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  • (STEM)2 S5E6 Bonus Episode on Cicadas in North America

    28 ABR. 2024 · In this bonus episode, we look at the rare emergence of two broods of cicadas in North America and how this rare double emergence of Broods 13 and 17 has not been seen in over two centuries. As trillions of noisy cicadas complete their life cycle, we discuss the benefits to ecosystems and share articles on how people celebrate cicadas around the world. In the news we share articles on Broods 13 and 17 (https://phys.org/news/2024-04-cicada-palooza-billions-bugs-blanket.html) and National Geographic resources four kids and schools (https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/facts/cicada and https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/periodical-brood-cicadas-emerge). (https://api.spreaker.com/v2/episodes/59688518/download.mp3).
    7m 15s
  • (STEM)2 S5E5 Earth Day Episode - How Can AI Protect Wildlife and Teach Families About Nature?

    21 ABR. 2024 · Series 5 Episode 5: Earth Day Episode - How Can AI Protect Wildlife and Teach Families About Nature?  Earth Day special education we look at ways AI is being utilized by scientists and wildlife experts to protect rare and endangered species around the world (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/21/five-ways-ai-is-saving-wildlife-from-counting-chimps-to-locating-whales-aoe). We also examine how NASA is utilizing AI to better predict extreme weather in order to help local communities (https://science.nasa.gov/earth/ai-open-science-climate-change/). The main part of our show explores a theoretical model of dynamic interpretive software that helps children in the primary grades learn about nature and environmental topics in local and regional contexts. Should AI be utilized in outdoor science and environmental education programs? Let us know by contacting us at mailto:stemsquarred@gmail.com. (https://api.spreaker.com/v2/episodes/59570200/download.mp3)
    14m 59s
  • (STEM)2 S5E4 Series 5 Episode 4: Thematic Experimentation and Prototyping with 6-8 Grade Students - Using AI for Thematic Problem Solving an

    19 ABR. 2024 · Series 5 Episode 4: Thematic Experimentation and Prototyping with 6-8 Grade Students - Using AI for Thematic Problem Solving and Experimentation in STEM:  What role does AI play in early secondary education? In Episode 4, we begin exploring AISE at the secondary levels in Grades 7-9 by introducing a forth class and educational model of science education that includes AI modelling and early prototyping of STEM tech that includes early AI coding and other elements. Secondary AISE also explores how lessons, topics and ideas beyond the local and regional cosmos that is more evident in elementary AISE. Working individually and in teams, students utilize AI in thematic lessons and/or problem-based learning that includes prototyping physical technology and robotics for community sharing at events such as an AI-linked robotics and other technical leagues and challenges (similar to Lego Robotics). In the news, we look at some of the early research into AI (https://www.sci.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~sklar/papers/parsons-sklar-aaai04ss-ai.pdf), a new AI ethics curriculum for middle schoolers from MIT (https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/ai-ethics-for-middle-school/overview/) and share a website that utilizes Lego Robotics and AI (https://www.rebeccalshen.com/projects/summer21).
    14m 59s
  • (STEM)2 S5E3 Science Fairs and Experimentation with 3-5 Grade Students - Using AI for Phenomenon-Based Experimentation

    19 ABR. 2024 · Series 5 Episode 3: Science Fairs and Experimentation with 3-5 Grade Students - Using AI for Phenomenon-Based Experimentation That Includes Authentic Testing and Critical Analysis: What role does AI play in the elementary school science fair? In Episode 3, we explore how the science fair might be transformed and enhanced by allowing students to utilize educational AI to explore experimental ideas which are then tested by the students to evaluate, confirm and/or further refine student ideas about the relationship between AI experimentation/modelling and actual physical testing and experimentation. Within this context, 3-6 Grade students participating in science fair might choose to create experiments independent of AI or augment experimentation using educational AI similar to the way scientists utilize both of these methods within science research and tech innovation. Like the previous episode, a model for future development in educational tech for 3-5 Grades is presented. In the news, we will be discussing AI based science experiments elementary students can use for experimentation from Science Buddies (https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/artificial-intelligence) and the value of science fiction as it relates to student understanding (https://www.edweek.org/technology/science-fiction-may-be-the-key-to-helping-students-understand-ai/2024/04?utm_source=nl&utm_medium=eml&utm_campaign=cm&M=9562628&UUID=3fbb9c7e5743f5cc92697a5c67d7246c&T=12633713). 
    14m 25s
  • (STEM)2 S5E2 Series 5 Episode 2: What role does AI play in K-3 science education?

    19 ABR. 2024 · Series 5 Episode 2: What role might AI play in K-3 science education?: Episode 2 starts by noting the value of science learning for K-2 students on “hands-on” and directly observable phenomenon about the “Local Cosmos” as experienced by children in these grade levels. As a result digital and virtual learning with AI technologies plays a minimal role as the educational focus within these grades is to provide foundational awareness and experiences that encourage children to observe and explore natural phenomenon about their “Cosmic” experiences in nature and 3D tech building that is predominately mechanical rather than digital in nature. Educational AI, when utilized by children (and ideally their families as most observable phenomenon and natural environments are explored outside of school) is utilized as a guide and/or tutor to help children better understand what they arre observing in nature or their “Local Cosmos”. A model for future development in educational tech for these grades is presented. In the news, we will be discussing outdoor field guides (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/book-birds-east-coast-kids-1.6870052) and simple engineering activities children might do with their families together. 
    12m 51s
  • (STEM)2 S5E1 - Series 5 Episode 1: Exploring “The Cosmos” with K-12 Students Augmented by AI - A Developmental Model for Science Educators

    19 ABR. 2024 · Series 5 Episode 1: Exploring “The Cosmos” with K-12 Students Augmented by AI - A Developmental Model for Science Educators: In Episode 1 of our fifth series we start with a discussion on phenomenon-based learning in science education. Starting with real life examples of how science researchers and developers utilize AI in medical research, wildlife conservation, and the development of advanced tech (robotics and rockets), we examine how AI might be used with K-12 students within the context of augmented phenomenon based learning related to a child’s understanding of “The Cosmos”. A brief taxonomy of educational AI tech (some existing - others in development) is also presented. In STEM news we look at two ways scientists are utilizing AI to enhance public health (https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-researchers-invented-a-new-class-of-ai-to-improve-cancer-research-and-treatments/#:~:text=The%20research%20team%20says%20hypothesis,prediction%20and%20tumor%20spatial%20organization) and the conservation of endangered species (https://webstories.theguardian.com/stories/us/2022/jul/12/five-ways-ai-is-saving-wildlife-from-counting-chimps-to-locating-whales-3-2/) and how NASE is using AI to construct hardware for space exploration (https://www.nasa.gov/science-research/nasa-turns-to-ai-to-design-mission-hardware/).
    12m 9s
  • (STEM)2 S4E5 Big School Birdwatch in Britain 2024 and Nature Journaling

    28 ENE. 2024 · Series 4 Episode 5 (Bonus Episode): Big School Birdwatch in Britain and Nature Journaling - In the fifth bonus episode of Series 4 we will be exploring a fantastic birding program in Great Britain by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The Big School Birdwatch of 2024 (https://www.rspb.org.uk/whats-happening/get-ready-for-big-schools-birdwatch) is one of the largest school and citizen science projects in Great Britain and serves as an excellent model at school and community partnerships. The Big School Birdwatch also provides teachers and students with the opportunity to combine writing and art together through the use of nature journals. One organization that helps teachers and students journal is John Muir Laws journaling page (https://johnmuirlaws.com/journaling-curriculum/). Educational research supports the use of nature journals to foster increase science writing, observation and creativity when combined with art. In the news we share articles on the last flight of the Mars Ingenuity (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-ingenuity-mars-helicopter-taken-final-flight-180983667/?utm_medium=distribution&utm_source=pushly&utm_campaign=editorial) rover and educational research on the value of writing (https://interestingengineering.com/science/hand-writing-notes-better-brain-connections).
    12m 35s
  • (STEM)2 S4E4 - STEM 2023 in Review and Plans for 2024

    14 ENE. 2024 · Series 4 Episode 4: STEM 2023 in Review and Plans for 2024 - In the fourth episode of Series 4 we will be looking at the biggest news articles in science https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-66654775 & https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-ten-most-significant-science-stories-of-2023-180983484/, Technology (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-ten-most-significant-science-stories-of-2023-180983484/, and Engineering (Uhttps://www.cnn.com/2023/12/20/climate/nuclear-fusion-energy-breakthrough-replicate-climate/index.htmlcompleting three summer engineering challenges students can complete and share at home. In the news we will be discussing engineering wonders from the United States.
    12m 10s
  • (STEM)2 S4E3 - Libraries, Museums, Parks and other STEM Programs

    14 ENE. 2024 · Libraries, Museums, Parks and other STEM Programs - In the third episode we will be discussing free and low cost STEM programs and activities for children. In the news we will be discussing informal science activities for children in Canada https://www.canadiansciencecentres.ca/Find-a-Science-Centre. You can find information on Canada's Live-it Program here as well (https://liveit.earth/).
    12m 10s
  • (STEM)2 S4E2 - Finding STEM in Nature

    14 ENE. 2024 · Series 4 Episode 2: Finding STEM in Nature: In Episode 2 of our fourth series we are going to explore STEM activities students can easily complete in backyards, local parks, and other common outdoor settings. We will be connecting our outdoor adventures in nature to science journals and other writing/drasing activities. In the news we will be talking about Audubon Bird Count https://www.audubon.org/news/audubon-invites-volunteers-join-124th-christmas-bird-count and UK's Big School's Birdwatch 2024 https://www.rspb.org.uk/whats-happening/get-ready-for-big-schools-birdwatch.
    11m 21s

Join us for a series of (STEM)2 podcasts set to explore the diverse STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with education. Each episode we will be discussing STEM...

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Join us for a series of (STEM)2 podcasts set to explore the diverse STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with education. Each episode we will be discussing STEM as it relates to K-12 and community education projects, ideas and creating a more inclusive and diverse system of STEM education for future generations. 
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