaching and learning experiences. Empowering teachers to innovate within the education system is seen as crucial, and creative solutions are highlighted as essential in navigating the challenges of modern education. Moreover, the podcast episode delves into the influential role of teachers in inspiring students, recognizing their individual learning styles and preferences. This teaching podcast emphasizes the significance of understanding students' diverse needs and tailoring educational approaches accordingly. The conversation also explores the profound impact of failure on personal drive, highlighting the value of self-awareness and taking ownership of one's actions. They discuss the importance of teaching problem-solving and communication skills, promoting a well-rounded education that prepares students for various real-world challenges. Dave and Jacob encourage listeners to reflect on the impact of technology, the role of inspiring teachers, and the power of self-reflection in personal growth. With an emphasis on finding a balance and fostering creativity in education, this episode offers practical perspectives for both teachers and educators seeking to navigate the ever-changing educational landscape. Connect with Jacob: Teach Me Teacher Podcast Facebook—Facebook.com/teachmeteacher Instagram—@teachmeteacherhost Twitter—@jacobchastain_     ABOUT JACOB Jacob Chastain is the host and creator of the Teach Me, Teacher podcast, a former literacy coach, author, speaker, trainer, and curriculum writer, and is currently teaching seventh-grade English in Ft. Worth Texas. Jacob believes that educators should be pushing the boundaries of what it means to engage students in the classroom and that teachers are currently in the golden age of education. With the advent of social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, educators all over the world can connect and share ideas to improve their craft. His award-winning Teach Me, Teacher podcast reaches tens of thousands of educators every month across the world, is a top-rated podcast on Apple Podcasts, and has featured some of the premier minds and personalities in education on the show. Some of the top guests featured on the show are Donalyn Miller, Penny Kittle, Kim Bearden, Hamish Brewer, Kelly Gallagher, and Todd Whitaker. The show covers anything and everything related to the wonderful world of education but is sure to focus on how they can all step up and be a positive influence for good in their students’ lives.
7/3/202359 minutes, 52 seconds
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Teaching Students Using Holistic Education with Jacob Chastain: Part 1

In the first part of this enlightening episode, Dave engages in a dialogue with Jacob Chastain, the dynamic host of the popular 'Teach Me, Teacher Podcast'. As a guiding star in the education realm, Chastain offers illuminating insights into the bustling world of teacher podcasts, while championing authentic conversation and acknowledging the oft-overlooked heroes of the classroom - a must-listen for educators looking to connect, learn, and grow. Jacob shines a light on the thrilling spontaneity that comes with nurturing a dedicated audience on teacher podcasts. He emphasizes the importance of consistency, authenticity, and genuine commitment to the subject matter, making it a significant resource for teachers worldwide. Jacob also brings attention to the underappreciated work of educators in classrooms, lauding those who offer exceptional insights despite not having extensive fame or publications. In his view, the establishment of reliable teacher communities where educators can exchange experiences, learn from each other, and extend mutual support is critical. He advocates for sincere discussions and collective initiatives as the roadmap to meaningful transformation in education. The discussion further delves into the theme of standardized testing in science and its impact on education. Jacob and Dave scrutinize how traditional testing methods might not adequately capture students' growth and capabilities, especially in disciplines like writing and science. Jacob accentuates the need for real-world problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking skills, arguing that these crucial abilities aren't effectively evaluated by standardized tests. Jacob strongly advocates for integrating language arts and science education to produce proficient scientists and engineers capable of effectively communicating their ideas. He also suggests a more holistic approach to assessment, such as portfolio-based evaluations, to provide a more comprehensive understanding of students' progress and potential. Throughout this dynamic conversation with Jacob Chastain, they traverse a wide array of topics, delving into the subtleties of podcasting, emphasizing authenticity, and calling for a shift in the assessment approach in education. This episode brims with thought-provoking insights and profound, meaningful dialogue, making it a must-listen for every educator interested in teacher podcasts, standardized testing in science, and integrating language arts and science. Connect with Jacob: Teach Me Teacher Podcast Facebook—Facebook.com/teachmeteacher Instagram—@teachmeteacherhost Twitter—@jacobchastain_     ABOUT jacob Jacob Chastain is the host and creator of the Teach Me, Teacher podcast, a former literacy coach, author, speaker, trainer, and curriculum writer, and is currently teaching seventh-grade English in Ft. Worth Texas. Jacob believes that educators should be pushing the boundaries of what it means to engage students in the classroom and that teachers are currently in the golden age of education. With the advent of social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, educators all over the world can connect and share ideas to improve their craft. His award-winning Teach Me, Teacher podcast reaches tens of thousands of educators every month across the world, is a top-rated podcast on Apple Podcasts, and has featured some of the premier minds and personalities in education on the show. Some of the top guests featured on the show are Donalyn Miller, Penny Kittle, Kim Bearden, Hamish Brewer, Kelly Gallagher, and Todd Whitaker. The show covers anything and everything related to the wonderful world of education but is sure to focus on how they can all step up and be a positive influence for good in their students’ lives.  
6/19/202351 minutes, 20 seconds
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Project Based Learning is a Teachers Super Power with Dr. Sally Creel

In this podcast, Dave discusses Project Based Learning (PBL) with Sally Creel, a STEM & Innovation Supervisor in Cobb County, Georgia. They delve into the benefits of authentic learning, inquiry-based approaches, and hands-on experiences in fostering student-centered and collaborative education. Sally highlights the importance of integrating PBL into the curriculum to develop critical thinking skills, creativity, and innovation among students. They also explore the significance of 21st-century skills, such as problem-solving and project management, and emphasize the role of teacher professional development in implementing effective PBL strategies. Tune in to gain insights on engaging students through real-world applications and promoting STEM education through project-based experiences. Connect with Sally on Twitter: https://twitter.com/STEMsally  Connect with Sally's innovation department: https://twitter.com/STEMcobb  Connect with Cobb County School District STEM department on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cobbscience  If you are in Georgia, sign up for STEM Palooza happening Summer of 2023: http://www.stemcobb.com/stemapalooza-2023.html  Re-watch the Science is Cool 8 panel featuring Dr. Sally Creel, "The State of STEM in Georgia": https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic8/the-current-state-of-stem-in-georgia    ABOUT sally STEM and Innovation Supervisor for Cobb County School District Dr. Sally Creel, K-12 STEM & Innovation Supervisor for Cobb County Schools in Georgia, has spent the last 28 years as an educator, science and STEM administrator working with leaders, teachers, and K–12 students. Dr. Creel earned a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from Shorter College in Georgia, a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College in Georgia, and her doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Kennesaw State University. Dr. Creel served as the President of the Georgia Science Supervisors Association and Science Teaching Association and continues to work as a professional development consultant for several organizations including the National Science Teaching Association, Georgia DOE, Kennesaw State University, FTW Robotics, Picture Perfect Science, Teacher Created Materials and various federal grants. Dr. Creel has most recently contributed to the publication Navigating the challenges of elementary science teaching and learning: Using case-based pedagogy to understand dilemmas of practice. She was also a consulting author for the Smithsonian’s STEAM Readers series and STEM Position Statement for the National Science Teaching Association.  Dr. Creel currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Aquarium, Underwriter’s Laboratory OREE Advisory Board, and Interactive Research Methods Lab at Kennesaw State University. 
5/30/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Power of Educational Games with Dan White

Online educational games have been gaining popularity in recent years, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many schools to transition to remote learning. But what exactly are online educational games, and why are they so effective? To answer these questions, we spoke with Dan White, the CEO of Filament Games, a leading educational game developer that has worked with some of the biggest names in education, including Amazon, Scholastic, and the US Department of Education. According to Dan White, online educational games are games that are specifically designed to teach or reinforce a particular concept or skill. They can be targeted at any age group, from preschoolers to adults, and can cover a wide range of subjects, including science, social studies, and language arts. One of the key benefits of online educational games is that they can make learning fun. "Games have a unique ability to engage players in a way that traditional classroom instruction simply can't," says Dan White. "By tapping into the player's natural curiosity, we can create experiences that are both entertaining and educational." But online educational games are much more than just a source of entertainment. They can also improve a range of skills, from problem-solving and critical thinking to collaboration and communication. "Games can provide a safe and low-stakes environment for players to practice and develop skills that are relevant to real-world situations," says Dan White. Another advantage of online educational games is that they can be tailored to each individual learner's needs and abilities. "One of the great things about games is that they can adapt to the player's performance," explains Dan White. "If a player is struggling with a particular concept or skill, the game can adjust the difficulty level or provide additional support to help the player succeed." While online educational games are not a substitute for traditional classroom instruction, they can be a valuable tool for teachers and students alike. "Games can be used to supplement classroom instruction and provide students with an additional opportunity to practice and reinforce what they are learning," says Dan White. In conclusion, online educational games have the potential to revolutionize the way we learn and teach. By making learning fun, improving a range of skills, and providing tailored instruction, they can help students achieve better outcomes and develop a lifelong love of learning. Check out the session from ScIC6 with Dan White featuring Filament Games and First Global: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic6/virtual-robotics  Connect with Filament Games on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FilamentGames  Learn more about Filament Games: https://www.filamentgames.com/  ABOUT DAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER for Filament Games Dan White believes that good gameplay and good learning are complementary rather than oppositional forces. An alumnus of Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Dan earned an M.S. in Education Technology under seminal learning game scholars Drs. Kurt Squire and James Paul Gee. Prior to founding Filament, Dan worked as a teacher, an instructional designer, and a game developer. Dan’s passions include learning games, sustainability, mindfulness, and modernizing institutional education.
5/15/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 45 seconds
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Your Classroom with Jordan Harrod

In this intelligent episode, we sit down with an artificial intelligence expert, Jordan Harrod and learn about the immediate impact of AI and how it can help shape our future.  Dave and  Jordan's dive deep about everything AI and how it will change education. They also discuss Chat GPT, machine learning, models and AGI, and we learn more than we thought we needed to know about how AI works. They discuss AI literacy, how AI is trained, how accurate or inaccurate AI can be, and how AI is even learning bias! But of course, this is an education podcast, so what does this all mean for your students? Jordan and Dave discuss how students can use AI in the classroom, what they should avoid, and how teachers can leverage AI to help prepare their students for the future! The also answer the question - what do educators need to understand and watch out for in the classroom now that students can access this new technology?   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@jordanharrod  IG: https://www.instagram.com/jordanbharrod/ Nebula: https://go.nebula.tv/jordanharrod Twitter: https://twitter.com/JordanBHarrod Newsletter: https://www.jordanharrod.com   ABOUT Jordan Jordan Harrod (she/her) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. Her research focuses on applying neuromodulation to clinically relevant challenges and using neurotechnology and machine learning to develop new tools for brain stimulation. Jordan received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University in 2018, where she worked on interfacial tissue engineering, medical image analysis, and machine learning for MRI reconstruction. In her spare time, Jordan is actively involved in science communication via her YouTube channel, which focuses on engaging the public on artificial intelligence and Twitter, Tiktok, and Instagram.   
5/1/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 56 seconds
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Making STEM Learning Accessible for All Students with Maynard Okereke

In this super fun episode, you will have the privilege of experiencing the incredible energy of the Hip Hop M.D.! Maynard Okereke talks with us about his amazingly upbeat approach to bringing STEM education to underserved populations and making it fun and accessible for everyone! Dave and Maynard discuss aspects of our modern world such as social media and AI and how they can both help and hurt students during their childhood education. But both agree that this technology can be extremely helpful if used correctly to foster learning in a positive way! They delve into the topic of AI and Chat GPT and ways that teachers and students can both use and learn from it in the classroom. They also discuss at length the drawbacks of brand-new technology and acknowledge the need to either embrace it or face getting left behind.  Maynard shares about his work in schools, at STEM events and conferences, and on his various media platforms. His goal is to show that STEM is definitely fun, but he stresses that the delivery matters. Maynard's passion is reaching underserved student populations, and he hopes to inspire students around the world to look up to "celebrity" scientists that look like themselves, just like they do sports figures or movie stars. Maynard also fills us in on his exciting work with the USA Science and Engineering Festival during their many X-STEM events around the country. You can hire Maynard for your own school or event! Connect with him and learn more at https://www.hiphopscienceshow.com/  ABOUT MAYNARD Maynard Okereke, better known as the Hip Hop M.D.,  graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He is an award-winning Science Communicator, having received both the Asteroid Award for "Best Streaming Content" and the People of Change Award for his community outreach efforts.  His passion for science and entertainment, along with his curiosity for new innovation has taken him through an incredible life journey. Noticing a lack of minority involvement in the S.T.E.M. fields, he created Hip Hop Science with the goal of encouraging minorities and youth to pursue more advanced career paths.  His background in engineering, acting, music, business, and credible work in STEM make him uniquely qualified to engage on a wide variety of topics from an entertaining perspective.  This is highly reflected in his speaking engagements and daily social media posts which provide both humorous and informative SciComm content.
3/27/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 31 seconds
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Victor Vescovo on the Science of Exploration

Quite possibly the "Most Interesting Man in the World". Victor Vescovo joins us on the show to tell us all about his explorations and what he thinks about the future of our civilization. Victor has done many things in life, but during this episode we hear about his recent scientific explorations of the deepest parts of our oceans. He tells us about the creation of the first of its kind, reusable submersible that united build teams from around the world. Victor and his team used this new technology to dive into the five deepest trenches in the ocean. Victor also talks with Dave about what the deep sea can teach us about the planet and how we can use that research to progress our society into the future. Can you guess which classic novel was Victor's inspiration? Dave and Victor get into their favorite science fiction dystopian films and how close we have come to them becoming a reality. We also learn why Victor does what he does, and he shares his childhood and the teachers in his life that made a real impact on him! You can connect with Victor on his Twitter: https://twitter.com/VictorVescovo    ABOUT VICTOR Victor is a 20-year veteran private equity and venture capital investor with particular expertise in the aerospace, defense, and electronics industries. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was named a Baker Scholar, received a Master’s Degree from MIT and earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He also served 20 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an intelligence officer, retiring as a Commander.  Victor was the 12th American to complete the “Explorer’s Grand Slam” which requires climbing the highest peak on all seven of the world’s continents including Mt. Everest and skiing 100 kilometers to the North and South Poles. In 2020, he piloted the first repeated dives to Challenger Deep -- now fifteen times, and in August 2019 became the first person to visit “The Five Deeps,” the deepest point in each of the world’s oceans. Victor has personally been to the bottom of seventeen deep ocean trenches, while no other person has ever been to the bottom of more than two. He has also made three dives to the Titanic including the only solo dive ever made there. In the last two years, Victor located and dove on the deepest and second-deepest wrecks in history at the sites of the USS Johnston and USS Samuel B. Roberts. Victor is also a commercially rated multi-engine jet and helicopter pilot, a certified submersible test pilot, and recently flew into space on Blue Origin’s New Shephard-21 mission, thus becoming the first person in history to climb Mount Everest, explore the very bottom of the ocean, and visit space.
3/13/202355 minutes, 33 seconds
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Applying Culturally Responsive Pedagogy with Dr. Uchenna Emenaha

In this episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Dr. Uchenna Emenaha to discuss the importance of culturally responsive pedagogy. We learn about Uchenna's journey to complete her Ph.D. on the topic and how she is applying her research in the real world. Uchenna explains the basics of CRP (culturally responsive pedagogy). Dave and Uchenna discuss the impact that students' "lived experiences" have on their education, and how implicit or explicit bias can play a part. Uchenna is deeply passionate about the nuance of each individual student and has discovered a deep link between social justice and education. She stresses that it is vital that all students, especially minorities, have a safe space in order to adequately learn in a school environment. Dave and Uchenna go on to talk about "responsible teaching" and how students can thrive in the right situation. Uchenna points out that getting students to think critically is the ultimate goal and teaching her students to use good data to structure a logical argument is the key. Life is a series of decisions and Uchenna wants students to leave school prepared to tackle them! You can find our previous interview with Uchenna at ScIC10 Live at CAST22 in Dallas, TX, here: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic10/culturally-responsive-pedagogy-in-science-education    ABOUT the UCHENNA Dr. Uchenna Emenaha is an award-winning assistant professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio who recently won the Science Teachers Associations of Texas 2021 Gerald Skoog Cup College Faculty Award. Her research focuses on culturally responsive pedagogy in science & STEM education. She is devoted to supporting issues of diversity, equity, & inclusion within science/STEM instruction.
2/27/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 15 seconds
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Teaching Science the Fun Way with the Amoeba Sisters

In this fun episode, Dave sits down with Brianna and Sarina, the creators of the hit YouTube channel The Amoeba Sisters! We learn all about their backgrounds and motivation for creating the channel that has been viewed by teachers and classrooms around the world over 160 million times! Listen in to learn why their style of science content is so appealing to teachers and how it can be used in the classroom. You will also learn which one of the Amoeba Sisters is a good singer and which was a bad student growing up. Dave and the sisters also discuss how to get students interested in science and why mixing up various styles of content delivery is important because no two students are alike! Hear about their innovative approach to dealing with complex science concepts and popular science misconceptions and why kids love using their video content to learn about these topics, including the difference between mitosis and meiosis. Check out our Paul Anderson episode to understand the joke. LOL! You can find their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/amoebasisters  Resources and handouts on their website: https://www.amoebasisters.com/  Teachers pay teachers resources can be found here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Amoeba-Sisters-Llc  The Amoeba Sisters' new book: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-amoeba-sisters-cartoon-guide-to-biology-sarina-peterson/1140971497   The Amoeba Sisters' first book: https://www.amazon.com/Stay-Curious-Amoeba-Sisters-Notebook/dp/B0BKS5RNVP/ref=sr_1_1 You can find our interview with the Amoeba Sisters at ScIC10 Live at CAST22 in Dallas, TX, here: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic10/the-amoeba-sisters    ABOUT the amoeba sisters The Amoeba Sisters is a YouTube channel started by sisters Sarina Peterson and Brianna Rapini, and it specializes in teaching biology concepts at the high school level (and beyond) by using illustrated cartoons. Brianna Rapini is a former high school biology teacher and her sister, Sarina Peterson, is a self-taught cartoonist. The Amoeba Sisters channel has grown to over 1 million subscribers with a cumulative view count of over 160 million, and their online community has translated video subtitles in over 22 different languages.
2/8/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 22 seconds
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Empowering Students with Steve Isaacs

In today’s episode, we are joined by Steve Isaacs. Steve was a classroom teacher for almost 30 years and helped pioneer Esports and gaming as part of student education. Listen in to hear his inspiring stories of empowering students through games, technology, and Esports leagues that are run entirely by student teams. Dave and Steve discuss the difference between recreational gaming and using Esports and games for a purpose in student growth. Putting students in charge, letting them naturally find their roles, and offering just enough support for them to flourish is what gets Steve really excited.  Steve “went to the dark side” by leaving the classroom and joining the corporate world. He now runs Epic Games education programs, helping teachers guide their students to excel and get prepared for the jobs of the future that don’t even exist yet! He shared student success stories and how Esports leagues and gaming can actually prepare a high school student for a job directly out of high school! If you are interested in games and Esports for your school, Steve is the expert and this episode is chock full of insight and resources for you to get started with your students right away. Find the Esports Playbook written by Steve and his co-authors: https://www.amazon.com/Esports-Education-Playbook-Empowering-Inclusive/dp/1951600509  You can find Steve on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/mr_isaacs  Find Epic Games education programs: https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/educators  Sign up to here Steve talk at FETC: https://www.fetc.org/  ABOUT STEVE Steve Isaacs is the Education Program Manager at Epic Games. His mission in this role is to support educators and students in exploring career opportunities that leverage interactive 3d skills. Prior to his role at Epic, Steve was a public school teacher for 28 years, teaching game design and development as well as other courses related to creative uses of technology. Steve enjoys spending time with family and friends. His hobbies include gaming, biking, snorkeling, hiking and live music.
1/23/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 10 seconds
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Earth's Future Looks Bright with Bob McDonald

In today's episode we talk to the voice of science for Canada and the world, Bob McDonald. Bob and Dave discuss growing up in the space age, learning about fundamental science as a child and ultimately going on to host Canada’s popular science radio program, “Quirks and Quarks”. We hear fun stories about Bob's efforts to educate the masses about science. This man even has an asteroid named after him that may or may not be headed for Earth! Bob shares about the similarities between looking at the vastness of space through a telescope and looking at the infinite detail of the tiny building blocks of the universe through a microscope. Bob just celebrated his 30th year as host of his show and is passionate about keeping kids curious about science. "Science isn't complicated!" Hear him tell how to make gravity wells, fire extinguishers, and black holes out of kitchen supplies!  His latest book has been on the bestseller list since it was published - The Future is Now: Solving the Climate Crisis with Today's Technology. Check it out on Amazon or in most bookstores. Find Bob's radio show here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks  You can find the CBC social media channels here: https://twitter.com/cbcquirks  https://www.facebook.com/CBCQuirks      ABOUT Bob Bob McDonald has been bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week,  McDonald is also the science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National and host of the children’s series Head’s Up. He was also the host of the CBC Children’s series Wonderstruck. He has written and hosted numerous television documentaries and more than 100 educational videos in Canada and the United States.   As a writer, he has authored six bestselling science books and contributed to numerous textbooks, magazines, and newspapers (including The Globe and Mail). His latest book is The Future is Now: Solving the climate crisis with current technology. McDonald has been honored for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science within Canada.  He has been awarded the Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the “Sir Sanford Fleming Medal” from the Royal Canadian Institute, and the “McNeil Medal” from The Royal Society of Canada. He also won a 2008 Gemini Award for “Best Host in a Pre-School, Children’s or Youth Program or Series.” He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. In 2015, asteroid 332324 was officially named Bobmcdonald in his honor. He holds twelve honorary doctorates from Canadian universities.  
1/9/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 47 seconds
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Getting students 'Hands On' with Dr. Temple Grandin

In today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Temple Grandin and hear about her passion for hands-on learning and preparing students to enter the workforce with the practical skills that are essential for the sustainability of our world. Dave and Dr. Grandin discuss the need to add "shop" and other skills-based classes back into public schools. Dr. Grandin shares personal anecdotes about her colleagues whose career aspirations began in hands-on, practical classrooms like shop classes. Dr. Grandin believes that early exposure is vital. She was exposed to the cattle industry at an early age and attributes that exposure to her long career and the success she found designing facilities for half of the cattle industry in the United States. Dr. Grandin also gives us insight into the way she and many other individuals think and learn. She believes that understanding how others think is vital to society and shares insights from her latest book, Visual Thinking. Find Dr. Grandin's books here: https://www.templegrandin.com/templegrandinbooks.html    ABOUT DR. Grandin Temple Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed for handling livestock are used by many companies around the world. She has also been instrumental in implementing animal welfare auditing programs that are used by McDonalds, Wendy’s, Whole Foods, and other corporations. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and a BBC Special – "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow". She has also appeared on National TV shows such as Larry King Live, 20/20, 60 Minutes, Fox and Friends, and she has a 2010 TED talk.  Articles about Dr. Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. HBO made an Emmy Award-winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. Connect with Dr. Grandin at https://www.templegrandin.com/ 
12/12/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 46 seconds
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Staying Curious with Kari Byron

In today’s episode, Dave talks with Kari Byron, a professional curiosity communicator. Kari tells us about her career, her many diverse projects, and her mission to help people become good critical thinkers and "find the hope" in the world! They also discuss how to sell the Eiffel tower, how to do flood control with diapers, and how many mentos you can eat while drinking diet coke before it becomes a big problem for you. Kari has an art background that evolved into a science career. She was the first female host on the Discovery Channel, is a perpetually curious and adept question asker, and she is an expert at guerilla engineering. Listen in to hear her amazing perspective on life on using the scientific method, curiosity, representation, and inspiration to make excellent educational video content and lesson plans with her co-founder of EXPLR Media, Jenny Buccos. Watch Kari's session with Jenny Buccos and Justin Shaifer from Science is Cool 9: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic9/explr-media  Find Explr Classroom: https://explr-classroom.com/  ABOUT KARI For nearly two decades Kari Byron has been a strong presence in the world of science television. She is best known as a host on Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters but has gone on to host and produce shows spanning several networks; Head Rush, Punkin Chunkin, LDRS, Thrill Factor, Strange Trips, America Declassified, The White Rabbit Project, Positive Energy and Crash Test World. Connect with Kari at https://twitter.com/KariByron 
11/28/202253 minutes, 25 seconds
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Getting Students out of the Text Book with Hall Davidson

In this episode, Dave sits down with Hall Davidson from Discovery Education. Listen in to hear Hall tell us about his long career in education and about his current passion, the free Media Festival challenge for students worldwide and learn how to get involved as a judge. They also discuss the differences in autonomy that classrooms can have over a district but are still limited by rigid assessments that don't end up serving the student's futures. Hall goes on to discuss the importance of "getting out of the text book", grabbing the attention of your students and turning them into thinkers that can problem solve and not just do well on the tests! He is excited and passionate about the fact that he sees students every day taking ownership of the planet and coming up with real solutions to some of this worlds biggest challenges!   Hall's session from ScIC9: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic9/discovery-education  Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips: https://tinyurl.com/symposiumft  Venture Valley Game: https://venturevalleygame.com/  Media Festival: https://www.mediafestival.org/  Discovery Education: https://discoveryeducation.com/  Hall’s document of resources link: https://tinyurl.com/ScienceFreeDE and https://tinyurl.com/hdhandouts  ABOUT Hall Hall Davidson has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee. He has collaborated with thought leaders including teachers, superintendents, and departments of education. A former K-12 bilingual math teacher and college faculty member, he left the classroom to became part of an Emmy-winning team, creating math and technology integration programs. For forty years, he has been an educational innovator in important waves of change, first in broadcasting, then computers, and now digital learning. His talks blend humor, deep insight, and data from both education and industry and illustrate the big picture with nuts and bolts examples. He has worked with transformational industry groups, education ministries, and with thousands of students through guidance of the nation’s oldest student media festival. Across four decades of work with education, he identifies right now as the most transformative and important time for teaching and learning. As the Senior Director Global Learning Initiatives for Discovery Education, Hall uses his passion to work with students and teachers to create effective and engaging curriculum. Hall holds the deep belief that both students and teachers learn best by being content creators, not consumers. Hall's esteemed career in education has led him to work with resources, award programming, technologies, and experiences that help learners gain insight by reflecting and becoming creators. Get in contact with Hall at https://twitter.com/HallDavidson 
11/15/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 7 seconds
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Providing Students a Global Perspective with Jenny Buccos

In this episode, we hear about the many world travels and projects of the one and only Jenny Buccos aka the real Dora the explorer. Listen in to hear Dave and Jenny discuss growing up in small-town America, traveling, visiting the Parthenon, and how much growth students can experience when they are taught to have a global worldview. They talk about involving students in the discussion of how education should be structured, how to highlight young innovators, and how to ensure representation in educational media. Jenny and her business partner Kari Byron, aka the Crash Test Girl, are using their content to help shape students into the innovators of tomorrow. Watch Jenny's session with Kari Byron and Justin Shaifer from Science is Cool 9: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic9/explr-media  Find Explr Classroom: https://explr-classroom.com/  ABOUT JENNY Jenny is a multi-award winning director & producer. In 2003, before the existence of YouTube, she founded a multimedia website designed to educate primary and secondary school students about global cultures and histories. Over the last 20 years, she has directed and produced nearly 500 educational videos working with leaders and world-renowned organizations including Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the British Museum, and UN. Connect with Jenny at https://twitter.com/jennybuccos 
11/1/202258 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Art of Science Communication with Miles O'Brien

On today's episode, we sit down with award-winning journalist, Miles O'Brien. Listen in to hear Dave and Miles discuss the death of the newspaper and how news has transformed thanks to technology. They discuss the importance of science communication and why teachers must empower their students with critical thinking skills. Don't have a degree in science? That's ok - Miles' doesn't either! Hear Miles explain why having a degree in science is not a requirement to be an effective science communicator. Learning that are no 'final answers' in science is an important part of science education for students. Miles believes that science simply is the adventure of investigating a problem and that scientific investigation should never end. Find out what Miles and PBS are up to and how you can use his amazing work in your classroom. Learn more about Miles on his website: https://milesobrien.com/  Watch Mile's conference session from Science is Cool 8: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic8/miles-obrien    ABOUT MILES Miles O’Brien is a veteran, award-winning journalist who focuses on science, technology, aerospace, and the environment. He is the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series. For nearly seventeen of his thirty-two years in the news business, he worked for CNN as the science, environment and aerospace correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning. While at CNN, he secured a deal with NASA to become the first journalist to fly on the space shuttle. The project ended with the loss of Columbia and her crew in 2003 – a story he told to the world in a critically acclaimed sixteen-hour marathon of live coverage. Prior to joining CNN, he worked as a reporter at television stations in Boston, Tampa, Albany, NY and St. Joseph, MO. He began his television career as a desk assistant at WRC-TV in Washington, DC. O’Brien is an accomplished pilot and is frequently called upon to explain the world of aviation to a mass audience. He has won numerous awards over the years, including a half-dozen Emmys, and a Peabody and DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. In February of 2014, a heavy equipment case fell on his forearm while he was on assignment. He developed Acute Compartment Syndrome, which necessitated the emergency amputation of his left arm above the elbow. Born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, he is based in Washington, DC. He has a son at the US Naval Academy and a daughter at Davidson College in North Carolina. He was a history major at Georgetown University. Connect with Miles on Twitter at https://twitter.com/milesobrien 
10/24/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 14 seconds
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Real-world Science Using Project-based Learning with Gary Curts

Tune in to hear Gary Curts from Activate Learning swap travel stories with Dave  including what happens when you drive a rental car over the saddle road in Hawaii and Gary’s adventures in volcanoes! Then, Dave and Gary talk about the state of science education today and the importance of the paper textbook in the digital age. Gary is a passionate science educator who also shares about his passion for project-based lessons to help students learning more effectively.  Watch Gary’s passionate conference presentation at Science is Cool 5: https://activatelearning.com/gary-curts-scic5/  ABOUT GARY Retired High School Science Teacher High School Science Curriculum Specialist Gary Curts is a 40-year veteran teacher of Physics, Chemistry, Earth, and Life Science. He was a teacher in Dublin, Ohio, and retired in 2015. While teaching, he was concurrently on a special assignment with Dublin Schools Curriculum Department, his specialty being student-centered classrooms and metacognition. Gary has been instrumental in supporting and helping teachers around the world implement Project-based Learning. Gary is also an avid skydiver (4 continents) and is currently taking lessons on driving Ferrari race cars. He is an amateur ornithologist and astronomer, provocateur of physical fitness, and a wine collector. He was in New Zealand on White Island (Whakaari) with 3 geologists a few months before it erupted. Connect with Gary at [email protected]
10/10/20221 hour, 1 minute, 19 seconds
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Making Good Science Thinkers with Dr. Eugene Cordero

In today's episode, we are privileged to speak with Dr. Eugene Cordero a.k.a. Dr. Burrito 🌯. Eugene is a climate scientist, professor, and founder of Green Ninja, The only environmentally-focused science curriculum in the country. He is on a mission to turn more children into good science thinkers. He also knows a lot about the carbon footprint of a burrito! Listen in to hear about his love for climate solutions and veggie burritos. Dave and Eugene discuss the importance of being a good thinker but also about being able to be a good science communicator. Eugene uses storytelling and local action to make science approachable and relatable. Eugene explains how leveraging the drive for exploration in children and adult brains increases science comprehension! Pop Quiz - What do 280 elephants have to do with the mail? 😀 Fair warning - by the time you are done listening to this episode, you will be hungry for a burrito 🌯.   Green Ninja’s website is https://web.greenninja.org/  Find Green Ninja’s professional training services: https://web.greenninja.org/professional-training-services  Find the Green Ninja film festival: https://web.greenninja.org/resources-gnff  The role of education on individual lifetime carbon emissions https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0206266  Making an Impact on Earth Day and Beyond: A Conversation with Climate Scientist Eugene Cordero: https://blogs.sjsu.edu/newsroom/2021/making-an-impact-on-earth-day-and-beyond-a-conversation-with-climate-scientist-eugene-cordero/  Find the Science is Cool recordings featuring Eugene- Panel recording on local phenomena at Science is Cool 6: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic6-summit/local-phenomena  Eugene and Green Ninja at Science is Cool 4 session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3fAVoRCG-I  Eugene and Green Ninja at Science is Cool 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocrl6KBlMmo  Eugene's Twitter: https://twitter.com/eugeneccordero Green Ninja's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ourgreenninja   ABOUT EUGENE Founder of Green Ninja, Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science, and burrito connoisseur. Eugene is a climate scientist and professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San José State University.  Eugene is also the founder and director of Green Ninja, a science publisher that uses solutions to climate and environmental problems as a lens for teaching science.
9/26/202259 minutes, 56 seconds
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Let's Empower the Teachers of the World with Mary Ford

In this episode, Dave chats with Mary Ford from Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots. Mary is a passionate advocate for science education and has had an extraordinary career. Listen in to hear about her work with primates in Borneo, making toast on a clothes iron with Jane Goodall, starting your own Roots and Shoots club, and how to get involved with more citizen science! Mary and Dave also discuss her belief that teachers should be empowered to teach science in whatever way best suits an individual student. Teachers have one of the toughest jobs in the world. They have to be 100% planned and prepared, but also ready at a moment's notice to toss all of that out the window and pivot to what is best suited for their classroom. We hear Mary's take on how teachers of the world can feel empowered to do just that! Links mentioned:  https://nhm.org/becoming-jane https://twitter.com/RootsandShoots/status/1546888139293298688  Find Mary's ScIC session here: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic5/national-geographic-society  Find Roots and Shoots: https://www.rootsandshoots.org/ Here's a good article about the "Black in..." hashtags on Twitter that Mary mentioned: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02223-0 ABOUT MARY Mary Ford is the Senior Director of Roots & Shoots USA, the youth program of the Jane Goodall Institute, where she supports young people making a difference in their communities for other people, other animals and the environment we share. This work builds on over a decade of experience in the education division of the National Geographic Society, serving K-12 students and educators globally. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in environmental management, but her love of children, teaching, and learning led her quickly to a career focused on environmental education, citizen science and youth empowerment. She has also worked as Program Leader for Youth and Educators at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY, and Manager of Education at the national headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund and the National Audubon Society in Washington, DC. Mary has served on advisory boards at the San Diego Natural History Museum, BSCS Science Learning, and Project Learning Tree. She is the chair of the board of the North American Association for Environmental Education and co-chair of the Education Working Group of the Citizen Science Association. Mary is a longtime resident of Washington, DC and also loves to spend time in her hometown of Minneapolis, MN.
9/12/20221 hour, 1 minute, 19 seconds
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Every Student is a Scientist with Dr. Joy Kiano

In this episode of Science is Cool Unplugged, Dave talks to Dr. Joy Kiano, a lifelong scientist and educator, and is one of the busiest people we know! We first met Joy because she helped create a children's television program called N*Gen TV Africa (pronounced “engine”) featuring students and teachers from pan Africa. This show served as a way for kids to stay engaged in their science education while they were stuck at home during the pandemic. Today, N*Gen TV Africa is a next-generation science TV show for young learners in Africa, designed to encourage a culture of curiosity and discovery, model holistic ways of learning, and promote positive gender norms. The program is a compilation of educational segments, delivered by charismatic teachers, exciting animations, fun quizzes, and experiments, as well as tips for healthy living. It has been picked up for multiple seasons and is featured through Discovery Education! Joy also shares her journey to science growing up as a female in Africa and how she is working to make that path easier for those that want to follow in her footsteps. Find Joy’s Science is Cool session here: https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic5/ngen-tv-africa  Africa’s first science tv show for kids and families. - NPR Story N*Gen TV Africa's YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/NgenTVAfrica/videos The Bones Episode  NOVA The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers See our kid explorers in the field The Wetlands Episode See the poop experiment -  Food Episode N*GenTV on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ngentvafrica/  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ngentvafrica ABOUT JOY Dr. Joy Kiano has been the Educational Advisor and Global Ambassador for N*Gen TV Africa since 2020. Joy is a passionate educator, school leader, and teacher of science, She is deeply committed to enriching the learning experience of young people, in order to prepare them for the 21st Century workplace. Trained at Oxford, she has worked as an educator in the UK and Kenya, with teaching and leadership experience that focuses on teacher-facilitated, student-centered learning. She is a seasoned teacher and has taught in a variety of education systems and created engaging curriculums and programs of study from Prep to A-level. She is also the Founding Principal of Nova Pioneer Girls High School in Kenya, where she recruited, coached, and mentored teachers for a new educational movement that adapted the Kenyan national curriculum for an innovative, student-centered approach to 21st Century learning. She is a published scientist, with a doctorate in molecular biology and biochemistry, and has been recognized by governments as a lead expert in the regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 
8/29/202252 minutes, 11 seconds
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Discovering your Wow in the World with Meredith Halpern-Ranzer

In this episode, we talk with the Chief Executive Tinkerer from Tinkercast! Meredith and her team are the producers of a vast amount of educational content, activities, and podcasts featuring Guy Roz and Mindy Thomas. You'll definitely want to check out their most well-known project, Wow in the World! Listen along with us and learn about their storytelling secrets to getting kids AND their parents to wonder about the world around them and be interested in the science behind it. Find out more about Meredith, Tinkercast, and their new innovative platform at https://tinkercast.com/ . You can check out Meredith’s ScIC talk from ScIC7 at https://www.thepocketlab.com/video/scic7/tinkercast.   ABOUT MEREDITH Meredith Halpern-Ranzer is an Emmy-nominated children’s media executive and the Co-founder and Chief Executive Tinkerer at Tinkercast, the company behind #1 kids podcast “Wow in the World”.  As the CEO of Tinkercast, Meredith leads the vision and execution of business, partnerships, brand and marketing strategies and oversees day-to-day operations. For over twenty years, she has been a thought-leader in the children’s media industry, most notably at PBS Kids Sprout and Sesame Workshop.
8/15/202242 minutes, 52 seconds
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Science is All Around Us with Paul Andersen

In this episode, we sit down with Paul Andersen, who needs no introduction in the world of science teachers. For many years, Paul has been traveling the world helping science teachers implement the Next Generation Science Standards to educate the youth of the planet. His unique approach, down-to-earth demeanor, and relatability have made him the go-to expert on NGSS and a highly sought-after professional development speaker. Listen in to hear Paul and Dave discuss science teaching techniques, integration with other subjects, and the importance of early childhood science education. Find Paul’s causation/correlation gear demonstration here: https://twitter.com/paulandersen/status/1362854573577097216  Contact Paul: Paul Andersen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/paulandersen  Paul Andersen at ScIC: https://youtu.be/2_zMrb1Rql0  Bozeman Science: http://www.bozemanscience.com/  The Wonder of Science: https://thewonderofscience.com/  ABOUT PAUL Paul Andersen is an educational consultant and YouTube creator living in Bozeman, MT.  Paul is an experienced educator having taught science in Montana for 20 years.  Paul was the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year, and was also one of four finalists for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year.  In addition to teaching Paul has created hundreds of YouTube science tutorials that have been viewed millions of times by students around the world.  Paul has provided training for thousands of students, teachers, and administrators around the world.  Paul enjoys providing meaningful professional development that can be applied immediately in the classroom. 
8/1/202253 minutes, 30 seconds