Author Archives: Debby

092 – Multidisciplinary Projects with Zack Dowell

Multidisciplinary Projects with Zack Dowell [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Can a fish be trained like a dog? Can a school project be both art and science as well as entertainment and curiosity? How do we bring engagement back to the classroom? Today’s podcast will grab you by the ears and entertain them all the way through. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing Online Radio Show. Every week we interview successful individuals from across the career spectrum and share their stories. Continue reading →

088 – Designing Success with Tracy Hazzard

Designing Success with Tracy Hazzard [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode How does a young lady pursuing a career in biogenetics find herself a successful artist? How can a small company file a lawsuit against a huge company without getting crushed? How do you fall in love with 3D printing after avowing never to use it? The stories behind these curious juxtapositions are waiting for you in today’s podcast. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast. I am Steve Kurti, aka “the Continue reading →

087 – Games and Politics with Jay Obernolte

Games and Politics with Jay Obernolte [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode What is it like to write a video game from code in a printed book? Can techie kids learn to have good people skills? How does a computer game programmer become a politician? You’ll have to listen to today’s episode to learn the answers to these fascinating questions. Hi, this is Steve, “The Mad Scientist” Kurti, and today’s guest on the Table Top Inventing podcast is a first for us. Continue reading →

Just a Minute, My Brain is on Fire!

A few weeks ago we finished our first Inventor Camp of the year.  The first Inventor Camp of the year is always a little intense.   I’m guilty of raising the level of the challenge yet again.  Last year, we asked the students to do more complex wiring than we had in the past (see below for a description of the past few challenges).   This year I stretched the students yet a little further.   During camp, a couple of students and I were Continue reading →

086 – Understanding Engineers with Joanie Connell

Understanding Engineers with Joanie Connell [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode How much does work-life balance matter to today’s professionals? Why do people communicate differently on email vs phone vs face-to-face? What are the effects of helicopter parenting on the kids we are trying to protect? Today’s podcast will reveal the answers to these crucial questions. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing Online Radio Show.  Every week we interview successful individuals from across the career spectrum and share their stories.  The best Continue reading →

085 – Young Makers with Peggy Healy Stearns

Young Makers with Peggy Healy Stearns [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Can you learn to write software without programming experience? How is educational software unique? How important is technical confidence for young learners? Join us for a look at technology through the lens of educational software. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing Online Radio Show.  Every week we interview successful individuals from across the career spectrum and share their stories.  Hearing the stories of others who have been down a tricky Continue reading →

084 – Succeeding at Education with Ted Dintersmith

Succeeding at Education with Ted Dintersmith [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Why would an entrepreneur and noted venture capitalist zoom in on education? How serious are the educational challenges we face in the US? Is there a simple path forward to creating a better education for every student? My guest today is Ted Dintersmith, noted venture capitalist, author, and executive producer of the Sundance-acclaimed education documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed.”  Ted believes that with the best of intentions, we’re ruining the Continue reading →

083 – The Longterm View with Peter Skillen

The Longterm View with Peter Skillen [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Do kids really secretly enjoy hard problems? What happens when we let children control their own learning? What can US educators learn from Canadian educators? Join us for some perspectives from the other side of our northern border. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast. I’m going to begin today with an excerpt from Marvin Minsky’s book, The Society of Mind. “Why are processes so hard to classify? In earlier Continue reading →

The Truth about Avoiding Regret

Regret has a powerful pull.   They say one of the strongest feelings experienced as we get older is the regret of not trying something when we were younger.  What stops us from giving those opportunities a try?   Fear of failure.   That’s the most common culprit.  We’re afraid that we’ll look foolish when it fails, as if failure is some sort of trap from which we can’t recover.   That’s crazy.   One of my favorite quotes is from Sir Ken Robinson:   “If Continue reading →

082 – Getting What You Want with Scott Glaser

Getting What You Want with Scott Glaser [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode What is possible if you shut off the television? Can you really do anything you want, if you set your mind to it? How hard is it to learn to fly over 80 kinds of planes? Join us today as we rocket into a conversation about goals, dreams, and the grit to achieve them. I love today’s interview. I admit to having favorite episodes. This is one of them, Continue reading →

081 – Project-Based Learning with Ben Owens

Project-Based Learning with Ben Owens [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Are there important innovators and inventors in public schools? Can being an engineer prepare you for the classroom? How can a public school bring project-based learning into every class? Join us as we speak with a true educational inventor from the mountains of western North Carolina. Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast where we bring fresh perspectives at the intersection of innovation, education, and parenting. You have probably heard of Continue reading →

080 – Powerful Girls with Kiki Prottsman

Powerful Girls with Kiki Prottsman [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode When is the best time to introduce technology to your kids? Is there and advantage to introducing technical problem-solving early? How do we introduce coding in kindergarten? Today’s guest will fascinate you with the answers. I’m sure that at some point in our lives we have heard the words, “You’re just a girl.” Those four and a half words can be very dangerous. One of my favorite Youtube videos is the Continue reading →

079 – Space Travel with Jason DiVenere

Space Travel with Jason DiVenere [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode What is the best way to get a flight into space if you are not currently an astronaut? How serious is space tourism? How can we feed that inner drive to explore? Today’s episode is about exploration which reminds me of a quote by T.S. Elliot. We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for Continue reading →

078 – Math and Shop Class with Jonathan Schwartz

Math and Shop Class with Jonathan Schwartz [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Join us for the interesting plot twists in today’s podcast.Can shop class make kids better at math? What thinking skills are learned in a shop class? How exactly does a professional kayaker become a math teacher? Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast. We took a much needed one week break from the show last week, but we’re back at it this week with a power-packed show. Today we’re Continue reading →

077 – Robotics and Farming with Michael McMaster

Robotics and Farming with Michael McMaster [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Do you have to be an engineer to make robots? Are there any advantages to growing up on a farm? How hard is it to build a life-sized R2-D2 robot? Normally on the Table Top Inventing podcast we are discussing some form of inventor or innovator, and today is no exception. For most of us, the word “Farmer” does not really bring up images of innovation, but that would be Continue reading →