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024 The Power of STEM Moms (and their Kids)

STEM Southwest Podcast

Release Date: 05/12/2019

034 International Science and Engineering Fair, with Karen Kinsman and Taylor and Devin Roach show art 034 International Science and Engineering Fair, with Karen Kinsman and Taylor and Devin Roach

STEM Southwest Podcast

Have you ever entered a science fair? Today's guests are going to share their experiences as well as the best tips and resources on how to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held each spring.  Karen Kinsman is a STEM professional working to champion STEM programs throughout New Mexico, and she introduces us to a brother and sister team who both participated in ISEF as a part of their STEM journey.   Karen Kinsman is the Director of the UNM STEMH Center has worked to grow the program to “make it bigger” with the goal of championing STEM...

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033 Collaboration and STEM, with ‘PT’ Money and Experience IT show art 033 Collaboration and STEM, with ‘PT’ Money and Experience IT

STEM Southwest Podcast

Show Notes In today’s episode, Bob and Shelly share their experiences about two recent events, FinCon19 and ExperienceIT. FinCon19, Where Money and Media Meet, was held in Washington, DC.  Attendees learned about new financial technologies as well as personal finances, and connected with others in order to plan future collaborations.  We’ll be sharing about some of those technologies in upcoming episodes.  At Experience IT, Shelly connected with STEM leaders and learned more about Virgin Galactic’s recent move to Spaceport America in New Mexico.  Guest, Paige...

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032 STEM Dogs, Bombs and Keeping Things Safe, with Michelle Tye show art 032 STEM Dogs, Bombs and Keeping Things Safe, with Michelle Tye

STEM Southwest Podcast

This week's guest is a highly-trained robotics bomb technician with a four-legged partner.  Michelle Tye has been protecting her community, first as a police officer, and then as a bomb technician at a major metropolitan airport.  Chances are if you've ever flown anywhere, she and her colleagues have been watching your back.  This important work challenges her physically and mentally while stretching her to stay on the cutting edge of technology, all which she absolutely loves.  Michelle made the decision to take on the challenging bomb squad training because, although she...

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031 Air Force Research Laboratory reaching out to entrepreneurs, with Matt Fetrow  show art 031 Air Force Research Laboratory reaching out to entrepreneurs, with Matt Fetrow

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This edition's guest, Matt Fetrow, is the Director of the Tech Engagement Office at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in New Mexico.  Matt is always looking for innovative ways to solve Air Force problems working in collaboration with entrepreneurs and businesses. He hopes that these relationships will become the norm rather than the exception, and has invested resources to ensure this is happening.  He is a great example of someone who has paired both science and business to create a rewarding career in STEM! Join us in welcoming Matt to the microphone!   Show Notes Matt...

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030 Keep it Simple Silly: KISS Institute creating sustainable STEM, with Steve Goodgame show art 030 Keep it Simple Silly: KISS Institute creating sustainable STEM, with Steve Goodgame

STEM Southwest Podcast

This week’s guest is Steve Goodgame who is the Executive Director of the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics.  He is passionate about teaching students to code at a young age and uses the Botball competition as a tool to do just that.  Like us, Steve’s desire is to help teachers meet the challenges of implementing STEM in the classroom so that there can be sustainability.  Most weeks you will find Steve and his wife, Carol, traveling throughout the country in support of the Botball program that can be found at almost 1300 schools in 39 states and 7 countries.  Luckily...

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029 Radical Changes in STEM Education, with Shawn Hardina show art 029 Radical Changes in STEM Education, with Shawn Hardina

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There are STEM rockstars all over the Southwest and today's guest is one of them.  He is also a STEM evangelist and striving to make our programs more inclusive.  While we just recently met Shawn Hardina, our perspectives and experiences in STEM enrichment are parallel; us in New Mexico and him in Arizona.  He has a lot of great ideas on how we can radically change STEM education and make a difference in our future workforce so listen in here!   Show Notes Shawn Hardina has been asking hard questions, solving problems, and challenging the status quo his entire life. ...

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028 STEM and the law – How do we protect innovation, with Dr. Richard Krukar show art 028 STEM and the law – How do we protect innovation, with Dr. Richard Krukar

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In our New Economy, where innovation and ideas are exploding, it’s important for STEM professionals to understand the different ways to protect their intellectual property.  Today’s guest, Richard Krukar, will share his tips and experience on this important issue. Show Notes Richard Krukar worked as a Research and Development engineer on both coasts and in the State of New Mexico after receiving a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico.  Richard moved to intellectual property law to see if it was fun and has spent the past 14 years as a lawyer. He...

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027 EXPLORING STEM Connections, with Allison Brody show art 027 EXPLORING STEM Connections, with Allison Brody

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In an effort to build the STEM Southwest Workforce, Albuquerque science museum, EXPLORA, is making a strong investment in teens and workforce education.  Leading the initiative is Allison Brody who shares her personal STEM journey, and the variety of programs and the exciting initiatives that we can be looking for at our family’s all-time favorite children's museum.  Allison has been a science educator for more than 20 years and listeners will be excited by her knowledge and passion for STEM educational programming. Show Notes Allison Brody, Director of STEM Education and...

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026 Teenagers in Space, with Parker show art 026 Teenagers in Space, with Parker

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In this weeks episode, we talk with Parker, an amazing high school student working on creating and building a miniature satellite to launch into space! This young woman is not afraid of hard challenges and will inspire listeners young and old. She proves that young people really want to be challenged by hard things and that the only limit is what we think of ourselves.   Listeners can be a part of her project; just listen in to learn how!     Show Notes Parker is a rising junior in high school.  She has been interested in STEM for as long as she can remember, especially...

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025 Brain Matters and Healing Science, with Dr. Vincent P. Clark show art 025 Brain Matters and Healing Science, with Dr. Vincent P. Clark

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Dr. Vincent P. Clark is an expert in Neuropsychology.  With an interest in brain stimulation for neuroenhancement and brain stimulation for the treatment of chronic pain, addiction, schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, and motor illness, Dr. Clark and his team are making a real difference in the way that we use science to heal.  Join us as we explore thoughts and ideas of how to harness the power of our brains with this week’s scientist. Show Notes Dr. Vincent P. Clark, Professor of Translational Neuroscience, has worked with the Mind Research Network (MRN) as Director of...

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This special episode of STEM Southwest is hosted by Shelly along with daughters Makenzie and Bethany.  Today we celebrate the power of STEM Moms!

 

Show Notes

Ulrika Peroni, Professional Water Skier and mom coach of ‘Da Swedish Fish,' a team that competes in VEX robotics VRC competition.  Da Swedish Fish took robotics on the road that has led to an adventure across the country participating in robotics while traveling in a motorhome.  They turned to the robotics community for help when she had an accident while traveling that has become a real blessing to their family.  Ulrika shares how their journey has helped them to form new friendships, deepen sibling ties, and make a difference in the lives of kids she knows that were challenged.

 

 

Gwen Valentino, Massage Therapist and mom coach of the First Lego League H.O.T. Squad.   They will also participate this summer in the Apollo Competition.  “Forced” by her daughter to start a team over a trophy, this mom’s story is inspiring. Learning that competition is both offensive and defensive and has helped to grow their character and strengthen their resolve.  She shares her belief that robotics competitions are reflective of the real world and opportunities to seek out powerful mentor relationships.  Gwen’s favorite outcome of competitive robotics is how her child has come out of her shell and is no longer afraid to communicate with others and mentor other teams.

 

 

Kim Edgar is a Molecular Biologist and owner of Science From the Very Beginning.  This STEM Mom who confesses about being “spatially challenged” helped to start a BEST Robotics team, R4Robotics, in hopes that it would capture her son’s interest in building.  In the end. Dustin found a different kind of passion through his involvement, and his sister, Abbey, would eventually pursue a career as a technical writer for Raytheon.  Kim shares their story and how BEST robotics was a vehicle to launch her kids into their life careers and impact their professional lives.