Real-life da Vinci Mystery Inspires Global School Competition

Here’s a competition we thought we could share with our listeners (and their students), from our friends at Forensic Outreach (www.forensicoutreach.com): Over one thousand schools around the world will race to unravel a real-life mystery that has long captivated the art world as part of a worldwide STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) competition. Designed for ages 11 to 16, the […]

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Propose a Solution for a Real Problem with eCYBERMISSION

  Our guest this week is Matt Hartman, the content manager for eCYBERMISSION. Sponsored by the Army and administered by NSTA, eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams tasked with proposing a solution to a real problem in their community.  Matt joins us to tell us about the competition and its alignment to the Next Generation Science […]

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Creating Next Generation Scientists with ExploraVision

  Do your students have a vision for the future? Then they might be motivated to enter the 23rd Annual Toshiba/NSTA annual ExploraVision competition. Through problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills, this K-12 science competition encourages students to imagine and explore a vision of a technology 20 years into the future.  To help explain what ExploraVision is and how to participate, we welcome Arthur Eisenkraft (Professor of […]

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Sal Khan explains the Breakthrough Junior Challenge

To kick off season nine of Lab Out Loud, we welcome Sal Khan to the show.  As founder of The Khan Academy, Sal is encouraging students age 13-18 to submit a 10-minute video to the Breakthrough Junior Challenge.  Presented by The Breakthrough Prize and The Khan Academy, The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is currently seeking innovative videos from students that explain a challenging concept or theory of mathematics, life sciences, […]

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Episode 103 – Reimagining the Chemistry Set

Imagine the chemistry set of the 21st century.  That’s the idea behind a new competition.  SPARK, The Science Play and Research Kit competition, is a project of the Society for Science & the Public, in collaboration with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  To tell us more about the competition, we contacted Janet Coffey – program officer for science learning at […]

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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 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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