Month: December 2015

071 – Finding Resonance with Dr. Steve Kurti

Finding Resonance with Dr. Steve Kurti [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Do you have teenagers? We often think of teenagers as difficult or challenging, but is it possible that they are really the most innovative members

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070 – Educating Your Curiosity with Geoff Wiggs

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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069 – Inspiring Engineers with Gray Bright

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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068 – Calculated Risk 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.

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067 – A Real Education with Dr. David Thornburg

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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066 – Transformational Learning 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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065 – Taking Back Education with Linda Polin

Linda Polin - Profound and Powerful Podcast

In this episode, that originally aired on November 6, 2014, Steve and Dr. Linda Polin have a lively discussion about taking back education from the forces that have corrupted it, including the answers to questions such as:

How can you learn secrets directly from a great inventor?
How do we take back education from the dark forces of the universe?
How can we help students become who they were meant to be?

Stay tuned. Some of Linda’s answers may surprise you!

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Three Most Important Success Habits

It’s December, and next year is coming fast. Have you ever had the opportunity to sit down with a successful executive to pick their brain about how they got where they are? If you feel like you need help knowing

064 – Ambition and Service with Mark Stoleson

Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast where we discuss innovation, success, and the path to a good life for teens and those who guide them. We have a special treat for you today. I had an opportunity to bump into a successful executive at a business conference earlier this fall. I was so impressed by his story and the values of their company that I knew I had to find a way to bring his wisdom to our show.

Mark Stoleson is the CEO at Legatum a global private investment fund based in Dubai–The United Arab Emirates. I love the way Mark frames his experience. As you listen to this interview remember some of the greatest success stories began in humble places. It isn’t about getting it right every time. Success is about how you face what life brings. Let’s listen in for timeless wisdom from a life well-lived.

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