In Season 4 Episode 1, Renee Wells, STEAM teacher from California, USA, joins Tori Cameron to talk about teaching STEAM remotely and in a hybrid model. Renee explains her idea to make sure every student she teaches has the materials they need in order to continue learning STEAM at home. She also discusses the value in recyclables and finding materials around the house; creating kits and materials with any or no budget. Renee shares her story of becoming a STEAM teacher and why it's so important for students to tinker and create especially in the time of COVID19.
If you are looking for ways to integrate STEAM, no matter the learning environment or model (in-person, remote, hybrid) - this is the episode for you! You will leave with so many ideas and so much enthusiasm to start off your school year!
Connect with Renee: twitter.com/reneewellsSTEAM
Connect with Tori: twitter.com/steamuptheclsrm
In Season 3 Episode 9, Jamie Hudson from Making It joins Tori Cameron to chat about the art of science. Jamie, who is a Ph.D. scientist and co-creator of 20 Leagues, shares his story of loving both science and art and how he believes both work together in order to be creative.
Jamie breaks it down and explains how art is woven into science and math. "When you look at the really great thinkers in science- what you see is a really genuinely creative person."
We chat about failing and trying again, 21st Century Skills, working collaboratively, and the value of continuing to better yourself and keep learning.
This episode is so fun and filled with so much incredible information and knowledge from Jamie. Jamie is the epitome of STEAM enthusiast and maker and his expertise provides valuable insight.
Jamie on Instagram: www.instagram.com/20leagues/
20 Leagues Website: 20leagues.com/
Jamie on Twitter: twitter.com/20leagues
Find NBC's Making It on TV and www.nbc.com/making-it
Find Tori on Twitter: twitter.com/STEAMuptheClsrm
Tori on Instragram: Instagram.com/steamuptheclassroom
Tori's Book: www.amazon.com/Tori-Cameron/e/B0839PSZ9Z
In Season 3 Episode 8 Beth Barra joins Tori Cameron to talk about how they are doing during social distancing and all that has occurred with COVID-19. This episode is raw and real and Beth and Tori share the ups and downs they are coping with during this extremely difficult time.
Beth and Tori chat about teacher expectations, social distancing, staying in contact with their students, and just doing the best they can. They also discuss some awesome resources you can use to help stay connected to your students and how to use social media to stay in touch.
Beth and Tori hope this episode will help anyone listening. This is such a difficult and stressful time and they hope this episode helps you through.
In Season 3 Episode 7 Jenna Mercury joins Tori Cameron to chat all things science. Jenna and Tori talk about quick and easy ways to implement science in every class. They chat about how you can use recyclables and the world around you to create inexpensive science lessons. They also chat about the importance of science in all grades including K-2.
For her job, Jenna travels around the United States to conferences and classrooms, so she gives us some tips about networking and putting yourself out there when meeting new people. They finish up the show with some teacher travel goals and how powerful seeing the world around you can be for your classroom!
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In Season 3 Episode 6, Karen Miller and Melinda Schultz, the creators of the green screen app Do Ink, and Erika Sandstrom aka Green Screen Gal joins Tori Cameron to chat all things Green Screen Technology!
They chat about the story of how Do Ink was created. They also chat app smashing, why green screen tech is important, and how easily any classroom can integrate green screens. They also chat about ideas on how you can ingrate green screens, free resources you can use, and ideas for projects in any type of classroom including: SEL, ESL, Special Education, Phys Ed, and all the way through PreK-12.
You will leave this episode motivated and excited to use green screens. Already using them? Listening to this episode and the amazing ideas the experts have will leave you ready to push yourself to try new projects and ideas!
Follow Do Ink: https://twitter.com/DoInkTweets
Follow Erika Sandstrom aka Green Screen Gal:
Facebook Group: Green Screen Fever
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In Season 3 Episode 5 Mandi Figlioli joins Tori Cameron for a major announcement! Tori's new book Awesome Brain Games for Kids: STEAM Puzzles and Facts for Curious Minds is on sale on February 11, 2020! The book is filled with all sorts of STEAM games, questions and answers and amazing leaders. Tori and Mandi (who is also an author) talk about the writing process, how Tori came up with all of the games, and Tori's goal of making the book diverse in topics and people.
Awesome Brain Games for Kids: STEAM Puzzles and Facts for Curious Minds
Miss Makey and the Magic Bin (Mandi's book)
Jennifer George, Rube Goldberg’s granddaughter, joins Tori Cameron to chat all things Rube Goldberg. Jennifer shares about her creative family and what it was like growing up as Rube’s granddaughter. Rube Goldberg is known around the world for his hilarious inventions that were made famous through his detailed comics. Nowadays, students, schools and educators create Rube Goldberg machines and celebrate Rube’s engineering and creativity. The machines are multi-step chain-reaction contraptions that solve a simple task.
Jennifer and Tori chat about teaching students to think outside the box and think differently. They also chat about how to teach about Rube Goldberg Machines. The discuss the importance of MakerEd, and how to integrate creating and building in all types of classes and for all ages. Later in the episode they discuss the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, the Rube Goldberg Museum Exhibit: The Art of Rube Goldberg and the Rube Goldberg Children’s Museum Exhibit.
Jennifer and Tori finish the episode with chatting about Girls Who STEAM, Tori’s after-school club. Jennifer gives Tori some advice for how to integrate more fashion and sewing into STEAM.
STEAM Up The Classroom Resources:
Tori’s New Book: Awesome Brain Games for Kids: STEAM Puzzles and Facts for Curious Minds
Resources Tori and Jen discussed:
Rube Goldberg Website: https://www.rubegoldberg.com/
Ok Go Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w
Joseph’s Machines: https://www.josephsmachines.com/
Teq iBlocks: https://iblocks.teq.com/
Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Hum-Drum School Day Book
Find Rube Goldberg on Social Media @RubeGoldberg
Miss Makey and the Magic Bin Book
Just Like Rube Goldberg Book
Eagan Tilghman from Making It joins Tori Cameron and guest host Mandi Figlioli on Season 3 Episode 4 of STEAM Up the Classroom. They chat about student voice, the culture of schools, and the importance of including STEAM into all subjects. Eagan’s interview is raw and real and he tells Tori and Mandi of the difficulties he faced as a student who enjoyed “making” at a small town high school that focused on sports. He expresses his thoughts on how schools can build more art, STEAM, and kindness into their cultural climates. They chat doodling, sketchnoting, building, and allowing students to “learn in their own way.” Eagan also shares about his experience on season 2 of Making It, a terrific competition show that highlights 9 incredible makers from across the United States. We chat about the different makers, what it’s like to be on the show, and our hopes for the future of the show. We even shout out to Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Little Bits!
Making It airs on NBC and can also be streamed on Hulu.
Follow Eagan on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @Eag2n. His website is eag2n.com.
Follow Mandi Figlioli on Twitter and Instagram @mrsfigmakes and find her book, Miss Makey and the Magic Bin, at missmakey.com.
Follow Tori Cameron on Twitter @steamuptheclsrm, Instagram @steamuptheclassroom and on steamuptheclassroom.com.
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In Season 3 Episode 3, Tara Martin, author, keynote speaker, BookSnaps creator, and incredible educator, joins Tori Cameron. Tara and Tori talk about coaching educators, the process of writing a book, the educator-journey, advice to first-year teachers, building relationships with students, social emotional learning, mental health for students and staff, and creating lessons where students will learn and practice life skills. This is an incredibly powerful episode and we encourage listeners to "Cannonball In" and have a listen!
In Season 3 Episode 2, John Fegali joins Tori Cameron to chat about creating cartoon videos in STEM. John is the CEO of Toaster Pets, which is a stem.org authenticated educational product, and is used by students all over the world. Tori and John chat about cartoon animation, the importance of giving students a voice, student-created youtube videos, and creating classroom opportunities for students to learn life skills and career skills. John also gives some insight into the educational toy industry and what it takes to create a popular STEM toy.
Visit Toaster Pets on their website: https://www.toasterpets.com/
Connect with John Fegali https://www.facebook.com/pg/toasterpets/posts/
Connect with Beau Berman https://twitter.com/beaureports