Table Top Inventing Podcast

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We are on summer hiatus while we travel across the country and hold Inventor Camps at the Model Schools Conference in Orlando and other locations. Until we return, please enjoy our previous guests as they answer the question – “What is the purpose of an education?“. 

This Week: 089 – Multidisciplinary Projects with Zack Dowell

dowell_headshot_editIn 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. We want parents and educators to learn the tools they need to get and keep the interest and curiosity of teenagers.

Today’s guest is a special treat. Zack Dowell knows how to have fun and learn at the same time. He’s sort of a professional at it. He’s currently working on the most fun project!

This project involves several departments across his campus: math, science, engineering, computer science, theater arts, and Zack is planning to recruit sociology and psychology as well. What kind of a project could capture the interest of so many different kinds of people?

Keep listening, and I’ll let Zack tell you.

Every now and then I have a guest that “Nerd Snipes” me. The term “Nerd Sniping” is from the XKCD cartoons, funny but somewhat irreverent. Essentially, today’s episode grabbed the nerd inside me, and I got a little excited.

Projects like the one Zack is working on are a perfect example of the kind of learning we seek and value at Table Top Inventing. If you want your kids to be exposed to more fun and interesting applications of technology that capture the imagination, let’s talk. Visit our website,, and find out how we can connect. Kids need inspiration, and we love to provide it–just like Zack is doing at Folsom Lake College.

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About the TTI Podcast
Our goal is to inspire a generation of explorers, innovators, creators, and world-changers. Every week we interview successful entrepreneurs, business owners, educators, innovators, and thought-leaders about their education and experiences. If you want to know how great innovators think, listen in to the Table Top Inventing podcast. Join the conversation on our Facebook page.

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