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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

SXSW EDU Uncensored: Full Recap

4/15/2018
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We recap the South by Southwest Education conference (SXSW EDU) in 2018 after it ends, talking about the reactions of attendees, educational technology, PBS, escape rooms, political visitors, the educational pipeline from industry on down to K-12, ideas for future SXSW events, and more. Related to this episode: • Scandinavian Airlines direct flight between Austin and Stockholm: http://kut.org/post/scandinavians-apparently-love-sxsw-so-airline-flying-nonstop-austin • The lingonberry:...

Duration:00:48:21

Tracing Brain Circuits for Mental Health

4/8/2018
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Neuroscience research needs help from many fields, including engineering. Dr. Talia Lerner describes some of the engineering tools that she uses to study neural circuits in animal models, especially involving dopamine. She is a professor and basic science researcher at Northwestern University in Chicago, and she studies these circuits in the hopes of improving mental health diagnoses and treatments. Dr. Lerner also shares her thoughts on what future doctors, scientists, and engineers will...

Duration:00:30:59

SXSW EDU Live: Podcasting and Lesson Design

3/31/2018
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Recorded in the middle of South-by-Southwest (SXSW) EDU 2018, this episode features educator Rachel and engineer Pius. They discuss their immediate reactions to hosting two SXSW events this year, including insights on how to use podcasting for education and how to design lessons using empathic lead user analysis. Look out for future episodes from after the conference! Related to this episode: • SXSW EDU: https://www.sxswedu.com/ • SXSW Edu Session: “Podcast for Education Meetup”:...

Duration:00:25:09

Engineering 101

3/25/2018
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What is engineering? What are the important aspects of engineering that anybody should know? Can we talk about all this without getting too deep into math? Engineer and researcher Sadhan Sathyaseelan joins the podcast to kick off a series of episodes meant to introduce engineering concepts to anyone, not just the people studying it in college. Related to this episode: • Article on Elon Musk on sending people to Mars:...

Duration:00:27:36

Autonomous Vehicles, Now and Later

3/12/2018
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Society is headed toward more driverless cars, self-driving cars, shared cars, connected fleets, and all kinds of autonomous vehicles (AVs). How will engineers of tomorrow deal with this technology? Dr. Kara Kockelman, Professor of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, talks about her research in this area and current advances in the field. She discusses driver psychology, effects of AVs on the environment, the importance of statistics and computer science in her work,...

Duration:00:35:09

Math Anxiety

2/25/2018
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Anxiety in engineering education sometimes comes from doing math. What does math anxiety feel like? What are its causes and effects? How do you deal with it, as a student and as a teacher? Guest cohost Rachel joins again to talk about these questions and possible answers. Related to this episode: • “Math anxiety” on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematical_anxiety • Article on anxiety from too many choices, from The New York Times:...

Duration:00:27:40

Are All-Girls Engineering Classes Different?

10/29/2017
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Teachers at all-girls schools might have insights on how to engage more young people – especially girls – into engineering. Several teachers at The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin shared their thoughts in this two-part episode. In Part 1 (01:15) we hear from Shamaa and Shireen, two high school engineering teachers, and then in Part 2 (28:50) we hear from Patience, Simon, and Kristina, three middle school engineering and STEM teachers. They discuss teaching in a small...

Duration:00:52:36

Coding Python in Middle School

10/15/2017
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How can you bridge the gap between teaching simpler visual programming tools and teaching more complicated textual programming tools? Julia Lamorelle’s answer is Python. Julia cofounded Kiwi Compute, a new education business that focuses on teaching middle school kids how to code in Python, a language widely used in academia and industry today. She talks about why Kiwi Compute has this education strategy and how it executes it, despite challenges in setting up a Python environment and...

Duration:00:32:49

Digital Pop Culture for STEM

9/17/2017
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How do you use the power of digital pop culture today to engage kids in engineering? Guest engineer Nehemiah Mabry, Ph.D., talks about this and more. Nehemiah is a practicing engineer in North Carolina and founder of his business STEMedia. STEMedia creates digital content to promote science, technology, engineering, and math. Mentioned in this episode: • STEMedia website: http://stemedia.org/ • Email Nehemiah: Nehemiah@stemedia.org • STEMedia on Instagram:...

Duration:00:26:46

Mexico vs. USA

9/10/2017
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What is engineering education like in Mexico compared to the USA? This episode is an introduction to that topic as we talk to Hernando Garrido, a mechatronics and manufacturing engineer with the medical device company Fresenius Medical Care. He talks about his experience growing up in the Mexican school system near the US-Mexico border in Reynosa. He also compares it to experience studying and working in the Texas and California. Mentioned in this episode: • Fresenius Medical Care:...

Duration:00:21:03

Verification and Validation

8/20/2017
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Guest engineer and consultant Pat Sweet, P.Eng., talks about two of his favorite words in engineering: verification and validation. They describe concepts whose importance cuts across all the engineering disciplines, and so engineering educators could also teach these fundamental concepts to kids and teens. This episode is a rebroadcast of two short episodes of Engineering Word Of The Day, a podcast on the favorite, fascinating, or funny words and phrases used in various engineering...

Duration:00:21:58

Road to Civil Engineering

8/13/2017
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What’s it like to engineer roadways and the physical infrastructure of society? Guest Jerel Rackley, P.E., explains. Jerel is a civil engineer with the design and consulting firm Atkins, and in his fourteen years of experience in the field, he has seen what it takes to succeed. Hear him talk about taking the Professional Engineer (P.E.) exam, working with clients, the importance of people skills, the future of advanced 3D modeling in civil engineering, and more. Mentioned in this episode:...

Duration:00:27:27

Raising and Electrical Engineer

8/6/2017
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How do you make an engineer? Guest engineer Leyla Yilan talks about her thoughts on that subject. Leyla is an electrical and computer engineer at chip-maker AMD, as well as a proud parent of two daughters. She shares her story of how she got into the field, explaining the importance of family and friends in pivoting her toward engineering. Then she talks about how she tries to expose her kids to different fields like she was. Also hear Leyla talk about equivalence checking, being a...

Duration:00:34:20

Skateboard Mechanical Engineering

7/16/2017
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Guest mechanical engineer Beau Trifiro talks about his business in skateboard design, fabrication, and education. Based in San Diego, Open Source Skateboards not only build custom skateboards, it also teaches kids in middle school and high school how to design and build their own boards. Beau talks about teaching hands-on projects, how he deals with kids making mistakes, and why he thinks studying mechanical engineering allows for so much creativity. Mentioned in this episode: • Open...

Duration:00:26:55

China vs. USA

7/9/2017
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How does China prepare students for careers in computer science and related fields, compared to the USA? Hear from a Chinese student of computer science and mathematics who is studying in Texas for his undergraduate degree. He talks about the notorious Chinese college entrance exams, similarities between math and computer science, perceptions of an American education and American companies among Chinese, and why he would have learned more programming at a younger age if he could have....

Duration:00:22:11

Inside a Startup After-School STEAM Program

7/2/2017
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Founding an education business comes with challenges and rewards, far beyond the financials. Guest EJ Zain talks about this first-hand. EJ founded the startup Maker Kids Lab, LLC, in Austin, Texas. Her very new startup runs after-school programs for middle schoolers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). In her lessons, Zain and her team of helper-teachers guide students of different ages to work together on hands-on, creative projects. She discusses her motivations...

Duration:00:29:49

Overcoming Struggles

6/19/2017
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Some students struggle with trauma, mental health, mental disabilities, and negative peers and adults; and yet, with the right decisions and the right help, they still will become successful engineers. Hector is a computer engineer who has such a story. Although engineering and computers interested him early on, he faced several major obstacles on his path to getting an engineering degree. Hector talks about self-reflection, accommodations, and other supports that helped him overcome these...

Duration:00:27:13

Organizations to Build an Engineering Identity

6/11/2017
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Dr. Renata Revelo talks about the importance of identity when educating and retaining engineers. Dr. Revelo is an electrical engineer, a professor, and a researcher in engineering education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She’s studied Latina/Latino students who participated in the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) during their education, and she found that the organization helped them better see themselves as engineers, without separating themselves from their...

Duration:00:20:31

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:...

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

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