Underwater Robot Takes STEM to New Heights

Fredi Lavjardi teaches marine science at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, where he is also coach of Falcon Robotics – an extracurricular high school STEM program that won the 2004 MATE National Underwater ROV championships with their robot “Stinky”, besting juggernaut teams such as MIT.  This inspiring story was originally covered by Wired Magazine, expanded by the same author into a book, and graced […]

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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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Carving into STEM with Inventables

Our guest this week is Zach Kaplan.  As founder and CEO of Inventables, Kaplan hopes to inspire and enlist a new wave of makers with tools like Carvey (a desktop 3D carving machine) and Easel (a simple and free cloud-based app for 3D design to carving).  In schools, with an increased focus on engineering and a push to include more STEAM classes and Makerspaces, these tools […]

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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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Global Virtual Field Trip to Mars – Oct 4

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education, middle school students from around the World are are invited to explore STEM Careers in Deep Space Exploration with this Inaugural Virtual Event on October 4, 2016. WHAT: Global Virtual Field Trip for Middle School Classrooms, which features unique access to: Orion crew module and the test lab team simulating and testing Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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