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

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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

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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

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Co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler 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 Lab Out Loud to learn about the what the position statement says about young children and science learning, and why this is a unique and progressive statement.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2722

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Join co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler and they talk about Snowy Owls with Ryan Brady. As research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR, Ryan serves as the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Bird Monitoring Coordinator.  Listen to Lab Out Loud as Ryan talks about this winter's snowy owl irruption, how to connect with other birders, and how you might be able to find snowy owls in your own region.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2705

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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.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2686

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As the nation thaws out from record lows, co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler thought it would be a good time to chat with meteorologist Jeff Last about our cold weather.  Jeff is a Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Green Bay, WI. Listen to Lab Out Loud as Jeff explains the Polar Vortex, and discusses our cold weather and atmospheric phenomena that can be observed at these low temperatures.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2673

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As professor of physics at Georgia Tech, Schatz has been running a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for introductory physics with laboratory.  Schatz talks to Lab Out Loud about his experience with the class, how the online lab requirements work, and his plans to expand it.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/?p=2661

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Imagine the chemistry set of the 21st century; that's the idea behind a new  competition.  SPARK, The Science Play and Research Kit competition, is a project of the Society for Science & the Public, in collaboration with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  To learn more about the competition, Lab Out Loud contacted Janet Coffey - program officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  Listen to hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to learn how you can submit an idea or prototype for the competition.

Show notes at:
http://laboutloud.com/?p=2648

Direct download: LOL103.mp3
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This week hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler explore the world of sensors by talking with Mark Wagner - engineer and designer of Sensordrone. Sensordrone is a handheld sensor that wirelessly connects to your smartphone to measure temperature, humidity, light, carbon monoxide levels, and other environmental conditions. Listen to the show to hear Mark talk to Lab Out Loud about Sensordrone, the history and potential future of sensors, and how they could be used in the science classroom.

Show notes at: http://laboutloud.com/2013/11/episode-102-measure-your-world-with-sensordrone/

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