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Promoting education in engineering and design for all ages. Learn more and read transcripts at www.k12engineering.net. Produced by Pius Wong, engineer, of Pios Labs (www.pioslabs.com).

This podcast is for educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents interested in bringing engineering to 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. For episode transcripts and more information, visit: www.k12engineering.net

Topics include overcoming institutional barriers to engineering and STEM 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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Promoting education in engineering and design for all ages. Learn more and read transcripts at www.k12engineering.net. Produced by Pius Wong, engineer, of Pios Labs (www.pioslabs.com).

This podcast is for educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents interested in bringing engineering to 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. For episode transcripts and more information, visit: www.k12engineering.net

Topics include overcoming institutional barriers to engineering and STEM 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!

    Teaching HTML/CSS, Unplugged and Offline

    Teaching HTML/CSS, Unplugged and Offline

    How do you learn web development without a computer, or without any electronic device? Sam Taylor wrote a book to help learners do just that. As a former middle school teacher and current tech worker, Sam wrote the newly released educational book titled The Coding Workbook, which intends to teach the basics of HTML and CSS, but with no computer required. Hear the discussion about this new book, accessibility to STEM education, what teaching middle school science is like, and more.

    Related to this episode:
    • The Coding Workbook: https://nostarch.com/CodingWorkbook
    • NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards): https://www.nextgenscience.org/
    • Harvard CS50, Intro to Computer Science: https://online-learning.harvard.edu/course/cs50-introduction-computer-science
    • JavaScript for Kids: https://nostarch.com/javascriptforkids
    • Girls Who Code: https://girlswhocode.com/
    • Sam Taylor on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samtaylor_css

    Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. Support Pios Labs with regular donations on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pioslabs. You’ll also be supporting projects like the Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games, The Calculator Gator, or Chordinates! Thanks to our donors and listeners for making the show possible. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com.

    • 39 min
    Aerospace Engineering Entrepreneur

    Aerospace Engineering Entrepreneur

    Mishaal Ashemimry is an aerospace engineer and pilot who, after working for major aerospace organizations, formed her own aerospace startup to design rockets for small, low-Earth orbit satellites. As a Saudi American, she got interested in the stars when she was young, looking up at the sky while visiting Saudi Arabia. She describes many parts of her path in this career, including love of math, starting a business, being recognized as the first female aerospace engineer in the Gulf Cooperation Council, and her role as an Arabic-speaking STEM education social media influencer.

    Related to this episode:
    • Mishaal Ashemimry’s profile: https://www.mishaalashemimry.com/
    • Encarta: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encarta
    • Zinc and hydrochloric acid reaction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4XITC225uk
    • BattleBots TV series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BattleBots
    • FIRST Robotics Competition: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc
    • NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/home/index.html
    • Raytheon Technologies: https://www.rtx.com/en
    • NERVA program on nuclear rockets: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NERVA
    • MISHAAL Aerospace: https://www.mishaalaerospace.com/home
    • SBIR funding: https://www.sbir.gov/
    • Article on Wired, SpaceX Engine Failure Claims Experimental Satellite: https://www.wired.com/2012/10/spacex-nasa-investigation/
    • DOF (degree of freedom): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degrees_of_freedom_(statistics)
    • Mishaal’s YouTube channel on STEM, largely in Arabic: https://www.youtube.com/c/MishaalAshemimry

    Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. Support Pios Labs with regular donations on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pioslabs. You’ll also be supporting projects like the Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games, The Calculator Gator, or Chordinates! Thanks to our donors and listeners for making the show possible. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com.

    • 53 min
    What Do Equations Sound Like on the Piano?

    What Do Equations Sound Like on the Piano?

    Let’s make equations musical. Instead of visualizing equations on a graph, let’s listen to them on the piano, merging all our math and music knowledge. You can make two-dimensional x-y math equations audible – or sonify them – by translating the x-values to time and the y-values to the keys of a piano. If you can’t play them on the piano yourself, we can use the free web app Chordinates! by Pios Labs to do it instead. Listen to the sound of coordinates, linear equations, polynomials, trigonometric functions, and random distributions of notes on the piano, and analyze their patterns. Then take the audio review quiz at the end, complete with extended creative and technical challenges. Got your own reactions to this episode? Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Related to this episode:
    • Chordinates! beta, a free web by Pios Labs: https://www.pioslabs.com/chordinates/
    • Coordinate plane, from Desmos.com: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/q8mwzeylbk
    • HCI Beyond the GUI, book by Philip Kortum: https://www.amazon.com/HCI-Beyond-GUI-Nontraditional-Technologies/dp/0123740177/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241987101&sr=8-1
    • Google nGram viewer, for analyzing the prevalence of the words “sonify” and “sonification”: https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=sonify%2Csonification&year_start=1800&year_end=2019&corpus=26&smoothing=3&direct_url=t1%3B%2Csonify%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Csonification%3B%2Cc0

    Music credits:
    All clips used are under Creative Commons 0 Licenses, including from the following artists.
    • Tyler Schanck, The Wandermiles: www.thewandermiles.com
    • Doctor Dreamchip: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhlcItuC6pmhhemUjhPt1w
    • Moz5a: www.mankus.co.uk
    • Sondre Drakensson: https://soundcloud.com/drakensson93
    • Eathan Markson: https://soundcloud.com/eathan-markson
    • Don Veca: https://soundcloud.com/dveca/sets/generative-jazz
    • Komit: https://freesound.org/people/Komit./
    • Epon Audio: https://www.patreon.com/EponAudio?fan_landing=true
    • Nate Ziller: http://www.nateziller.com/
    • Julian Evans: http://www.julianevans.info/

    Equations referenced:
    • y = x, https://www.pioslabs.com/chordinates/index.html?&x=x-scale-custom&xmin=0&xmax=51
    • y = -2x, https://www.pioslabs.com/chordinates/index.html?&x=x-scale-custom&params=-2,0&xmin=0&xmax=51
    • Linear equation, minor scale: https://www.pioslabs.com/chordinates/index.html?&m=diatonic-cminor&x=x-scale-custom&params=1,-1&xmin=0&xmax=51
    • Linear equation, chromatic scale: https://www.pioslabs.com/chordinates/index.html?&m=chromatic&x=x-scale-chromatic-origin&y=y-scale-chromatic-origin
    • y = x^2, https://www.pioslabs.com/chordinates/index.html?f=quadratic-standard&x=x-scale-custom&params=1,0,0&xmin=0&xmax=51
    • y = 16sin(x), free rhythm, https://www.pioslabs.com/chordinates/index.html?f=trigonometric-sin&r=rhythm-even-y&params=16,1,0,0
    • y = 5vtan((1/2)x), free rhythm, https://www.pioslabs.com/chordinates/index.html?f=trigonometric-tan&r=rhythm-even-y&params=5,0.5,0,0
    • Square wave, amplitude = 2, offset = 2, major 3rd harmony, https://www.pioslabs.com/chordinates/index.html?f=sgn-cos&h=harmony-majorthird&params=2,1,2
    • y = uniform random distribution, from -23 to 28, https://www.pioslabs.com/chordinates/index.html?f=statistical-rand-uniform&params=28,-23

    Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. Support Pios Labs with regular donations on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pioslabs. You’ll also be supporting projects like the Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games, The Calculator Gator, or Chordinates! Thanks to our donors and listeners for making the show possible. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com.

    • 49 min
    Modernizing Army Training in Software and Tech

    Modernizing Army Training in Software and Tech

    Army Futures Command (AFC) is partnering with Austin Community College (ACC) in Texas to create a new Software Factory, which will be a software development training program for Army soldiers. Planned to start in January, it will blend training of both soldiers and civilians in newer tech practices in agile development. Maj. Vito Errico from AFC will co-lead the Software Factory, and he joins the podcast to describe its goals. Garrett Groves, Vice President of Business and Industry Partnerships, also joins the podcast to explain how ACC is uniquely aligned to support such a program. They also explain what K-12 educators should know about these plans.

    Related to this episode:
    • Army Futures Command (AFC): https://www.army.mil/futures
    • Austin Community College (ACC): https://www.austincc.edu/
    • Maj. Vito Errico: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vito-errico-633953a8/
    • Garrett Groves: https://www.austincc.edu/offices/president/cabinet/vice-president-business-and-industry-partnerships
    • General Assembly, example coding bootcamp: https://generalassemb.ly/
    • Agile software development: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development
    • MVP (minimum viable product): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_viable_product
    • Army Futures Command announces software factory in Austin: https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/austin-texas-army-futures-command-software-factory/269-d84df6b7-1c67-4470-8133-3ad892895336
    • Federal Registered Apprenticeship Programs: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/apprenticeship/federal-apprenticeships

    Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. Support Pios Labs with regular donations on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pioslabs. You’ll also be supporting projects like the Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games, The Calculator Gator, or Chordinates! Thanks to our donors and listeners for making the show possible. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com.

    • 33 min
    How Is School Reopening Going?

    How Is School Reopening Going?

    Schools have reopened in Fall 2020 amid the COVID19 pandemic, and educators are putting in overtime to make it work. Four educators speak about their experiences getting students learning again either online or in person: Superintendent Teddy Clevinger in Bell County, Texas; engineering entrepreneurship teacher Melanie Kong in Seattle, Washington; science and engineering teacher Amy Morriss in New Orleans, Louisiana; and engineering and architecture teacher Audrea Moyers in Austin, Texas. They describe their challenges and successes as educators so far this year.

    Related to this episode:
    • Music clips from Doctor Dreamchip: https://freesound.org/people/Doctor_Dreamchip/
    • Sketchup for schools: https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-for-schools
    • Slack for distance learning: https://slack.com/solutions/distance-learning
    • Microsoft Teams: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software
    • Google Jamboard: https://jamboard.google.com/
    • Are The Risks Of Reopening Schools Exaggerated? https://www.npr.org/2020/10/21/925794511/were-the-risks-of-reopening-schools-exaggerated
    • New Dashboard Tracks Coronavirus Cases In Schools Across 47 States: https://www.npr.org/2020/09/23/915738935/new-dashboard-tracks-coronavirus-cases-in-schools-across-47-states

    Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. Support Pios Labs with regular donations on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pioslabs. You’ll also be supporting projects like the Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games or The Calculator Gator. Thanks to our donors and listeners for making the show possible. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com.

    • 46 min
    Listen and Learn: Making an Audio Course in Science for Kids

    Listen and Learn: Making an Audio Course in Science for Kids

    How do you make an audio-based course to teach science topics to kids? Podcast creator, teacher, and musician Marshall Escamilla explains. Marshall is a co-creator of the highly rated Tumble Science Podcast for Kids. He drew on his podcasting experience and his years in the classroom to develop a “podcourse” for Himalaya Learning, focused on exploring the living things inside kids’ homes. In this conversation, he talks about the goals of the audio course, tips on better remote learning, free music resources for digital creators, and the response to COVID19 in his current home of Barcelona, Spain.

    Related to this episode:
    • Tumble podcast: https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/
    • Audio course on Himalaya Learning: https://www.himalaya.com/tumble
    • Science Storytelling, past podcast episode: http://www.k12engineering.net/episodes/59
    • Rob Dunn, scientist: https://cals.ncsu.edu/applied-ecology/people/rob-dunn/
    • iNaturalist project and app: https://www.inaturalist.org/
    • NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards): https://www.nextgenscience.org/
    • Pokemon Go game: https://www.pokemongo.com/
    • Free Music Archive: https://freemusicarchive.org/
    • PodingtonBear on FreeMusicArchive: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear
    • Ableton Live, music production software: https://www.ableton.com/
    • Apple Mainstage, musician production software: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mainstage-3/id634159523?mt=12
    • PowerSchool, learning management system: https://www.powerschool.com/

    Subscribe and find more podcast information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. Support Pios Labs with regular donations on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pioslabs. You’ll also be supporting projects like the Engineer’s Guide to Improv and Art Games or The Calculator Gator. Thanks to our donors and listeners for making the show possible. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com.

    • 44 min

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