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 →

076 – Flying High with Dr. Wayne Smith

Flying High with Dr. Wayne Smith [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Does your child want to become a doctor but doesn’t have the grades? Have you ever wondered what happens when you get put to sleep by an anesthesiologist? What is the purpose of licenses and credentials? Join us as we strap on our boots for a trek along alternate paths into healthcare. Today’s podcast breaks a streak I’ve had for quite sometime on our podcast. For various reasons, I have Continue reading →

075 – Innovators and the F-Word with Tony Wagner

Innovators and the F-Word with Tony Wagner [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode How can we get teens to discover their innovation potential? What is the secret of educating for innovation? How much will innovation matter over the next 20 years? Join us for a gripping look into the future economy and what students will need for success. Today’s guest is an expert in residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab and an extremely innovative educator. If you have been wrestling with how to bring Continue reading →

074 – Hands-On Education with Stephen Bralley

Hands-On Education with Stephen Bralley [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode What does it feel like to be a student with dyslexia? Do some forms of teaching create more powerful learning? What is the real meaning and purpose for letter grades? This thought-provoking episode holds the answers to these questions. Today’s episode is one of the most quotable episodes we’ve had. We have had a few like this one, Michael Wesch’s episode #25 for instance. You will want to listen closely because Continue reading →

073 – Googling with Eric Hennigan

Googling with Eric Hennigan [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode Have you ever wanted to work at Google? Does Google really have a climbing wall at the office? How important is practical programming experience if you want to work at Google? Today on the Table Top Inventing podcast we are talking to a Googler*. If you are curious about some of the things you’ve read about Google, their employees, and the amenities at the office, stay tuned. On the interview, Eric Hennigan Continue reading →

072 – Excellence in Learning with Andrew Pudewa

Excellence in Learning with Andrew Pudewa [In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript] In This Episode How is the Suzuki Method related to writing? How can students get past the “blank page” road block? How can limitations actually increase creativity rather than decrease it? Today’s podcast will have several surprises and interesting practical approaches for teaching and learning. I have interviewed many fascinating guests, but you will be hard-pressed to find a better overview of powerful learning ideas on our podcast. If you have ever played 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 →

070 – Educating Your Curiosity with Geoff Wiggs

How does one start as a computer programmer and end up as a lawyer? How is a deeper perspective on history related to Maker Education? What is the difference between seeing the Mona Lisa on a website and seeing it in the Louvre? Our guest this week, Geoff Wiggs, has a few things to say about that. I also have a little bit of a "Don't try this at home" story in the Great Inventor's Secrets section. This is an official listener advisory message: Today's podcast is not for the faint of heart. The material is top-notch, but prepare your sensibilities.

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.