Episode 81 – Bonus Episode! Stephen Hawking comes to town

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL81.mp3 In this bonus episode, we talk with Dr. Kip Thorne (world renowned physicist and longtime friend and colleague of Stephen Hawking) about the wonders of modern physics. Plus, we’re giving away our tickets to see Stephen Hawking! An Evening with Dr. Stephen Hawking and Friends Stephen Hawking has agreed to present his newest discussion “Out of a Black Hole” […]

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Episode 80 – Paul Herder and the National Ocean Sciences Bowl

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL80.mp3 For our final episode, we talk with Wisconsin colleague Paul Herder.  As coach of the Marshfield High School National Ocean Sciences Bowl team, Paul has led the team to win the NOSB for four consecutive years.  Paul talks to us about the regional and final competitions, his recent retirement from teaching, and what he is now doing with his […]

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Episode 79 – Vernier’s Game-Changer

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL79.mp3 Our guest this week is the co-founder of Vernier Software & Technology, David Vernier.  David talks to us about the history of the company, his popular software and data collection hardware, and the release of two new products that are part of Vernier’s Connected Science System – the LabQuest2 and Graphical Analysis iOS app. Links: Vernier Software & Technology About […]

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Episode 78 – “Hunting the Elements” and other resources from NOVA

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL78.mp3 In anticipation of NOVA’s upcoming “Hunting the Elements” special and app, we got in touch with Rachel Connolly – NOVA’s Director of Education.  Rachel talks to us about the show and its accompanying app, NOVA’s Hunting the Elements periodic tweets, and other resources from NOVA.  Listen to the show and watch “Hunting the Elements”, airing 4/4/12 on PBS. Links: Hunting […]

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Episode 77 – Gaming for Science

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL77.mp3 Our guest this week is Zoran Popović.  As director for the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington, Zoran helped create (with David Baker and Seth Cooper) Foldit – a popular online game that teaches protein folding and ultimately allows scientists to discover protein structures through crowdsourcing and community collaboration.  Zoran talks to us about Foldit and using games to help solve […]

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Episode 76 – Not Another Lab Report

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL76.mp3 Our guest this week is Fred Ende.  As a middle-school science teacher, Fred quickly became frustrated with cookie-cutter, partial inquiry and simple scientific method lab reports that rarely engaged students in the content.  Deciding to change this mode, Fred created open-ended lab experiences where students investigated their own questions, became interested in sharing their work, and ultimately improved their […]

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Episode 75 – Superbowl of the Mind

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL74.mp3 This week we talk with Jon Dudas, president of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  Dudas talks to Lab Out Loud about their upcomingrobotics competitions, how they teach kids how to try, fail and succeed, and how hands-on robotic lessons can enhance the classroom experience and spark interest in science education and careers. Links: FIRST FIRST Robotics Competition About Jon […]

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Episode 74 – There’s a Zombie in my Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL74.mp3 This week we talk with Dr. Steven Schlozman, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Lecturer in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Schlozman talks to us about his start in teaching, his recent book “The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse” and how to use zombies to teach science. Links: The Zombie Autopsies “The […]

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Episode 73 – NCSE Now Defending Climate Change Education

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL73.mp3 As science educators are increasingly reporting attacks on climate change education, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is announcing that they will also be defending climate change science in public school science education.  Join us as Dr. Eugenie Scott explains this new initiative for NCSE by adding climate change to their portfolio in defending good science education. Links: […]

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Episode 72 – 2011 Science Breakthroughs of the Year

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL72.mp3 To kick off the new year, we invited Pamela Hines , senior editor at Science, to talk with us about science in 2011.  From the farthest reaches of the universe to the deepest mysteries of the cell, Hines highlights the major science breakthroughs of 2011. Listen to the episode to hear about these discoveries, and what we might expect […]

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Episode 71 – Hack Your Bio Class

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL71.mp3 For the last episode of 2011, we talk with journalist and author Marcus Wohlsen.  Wohlsen is a science writer for the Associated Press who has received abundant praise for his recent book “Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life.” Listen to the episode as Wohlsen talks about his book, the underground community of “biopunks” and how you might […]

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Episode 70 – Go Back in Time with Terra Tempo

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL70.mp3 We welcome David Shapiro to the show to talk about his graphic novel “Terra Tempo: Ice Age Cataclysm”.  Shapiro is the creative director and writer at Craigmore Creations – a publishing house that specializes in Earth science and natural history stories.  In “Terra Tempo”, Shapiro’s young characters travel back in time to Glacial Lake Missoula and witness the resulting […]

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Episode 69 – Success with Science

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL69.mp3 Ever wanted your students to conduct scientific research?  Our guest this week has some insights for you.  A second place winner in the Intel Science awards in 2006, Shiv Gaglani is now a graduate of Harvard working to spur interest in STEM among students.  We talk with Shiv about his book (and website) “Success with Science”,  how to engage […]

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Episode 68 – Modeling Instruction in the Science Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL68.mp3 This week we talk with Mark Schober about using Modeling Instruction in the science classroom.  As president of the American Modeling Teacher’s Association, Mark shares with us a history of modeling, how it can be used in the classroom and that it is for more than just physics courses. Links Schober’s Physics: ModelingPhysics.org Contact Mark Schober Modeling Instruction in […]

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Episode 67 – Take a Field Trip…In Your Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL67.mp3 Our guest this week is Jamie Loizzo, project manager for Purdue zipTrips™. A zipTrip is an electronic, interactive field trip that connects students across the country to scientists at Purdue University.  Through the experience, students are able to observe real-life science laboratories, research and science careers.  Listen to the interview and take your kids on a zipTrip! Links Purdue […]

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Episode 66 – But Are They Really Learning?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL66.mp3 This week we discuss teaching techniques with Frank Noschese.  Frank is a high school physics teacher at John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y.  and an active blogger.  We talk with Frank about blogging, active student engagement, flipped classrooms, psuedoteaching, and the Khan Academy.  Join the conversation and leave your comments. Preview from the Show: There’s a lot of […]

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Episode 65 – Framing a New Vision for Science Education

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL65.mp3 Join us to kick off our 2011-2012 season by talking science standards with Jonathan Osborne from Stanford University.  As a committee member who helped draft the Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards released this summer, Osborne talks to us about science practices, crosscutting concepts and core ideas found within the framework. Preview from the Show: The intention of […]

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