Month: March 2015

Research, Advocacy, and Experimenting with Chris Schaffer

Hang on to your hats!  Today’s podcast with Chris Schaffer is jam packed!  Chris is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Cornell University.  We’ll talk about his views on how we teach

028 – Science and Creativity with Chris Schaffer

Could recent research be a breakthrough in Alzheimer’s treatment? Is science more than equations and logical pursuits? Could it be that science is more about creativity than logic? Listen in to today’s podcast for the surprising answers! Today’s interview may bring some surprises. My discussion with Chris Schaffer, a professor at Cornell University, unearths some common myths and dusts off the truth about science. The perspectives in today’s podcast are not for the faint of heart, so prepare for a massive unveiling.

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027 – STEAM Carnival with Brent Bushnell

Where can I find a circus that employs engineers? Can learning to prepare sushi impact engineering ideas? How can we rebrand Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to be fun? How do we make STEM subjects more like driving a Ferrari than like driving a grocery getter? Grab a hold of something solid because today’s podcast is going to rock your world! Brent Bushnell, the founder and CEO of Two-Bit Circus, is going to blow the doors off. Brent and his business partner Eric have started a high-tech circus staffed not with circus barkers and tight rope walkers but with engineers, scientists, and computer programmers. Let’s listen in to a high flying conversation!

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Cube Satellites and Education with Kevin Simmons

Today on the Table Top Inventing Podcast, I get to chat with aerospace junkie and life long science aficionado Kevin Simmons.  Kevin currently works as an analyst for the National Science Foundation.  He is also the founder and CEO of

026 – Cube Satelites with Kevin Simmons

What is a Cube Satellite? Can normal schools really get their projects into space? Are there ways to simulate space conditions or run outerspace experiments without breaking the bank? How does a middle school teacher end up working at the National Science Foundation and starting a business getting middle schoolers into CubeSats? Few people understand fun, science, and teenagers better than our guest today. Kevin Simmons has a small business aimed at getting middle schoolers into space projects and satellite experiments. I don’t want to spoil the fun so let’s let Kevin tell us more about it.

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Strange Rituals with Michael Wesch!

Today on the Table Top Inventing Podcast, we are speaking with education rock star Michael Wesch!! Michael is a professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University and is currently studying 3D game engines to capture stories which are fading

025 – Digital Ethnography with Michael Wesch

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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