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Science for the Classroom and Beyond

How Inventions have Shaped Us, and Our Role in Shaping Them
Jun 8 • 33 min
The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another is a new book by Ainissa Ramirez. In this collection of stories about eight inventions (from clocks to silicon chips), Ramirez unearths vivid stories that showcase how humans have created…
Connect Students to NASA’s #LaunchAmerica with Online Resources and Activities
May 25 • 25 min
As a NASA engineer, Kris Brown used to work with critical hardware used on numerous shuttle missions. Now, as Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, Kris works towards creating unique opportunities for students and the public…
“There’s a Lot you Can Do with Birds in a Wind Tunnel” and Other Stories with Dr. Alex Evans #ScientistOutLoud
May 11 • 32 min
Dr. Alex Evans works as a science educator, presenter, and writer. Joining co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler, Alex discusses his love of parrot Twitter accounts, describes what we can learn from bird energetics that can be applied to real world…
Recognizing and Combating Loneliness #COVID19
Apr 27 • 65 min
Professor Dawn Fallik talks about the difference between loneliness and social isolation, how Millennials and Gen Z might be better equipped to communicate and function during the COVID-19 stay at home orders, and how teachers might look out for and help…
Teaching, Parenting and Science Outreach in the Pandemic #COVID19
Apr 13 • 33 min
Lab Out Loud’s guest this week is Joanne O’Meara, a physics professor from the University of Guelph. In an effort to help educators right now, the Guelph physics department is creating videos to answer user generated science questions. Called AMASE (Ask…
Learning Science at Home with Online Resources #COVID19
Mar 23 • 30 min
As our students continue their science instruction online and at home, we wanted to take some time to share some free resources from NSTA and beyond. We also get a chance to talk to Fred Ende’s kids - referred to as “6” and “9” - as they share their…
“A Lot of my Research Involves Poo” and Other Stories from the Field with Dr. Cassandra Raby #ScientistOutLoud
Mar 9 • 32 min
Dr. Raby recently finishing her Ph.D. studying behavior and disease transmission in Namibian wild baboons, where she reflects: “a lot of my research involves poo”. Cass joins co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to discuss collecting (and transporting)…
Discovery vs. Exploration: Learning Science with Evidence-Based Argumentation
Feb 17 • 63 min
Dr. J. Bryan Henderson’s research is geared towards using the science of learning to design physical and digital environments that encourage student interaction in evidence-based argumentation.
Strategies for Gender Inclusivity in Teaching Biology
Feb 3 • 21 min
We connect with Lewis Maday-Travis (he/him/his) and Sam Long (he/him/his) to talk about the need for gender inclusivity in biology and other science classes. Lewis and Sam join co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to discuss the importance of providing…
From Psychology to Animal Research, a Discussion with Postdoc Lauren Robinson #ScientistOutLoud
Jan 20 • 41 min
Dr. Lauren Robinson shares how she uses her background in psychology in her animal research, describes navigating through scientific research in another country, and explains a little about what we might learn from the social behavior of wolves.
Making Sense of Science and Religion: Strategies for Science Teaching
Jan 6 • 40 min
Written for teachers at all levels and also for informal science settings, Making Sense helps educators prepare for student questions about science and religion so they can confidently facilitate discussions while respecting student beliefs.
The Path to Science Research: Susanna Harris Shares her Journey #ScientistOutLoud
Dec 16, 2019 • 39 min
As a Ph. D. candidate at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Susanna studies how bacteria stick to plant roots. Susanna joins co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to describe her research, discuss how she got interested in science, and…
Questions and Answers about Christmas Trees
Dec 2, 2019 • 47 min
To answer some questions about Christmas trees, Lab Out Loud decided to connect with some experts. Tree farmers Neil Krueger (from Kreuger’s Christmas Tree Farm) and Shawn Schottler (from St. Croix Valley Trees and the Science Museum of Minnesota) join…
The 2019 Engineering Gift Guide
Nov 18, 2019 • 46 min
Returning for a second year, Lab Out Loud is happy to welcome Dr. Elizabeth Gajdzik and Dr. Tamara Moore back to the show to showcase the 2019 Engineering Gift Guide. Each year, Purdue’s INSPIRE Research Institute lab evaluates toys, games, and books that…
Adjusting science language and technology for culturally relevant STEM education
Nov 4, 2019 • 33 min
As a former science teacher and now professor of education at Stanford, Dr. Bryan A. Brown is keenly interested in improving science teaching and learning in urban communities by investigating how language and culture matter for effective science…
Investigating Circadian Rhythms and Sleep #ScientistOutLoud
Oct 21, 2019 • 52 min
This week Lab Out Loud welcomes Katherine Hatcher to the show. As a fifth year Neuroscience PhD Candidate at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Katherine investigates circadian rhythms and how exposure to environmental factors alters behavior and…
XKCD: Using comics to teach science
Oct 7, 2019 • 27 min
Cartoonist Randall Munroe, of the webcomic XKCD, often creates comics that feature aspects of technology, math, computer science and physics. We discuss how his work has helped science teaching.
Investigating Continental Size Problems #ScientistsOutLoud
Sep 23, 2019 • 44 min
As a researcher from the University of Colorado Boulder, Mike studies ice sheet meltwater feedback in Greenland.
Requiring Peer Reviewed Science in the Science Classroom: New Legislation in Massachusetts
Sep 9, 2019 • 18 min
As a science teacher at Curry College in Massachusetts, Abby Hafer is a staunch advocate of teaching peer-reviewed, scientifically accurate content in her college classes. In an effort to protect science education in the state, Hafer recently worked with…
Science Beyond the Classroom with NSTA President Dennis Schatz
Aug 26, 2019 • 31 min
To kick off season 13, Lab Out Loud is proud to welcome NSTA President Dennis Schatz to the show. As senior advisor at Pacific Science Center and field editor for NSTA’s Connected Science Learning journal, Dennis has a lifetime of experience delivering…
Teaching STEM Though Crash Safety with IIHS in the Classroom
Jun 3, 2019 • 52 min
Designed for grades 5-12, IIHS in the Classroom uses the results of highway safety research to help students explore the science behind what happens in a car crash — both to the car and to those inside it — and discover why some vehicles are safer than…
Why Most Teachers Don’t Teach Climate Change
May 20, 2019 • 32 min
An NPR poll recently discovered that most teachers don’t teach climate change, yet parents wish they did. To find out more about these findings, Lab Out Loud invited NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz to the show. Anya joins co-hosts Brian Bartel…
Affirming and Representing LGBTQIA+ Students in Your Science Classroom
May 6, 2019 • 42 min
As a Math for America fellow and chemistry teacher at Park East High School in New York City, Jamie Kubiak joins co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to discuss why this work is important while sharing some valuable resources and simple strategies that…
Reflections from the 2019 NSTA Conference in St. Louis
Apr 22, 2019 • 33 min
While still in St. Louis, Lab Out Loud reflects on the NSTA 2019 National Conference on Science Education. Listen to the show to hear co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler discuss conference highlights such as astronaut Scott Kelly’s keynote, coming…
Learn about Simple Machines with a Graphic Novel
Apr 8, 2019 • 39 min
Nathan Schreiber returns to Lab Out Loud to talk about his newest project using a graphic novel to teach physics concepts. In Big Trouble with Simple Machines, Schreiber’s characters solve problems using their knowledge of simple machines, with each…
Invite a Scientist into your Classroom with SKYPE a Scientist
Mar 18, 2019 • 30 min
Lab Out Loud’s guest this week is Sarah McAnulty, squid biologist and founder of Skype a Scientist. Using SKYPE or other video chat tools, SKYPE a Scientist connects real scientists with classes around the world.
Women in STEM Picture Book Biographies
Mar 4, 2019 • 22 min
Hear Laurie Wallmark discuss Hedy Lamarr in her new book, how she chooses women in STEM to write about, and why her work is so important.
What is Life? A Podcast Series from Carl Zimmer
Feb 18, 2019 • 31 min
Science writer Carl Zimmer discusses the concept of life.
4000 Exoplanets and Counting
Feb 4, 2019 • 46 min
For our 200th episode, Lab Out Loud welcomes Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer) back to the show. Phil joins co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to discuss the current status of exoplanet discovery and shares a glimpse of what we might find in the future.…
Are Insects Disappearing from your Biology Textbook?
Jan 21, 2019 • 30 min
By exploring the coverage of insect diversity concepts, the visual representation of insects, and conducting a text analysis of keywords, they discovered a significant decline in biology textbook content dedicated to insects, along with an increasingly…
Learn the Science, Live the Book with STEM Read
Jan 7, 2019 • 41 min
Learn more about STEM Read and the educational opportunities it offers, including book-aligned lesson plans, a podcast featuring an author or STEM expert and even a STEM Read Summer Institute.
Engineering Thinking and Design in STEM Toys and Books
Dec 9, 2018 • 25 min
This week, listen to Lab Out Loud discuss STEM gifts with Monica Cardella and Elizabeth Gajdzik from Purdue’s INSPIRE Research Institute. Each year, the INSPIRE lab evaluates toys, games, and books that engage girls and boys in engineering thinking and…
STEM Learning with the Misty II Advanced Personal Robot
Nov 26, 2018 • 38 min
Building personal robots for the home, office and classroom!
Learning With Your Feet and Other Ways to Improve Your Timefulness
Nov 12, 2018 • 33 min
Marcia Bjornerud, Professor of Environmental Studies and Geology at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, joins co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler to talk about her recent book Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World. Listen to…
STEM Learning and Other Resources from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
Oct 29, 2018 • 26 min
As an Education Specialist from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, Leah Gibson helps provide and share K-12 educator resources about agriculture.
Learning Science with Ephemeral Art
Oct 15, 2018 • 28 min
Art and science come together to show that nothing lasts forever.
A New NSTA Position Statement on the Teaching Climate Science
Oct 1, 2018 • 28 min
Learn about what the position statement says about teaching climate science, how it can be used to support teachers, administrators and school boards, and where you can find more resources in the teaching of climate science.
The Bioethics of CRISPR for Students #sciencecareers
Sep 17, 2018 • 35 min
Recognizing that CRISPR and other genome editing technologies have rapidly outpaced standard textbook knowledge, Lab Out Loud reached out to R. Alta Charo, professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Alta joins co-hosts Brian…
NSTA Podcast Crossover with Blick on Flicks
Sep 3, 2018 • 44 min
NSTA members will probably recognize our guest as the man behind Blick on Flicks: Jacob Clark Blickenstaff. As we both podcast for NSTA, we thought it was time to invite Jacob to the show and geek out about science and movies! Listen to the show to hear…
Science Education for Incarcerated Youth
Aug 20, 2018 • 50 min
Teaching science within the juvenile justice system - what can we learn?
Supporting Science Education with Out of Pocket Teacher Expenses
Jun 3, 2018 • 41 min
How much of their own money do science teachers spend on their classes? Emily Cayton (Graduate Research Assistant) and M. Gail Jones (professor of STEM Education) join us to discuss shrinking science budgets.
Learn Chemistry with Valence - a Board Game with Ninjas!
May 14, 2018 • 45 min
Hear about games that teach real science with engaging graphics, fun characters, and easy-to-follow instructions.
Original Research from Emerging Student Investigators
Apr 30, 2018 • 21 min
Young scientists are guided through the research process that ultimately helps them develop the skills they need to publish.
Place-Based Education: An Ecology Unit
Apr 16, 2018 • 35 min
Chris Wyland is a middle school math and science teacher at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science in Portland, where the focus of the entire school is encouraging exploration of the natural world and involvement in the local community through the…
Place-Based Education: Looking at the Research
Apr 2, 2018 • 38 min
Kevin Krasnow is an ecologist, researcher and educator at Teton Science Schools. He currently studying the differences in field research by comparing the outcomes from inquiry research, citizen science, and adventure hike experiences for middle/high…
Exploring Place Based Education in Science
Mar 19, 2018 • 34 min
Lab Out Loud is proud to present a three-part series on place-based education in science. To kickoff this series, co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler welcome Ethan Lowenstein, Ph.D. and Greg Smith to the show. Ethan and Greg join Lab Out Loud to define…
Minecraft Education: Chemistry Update
Mar 5, 2018 • 43 min
Now students can learn some science in the Minecraft world with the recent Chemistry update of Minecraft Education Edition.
The Socioscientific Issues Approach: Addressing Controversial Issues in the Science Classroom
Feb 18, 2018 • 35 min
In this episode, we discuss an instructional framework for successfully implementing socioscientific issues as learning experiences, and highlight the importance of evaluating scientific evidence when tackling these issues in the science classroom.
Connect with science professionals in your classroom using Nepris
Feb 4, 2018 • 27 min
Acting as matchmaker for classrooms to scientists (and other professionals), Nepris tackles the heavy lifting of finding professionals eager to provide educational outreach in their field of expertise.
PocketLab: Better Sensors, Now Measuring Air Quality
Jan 21, 2018 • 22 min
Learn how your students can use the family of sensors to build science experiments.
Making in Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway
Jan 7, 2018 • 38 min
We talk with science fiction writer Cory Doctorow about his most recent novel Walkaway, maker movements and the future.
Evidence of Continuing Human Evolution
Dec 9, 2017 • 14 min
This week on Lab Out Loud, Hakhamanesh Mostafavi, PhD student in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University and co-author of a recent paper, Identifying genetic variants that affect viability in large cohorts, joins co-hosts Brian Bartel…
Learn About Everyday Chemicals with The Organic Coloring Book #kidcreated #teachercreated
Nov 26, 2017 • 14 min
This week Lab Out Loud is proud to introduce their youngest guest ever on the show. Ten year old Elaina Garg and her younger sister Kaylie wrote The Organic Coloring Book with the help of their father Neil, a professor at UCLA.
A Breath of Fresh Science Writing from Sam Kean
Nov 6, 2017 • 24 min
Author Sam Kean has a new book out called Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us.
It’s Mole Day! How do you Celebrate?
Oct 20, 2017 • 9 min
Celebrated on October 23, Mole Day recognizes Avogadro’s number, which is a basic unit of measurement in chemistry.
Brewing for Science #sciencecareers
Oct 16, 2017 • 23 min
Science degrees can be found in the most intriguing careers. This week Lab Out Loud talks with Becca Ransohoff, an analytical chemist for MadTree Brewing in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Learn Science with Crack the Circuit and Other Physics Games
Oct 1, 2017 • 24 min
Lab Out Loud is proud to share Matt Blackman’s physics games and apps. As physics teacher and adjunct instructor at Rutgers Graduate School of Education, Matt founded The Universe & More where he creates educational games and apps such as Crack the…
STEM Education in the Every Student Succeeds Act
Sep 18, 2017 • 14 min
As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes full effect this fall, educators might be curious to know how this new legislation affects STEM education. To help us navigate through ESSA, Lab Out Loud welcomes James Brown, the executive director of the…
Teaching as a True Profession
Sep 3, 2017 • 20 min
From Math for America, Lab Out Loud welcomes John Ewing (President) and Megan Roberts (Executive Director) to the show. John and Megan discuss the success of the Math for America model, how it can be replicated across the nation, and emphasize the…
Learn Science with Che[M]ystery - a Science Graphic Novel
Aug 21, 2017 • 21 min
A chemistry teacher creates a graphic novel that teaches chemistry concepts
Learning the Rules with Sean B. Carroll
May 22, 2017 • 32 min
What this molecular biologist learns in the field provides insights into evolution, conservation and functional environmentalism that affect us all on the local and global level.
Citizen Science Day: Goggles, Lab Coat and Degree not Required
May 8, 2017 • 22 min
Citizen Science Day - a month-long challenge (through May 20, 2017) that seeks to celebrate and engage citizen scientists throughout the world.
Using Pop Culture to Teach Science
Apr 24, 2017 • 33 min
Two high school science teachers have been working to bring pop culture into the classroom to increase student engagement and understanding of science.
Underwater Robot Takes STEM to New Heights
Apr 10, 2017 • 31 min
Fredi Lavjardi joins Lab Out Loud to share more about Falcon Robotics, how STEM education is addressed in his classroom and robotics program, and how schools might better address STEM education for authentic student learning.
Download Earth Observatory for Kids from NASA
Mar 27, 2017 • 26 min
Published with support from NASA’s Landsat, Terra, and Aqua missions, EO Kids provides kid-friendly content in a PDF that can be easily downloaded or printed.
STEM and Modern Agriculture
Mar 13, 2017 • 32 min
Valerie Bayes, K-12 STEM Outreach Lead for Monsanto, is here to discuss modern agriculture and share resources for teachers.
Tune in to PBS for “My Love Affair with the Brain”
Feb 27, 2017 • 24 min
Gary joins the show to discuss his film about Dr. Marian Diamond and her research on the brain.
Help Kickstart a New NOVA Science Special: Beyond the Elements
Feb 13, 2017 • 36 min
David Pogue joins Lab Out Loud to talk about science and tech, his work with NOVA.
Carving into STEM with Inventables
Jan 23, 2017 • 27 min
We discuss tools that are also providing students with an opportunity to learn career and college ready skills in a hands-on and authentic manner.
Making New Knowledge with Citizen Science
Jan 9, 2017 • 31 min
Dr. Cooper is an advocate of citizen science, believing that anyone, anywhere at any time, can help conduct genuine scientific research.
On the Lookout: Desktop Fabrication
Dec 19, 2016 • 8 min
We explore another device in the world of desktop fabrication
Find Science and Technology Film from Sloan Science and Film
Dec 12, 2016 • 23 min
Resources to engage students in STEAM learning using film
Googling and McGyvering
Nov 28, 2016 • 16 min
Rhett Allain joins Lab Out Loud to discuss Macgyver, his role in screen science, and the importance of critical thinking skills.
[mini-lab] Turkey Questions Answered
Nov 21, 2016 • 10 min
Two science teachers call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line!
Safer Science and the Duty of Care
Nov 7, 2016 • 34 min
What is our duty of care when working with students in foreseeable harmful situation.
[mini-lab] Tales of Lost Labs: What Happened to Ramp and Roll?
Oct 31, 2016 • 9 min
What happens when your lab disappears?
Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences for Educators
Oct 24, 2016 • 43 min
How to approach professional development in a thoughtful way, keep teachers motivated, and make the whole process worthwhile.
First Crew To Mars Is Likely In Middle School Right Now!
Oct 10, 2016 • 23 min
Astronaut Stephen Frick helps us learn more about Generation Beyond.
Dr. Carin Bondar: Using Sex to Teach Biological Concepts
Sep 26, 2016 • 32 min
How science teachers can use sex to teach biological concepts.
Pokémon GO: Has Your Science Classroom Evolved with the Phenomenon?
Sep 12, 2016 • 30 min
Can Pokémon be used in Science Education?
[mini-lab] On the Lookout: 3D Printers, Virtual Reality, and Drones!
Jun 6, 2016 • 9 min
3D printers, drones and VR with Benjamin Schrom, product manager at Google for Education. Ben shares a taste of Google Expeditions and how it might be used in all classrooms to enhance learning using virtual reality.
Click on Penguins for Science [Mini-lab]
May 23, 2016 • 7 min
Penguin Watch is a project that collects images of penguins and other seabirds throughout the Southern Ocean so citizen scientists can easily identify adult penguins, chicks and eggs.
Wireless Sensors: Where are we now? [Mini-Lab]
May 9, 2016 • 8 min
The evolution of sensors in the science classroom
Invention-Based Learning with littleBits Steam Set
Apr 25, 2016 • 31 min
Use the littleBits STEAM set to engage students in problem solving, creative thinking and collaboration through invention-based learning.
Science Games and Interactives from NOVA Labs
Apr 11, 2016 • 20 min
Ralph Bouquet talks to us about NOVA Labs - a free digital platform featuring games that foster authentic scientific exploration
Exploding Supernovae and Robotic Telescopes
Mar 7, 2016 • 15 min
Andy Howell is scientist at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) and Adjunct Faculty in physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Andy joins co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler (again) to talk about studying supernovae
Climate Change in Science Education: Survey Results
Feb 29, 2016 • 29 min
Dr. David Evans, Executive Director of NSTA, talks about the results of a survey regarding science teachers and climate change, and offers suggestions on how to better support science educators in teaching climate change.
Talking Movies with Andy Howell
Feb 22, 2016 • 25 min
We discuss movies and science with scientist, writer and podcaster Andy Howell.
A Space Engineer’s Guide to Exploration
Feb 8, 2016 • 32 min
Shaun Whitehead, space engineer and founder of Thumbsat.
Physics Toolbox: Data Collection with Student Smartphones
Jan 25, 2016 • 35 min
Teaching with a suite of apps that use the built-in sensors inside smartphones
Science Answers in Two Minutes
Jan 11, 2016 • 17 min
Ainissa Ramirez is the host of Science Underground - a new, two-minute podcast that delivers a science topic in an enjoyable and easy to understand fashion.
Propose a Solution for a Real Problem with eCYBERMISSION
Dec 21, 2015 • 21 min
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams tasked with proposing a solution to a real problem in their community
Making Science Fun. Now What?
Dec 7, 2015 • 24 min
Professor Todd L. Pittinsky joins us to remind us that fun isn’t enough in science.
Creating Next Generation Scientists with ExploraVision
Nov 23, 2015 • 25 min
This K-12 science competition encourages students to imagine and explore a vision of a technology 20 years into the future
Teachable Moments and other Seismology Resources from IRIS
Nov 9, 2015 • 23 min
Educational opportunities in seismology and earth science available from IRIS
Science NetLinks, Active Explorer and other Resources from AAAS
Oct 26, 2015 • 22 min
Learn how AAAS is working to enhance science education with such initiatives as Science NetLinks, the Active Explorer App, and other resources for science education.
Leading With Awesome: How to Make Good Science Videos
Oct 12, 2015 • 35 min
A talk with Derek Muller, creator and host of Veritasium: An Element of Truth.
Sal Khan explains the Breakthrough Junior Challenge
Sep 29, 2015 • 19 min
Sal is encouraging students age 13-18 to submit a 10-minute video to the Breakthrough Junior Challenge.
Good Thinking! from @SmithonianScie
Aug 3, 2015 • 29 min
Good Thinking! - a new animated series that explores topics in science, cognition, and pedagogy
Easy, Mobile Measurement with @ThePocketLab
May 18, 2015 • 29 min
Clifton Roozeboom joins Lab Out Loud to talk about sensors, the PocketLab (and the app), and how your students can use it to build science experiments for exploring their world.