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 →

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 →

071 – Finding Resonance with Dr. Steve Kurti

Finding Resonance with Dr. Steve Kurti [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Do you have teenagers? We often think of teenagers as difficult or challenging, but is it possible that they are really the most innovative members of our society? How much could a teenager create if they had the right tools? Join us today as we discuss the potential in those wonderful years of teenagerhood. WARNING! This is a listener advisory. The word “amazing” is over used in this podcast and will Continue reading →

069 – Inspiring Engineers with Gray Bright

Can a robotics engineer actually be any good as a stand-up comedian? What happens if you retrofit your car with effects from a racing video game? Do real engineers play with Legos? How do you make your fridge shutoff automatically when you put on weight? Our guest today is Gray Bright. We laugh all the way through this interview, but we're talking about serious fun. Gray's creativity and mischievous ideas are infectious. Join us for a fun conversation about inventing, fun, and never growing up!

068 – Calculated Risk with Troy Hartman

How does someone who hates the idea of sky diving end up in a career as an aerial stuntman? What exactly do you have to do to lose your pilot's license three times? What is the value of risk? In the arena of life, is it more dangerous to play it safe? Our guest today is Troy Hartman, the man with a JetPack! Troy has an amazing story, and it's peppered with little choices that involved risks. Definitely check out the show notes today to see Troy's JetPack videos. We showed one particular video in all of our Inventor's Bootcamp summer camps in 2014 because he did such a great job describing the emotions and responses to risks. Let's tune in to hear what this engineer and pilot turned stuntman has to say about risk.

066 – Transformational Learning with Michael Wesch

What is digital ethnography? How difficult is it to learn to use a 3D game creation engine? How would Maker Schools change how we do education? Why are initiation rituals a critical right of passage into a society? Speaking of rituals, today's guest Michael Wesch advocates the adoption of some curious rituals. Keep your headphones in or your bluetooth synced up, because today's podcast has enough quotable ideas to really stir your noodles. I won't give any spoilers, so let's listen in to the conversation Michael and I had recently at the Bakersfield College Learning Technologies Conference.

037 – Changing the Game with PodClear

What kind of a company gets started on a road trip? In the podcasting world, what is a "double-ender"? How does a boot-strapped US-based startup company get connected with a startup incubator in Chile? What kind of a company gets started on a road trip? In the podcasting world, what is a "double-ender"? How does a boot-strapped US-based startup company get connected with a startup incubator in Chile? Today's guests are quite familiar with the development of game-changing technology. Spencer Handley, Hannah Russell-Goodson, and Josh Lankford recently started a small company called PodClear. Their technology is already revolutionizing how I am conducting podcast interviews. Listen in for engagingly clear answers in today's podcast!

035 – Powering Innovation with JuiceBoxx

How can you get your Kickstarter idea funded? Is it possible to be immune to a brain freeze? What would cause successful college students to abandon their degrees? Our guests from JuiceBoxx today do not sugar coat their feelings about formal learning. They aren't hostile to traditional learning, but they have learned how to learn, and that, my friends, has proven to be a very dangerous skill for them.

034 – Inventing and Licensing with Stephen Key

Do you need a patent to make money on a great idea? What choices to inventors have to bring their ideas to market? Can you start a successful business as an art major? Our guest today is a well-known inventor and coach to upcoming inventors. His students have been on the television show "Shark Tank", and most of us have probably used one or more products designed and licensed by Stephen Key. Today's interview is a peak into the mind of a great inventor.

033 – Augmented Reality with Francesco Ferrazzino

How difficult is it to write and publish a book? You've heard of guerrilla warfare, but what is Guerrilla Marketing? Do you need to have a college education to write a book? Today our guest is the founder of a game-changing book publishing company, David Hancock! Morgan James Publishing is revolutionizing the way authors interact with their publisher. Publishing has never been easier, and no company has ever worked this hard to help authors succeed. Listen in to today's podcast to find out more!

030 – Inventing Fun with Gray Bright

Can a robotics engineer actually be any good as a stand-up comedian? What happens if you retrofit your car with effects from a racing video game? Do real engineers play with Legos? How do you make your fridge shutoff automatically when you put on weight? Our guest today is Gray Bright. We laugh all the way through this interview, but we're talking about serious fun. Gray's creativity and mischievous ideas are infectious. Join us for a fun conversation about inventing, fun, and never growing up!

027 – STEAM Carnival with Brent Bushnell

Where can I find a circus that employs engineers? Can learning to prepare sushi impact engineering ideas? How can we rebrand Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to be fun? How do we make STEM subjects more like driving a Ferrari than like driving a grocery getter? Grab a hold of something solid because today's podcast is going to rock your world! Brent Bushnell, the founder and CEO of Two-Bit Circus, is going to blow the doors off. Brent and his business partner Eric have started a high-tech circus staffed not with circus barkers and tight rope walkers but with engineers, scientists, and computer programmers. Let's listen in to a high flying conversation!

025 – Digital Ethnography with Michael Wesch

What is digital ethnography? How difficult is it to learn to use a 3D game creation engine? How would Maker Schools change how we do education? Why are initiation rituals a critical right of passage into a society? Speaking of rituals, today's guest Michael Wesch advocates the adoption of some curious rituals. Keep your headphones in or your bluetooth synced up, because today's podcast has enough quotable ideas to really stir your noodles. I won't give any spoilers, so let's listen in to the conversation Michael and I had recently at the Bakersfield College Learning Technologies Conference.

022 – 3D Printing Heart Valves: J Butcher and D Cheung

How does an embryonic heart form? How exactly does one set about 3D printing a fully human, fully compatible heart valve? How does failure influence innovation? Is there more to a 3D printed heart valve than just the printing? Today we have an exciting interview with Jonathan Butcher, a research professor at Cornell University, and one of his graduate students, Daniel Cheung. Before we get started I'd like to remind you to share our podcast with your friends and colleagues. The ideas you hear on this podcast will literally change your world and your student's horizons. We discuss innovation, success, inventing, learning, and other crucial life skills. On today's show specifically, Jonathan and I discuss the role of failure in learning. We discuss the path to research success. Oh, and we jump head first into the topic of 3D printing heart valves. There was so much to cover that we skipped the inventor secrets in lieu of the great interview.