120 episodes

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 [https://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!

The K12 Engineering Education Podcast The K12 Engineering Education Podcast

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

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 [https://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!

    Soft and Squishy Robots in the Classroom, with Dr. Holly Golecki

    Soft and Squishy Robots in the Classroom, with Dr. Holly Golecki

    Modern robotics can interact with the human body in newer, innovative ways, using flexible materials and compliant actuators. Dr. Holly Golecki, Ph.D., wants to teach young people all about it, recently sharing her team's K-12 curriculum in soft robotics in The Science Teachermagazine. A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Golecki teaches bioengineering and engineering design to undergraduates, while also research applications of materials engineering to bioengineering and engineering education. She discusses her pathway to her current focus on engineering education, and her ideas about increasing the diversity of students who can access engineering at younger ages by way of soft robotics.

    Related to this episode:

    * Dr. Holly Golecki's website: https://www.hollygolecki.com/
    * Revolutionizing Robotics: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19434871.2023.12290283
    * Soft Robotics Toolkit: https://softroboticstoolkit.com/
    * UIUC BioE: https://bioengineering.illinois.edu/
    * Drexel Materials Science and Engineering: https://drexel.edu/engineering/academics/departments/materials-science-engineering/
    * Sandia National Labs: https://www.sandia.gov/
    * VEX Robotics competitions: https://www.vexrobotics.com/competition
    * McKibben artificial muscles: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/803170
    * Control Pneumatic Cylinder with Arduino (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXNNjtK5hp8
    * Tim the Nitinol Lepidopterist (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyVGpRjG5-0
    * Mark Rober on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY1kMZp36IQSyNx_9h4mpCg
    * hgolecki on Twitter / X: https://twitter.com/hgolecki
    * Soft Robotics Toolkit Competition: https://softroboticstoolkit.com/competition/requirements

    Subscribe and find podcast updates at: http://www.k12engineering.net [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 [https://www.amazon.com/Engineers-Guide-Improv-Art-Games/dp/1520634900/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=], The Calculator Gator [http://www.piuswong.com/calculatorgator/], or Chordinates! [https://www.pioslabs.com/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 [http://www.pioslabs.com/].

    Music by seth_makes_sounds [https://freesound.org/people/Seth_Makes_Sounds/] under a Creative Commons 0 License [https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/].

    • 48 min
    Engineering Meat Cruelty-Free, with Dr. Katie Kam

    Engineering Meat Cruelty-Free, with Dr. Katie Kam

    Cultivated meat has the potential to disrupt the meat industry, and engineer Dr. Katie Kam joins the podcast to talk about it. Katie founded BioBQ, her startup that's developing cultivated beef brisket. She explains how cultivated meat – also known as "cultured meat" or "lab meat" – is real meat that avoids animal slaughter by being grown in a bioreactor. Katie discusses her motivation for her work at BioBQ, including her Texas roots, love of barbecue, interest in ecology, and being vegan. She also highlights partnerships with the cattle industry, investors, and many different fields in science and engineering.

    Related to this episode:

    • BioBQ: https://www.biobqing.com/

    • "Cultivated meat bioprocess design" article: https://gfi.org/science/the-science-of-cultivated-meat/deep-dive-cultivated-meat-bioprocess-design/

    • "Eat Just to Open Asia's Largest Cultivated Meat Facility in 2023": https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-10/eat-just-to-open-asia-s-largest-cultivated-meat-facility-in-2023

    • "Upside's cell-cultured chicken is first to receive FDA blessing for its production method": https://techcrunch.com/2022/11/16/upside-foods-cell-cultured-meat-fda/

    • Good Food Institute (GFI): https://gfi.org/

    • New Harvest: https://new-harvest.org/

    • IndieBio incubator in San Francisco: https://indiebio.co/

    Subscribe and find podcast updates at: http://www.k12engineering.net [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 [https://www.amazon.com/Engineers-Guide-Improv-Art-Games/dp/1520634900/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=], The Calculator Gator [http://www.piuswong.com/calculatorgator/], or Chordinates! [https://www.pioslabs.com/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 [http://www.pioslabs.com/].

    Music by timouse [https://freesound.org/people/timouse/] under a Creative Commons Attribution License [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/].

    • 28 min
    Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with Nicole Bushong

    Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with Nicole Bushong

    As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, cybersecurity engineer Nicole Bushong shares essential cybersecurity habits and tools for keeping organizations and individuals safe, as well as hot tips for getting into the many parts of this critical industry. Learn about data privacy, compliance, coding, hacking news, degrees and certifications, multi-factor authentication, and more.

    Related to this episode:

    • Cybersecurity and Being Human: https://k12engineering.net/episodes/80

    • IR (incident response)

    • Terraform: https://www.terraform.io/security

    • GRC (governance, risk, and compliance)

    • DevSecOps (development, security, and operations)

    • Cybersecurity Awareness Month is October: https://www.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month

    • Cambridge Analytica scandal: https://www.wired.com/story/cambridge-analytica-facebook-privacy-awakening/

    • DeSantis accused textbooks of 'indoctrination.' Here's what he meant: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/05/09/florida-banned-textbooks-math-desantis/

    • Pen tester (penetration tester)

    • Hack the Box: https://www.hackthebox.com/

    • SANS courses: https://www.sans.org/cyber-security-courses/

    • UK police arrest teenager suspected of Uber, GTA 6 hacks: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/09/15/uber-hack/

    • KnowBe4 / Kevin Mitnick: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Mitnick

    • GDPR: https://gdpr-info.eu/

    • HouSecCon: https://www.linkedin.com/company/houseccon

    • StaySafeOnline: https://staysafeonline.org/

    • OWASP: https://owasp.org/

    Subscribe and find podcast updates at: http://www.k12engineering.net [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 [https://www.amazon.com/Engineers-Guide-Improv-Art-Games/dp/1520634900/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=], The Calculator Gator [http://www.piuswong.com/calculatorgator/], or Chordinates! [https://www.pioslabs.com/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 [http://www.pioslabs.com/].

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Solve Real Problems and Win Real Prizes, with Autumn and George Dowdy and Ann Woo

    Solve Real Problems and Win Real Prizes, with Autumn and George Dowdy and Ann Woo

    The Solve for Tomorrow design competition from Samsung is starting up again, and
    three guests join the podcast to explain how it works, and why schools and
    businesses should invest in K-12 STEM education. George Dowdy led his students
    at Porter High School to win the most recent competition, while Autumn Dowdy led
    her students at the same school to win before that. George and Autumn, an
    engineering education power couple, talk about what it's like teaching
    engineering today and how the Solve for Tomorrow competition complements their
    existing curriculum.  Ann Woo is the Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at
    Samsung in the US, and she explains why Samsung funds or support the K-12
    education pipeline with professional development and other programs like this.

    Related to this episode:
    • Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition:
    https://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/
    • Porter High team wins national STEM competition for second year:
    https://www.yourconroenews.com/neighborhood/moco/news/article/Porter-High-team-wins-national-STEM-competition-17192932.php
    • Project Lead The Way: https://www.pltw.org/
    • MindSpark Learning: https://www.mindspark.org/
    • Porter High School Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/porterhs_spartans/?hl=en

    Subscribe and find podcast updates at: http://www.k12engineering.net
    [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
    [https://www.amazon.com/Engineers-Guide-Improv-Art-Games/dp/1520634900/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=],
    The Calculator Gator [http://www.piuswong.com/calculatorgator/], or Chordinates!
    [https://www.pioslabs.com/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 [http://www.pioslabs.com/].

    • 56 min
    Teaching Coding to the Community with a Small Business, with Amy Pirzada

    Teaching Coding to the Community with a Small Business, with Amy Pirzada

    Amy Pirzada started My Coding Place as an educational business focused on
    teaching coding to kids in Austin. But she soon expanded to teach chess, game
    design, 3D modeling, 3D printing, and more technical topics in problem-solving
    to wider audiences. She talks about the mission of her entrepreneurial business,
    how to teach kids programming effectively, the right tech tools for teaching
    kids of different ages, and her goals for the business and possibly a future
    nonprofit.

    Related to this episode:
    • My Coding Place: https://www.mycodingplace.com/
    • Gamemaker: https://gamemaker.io/
    • Blender: https://www.blender.org/
    • mBot by Makeblock: https://www.makeblock.com/steam-kits/mbot
    • Hansol Hong of Robolink, on a past episode:
    https://www.k12engineering.net/episodes/74
    • Roblox: https://www.roblox.com/
    • Lua: https://www.lua.org/
    • Girlstart nonprofit, on a past episode: https://k12engineering.net/episodes/21

    Subscribe and find podcast updates at: http://www.k12engineering.net
    [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
    [https://www.amazon.com/Engineers-Guide-Improv-Art-Games/dp/1520634900/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=],
    The Calculator Gator [http://www.piuswong.com/calculatorgator/], or Chordinates!
    [https://www.pioslabs.com/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 [http://www.pioslabs.com/].

    • 39 min
    The Physics Circus Teaches Science, with Joseph Ziegel

    The Physics Circus Teaches Science, with Joseph Ziegel

    The Physics Circus at The University of Texas at Austin tries to attract kids to
    science using loud and entertaining demonstrations that might not be as
    accessible to the average school. Led by graduate students doing the latest in
    physics research, The Physics Circus is getting back into live shows again.
    Joseph Ziegel is one of the coordinators of the group, along with Jordan Zesch,
    and Joseph describes their mission of young scientists spreading more love of
    science. Related to this episode: • The Physics Circus at The University of
    Texas at Austin: https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~circus/ • Should a Person Touch
    200,000 Volts? A Van de Graaff generator experiment! From the Jefferson lab:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubZuSZYVBng • How To Make Pickles Glow, from
    TKOR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFefJyQhw0c • The Physics Circus YouTube
    channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSPOGbgbw7D4ogjV5_UpFxA Opening music
    by LogicMoon: https://freesound.org/people/LogicMoon/sounds/617295/ Closing
    music by JetSmith88: https://freesound.org/people/JetSmith88/sounds/206065/
    Subscribe and find podcast updates 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.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Neil I Thompson ,

Great podcast

Pius is a great host since he asks thoughtful questions that necessitate thoughtful answers. I should know; I was a guest!

Sheri 007 ,

Always Learn Something

Even though I’ve benefited from a lot of formal education and experience in the fields of engineering and education, I always discover new knowledge and helpful points of view on this innovative and fascinating podcast. Recommend it to everybody professional or just fascinated by these topics.

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Excellent STEAM podcast!

This podcast does a great job covering a wide variety of topics in science, tech, eng, arts and math. Definitely peruse the episode topics - there's stuff for parents, kids, teachers, admin and even non-ed professionals! Of course, you could listen to them all to broaden your own thinking by hearing all the other perspectives and what each group or person interviewed really cares about. ;)

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