To prepare for this episode, co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler had to do a little homework: see the movie Interstellar. After seeing it, they knew they had to invite Kip Thorne back to Lab Out Loud.  As Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology, Thorne was the scientific advisor and executive producer of Interstellar.  Dr. Thorne joins Lab Out Loud to discuss Interstellar, the science in the movie, and how it might inspire us to dream about our future.

 

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2904

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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 practicing scientific argumentation, and critical and skeptical thinking.  Listen to the episode as Larry talks to us about the nature of science, and learn how his eBook could help replace (or at least supplement) the standard introductory chapter in any secondary science textbook.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2893

Direct download: LOL117.mp3
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This week Lab Out Loud turns their  attention to science demonstrations.  And who better to talk about demos than Steve Spangler.  Famously known for his Mentos+Diet Coke experiment, Steve is an engaging and entertaining speaker and YouTube sensation.  Steve joins co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to talk about how demonstrations can engage students, while promoting safety, fostering critical thinking and providing suggestions for science you can do at home.  Listen to the show for some inspiration on how you might use more demos and videos in your classroom and at home.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2878

Direct download: LOL116.mp3
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As founder of BirdBrain Technologies and maker of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, Tom Lauwer has been busy infusing robotics into classrooms of all types.  In fact, Tom hails from the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute’s CREATE lab (you might remember the CREATE lab when we talked about robots with Illah Nourbakhsh) where he focused on the process of designing hardware and software to support learners and educational environments.  A few years later, Tom's Hummingbird has been successful in helping teachers enrich their curricula with creativity using robotics.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2856

Direct download: LOL115.mp3
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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 and environmental education.  As the author of the recently published book “Climate Smart & Energy Wise” (Corwin Press), Mark argues how humanity’s greatest challenge is missing from American science classrooms.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2835

Direct download: LOL114.mp3
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Episode 113 - Teaching Pseudoscience in the Classroom

For the final episode of season seven, co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler invite Rodney Schmalz and Steven Lilienfeld to Lab Out Loud.  Schmalz and Lilienfeld recently published an article discussing the use of pseudoscience in the science classroom to help give students the tools needed to differentiate between scientific and pseudo-scientific or paranormal claims.  Listen to the episode to learn how you might use pseudoscience appropriately in your science instruction.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2803

 

Direct download: LOL113.mp3
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This week co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler 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 you can bring back into your classroom to discuss genetically modified organisms.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2782

Direct download: LOL112.mp3
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This week Lab Out Loud welcomes 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 on PBS.  With contagious enthusiasm, Shubin talks to co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler about his experiences as a scientist, teacher, and in communicating science.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2764

Direct download: LOL111.mp3
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Elementary science has been on the minds lately of Lab Out Loud's co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler.  So it is fitting that their guest this week has been working hard helping elementary teachers tackle the Next Generation Science Standards.  As Coordinator for Elementary Science in Baltimore County Schools, Eric Cromwell has the task of moving a large number of schools and teachers into an NGSS based curriculum.  Listen to the show to hear of Eric's experience in this transition as Lab Out Loud discusses how elementary schools can embrace the NGSS.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2757

Direct download: LOL110.mp3
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Join Lab Out Loud this week as hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler talk to 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 Lab Out Loud to talk about his book, our potential future with robots and how students should be inspired to learn with purpose.

Show notes at: Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2735

Direct download: LOL109.mp3
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