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Episode 065: S.T.E.A.M. Ahead with Beth Topinka

 

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Summary:

Have you been thinking of incorporating more engineering in your lesson plans--but not sure where to even begin? You’ll love today’s episode with Beth Topinka. She specifically talks about a 5th grade and a 3rd grade engineering project she does with her students. Lots of inspiration here!

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Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 11:30     Introduction to Beth and how she develops STEAM projects, including her favorite 5th grade project on storm surge
  • 11:30 - 18:30     Developing an engineering notebook for students & learning lessons about materials and tests
  • 18:30 - 26:00     Interdisciplinary...
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Episode 028: Integrating Crosscutting Concepts into 3D Learning with Sarah J. Fick PhD

 

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Summary:

Meet Sarah J. Fick, PhD. Sarah works with a team of researchers to develop curriculum materials that support learning environments focused on using the crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices to support students knowledge building of science and engineering disciplinary core ideas. In this episode, we talk about 3 roles of CCC in 3D learning.

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  • 08:00 - 12:00   Thinking about how disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts intersect + an example using systems and watersheds
  • 12:15 - 14:45   Explicitly teaching cross-cutting concepts
  • 15:00 - 22:20   How cross-cutting concepts appear in conceptual models + highlighting student understanding in their models
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Episode 020: Meet a Biomedical Engineer: Jordan Harrod

 

 Summary:

Meet Jordan Harrod, a biomedical engineer. Her work focuses on machine learning for neuroscience. In this episode we learn about her research and what it takes to become a biomedical engineer.  

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  • 05:30 - 07:30    What work can teachers do to build a foundation for students' careers in research and engineering?
  • 09:00 - 12:30    What is BrainNet?
  • 13:00 - 15:50    Applications for Jordan's research on anesthesia 
  • 15:50 - 22:30    Biases in artificial intelligence + medical research
  • 26:45 - 30:00    Resources Jordan suggests for science teachers

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"I think definitely for research and engineering generally the best thing that anyone can do is focus on experience and experimental learning." [5:41-5:52]  ...

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Episode 019: Engineering Design with Cary Sneider

 

 Summary:

Although engineering has been mentioned in prior standards, it was never very prominent, and only rarely implemented as a part of science.  Learn why engineering has been embraced to the extent it has in the Framework and NGSS and how to implement engineering design in your NGSS classroom from a member of the NGSS writing team, Cary Sneider.

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  • 07:00 - 08:35    Why is engineering such a focus in NGSS?
  • 10:45 - 20:30    How to integrate engineering into lesson-planning
  • 20:45 - 23:00    How do science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fit together?
  • 29:00 - 35:00    Using a design matrix to make decisions
  • 42:00 - 47:35    Engineering curriculum resources

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"At the earliest ages, what [engineering] really means is that...

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