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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Talking Movies with Andy Howell

Our guest this week is Andy Howell, scientist at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) and Adjunct Faculty in physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Besides studying supernovae and working with robotic telescopes, Andy (with James Darling) has been working on a podcast to evaluate the scientific content in movies and the portrayal of scientists in media. Called […]

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A Space Engineer’s Guide to Exploration

Our guest this week is Shaun Whitehead, space engineer and founder of Thumbsat. Dreaming of once becoming an astronaut, Shaun now provides the engineering reality to put experiments in space with Thumbsat – a thumbsize platform for space exploration complete with microcontroller, camera, radio, GPS and temperature sensors. Thumbsat data can be harvested through Thumbnet, a global network of monitoring stations (which can even be […]

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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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Science Answers in Two Minutes

We are proud to welcome fellow science podcaster Ainissa Ramirez to Lab Out Loud.  As scientist, inventor and self-proclaimed science evangelist, Ainissa is the host of Science Underground – a new, two-minute podcast that delivers a science topic in an enjoyable and easy to understand fashion. Listen to the show to hear Ainissa discuss the importance of science communication the inspiration for her topics, and how […]

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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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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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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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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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Make Collaborative, Beautiful Graphs with Plot.ly

Inspired by a session at the NSTA 2015 Conference in Chicago, we talk with Plot.ly founder and COO Matt Sundquist.  As a relatively young graphing program, Plot.ly makes it easy to collaboratively analyze and visualize data.  Matt talks to us about Plot.ly, how it can be used in the science classroom, and how you can even import real data into this […]

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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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Visualizing Molecular Structure and Function with Art

Our guest this week is scientist and artist Dr. David Goodsell.  As Associate Professor at the Scripps Research Institute, Dr. Goodsell splits his time on research and science outreach.  His science outreach includes artwork featured online, in a variety of media and even in science museums.  Listen to the show to learn how Dr. Goodsell makes his art, how accurate […]

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