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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

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


Visiting Engineers Virtually

10/1/2017
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How can teachers expose their students to more engineering role models? What do they do if they don’t have time to arrange visits and field trips? That’s where Sarah McAnulty comes in. Sarah is a biology PhD student who also recently started Skype a Scientist, which is a free program to match scientists and engineers with K-12 classrooms. Sarah spoke with us about how the program helps more students get authentic interactions with STEM professionals. Mentioned in this episode: • Skype a...

Duration: 00:15:22


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


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...

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

4/9/2017
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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 and that was also at PAX. TEALS has been around since 2009, matching volunteer CS professionals with K-12 teachers in schools. 75% of their volunteers come from 200+ companies, They develop CS curricula, too....

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

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