Month: April 2016

087 – Games and Politics with Jay Obernolte

Games and Politics with Jay Obernolte [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode What is it like to write a video game from code in a printed book? Can techie kids learn to have good people skills? How

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Just a Minute, My Brain is on Fire!

A few weeks ago we finished our first Inventor Camp of the year.  The first Inventor Camp of the year is always a little intense.   I’m guilty of raising the level of the challenge yet again.  Last year, we

The Evils of Kits and Step-by-step Instructions?

I like things to be ideal.  In fact, my most dreaded fear in the universe is a set missing one item.   Ok, I admit it.   I’m a little OCD.   But some things in life suffer from too

086 – Understanding Engineers with Joanie Connell

Understanding Engineers with Joanie Connell [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode How much does work-life balance matter to today’s professionals? Why do people communicate differently on email vs phone vs face-to-face? What are the effects of helicopter

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085 – Young Makers with Peggy Healy Stearns

Young Makers with Peggy Healy Stearns [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Can you learn to write software without programming experience? How is educational software unique? How important is technical confidence for young learners? Join us for

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Follow Your Passion? Think Again!

I don’t like being told what to do…   But have you ever tried something just because you were told to try it?   Yeah, my mom told me just to try my asparagus.  It looked about as appetizing as

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Do we want Hoop Jumpers or Risk Takers?

Nothing compares to the first time you take the wheel of a car and feel the power and responsibility.   I was about 8.  My dad and I were driving in his blue Ford F-150 pickup truck.  He pulled over

084 – Succeeding at Education with Ted Dintersmith

Succeeding at Education with Ted Dintersmith [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Why would an entrepreneur and noted venture capitalist zoom in on education? How serious are the educational challenges we face in the US? Is there

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083 – The Longterm View with Peter Skillen

The Longterm View with Peter Skillen [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Do kids really secretly enjoy hard problems? What happens when we let children control their own learning? What can US educators learn from Canadian educators?

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