Lab Out Loud's 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 built by schools. Listen to Lab Out Loud to hear Shaun explain what a space engineer is and how you might inspire your students to put an experiment into space.

show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/2016/01/episode-140-thumbsat/

Direct download: LOL140.mp3
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At Lab Out Loud, we love data collection. 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 to hear more about Physics Toolbox and how it can be used to easily collect data in your classroom.

 

Show notes at:

http://laboutloud.com/2016/01/episode-139-physics-toolbox/

Direct download: LOL139.mp3
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Co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler 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 you might use these audio nuggets in your science classroom.

Show notes at:

http://laboutloud.com/2016/01/episode-138-science-underground/

Direct download: LOL138.mp3
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Lab Out Loud welcomes Matt Hartman, the content coordinator for eCYBERMISSION, to the show. 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 co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to talk us about the competition and its alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition, Lab Out Loud even gets a special opportunity to talk with a coach and some of her students who have participated in eCYBERMISSION.

show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/2015/12/episode-137-ecybermission/

 

Direct download: LOL137.mp3
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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 geyser demonstration, science teachers might only get "a bottle of flat Pepsi and too many students who still arrive at college academically unprepared for STEM majors or — perhaps more important — emotionally unprepared to stick it out when the subjects inevitably get tough."  Todd joins us to remind us that fun isn't enough in science, and suggests what intrinsic and extrinsic motivations are actually needed to get students more interested in math and science, and ultimately succeed in these fields.

Direct download: LOL136.mp3
Category:science education -- posted at: 12:30am EST

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, co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler welcome Arthur Eisenkraft (Professor of Science Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston and ExploraVision judge) and Acacia McKenna (Director of Science Education Competitions at the National Science Teachers Association) to the show. Listen now to find out how you can help communicate this opportunity and inspire your students to participate in ExploraVision today!

Show Notes at: http://laboutloud.com/2015/11/episode-135-exploravision

Direct download: LOL135.mp3
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This week, Lab Out Loud welcomes IRIS (the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) to the show. Michael Hubenthal (senior education specialist) and John Taber (Director of Education and Public Outreach) join co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to talk about the educational opportunities in seismology and earth science available from IRIS. Listen to Lab Out Loud to learn how you can use IRIS's recent earthquake teachable moments, earthquake browser, and how you can search for seismology lessons and demonstrations.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/2015/11/episode-134-iris

Direct download: LOL134.mp3
Category:science education -- posted at: 12:30am EST

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 co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler are delighted to welcome Suzanne Thurston and Maria Sosa (both from the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources Program) to the show. Listen to Lab Out Loud to hear Suzanne and Maria discuss how AAAS is working to enhance science education with such initiatives as Science NetLinks, the Active Explorer App, and other resources for science education.

Show notes at:

http://laboutloud.com/2015/10/episode-133-aaas

Direct download: LOL133.mp3
Category:science education -- posted at: 12:30am EST

As Lab Out Loud has been showcasing science videos lately, they decided to investigate what it takes to make a good science video. To that end, co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler 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. Listen to Lab Out Loud to hear Derek discuss his work with Veritasium, what he has learned from the experience, and learn a few hints at how to make a good science video.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/2015/10/episode-132-veritasium

Direct download: LOL132.mp3
Category:science education -- posted at: 12:30am EST

To kick off season nine of Lab Out Loud, co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler welcome Sal Khan to Lab Out Loud.  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, or physics.  The winner will earn a $250,000 scholarship, a $50,000 education grant for the winner's teacher, and a $100,000 cutting-edge science lab designed for the winner’s school.  Do you have an idea for a submission?  Listen to the show to hear more about the competition and how students might create a video to open up everyone's mind.  But hurry - video submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 7!

 

Show notes: http://laboutloud.com/2015/09/episode-131-breakthrough-jr-challenge

Direct download: LOL131.mp3
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