The STEM Teacher Podcast
By John VanDusen
The STEM Teacher PodcastMay 08, 2020
I was able to sit down with Kingsford Middle School Robotics Team member, Emma!
She has been working on the KMS Robotics team for years.
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Read my Blog: http://mrvandusen.blogspot.com/
This episode talks about building a stool...but also how to engage kids with carpentry skills and tools.
- Measuring Tape
- Hammer and Nails
- Screwdriver and screws
- Stain and Paint
E80- What do I do now that I'm stuck at home?!
With the COVID19 pandemic, we are all looking for things to do with our kids at home.
The STEM Teacher Podcast was MADE FOR THIS!
E80 covers other episodes that will help you out, as well as gives some other ideas.
***BONUS***Kyle Anderson**BOOK RELEASE!! #ToTheEdgeEDU
One of my very best friends, Kyle Anderson, has published a book that is available today!
Follow Kyle here:
He is the co-host of two podcasts, find them here:
The Beer EDU Podcast: The podcast for educators that love to learn and share ideas with fellow educators over beers! Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! #BeerEDUpod
Sons of Technology Podcast: Risk Taking Ideas to promote collaboration and change in classroom pedagogy and student innovation. #EdTechARMY #DitchThatFEAR #TamashaEDU #EDUsofInnovation
Love you big guy!
Could not be more proud!
E79 Let's do some Whittling!
My son recently joined the Cub Scouts and one of the first things we did was earn his Whittling Chip and complete the "Bear Claws" adventure.
Whittling can be a lot of fun as long as you do it safely!
Bear Claws Adventure: https://boyscouttrail.com/cub-scouts/bear-claws-adventure.php
Episode 78: Be a Detective!
In this episode, we talk about how to do some detective work!
We talk about fingerprints, blood spatter, discovering different substances, and identifying bootprints!
Episode 77: Kids Football
It has been a LONG time since we pushed out an episode here on, "The STEM Teacher Podcast!"
This one isn't completly STEM related, but it's helping us get back in the grove.
In this episode we talk with my son, James VanDusen, about him playing football with his friends and also helping out on the Kingsford Flivver Sidlines for JV and Varsity football games.
Episode 76: Lateral Thinking Puzzles
I have had a binder with me over the past 12 years of teaching that I just keep adding to. It is full of brain busting puzzles. I go over a few in this episode. See if you can figure them out!
Episode 75: FAIL!!
This episode turned into a bit of a rant.
I read an old blog post of mine from 2017 about failure, we talk about how failure might be a good thing, and I finish with some quotes on failure.
Buckle your seat belt...this one is a bumpy ride.
Episode 74: Let it Roll!
We talk about a 3 week project we do in my room with all kinds of different spheres and how you can have fun at home by letting them ROLL!
Episode 73: Support Your Local Library!
Episode 72: Wild About Turkeys!
My students learn about the habitat and sounds associated with the Wild Turkey!
National Wild Turkey Federation
The Kingsford Flivver Flash
Kingsford Flivver Football
Episode 71: Weekend Games
In this episode, long time STEM Teacher Podcast member, James, comes on to tell us some of his favorite games and activities to play both inside and outside. Spoiler alert.....none of them are screen games!
Episode 70: Wayne State University C2 Pipeline with Mikayla and Maria
I talk with Maria and Mikayla from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Maria is the Student Engagement Coordinator and Mikayla is a C2 Pipeline Student Assistant.
We talk about the C2 pipeline and the student outreach to local high schools and the cool activities available in their STEM lab
Episode 68: Connect 4
It’s a short but CrAzY week before we kick off spring break!
We talk about a fast and fun game we can play with a pair of die!
Keep Calm your Internet is on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYys_Jg9xz4
Heading into spring break, here are some other episodes to keep you and your kiddos busy!
Episode 3: Spring Break STEM
Episode 10: Rainy Day STEM
Episode 12: Anatomy of a Car Ride: STEM edition
Episode 33: Screen Time STEM
Episode 35: DIY Birdfeeder
Episode 67: MACUL 2019 RE-CAP
The Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) held it’s 2019 conference in Detroit, MI. I was lucky enough to attend for the 3rd year in a row. This was my first year presenting! My presentation was on podcasting, and it’s available here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Iya6f8claI49hX7PYPdHgTe8Ot4Fh6alm1Aru7Ebg7I/edit?usp=sharing
Stephen Ritz- Founder of the Green Bronx Machine; author: “Power of the Plant.”
Community Podcasting @rmbyrne
Episode 66: Measuring
Measuring can be fun! In this episode we talk about how Pre-K through 4th graders are measuring to the nearest inch. You can do it with any age! We also preview the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) 2019 conference in Detroit.
Stephen Ritz- Founder of the Green Bronx Machine; author: “Power of the Plant.” Twitter: @StephenRitz
Gerry Brooks- Elementary school principal and YouTube sensation Twitter: @gerrybrookssprin YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6WUaQSC_AfKZrinPuhVFw
Episode 65: Perimeter
Working with perimeter can be fun, even if you don't know how to measure things!
We go over the definition of perimeter as well as things you see every day to get our minds wrapped around what perimeter is.
We also talk about how to find things with perimeter and how to measure them EVEN IF you can't use a ruler!
There are few bonus perimeters at the end, you'll have to listen to find out what they are!
Episode 64: March is Reading Month!
March is reading month...but why?
Learn what we are doing in Kingsford for MiRM as well as things that might be happening at your local library.
I go over some STEM books that your younger elementary children might find interesting as well as some books for those tweens/teens in your life.
Last but not least, you will find out WHY March is Reading Month!
Why, oh why, oh how could it be?
It it because I read in a tree? ***That's your hint ;)
The books I review can be found here: https://theworks.org/stem-books-for-your-summer-reading-list/
Episode 63: Sledding STEM
Do you have snow? Do you want to go sledding?!
Learn some cool ways to incorporate STEM into your fun day of sledding!
Episode 62: Microscope
The microscope has been around since the 1500's!
Learn how it was invented, the three types, and all the fun you can have looking at household items under your very own microscope!
Episode 61: Tongue Twisters
Lean the science behind tongue twisters and how they slow down your brain! There are 3 types of tongue twisters as well as a type for ASL!
Episode 60: I'm Stuck Inside Because It's Super Cold STEM Part II
With 3 "COLD DAYS" out of the last four school days, here are 4 more ideas for things your children can do. Part I had a lot of "loud" ideas, these are "quiet."
Episode 59: I'm Stuck Inside Because It's Super Cold STEM
With the temps dropping below zero, here are 5 ideas of things to do when it's SO cold you can't go outside!
Episode 58: SPACE
CAUTION: MIND BLOWING INFORMATION!!!!
Learn about the sun, the planets, moons, and why Pluto is no longer a planet! I would say this podcast is "EARTH SHATTERING"....but it's bigger than that!
Episode 57: Restaurant STEM
Learn 6 different STEM activities you can do (besides Screens...check out Episode 33 for that!) to keep busy at a restaurant while waiting for your food!
Episode 56: Open Ended Questions
Communication is paramount when it comes to teaching, parenting, coaching, etc.
Listen up on how to engage kids with open ended questions!
Also learn how I'm engaging my STEM class using open ended problems!
How to draw toast: https://www.drawtoast.com/
How to be a great 5th grader: https://youtu.be/Fcjz73v5JUQ
Episode 55: Back to the Podcast
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Taking a tip from Marty McFly, I go into the past and predict the future of this podcast. Give it a listen, you will be happy you did!
Episode 54: Bad Teacher Jokes
Episode 53: Lego Robotics
Amanda is the Region 1 (Upper Peninsula) director for Michigan.
Episode 52: How to be a Secret Agent
Pair this podcast with the SECRET AGENT youtube video: youtu.be/mo8WRRb09LI
This worksheet can be printed and used to make your own secret messages: docs.google.com/document/d/1CoLObxJgh5bAuON035ifjk8RaK6B5P0cIfqy1CZrq8U/edit?usp=sharing
Episode 51: Music
Episode 50: Snow Day STEM
Listen to learn about 7 great activities you can do when it's snowy outside!
Episode 49: Architect
You will learn what are architect is, what they do, how much money they make, and how you become an architect.
Watch this music video from YKK Architectural Products!
Here is a worksheet you can use with your kids: docs.google.com/presentation/d/13k29nr6fxWX0evW5syrv8WCAAbe9pPtck_6XHr0NXC0/edit?usp=sharing
Episode 48: STEM in Special Education
Episode 47: Noise!
Quit Room: www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-quietest-place-will-drive-you-crazy-in-45-minutes-180948160/
Episode 46: Daylight Savings Time
If you want to read more about it, here is a great website: www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/index.html
Episode 45: Fire!
Episode 44: Shapes
Learn about triangles, squares, rectangles, pentagons, hexagons, and octagons!
Spur conversations while in the garage or while on the road! SHAPES ARE EVERYWHERE!!
Episode 43: Interview with a "School Tech Guy"
Justin is the Technology Integration Specialist for Breitung Township Schools. He is a Code.org AP CSP Facilitator and a UP SMILE (Science and Math Integration with Literacy and Engineering) trained educator.
Episode 42: Fall STEM Ideas
Episode 41: Fall Colors
We all know that fall trees are beautiful....but why?
Listen to find out!
Episode 40: Dominoes
Episode 39: The Moon!
How much would I weigh on the moon?
What is a Waning Gibbous?
Listen to find out!
Episode 38: Inventors
Episode 37: Water Lab
You can do some neat experiments at home with water!
Surface tension can be fun!
Stack water on top of a coin? SURE!
Float a paperclip? YOU BET!
Check out some cool pics at twitter.com/Mr_JVD
Episode 36: Simple Machines
That's an example of a Class 1 lever!
Have you ever turned a doorknob?
That's an example of a wheel and axle!!
Listen in to learn about the 6 simple machines and where you find them every day!
Episode 35: DIY Birdfeeder
Episode 34: Animal Group STEM
Episode 33: Screen Time STEM
Cool Math Games: www.coolmathgames.com/
Engineering Games: www.engineering.com/GamesPuzzles/tabid/82/Default.aspx
PBS Kids Games: pbskids.org/lab/games/
WILD KRATTS: pbskids.org/wildkratts/
Fun Science Demos: www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbfPM5Wd1REwCIBYJFIyOw
DUDE PERFECT: www.youtube.com/channel/UCRijo3ddMTht_IHyNSNXpNQ