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STEMPunX is a bi-monthly podcast.​ Our goal is to make fun user-friendly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) connections between education, jobs, and community.

STEMPunX is a bi-monthly podcast.​ Our goal is to make fun user-friendly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) connections between education, jobs, and community.
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STEMPunX is a bi-monthly podcast.​ Our goal is to make fun user-friendly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) connections between education, jobs, and community.




SPX13 Math is Universal

Scared of Math? there's an app for that. STEMBoT takes on a new voice. Joe and Michael discuss math and basketball, how kids are reaping the benefits of math as it's used in coding, how we use math every day and don't realize it, and more. We use new Software for this one! We are excited to be using Davinci Resolve. Show Links: Coding website for kids: Ocean tides and trigonometry. Who knew? (mathematicians, that's...


SPX12 Artificial Intelligence

Third in our short-format podcasts, Joe visits with STEMPunX intern Beck about her upcoming surgery using the da Vinci System. This robotic apparatus "features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand." Is an autonomous robot next? Will surgeons even be necessary? STEMBoT allude to the possibility. Show Links: The da Vinci System represents the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. What is AI?...


SPX11 Communication

We all have barriers in communication sometimes. How do we stay civil when talking about passionate topics with someone who opposes our view? Should we bother? How do we navigate the challenge? Joe and coproducer E. Michael Friend visit with Physical Therapist Tommy Fliss who has unique barriers when talking to patients. What will you do now? Listen and decide for yourself. Shownote links: Lady Gaga interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live Martin Luther King Letter from the Birmingham...


SPX10 Snowpocalypse 2019

In this second of our new short format podcasts that go up on the 20th of the month, Joe talks with STEMBoT about the Snowpocalypse that occurred in the first half of February 2019. We may hate shoveling snow, or paying to be dug out of the snow, but the planet really needs the winter snow storms. Listen for approximately 7 minutes and you'll hear all about it. Show Links: Groundwater...



STEAM or STEM? Which acronym should be used? Well, it depends on how the classes are being taught. In this episode Joe invites two artists, one of whom is also an english teacher, to discuss the merits of adding ART to STEM to make it STEAM. There are compelling reasons to do so. Click play to hear for yourself. Show Links: Huffington post Article Judith Burton, Robert Horowitz, and Hal Abeles Study, 1999 IAA, Burlington Vermont Fibonacci Sequence Vitruvian Man and sacred...


SPX8 Repair and Reuse electronics

In this new short version of the podcast Joe visits with David Skakel from Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program. Joe and David take a shallow dive into recycling electronics or NOT, a new Oregon Green Schools program, and the 20 or so hazardous waste recycling events that David and Tri-County provide in the Gorge. This new approach is for the second podcast of each month, posted on the 20th, to be 5-7 minutes and contain a topic that's...


SPX7 Calendars around the globe.

Joe talks with his longtime friend, maker of metal art, studier of calendars, and awakened soul, Eric Lindsey. The old friends chat about the origins of calendars and whether keeping a tight schedule is a positive thing. Joe and STEMBoT discuss the many forms of calendars currently in use today, and the origins of the names of the months and the days of the week. We live in a world of hustle and bustle. While understanding calendars is good historical science, the behavioral science...


SPX6 Holiday Whovian Sci-Fi meets Sci-Fact FUN!

Time has slipped by and we are at the end of the year. Time, what an interesting concept. We explore time a bit via the TARDIS (DR. WHO fans holla…!) and your imagination. This week we also explore Science Fiction and Science Fact and how they intertwine. If you enjoy authors like Phillip K. Dick, television shows like Star Trek and Dr. Who, and movies like Minority Report, this episode is for you. Sci Fi influences our future. See how in this holiday special with a nod to Dr. Who and many...


SPX5 Ocean Cleanup and why it's important.

Joe discusses the condition of our oceans and what is being done to clean them up. Plastics are making their way into our ecosystem and we legitimately have a severe problem on our hands. Beck, our STEMPunX intern, shares her views as a teenager concerned about her future and what will be left of the planet by the time she has a family. Many links in the show notes to a LOT of information about plastics, alternatives, how the cycle starts and what we can do to make a change. Our planet...


SPX4 Do Fish Feel Pain? A Fishing Journey.

In this episode Joe takes you fishing! As an avid steelhead fly-fisherman, Joe wrestles with the topic of whether or not fish feel pain. Joe's guest this week is Professor Victoria Braithwaite Professor of Fisheries and Biology at Penn State University. She is also author of the book Do Fish Feel Pain? and a published science report studying the same. This episode was so packed with information that the full interview simply had to be shared, but in a Patreon only post. All Patreon STEMPunX...


SPX3 To Drone or not to Drone

In this episode Joe speaks to veteran videographer, and co-producer, John Hardham of Lightwave Communications about the video specs needed in drone cameras for high quality video production. Joe also interviews Alex Bryan, a commercial drone pilot about the differences between the consumer drones that we can easily afford and the professional drones flown by licensed pilots. A brief review of 4 drones Joe flew as research for the podcast is weaved in as well. A more thorough review, and a...


SPX2 Bees and Pollinators with guest Andony Melathopoulos

Take a journey with Joe to understand a bit about pollination. See what he has discovered over the last three years of simply trying to pollinate his own garden, and learn some hard realities of becoming a hobby beekeeper. Joe's guest is Andony Melathopoulos, Assistant Professor - Pollinator Health Extension at Oregon State University. They talk about pollination, the Oregon Bee Atlas, the Oregon Bee Project, and the dreaded varroa mites AND ways to combat them. Show...


SPX1A An interview with STEMBoT (BONUS EPISODE)

BONUS EPISODE! Joe introduces listeners to STEMBoT and we learn that the similarities between humans and computers are more numerous than the differences. Listen in to discover what STEMBoT's role is in the show and more. This is not a paid post. It doesn't increase your Patreon pledge. ENJOY! Music by: Kit Garoutte Credits STEMPunX is hosted and produced by Joe Garoutte. This episode was also produced by E. Michael Friend and John Hardham Editing by Joe...


SPX1 The Why

Joe sits down with Co-Producer E. Michael Friend and mad scientist Bill Weiler to talk about what makes this podcast important to them and how STEM is connected to everything. Show Notes STEMPunX WebsiteJob postingsweb-series episodeEasy Measure Appnew appdefinitiondefinitionIf you like what you hear, please support us on Patreon. Music by: Kit Garoutte Sponsors Mr. Moneybags - Information withheld (For obvious reasons...) Coddiwomple Creative Laughing...