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.
#realedu #cardboardhero #makerEd #MakingIt #MakerMindset #kidsdeserveit #tlap #magicinthemaking #cardboardhero #glueproblems #primarystemchat
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
In Season 2 Episode 10, Casey Reierson joins Tori Cameron to chat about being a STEAM teacher. Casey teaches 4th & 5th graders in Minnesota, USA. Tori and Casey talk X-STEAM (gifted program), drones, robotics, student run news programming, hosting a girls STEAM club and much more! This episode is jam packed with incredible information and ideas for implementing STEAM in your classroom!
Casey's Classroom Website: https://sites.google.com/isd31.net/gdesteam
Casey's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mr_reierson
In Season 2 episode 9, Tori chats with Kim Zajac who is on the board of MassCUE. Kim and Tori discuss all things MassCUE (an organization in Massachusetts that helps to promote and support technology in education). They also chat about Sketchnoting, EdCamps, and getting involved in educational organizations outside of the classroom. This episode will leave you feeling motivated and eager to connect with other educators.
Connect with Kim on Twitter: twitter.com/ZajacSLP
Or on her website: mrszajacslp.weebly.com/blog
In Season 2 Episode 8, Tori chats with Danielle Boyer from Michigan, USA. Danielle is an 18 year old who is taking the STEM field by storm! Tori and Danielle talk about how useful cardboard is for creating and teaching, Lego Robotics, Robotic programming, homeschooling vs public school, taking a gap year between high school and college, and the importance of minorities and women in STEM fields. This episode is jam packed with incredible insight and knowledge from Danielle and will leave you motivated and excited for STEM!
Check out all of Danielle's awesome resources:
The STEAM Connection
Danielle's LinkedIn Page