Month: January 2015

Flying by the Seat of Your Pants

Hey TTI Friends, I’d hate for you to miss the best kept secret in the educational world.  This secret will not be quiet for long, and you can be the first to introduce it in your school.  Laura Fleming will

020 – Flying by the Seat of Your Pants with Laura Fleming

What is the best strategy for starting a makerspace in your school? How long should you take to plan your makerspace before you get started? Is flying by the seat of your pants a good idea or a bad one? What are the key features of an 8 foot tall DIY teeter totter? Stay tuned for the answers in today’s podcast. Our guest today is Laura Fleming. Laura is a librarian and media specialist at New Milford High School in Jew Jersey. A little over a year ago, she started a makerspace in her library, and the results have been unbelievable. I’m not a big fan of spoilers, so let’s get straight to the interview.

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Discovering the Possibilities with Table Top Inventing

Hey Friends,   Have you thought about starting a project or learning a new skill this year but aren’t sure how to go about it?  Should you take a class, grab a book, or just start tinkering around?  Would you

019 – From Choir to Coding with Ben Meredith

What would lead a music director to a career in computer coding? How can you get people to read your online posts even if the content seems at first to be bland? Is it really necessary to create an explosion every time I light the grill? Why did Nikola Tesla wiggle his toes 100 times every night? What does all this have to do with inventing and education? Our guest today, Ben Meredith, is a self-taught web developer who creates great WordPress plugins. If you aren’t familiar with WordPress, it is a web kit to help average people start a website. Forbes says that 20% of Websites are now powered by WordPress–that’s somewhere north of 60 million websites powered by WordPress–and Ben is developing plugins for this extremely powerful web force. Listen in to see what Ben has to say about the power of the web and self-education.

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018 – Social Engineering with Larry Roland

What is the career path from a mail room clerk to the Marketing Director for a multinational company? What does a marketing guy think about the need for algebra? What is the secret for starting a conversation with someone you don’t know? What is my secret weapon for taking a shallow conversation to a deeper level? Stay tuned for the answers in today’s podcast. Our guest today, Larry Roland, is the marketing director for a major multinational transportation company. Larry shares some candid thoughts about what it means to be educated and how he got his own education.

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2015 International Consumer Electronics Show Highlights

Table Top Inventing Visits CES   This year’s International Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas, Nevada was huge with almost 300 exhibitors displaying the latest in tech innovation.  The Table Top Inventing Crew got to spend 2 days

The Table Top Inventing Podcast is now on Stitcher

Hey Guys, I’ve got some exciting news about the Table Top Inventing Podcast for you.  In addition to being on itunes, Libsyn, and YouTube, we are now available on Stitcher.  That’s 4 ways to subscribe and get updates every week

017 – Firewood Physics with Judy Houser

Do you have to be a techno-geek to start a makerspace? Why are school makerspaces a great social equalizer? How large a log can a small SUV pull? What is Steve’s favorite kind of chainsaw? Tune in to today’s podcast to find out the answers to these and other questions. On today’s show, we are featuring Judy Houser. Judy started a Makerspace this last fall, and we decided to share her story because many teachers want to know how REAL PEOPLE start a makerspace. I suppose that’s no offense to mad scientists like me, but we do want to spread the word that Makerspaces can be started by anyone with a big idea. Tune in to today’s podcast to meet Judy and find out the answers to these and other questions.

Happy New Years from Table Top Inventing!

Hey Friends, Happy New Years from the Table Top Inventing Crew!  If you’re like Debby and I, you have been busy getting ready for the new year.  We have a lot of big things planned for 2015 and can’t wait

016 – Risk and Reward with Troy Hartman

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.