Be Climate Smart with the @NCSE’s Mark McCaffrey

Season eight of of Lab Out Loud starts with our thoughts turning towards climate science.  As Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education, Mark McCaffrey boasts an impressive resume in climate and environmental science.  Mark helped lead the development of the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) and has testified before the House Subcommittee on Research about climate […]

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Lego EV3 Science Activity Pack

Even though our season already closed, we had a chance to talk with Abigail Fern (marketing director for LEGO Education in North America) about Lego’s new Science Activity Pack for EV3.  So we decided to share it with our listeners.   You may recall our conversation last spring with teacher Caroline Hanson last about Lego’s new Mindstorm EV3. It’s not a fully-produced show, but […]

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Episode 112: Science and Politics – GMOs in Hawaii

This week we welcome journalist Amy Harmon to Lab Out Loud.  Harmon recently wrote an article for the NY Times in which she examined a county council in Hawaii that wanted to ban genetically modified organisms.  Listen to the show as Harmon unravels the intersection of politics and science in this heated debate, and you will discover many resources that […]

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Episode 111: Watching the History Inside You with Your Inner Fish

This week we welcome Neil Shubin to the show.  As paleontologist and anatomy professor at the University of Chicago, Shubin has had some fantastic opportunities to hunt for fossils and use them to communicate stories of our own evolution. In 2008, he wrote these stories into Your Inner Fish – a national bestselling book that has now been adapted into a three-part series […]

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Episode 109 – Thinking About Our Future With Robots

Our guest this week is Illah Nourbakhsh, author of Robot Futures.  As Professor of Robotics at The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Illah has been building and thinking about robotics for most of his life.  Illah joins us to talk about his book, our potential future with robots and how students should be inspired to learn with purpose. Links: Illah Nourbakhsh, The […]

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Episode 108 – Science in Early Childhood Education

We invite Karen Worth to the show to discuss NSTA’s recent adoption of a position statement in Early Childhood Science Education.  In addition to helping write the position statement, Worth serves as faculty member at Wheelock College where she teaches courses in elementary education and science education to pre-service and in-service teachers.  Listen to the show to learn about the what […]

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Episode 106 – Story Assessments in Science

This week we welcome Fred Ende back to the show. Fred recently had an article published in the Science Scope (January 2014) discussing the use of stories in assessments.  Fred talks to us about his experience with story assessments, his student results and how you can create your own story assessments. Links: Science Scope: Every Assessment Tells a Story Lab Out […]

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Episode 104 – An Online Physics Course…With Lab!

This week we learn about MOOCs with Michael Schatz.   As professor of physics at Georgia Tech, Schatz has been running a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for Introductory Physics I with Laboratory.  Schatz talks to us about his experience with the class, how the online lab requirements work, and his plans to expand it. Links: Michael Schatz, School of […]

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One Hecto-sode: 100 Episodes Promoting Science Education

For our 100th episode, we welcome Glenn Branch to the show.  As Deputy Director for the National Center for Science Education, Glenn talks to us about the center, how they support climate change education, and how the NCSE can defend science in your classroom. Lab Out Loud thanks NSTA and our listeners for support of 100 episodes. Listen to how we […]

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Episode 97 – The Focus Microscope Camera for iPad

Our guest this week is Exo Labs CTO and co-founder, Jeff Stewart. As a new startup in science education, Exo Labs recently released their Focus microscope camera and iPad App. Replacing the eyepiece on any standard microscope, the Focus camera streams a high quality image to the iPad screen where it can be recorded and shared. Jeff talks to us […]

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Episode 94 – Pick Your Poison

We catch up this week with Deborah Blum.  Blum first joined us on Periodicity to talk about science journalism.  Since then, Blum has written “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.”  Blum talks to us about poisons, forensic medicine, and literacy in the science classroom. Links Deborah Blum deborahblum.com Speakeasy Science Wired […]

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Episode 93 – Making Connections Between Home, School and Science

Prompted by listener feedback, we talk this week with Sherri Smith Dodgson.  As “Miss Science,” founder of Discover Science 4 Kids, and co-founder of SciPreneur, Dodgson has been an active science educator both in and out of the classroom.  Dodgson talks to us about her experiences working with getting kids interested in science. Links: Discover Science 4 Kids SciPreneur SUU […]

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Episode 92 – STEM in Primary Classrooms

As the Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language Arts are being adopted and implemented in classrooms nationwide, educators have been wondering if there will be any room left for science – especially for younger students.  When we caught wind of a growing movement to increase STEM content in Minnesota elementary schools, we knew we had to investigate. […]

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Episode 90 – Looking at Our DNA with 23andMe

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL90.mp3 To prepare for this week’s episode, Dale and I had to do some homework: spit into a tube.  Carrying our DNA, this tube was mailed to 23andMe for analysis.  Now that we have our results, we were able to talk with Emily Drabant – a research community manager (with a PhD in neuroscience) at 23andMe.  Emily talks to us about 23andMe, how […]

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Episode 88 – Making the Change From MSDS to SDS

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL88.mp3 To kick of the new year, we caught up with Dr. Ken Roy to discuss safety in the science classroom (and throughout the school).  Serving as the Safety Compliance Consultant for NSTA, Ken often writes about safety for the Science Teacher and for Science Scope.  Ken talks to us about OSHA’s recent adoption of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals […]

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Episode 87 – Using Technology in Science Instruction

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL87.mp3 Have you been striving to use more technology in your science instruction?  Our guest this week may have some insights for you.  We talk with Randy Bell – co-author of “Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom,” and Associate Dean and Professor of Science Education in the College of Education at Oregon State University.  Randy talks to us about the […]

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Episode 86 – Questioning in Science

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL86.mp3 Prompted from listener feedback, we talk with Christian Eatough – a science teacher from the MLC School in Sydney, Australia.  Christian has been experimenting with the role of questioning in the science classroom, where he has been successful in getting students to ask questions to use them as the basis of practical work.  Christian talks to us about science education […]

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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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