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The K12 Engineering Education Podcast

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This is the podcast for all the educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents out there who are interested in getting kids into engineering at 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!

This is the podcast for all the educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents out there who are interested in getting kids into engineering at 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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This is the podcast for all the educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents out there who are interested in getting kids into engineering at 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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Episodes

Games and Simulations in Construction Engineering

10/24/2018
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Architectural and civil engineers are using rich digital tools to simulate constructed buildings. Similar tools are also being used in digital video games and virtual reality games that might teach future engineers. Dr. Fadi Castronovo speaks about his efforts to advance engineering education using simulations and games like these. Fadi is an engineering professor at California State University, East Bay (or Cal State Easy Bay), an architectural engineer by training, and an educational game...

Duration:00:54:23

Reaching the High School Girls Who Didn’t See Themselves in Tech

10/7/2018
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Among the various STEM education organizations that have developed throughout the last several years, there is ChickTech. The local Austin chapter of the nonprofit began just a few years ago, and Dana DeFebbo, its Assistant Director, discusses how ChickTech Austin reaches out to high school girls who might not have had opportunities in tech. Dana talks about the challenges and rewards of running an all-volunteer program like this and her hopes for its future. Related to this episode: •...

Duration:00:35:41

An Architect in the Classroom

9/9/2018
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What skills does a professional architect bring to high school education? Guest Kelly Foster explains, as he shares his experience as both a practicing architect and a STEM teacher. He discusses his methods in teaching creativity and problem-solving in multiple areas of design, including civil and architectural engineering, architecture, and graphic design. He also analyzes the design of the new Central Library, part of the Austin Public Library system. Guest co-host Rachel also joins the...

Duration:00:48:31

An English Teacher's Advice on STEM

5/15/2017
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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/...

Duration:00:23:03

Engineers' Favorite Teachers

5/8/2017
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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/ •...

Duration:00:22:43

Active Learning in Computer Science

5/1/2017
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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...

Duration:00:37:10

Teaching Ethics

4/24/2017
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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...

Duration:00:48:02

Aerospace Engineering for Future Pilots

4/17/2017
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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...

Duration:00:25:38

Gaming Culture for Computer Science and Engineering Education

4/10/2017
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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...

Duration:00:40:18

Justice in Engineering Education

3/27/2017
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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...

Duration:00:43:03

New EdTech and More at SXSW

3/20/2017
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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...

Duration:00:29:05

Data Visualization Tips and Tricks

3/6/2017
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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...

Duration:00:25:06

Mobile Game and App Reviews

2/26/2017
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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:...

Duration:00:29:55

Orthopaedics Engineering for Kids and Teens

2/20/2017
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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...

Duration:00:34:54

Year in Review/Preview

2/12/2017
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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...

Duration:00:32:27

Autism in the Engineering Classroom

12/19/2016
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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...

Duration:00:40:45

The Nonprofit Push for Girls in Engineering

12/11/2016
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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...

Duration:00:47:25

CAD vs. Engineering

12/5/2016
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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:...

Duration:00:21:22

Better Brainstorming

11/21/2016
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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...

Duration:00:25:22

Own Your Curiosity: High School Reimagined

11/14/2016
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"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...

Duration:00:27:25