It’s Mole Day! How do you Celebrate?

It’s Mole Day! Celebrated on October 23, Mole Day recognizes Avogadro’s number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic unit of measurement in chemistry. We discuss mole day, reminisce on how we have celebrated it, and celebrate the founder of the National Mole Day Foundation: Maurice Oehler (a Wisconsin Science Teacher).  How do you celebrate Mole Day?  Leave a comment, […]

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STEM Education in the Every Student Succeeds Act

As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes full effect this fall, educators might be curious to know how this new legislation affects STEM education. To help us navigate through ESSA, we welcome James Brown to the show. As executive director of the STEM Education Coalition, James works with the Coalition to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about […]

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Using Pop Culture to Teach Science

Our guest this week is Matt Brady.  Along with his wife Shari, these two high school science teachers have been working to bring pop culture into the classroom to increase student engagement and understanding of science.  Their website The Science Of helps broadcast these ideas and strategies with the goal of providing a place for popular culture to act as a springboard to […]

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STEM and Modern Agriculture

Valerie Bayes joins Lab Out Loud this week to talk about modern agriculture.  As the K-12 STEM Outreach Lead for Monsanto, Valerie is busy engaging educators in modern agriculture where cross-cutting concepts like engineering, math, and biology are used to solve important problems in our world today.  Through Monsanto’s STEM page, Valerie assists educators in finding powerful classroom resources and even helps teachers […]

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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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Good Thinking! from Smithsonian Science Center [re-release]

NOTE: This is a re-release of episode 130 – one of our most popular episodes that we did in the summer of 2015.  Since they first released Good Thinking! last summer, The Smithsonian Science Education Center has been hard at work producing many more of these wonderful, short-format videos to support K-12 science educators. Listen to the episode for the first […]

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Climate Change in Science Education: Survey Results

In February, the journal Science published an article entitled “Climate Confusion Among U.S. Teachers” that has been attracting a great deal of mainstream media attention. Examining a nationwide survey of how middle school and high science teachers address climate change in their classes, the article reveals some encouraging insights and uncovers a few areas for improvement. To help us better […]

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Physics Toolbox: Data Collection with Student Smartphones

We love collecting data. That’s why we are happy to welcome Chrystian and Rebecca Vieyra to the show.  Working as an app developer and high school physics teacher, this husband and wife team developed Physics Toolbox – a suite of apps that use the built-in sensors inside smartphones to complement the current probeware used in classrooms. Listen to the show […]

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Making Science Fun. Now What?

  Our guest this week is Todd L. Pittinsky, professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University.  Todd and Nicole Diamante (a doctoral candidate in engineering at Stony Brook) recently wrote an article that caught our eyes. In “Going Beyond Fun in STEM,” (Phi Delta Kappan) Pittinsky and Diamante suggest that perhaps after the Mentos […]

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Teachable Moments and other Seismology Resources from IRIS

Our guests this week come from IRIS – the  Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.  Michael Hubenthal (senior education specialist) and John Taber (Director of Education and Public Outreach) join us to talk about the educational opportunities in seismology and earth science available from IRIS.  Listen to the show to learn how you can use IRIS’s recent earthquake teachable moments, earthquake browser, and how you can search […]

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Science NetLinks, Active Explorer and other Resources from AAAS

Many science teachers will recognize that AAAS (the American Association for the Advancement of Science) publishes the respected peer-reviewed journal Science.  As the world’s largest general scientific society, AAAS also promotes science literacy with the goal that all students receive a high-quality science education.  That’s why we are delighted to welcome Suzanne Thurston and Maria Sosa (both from the AAAS Directorate […]

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Leading With Awesome: How to Make a Good Science Video

As we have been talking about science videos lately, we decided to investigate what it takes to make a good science video.  So we invited Derek Muller, creator and host of Veritasium: An Element of Truth to the show. Veritasium is a YouTube channel of science and engineering videos featuring experiments, interviews, demos, and other cool science topics.  Derek joins us to talk […]

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Good Thinking! from Smithsonian Science Education Center

  From the Smithsonian Science Education Center, we welcome Marjee Chmiel (Associate Director of Curriculum and Communications) and Jean Flanagan (Science Education Research Specialist) to showcase Good Thinking!  – a new animated series that explores topics in science, cognition, and pedagogy.  Using peer-reviewed research, Good Thinking! addresses common student misconceptions with short, animated episodes specifically geared towards science educators. Listen to the episode to find out more about Good […]

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Easy, Mobile Measurement with @ThePocketLab

To close our eighth season at Lab Out Loud, we welcome Clifton Roozeboom to the show.  We first met Clifton at the NSTA 2015 Conference in Chicago, where we noticed his company – The PocketLab.  Built to be a small, rugged wireless sensor platform, the PocketLab can measure acceleration, force, angular velocity, magnetic field, pressure, altitude, and temperature while simultaneously reporting to a device […]

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Using the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning Framework

Prompted from listener feedback, we welcome Dr. Kate McNeill and Dr. Joe Krajcik to the show.  As authors of Supporting Grade 5-8 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science, Kate and Joe join us to talk about using the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning (CER) framework as a method to guide students towards explanations in science.  Listen to the show to understand what CER is […]

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Science in Upcoming State Legislation, Conference Recap

Our guest this week is John Timmer, senior science editor for Ars Technica.  John has been paying particular attention to state legislatures that, in the first few month of each year, tend to propose bills that attempt to dictate how science is taught in their schools.  Listen to the show to hear what bills might affect teaching science in your state. […]

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Follow #NGSSChat on Twitter

Have you wanted to reach out to other science teachers with your questions about NGSS?  Our guests this week can help.  Using Twitter, Fred Ende and Tricia Shelton moderate #NGSSchat – an online forum to learn and share around the Next Generation Science Standards and great science teaching.  Listen to the show to find out how you can “lurk”, learn and […]

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The Illustrated Women in Science with @CountDvL

Continuing our exploration of art in science, we invite author, illustrator and math/science teacher Dale Debakcsy to the show.  Every two weeks, Debakcsywrites and illustrates about important women in science.  Now that he has now completed half of his two-year project, Debakcsy has compiled the first 26 portraits into a book called The Illustrated Women in Science: Year One.  Listen to the […]

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Science Surprises: An eBook to Help Your Students Explore the Nature of Science

As webmaster for the ENSI (Evolution and the Nature of Sciences Institute) website, Larry Flammer has helped to provide a number of free, student-centered, interactive lessons focusing on the nature of science.  So Larry wrote Science Surprises: Exploring the Nature of Science – a text supplement available as an eBook that helps teach the nature of science, with lessons for […]

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