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Promoting education in engineering and design for all ages. Produced by Pius Wong, engineer.

This podcast is for educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents interested in bringing engineering to younger ages. Listen to real conversations among various professionals in the engineering education space, as we try to find better ways to educate and inspire kids in engineering thinking.

Topics to cover are intended to be wide-ranging. They include overcoming institutional barriers to engineering in K12, cool ways to teach engineering, equity in access to engineering, industry needs for engineers, strategies for training teachers, "edtech" solutions for K12 classrooms, curriculum and pedagogy reviews, and research on how kids learn engineering knowledge and skills. Thanks for listening!


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Best Movies for Engineering

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, May 23, 2017


What are the best movies and TV shows in entertainment for inspiring your thinking in engineering? Rachel, Sadhan, and Pius talk about their top suggestions, and they discuss how they affect perceptions of engineering. Mentioned in this episode: • Star Trek Voyager (TV show): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112178/ • The Matrix (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/ • Hidden Figures (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/ • The Imitation Game (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2084970/ • Ex Machina (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470752/ • Five Nights at Freddy’s (video game): http://fivescarynights.com/five-nights-at-freddys • The Terminator (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088247/ • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103064/ • Big Hero Six (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2245084/ • The Lego Movie (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1490017/ • Interstellar (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816692/ • Contact (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118884/ • 2001: A Space Odyssey (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/ • How a differential gear works video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4JhruinbWc • Star Trek TNG (TV show): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092455/ • Minority Report (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181689/ • The Martian (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3659388/ • MacGyver (TV show): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088559/ • MythBusters (TV show): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383126/ • Spider-Man (Movie): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145487/ • Bill Nye the Science Guy (TV show): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0173528/ • Beauty and the Beast (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2771200/ The “Engineering Word Of The Day Podcast” mentioned in the post-show notes is linked here: • Engineering Word Of The Day (podcast site): http://engineeringwordoftheday.com • Engineering Word Of The Day (podcast on iTunes): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/engineering-word-of-the-day/id1237773605 • Engineering Word Of The Day (podcast on Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/EngineeringWordOfTheDay/ Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out the book and ebook “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong, on Amazon, Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other retailers: http://www.pioslabs.com/improv4design.html

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An English Teacher's Advice on STEM

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, May 16, 2017


English teacher and author Roxanna Elden talks about her tips for new teachers, how to form your personal Board of Advisors as a teacher, how to teach writing in any classroom, and more, in this discussion. She draws on her research talking to many other new teachers, as well as her own experience, to share advice. Mentioned in this episode: • Roxanna Elden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoxannaElden • "See Me After Class" - book by Roxanna Elden: http://roxannaelden.com/sample-page-three/ • “Ten Writing Skills that All Teachers Can Reinforce,” article by Roxanna Elden: http://roxannaelden.com/2009/10/ten-resources-all-teachers-can-reinforce/ • “Teacher Dreams and Nightmares”: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep16.html • Roxanna Elden’s article on edtech: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2011/11/the_relationship_status_of_teachers_and_educational_technology_its_complicated.html Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out the book and ebook “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong, on Amazon, Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other retailers: http://www.pioslabs.com/improv4design.html

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Engineers' Favorite Teachers

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, May 09, 2017


What makes a good teacher for future engineers? In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, we ask five practicing engineers about their favorite teachers growing up. The engineers come from different disciplines, and they all share the best qualities of the teachers who made an impact on them. Mentioned in this episode: • National Teacher Appreciation Week at the National PTA: http://www.pta.org/ThankATeacher • University Interscholastic League (UIL) of Texas: http://www.uiltexas.org/ • Discover Magazine: http://discovermagazine.com/ Our closing music is from "When You Go" by Steve Combs, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out the book and ebook “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong, on Amazon, Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other retailers: http://www.pioslabs.com/improv4design.html

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Active Learning in Computer Science

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, May 02, 2017


We talk strategies for teaching computer science (CS), with Dr. Cynthia Taylor, a computer science professor at The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Cynthia does research on effective CS education pedagogy, which includes active learning in the classroom. She talks about her research, how to handle not knowing all of CS when you’re teaching CS, the imbalance of experience in students’ experience with CS, and her own educational background. Mentioned in this episode: • Cynthia Taylor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC): https://www.cs.uic.edu/~cynthiat/ • Paper on peer instruction for CS: https://www.cs.uic.edu/~cynthiat/pubs/cbtaylor_iticse13.pdf • Flipped classroom resources: https://www.edutopia.org/blogs/tag/flipped-classroom • Force Concept Inventory: https://www.physport.org/assessments/assessment.cfm?A=FCI • AP Computer Science test: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-computer-science-a • "Stuck in the Shallow End" - book by Jane Margolis: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3082774-stuck-in-the-shallow-end • Peer Instruction for CS resource website: http://peerinstruction4cs.com/ • Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education: http://sigcse.org/sigcse/ • Association for Computer Machinery Digital Library: http://dl.acm.org/ Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out the book and ebook “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong, on Amazon, Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other retailers: http://www.pioslabs.com/improv4design.html

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Teaching Ethics

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Apr 25, 2017


How do you teach ethics to engineering students? Guests Dr. Beccy Hambright and Richard Burgess talk about their experience tackling that question, particularly when it comes to students in K-12. They share their history at the Texas Tech University College of Engineering, where they supported students and teachers in engineering and engineering ethics. Hambright ran the Texas STEM Center until 2012, and Burgess teaches engineering ethics classes to students. Hambright and Burgess then discuss the importance of ethics in the field, pedagogical techniques for K-12, the importance of diversity, and project-based learning in class. Mentioned in this episode: • Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism at Texas Tech University: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/murdoughcenter/index.php • National Institute for Engineering Ethics: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/murdoughcenter/center/niee/ • Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System: http://tinyurl.com/o82q6ah • Texas STEM Center Coalition: http://www.txstem.org/ • Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering: http://www.tame.org/ • Contact info for Richard Burgess: richard.burgess@ttu.edu • Contact info for Dr. Beccy Hambright: beccy.hambright@ttu.edu • The Buck Institute: https://www.bie.org/ • National Academy of Engineering Center for Engineering Ethics and Society: https://www.nae.edu/26187.aspx Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out the book and ebook “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong, on Amazon, Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other retailers: http://www.pioslabs.com/improv4design.html

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Aerospace Engineering for Future Pilots

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Apr 18, 2017


Studying engineering might help you in your future career, especially if that future is in the Air Force. Today’s guest is a pilot who studied aerospace engineering for an undergraduate degree, and he explains how that education is still helping him now even as he learns to fly jets. He also gives ideas for what motivates students to learn about aerospace engineering, even if the content can sometimes be difficult. Mentioned in this episode: • Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois: http://aerospace.illinois.edu/ Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out the book and ebook “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong, on Amazon, Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other retailers: http://www.pioslabs.com/improv4design.html

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Gaming Culture for Computer Science and Engineering Education

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Apr 11, 2017


How can we harness the power of games for education? In Part 1 of the episode, the podcast explores how the PAX South 2017 gaming conference inspired ideas in better engineering education. In Part 2, we hear from two team members of TEALS, a group supported by Microsoft Philanthropies that was also at PAX. TEALS has been around since 2009, matching volunteer CS professionals with K-12 teachers in schools and developing CS curricula. John Jannone and Brett Wortzman from TEALS explained how they already use games to teach computer science to K-12 students. They discuss how to use game design, content creation, and play to achieve student learning objectives. Mentioned in this episode: • TEALS at Microsoft: https://www.tealsk12.org/ • Apply to be a volunteer for TEALS: https://www.tealsk12.org/volunteers/ • PAX South video game conference: http://south.paxsite.com/ • Convert: https://www.yodeogames.com/products/convert • Happy Chess: http://happychess.net/ • Pixel RU Squared: http://pixel.game/ • Bullet journal method: http://bulletjournal.com/ • Descendants of Erdrick band: http://www.descendantsoferdrick.com/ • Video of full talk, courtesy of Karsten Sethre and audio tech Josef: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1rTnkprCfM • TED talk from Daphne Bavalier “Your brain on video games”: https://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_bavelier_your_brain_on_video_games • Meta analysis on games and learning by Douglas Clark: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3102/0034654315582065 • Civilization (“Civ”) game: https://www.civilization.com/ • Portal 2 game: http://www.thinkwithportals.com/ • Minecraft Forge modding package: https://files.minecraftforge.net/ • Grudgeball review game: http://toengagethemall.blogspot.com/2013/02/grudgeball-review-game-where-kids-attack.html • Settlers of Catan tabletop game: http://www.catan.com/ • Angry Birds game: https://www.angrybirds.com/ • Lightbot game: https://lightbot.com/flash.html • TED talk from Jane McGonigal “Gaming can make a better world”: https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world • TEALS Intro to CS curriculum gitbook: https://github.com/TEALS-IntroCS Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out the book and ebook “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong, on Amazon, Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other retailers: http://www.pioslabs.com/improv4design.html

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Justice in Engineering Education

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Mar 28, 2017


The SXSW Education conference and festival this year highlighted equity, fairness, and justice as a major theme. How does this apply to engineering and computer science education? This episode explores the views of various speakers and attendees at SXSW, starting with Dr. Chris Emdin, who emphasized that education is a civil rights issue. Then it looks at the relevant views of college students, educational leaders, teachers, and industry professionals. Finally Aditya Voleti and Michelle Ching share their thoughts on equity in educational technology, coming from the perspective of two teachers-turned-entrepreneurs. Mentioned in this episode: • Dr. Chris Emdin’s SXSW Edu talk: https://youtu.be/XbBwM1c-6xM • Proposed Texas Senate bill for student input: https://legiscan.com/TX/research/SB508/2015 • Proposed Texas House bill for student input: https://legiscan.com/TX/research/HB1585/2015 • Hidden Figures movie on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/ • Code2040: http://www.code2040.org/ • Laura Weidman Powers’ SXSW Edu talk: https://youtu.be/eYh0fVfFggY • Oracle Academy: https://academy.oracle.com/ • The University of Texas Center for STEM Education: https://stemcenter.utexas.edu/ • Landmark Consulting Group: https://www.consultlandmark.org/ • Literator: http://www.literatorapp.com/ • The Lean Lab: http://theleanlab.org/ • Startup Weekend EDU: https://startupweekend.org/interests/EDU Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out the book and ebook “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong, on Amazon, Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other retailers: http://www.pioslabs.com/improv4design.html

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New EdTech and More at SXSW

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Mar 21, 2017


Robots, role models, rap, and more all stood out at the 2017 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and festival. Pius highlights products, programs, and ideas at SXSW that might especially interest engineering educators. Mentioned in this episode: • SXSW Edu: http://sxswedu.com/ • WE: https://www.we.org/ • AP WE (CS + service learning): https://advancesinap.collegeboard.org/initiatives/ap-we-service • CS4All NYC: https://csnyc.org/our-work/cs4all • Kahoot: https://getkahoot.com/ • GLICODE and Pocky: http://cp.glico.jp/glicode/en/ • Puzzlets from Digital Dreamlabs: https://www.digitaldreamlabs.com/ • PolyBot hydroponic system by Poly: http://mypolybot.com/ • Trashbots: https://www.trashbots.org/ • Kuri robot: https://www.heykuri.com/ • Open Source Skateboards: http://www.opensourceboards.com/ • Panoform VR creation tools: http://www.panoform.com/ • Science with Tom: https://www.youtube.com/user/tomcfad • Omnipointment platform for group projects: https://www.omnipointment.com/ • Project Paradigm: http://www.projectparadigm.org/ • Explo: https://www.explo.org/ • MIT Independent Activities Period: http://web.mit.edu/iap/ • No Boundaries USA: http://www.nobarriersusa.org/ • Expanding Yor Horizons symposium for girls, supported by No Barriers: http://nocoeyh.wix.com/home • ChickTech: https://chicktech.org/ Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out the book and ebook “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong, on Amazon, Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other retailers: http://www.pioslabs.com/improv4design.html

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Data Visualization Tips and Tricks

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Mar 07, 2017


How can we deal with data better? How can we teach kids to deal with data better? Sarah Morris from the nonprofit Nuclear Learning Network has some answers. She educates students and the general population on better data visualization, or dataviz, and how to use modern tools for dataviz. Related to this episode: • The Nucleus Learning Network: http://www.nucleuslearningnetwork.org/ • Art Science Gallery in Austin, TX: http://www.artsciencegallery.com/ • DataViz example at The Nucleus Learning Network: http://www.nucleuslearningnetwork.org/datavis/ • Social Explorer (mapping tool): http://www.socialexplorer.com/ • RAW (chart-building tool): http://rawgraphs.io/ • The Law & Order Database: https://www.overthinkingit.com/2012/11/13/the-law-and-order-database-all-20-seasons/ • Tips on using the Excel chart recommender: http://www.k2e.com/tech-update/tips/689-tips-using-recommended-charts-in-excel • Periodic Table of Visualization: http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html • Chart Juice: http://labs.juiceanalytics.com/chartchooser/index.html • The Guardian data visualization: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/data-visualisation Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out the book and ebook “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong, on Amazon, Apple iBooks, and other retailers: http://www.pioslabs.com/improv4design.html

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Mobile Game and App Reviews

Author: Pius Wong
Mon, Feb 27, 2017


Pius reviews with Rachel five mobile apps related to engineering education, available on Android and iOS. A ten-year-old guest reviewer also gives her thoughts on some of the games, to get a third perspective. The games were pulled from the top-ranking engineering-themed games listed in app stores as of the beginning of 2017. Related to this episode: • Brain It On!: http://brainitongame.com/ • Gears Logic Puzzles: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.stropin.gearslogicpuzzles&hl=en • Engineer : Cars: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/engineer-cars/id586093106?mt=8 • Echochrome on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echochrome • “Anamorphic art” on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anamorphosis • Truss Me!: http://www.scientificmonkey.com/software.html • Gliffy online flowcharting: https://www.gliffy.com/ • EveryCircuit: http://everycircuit.com/ Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong on Amazon in print or for Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520634900 It is also available as an ebook on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/704613 (Limited time 20% off promo code: EH22M)

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Orthopaedics Engineering for Kids and Teens

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Feb 21, 2017


Dr. Jenni Buckley and Dr. Amy Trauth-Nare from the University of Delaware talk about Orthopaedics in Action (OIA), their curriculum in biomechanics and engineering design for middle school and high school students. They used their respective expertise in mechanical engineering and K-12 education to create the hands-on OIA lessons, which originated from an initiative to attract more women into orthopaedics as engineers and doctors. Hear them discuss the curriculum, the benefits of lessons rooted in biology, educational partnerships, and lessons in toy design, among other topics. Related to this episode: • The Professional Development Center for Educators at the University of Delaware: http://www.pdce.udel.edu/ • Orthopaedics in Action (OIA) curriculum: http://perryinitiative.org/orthoinaction/ • Perry Initiative: www.perryinitiative.org • Sawbones: www.sawbones.com • “Find Your Center,” article in The Science Teacher: http://digital.nsta.org/display_article.php?id=2554119&view=327538 • Project Lead The Way (PLTW) at The University of Delaware: http://www.cehd.udel.edu/pltw/ • MIT Toy Design open course materials: http://web.mit.edu/2.00b/www/ • Engineering is Elementary curriculum: http://www.eie.org/ • TeachEngineering: https://www.teachengineering.org/ • Change The Equation: http://changetheequation.org/ • Grand Challenges from the National Academy of Engineering: http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/ • Lab Out Loud podcast from the National Science Teachers Association: http://www.nsta.org/publications/laboutloud.aspx • “The Way Things Work,” book by David McCauley: http://hmhbooks.com/davidmacaulay/ • Twitter handle for Dr. Amy Trauth-Nare: @amy_nare • Twitter handle for The Perry Initiative: @PerryInitiative Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com. Check out “Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games” by Pius Wong on Amazon in print or for Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520634900 It is also available as an ebook on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/704613 (Limited time 20% off promo code: EH22M)

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Year in Review/Preview

Author: Pius Wong
Mon, Feb 13, 2017


Pius, Rachel, and Sadhan reunite to talk about big news in engineering education from 2016 (Part 1: 00m20s), followed by a politically flavored discussion about 2017 (Part 2: 15m20s). If you liked Season 1 and want to help keep Season 2 afloat, please consider pledging a monthly contribution at my new Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/pioslabs. You’ll be helping me continue to talk to awesome people and share it with you. Thanks! Related to this episode: • “College Board Hopes to Broaden Access to Coding with New ‘AP Computer Science Principles’ Course,” Edsurge: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-07-25-college-board-hopes-to-broaden-access-to-coding-with-new-ap-computer-science-principles-course • “AP Computer Science Principles,” College Board: https://advancesinap.collegeboard.org/stem/computer-science-principles • “CMU’s Proportion of Undergraduate Women in Computer Science and Engineering Soars above National Averages,” Carnegie Mellon University News: http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2016/september/undergrad-women-engineering-computer-science.html • “Why Hidden Figures’s Box-Office Win Is the Best News for Movies in a Long Time,” Vogue: http://www.vogue.com/article/hidden-figures-box-office-win-matters • Everlast Rocketbook on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/642311833/everlast • “India vs. USA,” The K12 Engineering Education Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/piuswong/india-vs-usa • “Educational Standards,” The K12 Engineering Education Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/piuswong/ep-2-educational-standards • “Former Edtech Director for Obama Administration Sees Innovation Moving to the States,” Edsurge: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-01-10-former-edtech-advisor-for-obama-sees-innovation-moving-to-the-states • Twitter handles: @PiusWong, @rfahrig, @sadhansathya, @K12engineering, @PiosLabs Remember that the podcast will be at the SXSW Conference and Festival in March, 2017! We will be running workshops for educators and professional engineers: https://www.sxsw.com/ and http://sxswedu.com/ Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor, used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com.

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Autism in the Engineering Classroom

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Dec 20, 2016


In the big push for more engineers today, can we get them from autistic students? Research has shown that college students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) go into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields more than students without ASD. We speak with one of the researchers who studied this phenomenon, Dr. Jennifer Yu of SRI International (Part 1 @ 01:00), and we also discuss community colleges, universal design, and why learning to educate autistic students better can help educate all students better. Then we hear from occupational therapist and doctoral candidate Marci Schneider in Florida (Part 2 @ 21:25). In her eighteen years of experience serving K-12 students with special needs, she has gathered advice for teachers on how to approach ASD in STEM classrooms. One final note comes from high school engineering teacher Melanie Kong in Seattle (Part 3 @ 35:50), who picked up a few insights in her early years on this topic. Mentioned in this episode: ? SRI international: https://www.sri.com/ ? Blog post from Dr. Jennifer Yu, “Turning Autism Research into Support for Learning”: https://www.sri.com/blog/turning-autism-research-support-learning ? Peer-reviewed research article on autism and STEM in college, from Jennifer’s team at SRI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23114569 ? Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, UK autism researcher: https://www.autismresearchcentre.com/people_Baron-Cohen ? National Longitudinal Transition Study: http://www.nlts2.org ? Article from FastCompany by Vauhini Vara, “Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders. Can It Find Them and Keep Them?”: https://www.fastcompany.com/3062835/hr/microsoft-autism-hiring ? Article from CIO by Sharon Florentine, “How SAP is hiring autistic adults for tech jobs”: http://www.cio.com/article/3013221/careers-staffing/how-sap-is-hiring-autistic-adults-for-tech-jobs.html ? Peer-reviewed research article on autism and community college: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24158680 ? Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com ? Read&Write extension for Google Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google-chro/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd?hl=en-US ? Mercury extension [an alternative to the Readability app, which is no longer available as of October 2016]: https://mercury.postlight.com/ Remember that the podcast will be at the SXSW Conference and Festival in March, 2017! We will be running workshops for educators and professional engineers: https://www.sxsw.com/ and http://sxswedu.com/ The cover art for this episode is full of origami cranes, and it is inspired by “the birds activity” from past podcast guest Ellen Browne, which Melanie describes at the end of this episode; it is also inspired by the colored puzzle pieces historically used to symbolize autism at times. Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, who’s also on Soundcloud. Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com

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The Nonprofit Push for Girls in Engineering

Author: Pius Wong
Mon, Dec 12, 2016


Hear from two nonprofit organizations trying to provide girls with more education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In Part 1 (start @ 00:59), we visit Girlstart, a Texas-based nonprofit that reaches thousands of girls from 4th grade up to junior high with hands-on programs. Executive Director Tamara Hudgins shares what it’s like to develop the program over the past years and into the future. In Part 2 (start @ 27:27), we talk to the founders of Scientific Adventures for Girls, a newer nonprofit around Oakland, California, that targets younger girls in early elementary. Courtenay Carr-Heuer and Tiffany Sprague are using their experience in the both the corporate and nonprofit sectors to start this organization from the ground up. Together these nonprofit directors give stories about why reaching girls in engineering is important and what practical strategies can help others in this same mission. Hear about after-school curricula, recruitment methods, family engagement, key data to collect, fundraising, and other pivotal aspects of their work. Mentioned in this episode: ? Girlstart: http://www.girlstart.org/about-us ? Scientific Adventures for Girls: http://www.scientificadventures.org ? After School Alliance December 2016 report “The impact of afterschool STEM”: http://afterschoolalliance.org/documents/AfterschoolSTEMImpacts2016.pdf ? Girlstart’s October 2016 research report: https://issuu.com/girlstart/docs/strong_promise_girlstart_after_scho_863a7961051441 ? UTeach teacher prep program: https://uteach.utexas.edu/ ? 5E Instructional Model, with which Girlstart aligns: https://bscs.org/bscs-5e-instructional-model ? DeSTEMber program: http://www.destember.org ? Curiosity Hacked makerspace in Oakland: http://www.curiosityhacked.org/ ? TechBridge Girls: http://www.techbridgegirls.org/ ? Previous podcast episode with Linda Kekelis: https://soundcloud.com/piuswong/much-more-than-a-social-network ? Girls Inc: http://www.girlsinc.org/ ? Makerfaire: http://makerfaire.com/ Remember that the podcast will be at the SXSW Conference and Festival in March, 2017! We will be running workshops for educators and professional engineers: https://www.sxsw.com/ and http://sxswedu.com/ Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, who’s also on Soundcloud. Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com

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CAD vs. Engineering

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Dec 06, 2016


Step into the classroom of 16-year veteran CAD teacher Audrea Moyers. Audrea also teaches engineering design, and she talks about how the pathway of CAD and engineering classes at her school link up. What are her thoughts on the different CAD packages out there? How do you integrate more design into a CAD class, and vice-versa? Where do you teach drawing by hand? Hear about all this and more in this conversation. Mentioned in this episode: ? AutoCAD: http://www.autodesk.com/products/autocad/overview ? SolidWorks: http://www.solidworks.com/ ? CAD program at Austin Community College: http://www.austincc.edu/info/cad ? Inventor: http://www.autodesk.com/products/inventor/overview ? SketchUp: http://www.sketchup.com/ ? Engineer Your World curriculum: http://engineeryourworld.org/ ? Revit: http://www.autodesk.com/products/revit-family/overview Remember that the podcast will be at the SXSW Conference and Festival in March, 2017! We will be running workshops for educators and professional engineers: https://www.sxsw.com/ and http://sxswedu.com/ Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, who’s also on Soundcloud. Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com

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Better Brainstorming

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Nov 22, 2016


High school engineering teacher Joe Malchar helps Pius and Sadhan review the guidelines for effective brainstorming. Joe talks about some common misconceptions and challenges related to brainstorming and how he uses it in his classroom. We have a live brainstorming session to come up with exciting and new engineering lessons for students in K-12. Mentioned in this episode: ? Our open brainstorm session (add your ideas!): https://padlet.com/pioslabs/24onnj6e8r6n ? Our original brainstorm session (closed, organized): https://padlet.com/pioslabs/lheqof5cw4 ? Padlet mind-map tool: https://www.padlet.com ? Gliffy mind-map tool: https://www.gliffy.com Remember that the podcast will be at the SXSW Conference and Festival in March, 2017! Pius and Rachel from the podcast will be running workshops for educators and professional engineers: https://www.sxsw.com/ and http://sxswedu.com/ Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, who’s also on Soundcloud. Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com

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Own Your Curiosity: High School Reimagined

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Nov 15, 2016


"What else can high school look like?" Mikala Streeter wondered about that question as her career expanded from the computer science industry into teaching young people and nurturing their passions. Mikala is Principal and Lead Teacher at the LIFE School, an independent high school that she founded in Atlanta, Georgia. She talks about the philosophy of The LIFE School, which focuses on curiosity, real-world work, and breaking barriers among disciplines. As an MIT grad, she also highlights how her students integrate design thinking into their interdisciplinary self-directed projects. Mentioned in this episode: ? The Life School: http://www.thelifeschool.co/ ? Google Ventures “Design Sprint” process: http://www.gv.com/sprint/ ? The book Freakonomics: https://www.amazon.com/Freakonomics-Economist-Explores-Hidden-Everything/dp/0060731338 ? Contact Mikala Streeter: http://www.thelifeschool.co/contact.html Remember that the podcast will be at the SXSW Conference and Festival in March, 2017! Pius and Rachel from the podcast will be running workshops for educators and professional engineers: https://www.sxsw.com/ Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, who’s also on Soundcloud. Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com

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Ice Cream Engineering

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Nov 08, 2016


Teach engineering using something that a lot of kids and adults love: ice cream. We get expert advice on the technology and methodologies behind making ice cream from guest Joe Morris, production manager or "ice cream man" from Amy's Ice Creams in Austin. He gives a tour of the Amy's ice cream production facility and explains how art, science, technology, and engineering come into play. Also engineering teacher and chemical engineer Melanie Kong talks about potential ways to connect this to the classroom. Mentioned in this episode: ? Amy's Ice Creams: http://amysicecreams.com ? Videos of Amy's Trick Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/user/amysicecreamslive ? The podcast will be at the SXSW Conference and Festival in March, 2017! Pius and Rachel from the podcast will be running workshops for educators and professional engineers; more details to come soon. Check it out at: https://www.sxsw.com/ Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze. Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com

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Teacher Dreams and Nightmares

Author: Pius Wong
Mon, Oct 24, 2016


We explore the alleged phenomenon of teachers getting bad dreams and nightmares, more often than everyone else, starting with several engineering teachers' most memorable ones. Do other teachers really get these dreams? Why do they get them? What should they do about them, if anything? Based on a little reading and communication with experts, we developed some preliminary answers to those questions. Resources mentioned in this episode: ? Research on dream content and emotions, "Thematic and Content Analysis of Idiopathic Nightmares and Bad Dreams" (Robert & Zadra, 2014): http://www.journalsleep.org/viewabstract.aspx?pid=29326 ? Research on dream frequency and themes, "Nightmare frequency and nightmare topics in a representative German sample" (Schredl, 2010): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20229263 book ? Website of Roxanna Elden, author of the book "See Me After Class": http://roxannaelden.com ? The "Disillisionment Power Pack" email series: http://roxannaelden.com/2015/09/announcing-the-new-teacher-disillusionment-power-pack/ ? "What are Dreams?", PBS Nova documentary: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/what-are-dreams.html ? Research on the transactional stress model/theory in teachers, "Identification of Elementary Teachers’ Risk for Stress and Vocational Concerns Using the National Schools and Staffing Survey" (Lambert, McCarthy, Fitchett, Lineback, & Reiser, 2015): http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v23.1792 ? TeacherPop.org, a teachers' mental health blog: http://teacherpop.org Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze. Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net

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If You Can't Breathe

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Oct 18, 2016


Engineer and professor Dr. Dave Allen speaks about what motivated him to get into the work that he does. Dave is the director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He talks about his research interests in air quality, the life of a professor, engineering education in high school, and the importance of trying many things. Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze. Our interlude music is from "When You Go" by Steve Combs. Our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. All are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Subscribe and find more podcast information at: www.k12engineering.net

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Much More Than a Social Network

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Oct 11, 2016


Today's guests present a smorgasbord of resources available for K12 engineering educators, starting with the website www.LinkEngineering.org, an online toolkit to support PreK-12 engineering education. Guests Dr. Elizabeth Cady and Dr. Linda Kekelis explain what LinkEngineering is. It's hard to sum up the website in one word. Produced by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), it's part social network, part resource database, part review site, and part Q&A site. A bit like LinkedIn, Yelp, and Quora, morphed together, but for engineering education. And it's still evolving. Listen to this episode to learn more, as well as to hear about role models, philanthropy, gender equity, and toys. Dr. Linda Kekelis, Ph.D., consults on STEM programs and research to help increase access for girls and underrepresented youth; she was the founder and former CEO of Techbridge. Dr. Elizabeth Cady is a Program Officer for engineering education at the NAE. Among other projects, she staffs LinkEngineering and administers the Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium, which recognizes and supports innovative engineering faculty members. Resources mentioned this episode: ? LinkEngineering - http://www.linkengineering.org ? National Academy of Engineering - http://www.nae.edu ? EngineerGirl - http://www.engineergirl.org ? TechBridge - http://techbridge.org/ ? Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Enginergizing and Employing America for a Brighter Future (2007) - https://www.nap.edu/catalog/11463/rising-above-the-gathering-storm-energizing-and-employing-america-for ? Linda Kekelis's blog entry on LinkEngineering - http://linkengineering.org/Discover/698/14392.aspx ? TeachEngineering - https://www.teachengineering.org ? GoldiBlox toys - http://www.goldieblox.com/ ? The Connectory - http://theconnectory.org ? Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (2008) - https://www.nap.edu/catalog/12187/changing-the-conversation-messages-for-improving-public-understanding-of-engineering ? Online Ethics Center: http://www.onlineethics.org ? Linda Kekelis - lkekelis@gmail.com ? Elizabeth Cady - ecady@nae.edu Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 Subscribe and find more podcast information at: www.k12engineering.net

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India vs. USA

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Sep 27, 2016


How do other countries besides the USA motivate and educate future engineers? Guest Sadhan Sathyaseelan shares his view, comparing his Indian and American education in engineering. Sadhan is a mechanical engineer who currently works in engineering education in Texas. We talk about grad school, salary differences, and thoughts on how to improve education systems in both countries. Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Subscribe and find more podcast information at: www.k12engineering.net/ A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep13.html

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Building a Startup in Educational Robotics

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Sep 20, 2016


Starting a business these days in educational hardware and software takes more than technology. Guest Connie Hu explains. Connie is the CEO and CoFounder of ArcBotics, an educational robotics company. Previously she advised top global nonprofit leaders on strategic planning and K12 STEM Education at The Bridgespan Group. She holds an honors degree in Anthropology from Dartmouth. Today host Pius Wong talks with Connie about how ArcBotics got started, the philosophy of open-source tech, relationships with teachers in the nonprofit and commercial worlds, and how back in the day she found programming loops to be magical. Mentioned in this episode: ? ArcBotics Sparki: http://ArcBotics.com/products/sparki ? ArcBotics Sparki 60-Day Educator Trial: http://arcbotics.com/sparkieducatortrial/ ? The Bridgespan Group: https://www.bridgespan.org/Home.aspx Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, and our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net/ A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep12.html

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Why Engineers Turn into Teachers

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Sep 13, 2016


Six teachers who once studied and practiced engineering talk about their opinions on K12 engineering education. In this focus group, they give insights for school administrators, practicing engineers, and other engineering teachers who weren't practicing engineers. Engineer Pius Wong hosts. Thank you to guests Donald Jones, Amy Colburn, CJ Salzman, Rita Loughrin, Jack Hwang, and Bart Krieger. Also thank you to Melanie Kong, who helped organize this episode. Mentioned in this episode: ? "Education and Certification Qualifications of Departmentalized Public High School-Level Teachers of Selected Subjects: Evidence From the 2011–12 Schools and Staffing Survey. National Center for Education Statistics, p.26. [http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015814.pdf] ? Boeing Community Engagement: [http://www.boeing.com/principles/community-engagement.page] ? "Engineering Education" subreddit: [https://www.reddit.com/r/engineeringeducation] Our theme music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, our interlude music is from "Theme P" and "Love is Chemical" by Steve Combs, and our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. All are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/] Subscribe and find more podcast information at: [http://www.k12engineering.net/] A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep11.html

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Helping Kids Explore STEM Careers

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Aug 30, 2016


How do you recognize and nurture kids' interests in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? Guest Lois Melbourne speaks about this topic, as a former CEO of a company in talent management software, and as the author of the illustrated children's book called "The STEM Club Goes Exploring”. Engineer Pius Wong is your host. My Future Story website: [ http://myfuturestory.com/ ] My Future Story on Facebook: [ https://www.facebook.com/MyFutureStories/ ] Lois Melbourne on Twitter: [ https://twitter.com/loismelbourne ] Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, our interlude music is from "Theme P" by Steve Combs, and our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. All are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: [ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ] The graphic in this episode's cover art comes with permission from the cover of Lois Melbourne's book. Subscribe and find more podcast information at: [www.k12engineering.net/] A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep10.html

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Empathy

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Aug 23, 2016


Do engineers have empathy? Can they get into other people's heads? How do empathy and the arts relate to engineering education? We talk about this with today's guest, Rachel Fahrig, an educator with experience in high school science and engineering. We also preview our submissions to the SXSW conference, both related to integrating the arts with engineering. This episode was recorded in a market in Austin, TX, so there is some background noise. You can vote for our SXSW proposals on integrated arts and engineering online! "Improv & Art Games for Designers & Engineers" is at: [ http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/61557 ], and "Electronic Quilts: Weaving Art with Engineering" is at: [ http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/60958 ] One engineering abstract related to "Empathic Lead User Analysis" is here: [ http://proceedings.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/proceeding.aspx?articleid=1604193 ] If you don't know that Lily Tomlin sketch of "Edith Ann", here's one example: [ https://youtu.be/u-Jcny8RiMg?list=PL_lxjlU_5l5k2TWzH1GyLdH-7b6tBU-QF ] Our theme music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze. Our other music today is from "William Henry Harrison High School Fight Song" by Steve Combs. All are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: [ creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ] A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep9.html

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Engineering Teachers Replicate Themselves, Part 2

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Aug 16, 2016


Get tips on how to run a better professional development (or PD) for engineering teachers, directly from the trainers who just ran one. This is Part 2 of a topic we started in the previous episode. Melanie Kong (@melaniekong) and Natalie Wyll are teachers who formerly practiced engineering in industry, and they just finished running a teacher PD. They discuss how it went and what worked. Teacher Ellen Browne (@EllenSBrowne) also joins the discussion, since she helped run the same PD. Engineer Sadhan (@SadhanSathya) co-hosts with Pius (@PiusWong) again today. Our theme music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze. Our music clips in the middle came from "Live Wire" by Steve Combs, and our closing music came from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. All are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep8.html

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Engineering Teachers Replicate Themselves, Part 1

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Aug 09, 2016


How do you prepare to train engineering teachers? Two teachers, who are also engineers, are preparing to train more teachers this summer to teach engineering. Guests Melanie Kong and Natalie Wyll are chemical and architectural engineers originally, and between the both of them, they have a few years of experience teaching high school engineering. They use the general engineering curriculum "Engineer Your World", developed by The University of Texas at Austin with sponsorship from the National Science Foundation. Melanie and Natalie haven't run this training session before. Here they discuss their mindset before they lead the two-week session, and in a future episode we hope to hear their thoughts after this session is complete. Guest mechanical engineer Sadhan Sathyaseelan moderated this conversation with help from Pius Wong. Links to items referenced in the episode: ? Engineer Your World high school curriculum: http://www.engineeryourworld.org/ ? Padlet online tool: http://padlet.com/ Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, our interstitial music and closing music are from "Love Is Chemical" and "Theme P" by Steve Combs. All are used under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Subscribe, review, and send comments online! On Twitter, it's @piuswong. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K12EngineeringEducation/ And review us on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/k12-engineering-education/id1119404863?mt=2 A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep7.html

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Robot Philanthropy

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Jul 26, 2016


Engineer Jeff Munn talks about teaching kids robotics in an orphanage in India. Jeff works for engineering hardware-software company National Instruments, based in Austin, Texas. With his company's support, he volunteers for a program from the nonprofit organizations Science in a Suitcase and the Miracle Foundation. The program aims to educate often marginalized children around the world, and they are raising funds for another trip to India to help another orphanage. He talks about teaching techniques, educational equipment, how he became an engineer despite starting as a musician, and what engineering means to him. Links to organizations mentioned on this show: ? Donate: https://give.miraclefoundation.org/fundraise?fcid=641437 ? National Instruments: http://www.ni.com/en-us.html ? Miracle Foundation: http://www.miraclefoundation.org/ ? Science in a Suitcase: http://www.scienceinasuitcase.com/ ? LEGO Education WeDo: https://education.lego.com/en-us/products/lego-education-wedo-construction-set/9580 ? LEGO Mindstorms: http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/?domainredir=mindstorms.lego.com ? GreatNonprofits: http://greatnonprofits.org/ Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, and our closing music is from "Learn To Live With What You're Not" by Steve Combs. Both are used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Subscribe, review, and send comments online! On Twitter, it's @piuswong. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K12EngineeringEducation/ And review us on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/k12-engineering-education/id1119404863?mt=2 Thanks for listening! A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep6.html

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Going To Conferences

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Jul 19, 2016


We talk about the pros and cons of attending professional conferences related to engineering education, including South by Southwest EDU (SXSWedu), whose deadline is coming up! Teacher Rachel Fahrig gives tips on how to make the most of your time at conferences and suggests some good ones. This episode was recorded at Black Walnut Cafe in Austin. Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, and our closing music is from "William Henry Harrison High School Fight Song" by Steve Combs. Both are used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Subscribe, review, and send comments online! On Twitter, it's @piuswong. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K12EngineeringEducation/ And review us on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/k12-engineering-education/id1119404863?mt=2 Thanks for listening! A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep5.html

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Teaching High School Engineering Better

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Jul 12, 2016


Teacher Jerry "Molde" Moldenhauer talks about what he's learned while teaching engineering to high school students over the past years in Austin, Texas. Molde and Pius discuss Project Lead The Way (PLTW), one of the leading K12 engineering curriculum providers today; teaching engineering when you're not an engineer; appropriately teaching math in engineering class; STEAM and other acronyms; and the importance of mentors in the engineering classroom. Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, and our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Let me know what you want to talk about in K12 Engineering Education by connecting on Twitter: @piuswong. Thanks for listening! A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep4.html

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Teaching Teachers (When You're Not One)

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Jun 28, 2016


Engineers Sadhan Sathyaseelan and Pius Wong both have trained high school teachers in engineering curricula. We're talking about what we've learned, as non-teachers, to successfully train teachers in professional development programs spanning different engineering disciplines. How does it compare to teaching undergraduates? Or our own experiences learning and practicing engineering in school and at work? Our opening music today comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, and our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Let me know what you want to talk about in K12 Engineering Education by connecting on Twitter: @piuswong. Thanks for listening! A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep3.html

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Educational Standards

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, Jun 14, 2016


Engineer Pius Wong speaks with teacher Rachel Fahrig about educational standards, including NGSS and Common Core. We cover what they mean, the various strong opinions about them, and how they might broadly affect K12 engineering courses. Rachel is a specialist in instructional support for a high school engineering curriculum that is produced by the University of Texas at Austin, and that is taught to high school students across the country. Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, and our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Let me know what you want to talk about in K12 Engineering Education by connecting on Twitter: @piuswong. Thanks for listening! A transcript for this episode is at: http://www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep2.html

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Why K12 Engineering? (Pilot)

Author: Pius Wong
Tue, May 31, 2016


In our inaugural episode of The K12 Engineering Education Podcast, guests Rachel Fahrig and Sadhan Sathyaseelan speak with host Pius Wong about the importance of teaching engineering at younger ages, and the questions we'd like to answer about this field in the future. Thanks to Jeff Munn for help on sound. Our opening music comes from "School Zone (radio edit)" by The Honorable Sleaze, and our closing music is from "Late for School" by Bleeptor. Both are used under a Creative Commons Attribution License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Let me know what you want to talk about in K12 Engineering Education by connecting on Twitter: @piuswong. Thanks for listening! Subscribe, read transcripts, and find more podcast information at: www.k12engineering.net/ A transcript for this first episode is at: www.k12engineering.net/transcripts/ep1.html The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com

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  • Published: December 2016
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