Safer Science and the Duty of Care

Making his third appearance on Lab Out Loud, we welcome Dr. Ken Roy back to discuss safety in science classrooms and other potentially harmful areas (such as makerspaces).  This fall, Ken launched the NSTA Safety Blog to share commentaries on the latest safety issues, legal standards and better professional practices.  Ken reminds us about important science safety practices such as yearly safety training, […]

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Tales of Lost Labs: What Happened to Ramp and Roll?

Have you ever relied upon a lab or resource so much that you don’t know what you would do without it?  This mini-lab episode discusses such a tool that was lost and then found again – Mihara Naoki’s Ramp and Roll. Originally developed to assist introductory physics students understand the simple motion of ball rolling on a ramp, Ramp and Roll’s unique user-friendly interface […]

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Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences for Educators

Making his fourth appearance with Lab Out Loud, we welcome Fred Ende back to the show. As the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services for a cooperative educational service in New York, Fred regularly designs, takes part in, observes, evaluates, and delivers professional development.  Most recently, Fred has written a book on professional development entitled Professional Development That Sticks, […]

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First Crew To Mars Is Likely In Middle School Right Now – Help Prepare Them With Generation Beyond

Our guest this week is former astronaut Stephen Frick, Director of Strategic Planning and Operations at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center. Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education have partnered to launch the next phase of Generation Beyond – an initiative to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to prepare today’s middle school students for deep space […]

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Dr. Carin Bondar: Using Sex to Teach Biological Concepts

This week we talk sex with Dr. Carin Bondar (specifically, we discuss how science teachers can use sex to teach biological concepts).  As biologist, writer and presenter, Dr. Carin Bondar hosts an independent web series called Wild Sex and has just released her second book, also titled Wild Sex.  Listen to the show to hear ideas on how you might utilize biological sex to teach […]

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Pokémon GO: Has Your Science Classroom Evolved with the Phenomenon?

As students are returning to school, they might be hunting for Pokémon with the wildly popular PokémonGo app. Part of the game allows students students to evolve their Pokémon into other pocket monsters. But is this an accurate portrayal of biological evolution? Can science educators actually use PokémonGo to teach evolution or other scientific concepts? To help answer some of these questions, we are happy to welcome Dr. […]

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On the Lookout: 3D Printers, Virtual Reality, and Drones!

This week’s episode is a Mini-lab.  Mini-lab episodes are shorter versions of the same shows you find at laboutloud.com. To close season nine, we discuss new technologies such as 3D printers, virtual reality and drones.  These newer technologies have recently caught our attention and we are exploring how they might be used in the science classroom.  We also talk with Benjamin Schrom, product manager at […]

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Click on Penguins for Science

This week’s episode is a Mini-lab.  Mini-lab episodes are shorter versions of the same shows you find at laboutloud.com. Our guest for this mini-lab episode is Dr. Tom Hart – penguinologist and lead researcher for Penguin Watch.  Penguin Watch is a project that collects images of penguins and other seabirds from cameras scattered throughout the Southern Ocean.  These images are shared online […]

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Wireless Sensors: Where Are We Now?

This week’s episode is a Mini-lab.  Mini-lab episodes are shorter versions of the same shows you find at laboutloud.com. As a former biology teacher and now product manager at PASCO Scientific, Mike Blasberg has witnessed a transformation in how students collect data in the science classroom. Mike joins us to talk about the evolution of sensors, how we can use a smartphone to collect and analyze […]

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Invention-Based Learning with littleBits STEAM Set

At SXSWedu, we were fortunate to see littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir unveil the new littleBits STEAM set (watch here).  In fact, we were quite impressed to hear about their gender neutral design and see examples of students using the sets to solve real problems. We immediately knew that we had to find out more about this invention-based learning tool, so we are proud to welcome littleBits’ […]

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