STEM Everyday
STEM Everyday
Chris Woods (DailySTEM)
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The STEM Everyday podcast focuses on how teachers can infuse STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into their everyday lessons. We explore and share great ideas that inspire students to take ownership in their learning. Each week I interview educators, innovators, & authors who are using creative ways to add STEM to their classrooms and communities everyday!
STEM Everyday #217 | Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow Contest | feat. Ann Woo & Jim Flemming
2021 marks the 12th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which challenges U.S. students in grades 6–12 to use STEM to tackle local issues of national importance in a sustainable way. Now through November 15, 2021, public school teachers across the U.S. can apply for this year’s program and submit their activity plans that enable students to inspire real-world change to address critical issues in their communities using problem-based learning. “We have seen the incredible projects that have emerged from the minds of students through this contest, and we cannot wait to see the ideas that come to life this year that will undoubtedly ignite lasting impact on communities while reducing our collective impact on the planet,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. Samsung Solve for Tomorrow National Winner Jim Flemming also shares how the contest has impacted his students and his community. The competition engages students in STEM education and problem-based learning to solve local issues of national importance.For the past decade, Samsung has awarded $20 million in technology and classroom materials to more than 2,500 public schools in the United States. To enter the contest, and for official contest rules, please visit samsung.com/solve. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. ET on November 15, 2021.If you're listening to this episode after that, check out all the resources on samsung.com/solvefortomorrow and start preparing & brainstorming to enter next year!Connect with Solve for Tomorrow :Website samsung.com/solvefortomorrowTwitter @SamsungNewsUSInstagram @solvefortomorrowFacebook facebook.com/SamsungSolveForTomorrowChris Woods is the host of the STEM Everyday Podcast... Connect with him:dailystem.comtwitterinstagramyoutubeGet Chris's book Daily STEM on AmazonSupport the show (http://dailystem.com/stem-everyday-podcast/)
Nov 5
21 min
STEM Everyday #216 | YouTube Stars are Educators Too | feat. Grace Dirig from The King of Random
"The second you're the smartest person in the room is the moment you stop learning things." Grace Dirig, the new face of mega popular YouTube channel, The King Of Random (or TKOR), which currently boasts more than 12.6M followers, joined the channel after a nationwide search for a new member to join the TKOR family. The then college student majoring in Meteorology fit the bill—armed with the knowledge, passion, curiosity, and personality to push the channel forward in its adventuring, exploring, and understanding science endeavors. As the first female member of TKOR and first female host of the channel, Grace has helped grow the channel in many ways, but her impact on the female demographic has been the most impressive; showing young people science is for everyone and it is everywhere. She will also be the host of Random Theory, a new podcast launching late 2021. Random Theory emphasizes empowering listeners to ask questions about the world around them and show them that not only is science an intricate part of life but talking about science doesn’t have to be intense or boring, it can be casual and fun. Grace cleverly combines scientific concepts with everyday life and asks the questions that sometimes lead her down a random rabbit hole of information, but at the end of the podcast, that rabbit hole ends up being a critical learning element that helps her listeners appreciate and question the world around them. Each episode spotlights a question existing in the world and is backed up with scientific information. Grace isn’t an expert in all science areas, but she has enough curiosity and excitement about the world around her that it is infectious to the listener.Check out Grace’s favorite video! This Catapult Throws People - YouTubeAlso check out the O2 Depletion video and the Robot and Dog video!MORE ABOUT TKORDedicated to exploration and adventure in our everyday lives, TKOR videos range from jumping out of airplanes to building lasers that reach the stars. Led by Grace, the team at TKOR brings an energetic and playful approach to explain principles of science in digestible ways. Their curious and eccentric personalities have built an invested and action-oriented fan-base. They’re building up the next generation of science creators through collaborations with channels like Louis Weisz and Jake Makes. Connect with Grace & The King of Random:YouTube youtube.com/thekingofrandomInstagram @thekingofrandomChris Woods is the host of the STEM Everyday Podcast... Connect with him:dailystem.comtwitterinstagramyoutubeGet Chris's book Daily STEM on AmazonSupport the show (http://dailystem.com/stem-everyday-podcast/)
Oct 23
22 min
STEM Everyday #215 | Humanizing Math with VR | feat. Anurupa Ganguly
There's been a lot of talk about how technology can help change education, without a lot of "how" behind it. Some schools are using VR technology to put students in immersive situations where the content being taught is connected to emotion & experience. Anurupa Ganguly created PrismsVR to radically change how lessons are "taught" and help kids be immersed in their learning! Check out the trailer for what a PrismsVR module is likeAnurupa's entry point to Education began as a Physics and Math teacher in the Boston Public Schools. For 10+ years since then, Anurupa has led STEM curriculum and teacher preparation across the largest educational systems in the US including the NYC DOE, Boston Public Schools and Success Academy Charter Schools. Through her experience as a district and charter administrator, she found that she did not have the learning tools to deliver the outcomes her leaders and teachers were accountable for, and the personal sense-making journeys that students deserve while developing foundational mathematical reasoning & proficiencies. She was awarded a National Science Foundation SBIR grant to build a scalable learning platform that actualizes pedagogies that we know work best, but weren't possible until recent advances in IVR and AI technologies. Her mission is to rapidly improve student performance and  engagement in the mathematical sciences while crafting the instructor aids and training required to operationalize innovative technologies in the classroom. Anurupa holds a BS & M.Eng in electrical engineering from MIT and an EdM in Curriculum & Teaching from Boston University.Connect with Anurupa & PrismsVR:Website prismsvr.comYouTube youtube.com/channel/UC7ynE99A9OrboiCMGKDrb2QTwitter  @prismsofrealityInstagram @prismsofrealityChris Woods is the host of the STEM Everyday Podcast... Connect with him:dailystem.comtwitterinstagramyoutubeGet Chris's book Daily STEM on AmazonSupport the show (http://dailystem.com/stem-everyday-podcast/)
Sep 19
26 min
STEM Everyday #214 | Brain Science & STEM Learning | feat. Bonnie Kirkley
STEM is more than helping kids build and create. As kids grow and learn, their brains are developing billions of neurons. The learning atmosphere we create in our classroom can help kids really retain the lessons they learn and build a sense of wonder & creativity.Bonnie Kirkley has been teaching kids since 2003, and in her recent roles as a Gifted instructor and STEAM Support Specialist, she has shared a passion for great STEM learning for every kid. Her website iheartsteam.com and I Heart STEAM Podcast have been helpful for many teachers. Connect with Bonnie:Website iheartsteam.comInstagram @iheartsteamTwitter  @iheartsteamFacebook  @iheartsteamChris Woods is the host of the STEM Everyday Podcast... Connect with him:dailystem.comtwitterinstagramyoutubeGet Chris's book Daily STEM on AmazonSupport the show (http://dailystem.com/stem-everyday-podcast/)
Aug 21
29 min
STEM Everyday #213 | Tinkering With Tales | feat. Angela Stanford, Julie Quast, & Lisa Oden
Teachers are great at finding ways to make learning exciting & relevant on a limited budget. Angela, Julie, & Lisa are 3 educators who decided to turn their STEM lessons built on fairy tales into a book to help educators. Tinkering With Tales is all about helping educators learn to look for problems to solve in the books their kids are reading. Tinkering with Tales connects engaging STEM lessons with 12 classic fairy tales. Each chapter refers to an easily accessible story and provides a structured 5E STEM lesson aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. The supplies and materials required for the investigations are readily available at little or no cost. STEM & literacy are perfect together!The Authors:Angela Stanford, Ed.D, NBCT, has spent 30 years teaching students in K-12 schools through higher education. She taught elementary and middle school science and mathematics in the early years and then specialized her focus while a science specialist for a STEM school. Angela is currently an Associate Professor of Education and the Director of Middle School and STEM Education Programs at Southern Arkansas University. Julie Quast, Ed.D., NBCT, is an Assistant Professor at Henderson State University with almost 20 years experience in education. Her various roles in education include teaching kindergarten, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, serving as a K-6 Literacy Coach, assistant principal, and curriculum coordinator. Lisa Oden, Ed.D, is an Associate Professor at Southern Arkansas University with more than 30 years of experience teaching at the elementary and college levels, with a specialty in preparing educators in literacy and pedagogical methods. Learn more:Website tinkeringwithtales.comChris Woods is the host of the STEM Everyday Podcast... Connect with him:dailystem.comtwitterinstagramyoutubeGet Chris's book Daily STEM on AmazonSupport the show (http://dailystem.com/stem-everyday-podcast/)
Aug 20
18 min
STEM Everyday #212 | STEM Collaboration | feat. Marla Rosenthal & Christine Dixon
Marla Rosenthal & Christine Dixon are K-8 STEM educators in southern California, with a big focus on innovation, design, and making. They took their teaching to the next level during the pandemic by working together across district lines to help their kids have even better STEM learning experiences. Their choice boards & STEAM lesson starters are great resources (find them here: https://makedesigninnovate.weebly.com/bloglesson-share )Connect with Marla & Christine:Website makedesigninnovate.weebly.comTwitter for Marla @teachseussTwitter for Christine  @christinedixonInstagram for Christine @makedesigninnovateInstagram for Marla @teachseusskidsChris Woods is the host of the STEM Everyday Podcast... Connect with him:dailystem.comtwitterinstagramyoutubeGet Chris's book Daily STEM on AmazonSupport the show (http://dailystem.com/stem-everyday-podcast/)
Aug 15
24 min
STEM Everyday #211 | Making for Social Good | feat. Matt Zigler
Matt Zigler is one of those teachers we need to clone and put into every school. Not only is he a fantastic artist, he uses his design skills to help kids create projects that help people in need.He also views his job as a "maker teacher" a little like a librarian, pointing the way to resources that kids and staff members need.The Wheelchair Stroller project his students created ended up all over the news, including NBC Washington and the CBS Evening News!Learn more about:Make:able Challenge makeablechallenge.comProject Invent projectinvent.org (learn more on Ep 199) Brown Dog Gadgets browndoggadgets.comConnect with Matt:Website for Matt's BIT Lab https://sites.google.com/bullis.org/bitlab-site/Twitter @BullisBITlabMedium medium.com/@matthewziglerChris Woods is the host of the STEM Everyday Podcast... Connect with him:dailystem.comtwitterinstagramyoutubeGet Chris's book Daily STEM on AmazonSupport the show (http://dailystem.com/stem-everyday-podcast/)
Aug 6
25 min
STEM Everyday #210 | Learning to Code with a Picture Book | feat. Shari Eskenas
Shari Eskenas founded Sundae Electronics with the mission of creating an innovative consumer electronics brand with products that improve people's everyday lives. She is an entrepreneur, electrical engineer, and inventor holding multiple patents. Shari enjoys brainstorming new ideas and creating novel products that involve programming microcontrollers.Shari has also written 2 children's picture books to teach kids of all ages about coding! Her newest book tells the story of a day packed with fun activities like eating pizza and playing miniature golf. But this is no ordinary story- it's written in the Python programming language. Her goal for the A Day in Code book series is to provide beginners with a fun introduction to computer programming languages through beautiful picture books.Get a copy of the book A Day in Code - Python on AmazonLearn more about the new book A Day in Code - PythonLearn about Shari's 1st book A Day in Code - C ProgrammingConnect with Shari:Website sundaelectronics.comTwitter @sundaelectronicFacebook @SundaeElectronicsInstagram @sundaelectronicsChris Woods is the host of the STEM Everyday Podcast... Connect with him:dailystem.comtwitterinstagramyoutubeGet Chris's book Daily STEM on AmazonSupport the show (http://dailystem.com/stem-everyday-podcast/)
Jul 28
10 min
STEM Everyday #209 | My Grandpa, STEM, & the Moon Buggy | feat. Gene "Herb" Clark
How long has STEM been around?In this interview, Chris talks with his grandpa Gene “Herb” Clark, who was born on Christmas day in 1925. He graduated high school at the age of sixteen. While in the Navy, Gene studied radio communications and helped send and receive important information during World War II. He later worked for a company that made control cables, including the ones used on the first moon buggy on the Apollo 15 mission! So what did STEM look like in Gene’s day? And why should you have your kids interview someone in their lives?Chris Woods is the host of the STEM Everyday Podcast... Connect with him:dailystem.comtwitterinstagramyoutubeGet Chris's book Daily STEM on AmazonSupport the show (http://dailystem.com/stem-everyday-podcast/)
Jul 21
10 min
STEM Everyday #208 | A Free Virtual Middle School Hackathon | feat. Inspire2Dev
Inspire2Dev was founded to make a positive impact in communities by providing STEM learning opportunities for middle school students nationwide in a fun and collaborative environment through our free Hackathons. Their 1st Free Virtual Hackathon for middle school students is happening July 24, 2021. Charlotte Law, founder of Inspire2Dev, is a rising Junior at Dougherty Valley High School in California who loves STEM, computer science, artificial intelligence, and biotech. She founded Inspire2Dev to provide a supportive environment for middle school students, from anywhere in the country, to learn more about STEM and collaborate with others to create innovative and meaningful projects.Connect with Inspire2Dev:Website inspire2dev.orgSign up for the HackathonInstagram @inspire2devChris Woods is the host of the STEM Everyday Podcast... Connect with him:dailystem.comtwitterinstagramyoutubeGet Chris's book Daily STEM on AmazonSupport the show (http://dailystem.com/stem-everyday-podcast/)
Jul 16
6 min
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