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Session 10 - Otherworldly Sounds, Amateur Radio, and the Ur of Maker Culture with Brian Davis

I talk with Brian Davis (W9HLQ of HAMFesters Radio Club), amateur radio operator and educator of future HAMs. Brian has been an operator for over half a century, and has seen the shift to computerization, and now, has started working with makerspaces to pass on his knowledge of amateur radio to others. In this session, we talk about the HAM community, how it relates to maker and tinkerer culture, one of Brian's newest inventions, and some of the weird sounds and other things you hear when...


Session 9 - We Have a YouTube Channel! Andrew Morin and Jay Margalus Talk TSW* Videocast

Andrew Morin and Jay Margalus, new co-hosts of the TSW* YouTube Channel, talk about what they would've done differently in TSW* Videocast Ep. 1 (hint: a lot) and some of the projects that they unveiled during the show episode. Check out the first TSW* Videocast at


Session 8 - Pottery, The Unintended Result, And Art Of I Don't Know With Hayne Bayless

I talk with Hayne Bayless, potter, board member of Studio Potter literary journal, and board member of Pots on Wheels (POW!) about his work, his methodology, and the art of "I don't know." Hayne's work has been awarded the top prizes at some of the country's most important craft shows: the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C. and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Other than lessons from a potter in Tokyo and a handful of classes and workshops, he has managed to avoid any...


Session 7 - FIRST Robotics in Education and Community Representation with Jackie Moore

In this podcast session I talk with Jackie Moore, Chicago Knights FIRST Robotics team founder and coach, makerspace organizer, Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire organizer, educator, and many, many other things. Jackie and I sit down to talk about the philosophy behind making -- and making with other people -- and what that means about how we can learn from each other. That, and much more, on session 7 of This Should Work.


Session 6 - Aligning Maker Principles and Educational Learning Standards with Sarah Margalus

I speak with Sarah Margalus, reading specialist, educator, and maker. Sarah talks about how to integrate maker-centered learning principles with 21st Century Learning Standards: a practical way for teachers with not a whole lot of time to integrate maker learning into the classroom. Disclaimer: Sarah is my wife. Also, an interesting person in the maker movement and educator.


Session 5 - Changing Kids Edu Toys, Building Museum Exhibits, and Making with Rachel Hellenga

In this session, I speak with Rachel Hellenga, President of Conducty (, museum exhibit builder, and expert maker. Rachel talks about the challenges of designing environments (particularly education ones), the magic of makerspace communities, and the development of her company, Conducty. Show Notes on the website at