Category: Powerful & Profound Podcasts

How does one start as a computer programmer and end up as a lawyer? How is a deeper perspective on history related to Maker Education? What is the difference between seeing the Mona Lisa on a website and seeing it in the Louvre? Our guest this week, Geoff Wiggs, has a few things to say about that. I also have a little bit of a “Don’t try this at home” story in the Great Inventor’s Secrets section. This is an official listener advisory message: Today’s podcast is not for the faint of heart. The material is top-notch, but prepare your sensibilities.

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Can a robotics engineer actually be any good as a stand-up comedian? What happens if you retrofit your car with effects from a racing video game? Do real engineers play with Legos? How do you make your fridge shutoff automatically when you put on weight? Our guest today is Gray Bright. We laugh all the way through this interview, but we’re talking about serious fun. Gray’s creativity and mischievous ideas are infectious. Join us for a fun conversation about inventing, fun, and never growing up!

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How does someone who hates the idea of sky diving end up in a career as an aerial stuntman? What exactly do you have to do to lose your pilot’s license three times? What is the value of risk? In the arena of life, is it more dangerous to play it safe? Our guest today is Troy Hartman, the man with a JetPack! Troy has an amazing story, and it’s peppered with little choices that involved risks. Definitely check out the show notes today to see Troy’s JetPack videos. We showed one particular video in all of our Inventor’s Bootcamp summer camps in 2014 because he did such a great job describing the emotions and responses to risks. Let’s tune in to hear what this engineer and pilot turned stuntman has to say about risk.

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Dr. Thornburg has worked in the field of educational technology since the early 1980’s. His focus is on STEM education, and he is a strong proponent of tinkering as a pathway to helping children learn about engineering. He is the co-author of the book “The Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom” which is aligned to both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Math standards. Listen in as Steve and David talk the advantages of inquiry-driven, project based learning and what education means in a modern world.

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What is digital ethnography? How difficult is it to learn to use a 3D game creation engine? How would Maker Schools change how we do education? Why are initiation rituals a critical right of passage into a society? Speaking of rituals, today’s guest Michael Wesch advocates the adoption of some curious rituals. Keep your headphones in or your bluetooth synced up, because today’s podcast has enough quotable ideas to really stir your noodles. I won’t give any spoilers, so let’s listen in to the conversation Michael and I had recently at the Bakersfield College Learning Technologies Conference.

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