STEM Read show


Summary: The STEM Read podcast explores the connections between STEM and storytelling. Join hosts Gillian King-Cargile and Dr. Kristin Brynteson as they dive into a hot topic in K-12 education with an educator or STEM expert. After that, they talk with an author whose books can ignite enthusiasm for reading and learning. Get great reading recommendations, spark stemtastic ideas for your classroom or library, and geek out with Gillian and Kristin about science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.


 The STEM Read Podcast: CRISPR, COVID, and Pure Curiosity with Walter Isaacson and Mike Jones | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2412

On this episode, host Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) explores the gene editing tool CRISPR, used to create the breakthrough mRNA vaccines for COVID-19. First, she talks with biographer Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson), author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs , about his new book The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race . The book chronicles the discoveries surrounding CRISPR and the brilliant scientists racing toward publications, patents, and

 The STEM Read Podcast - Batman Is A Maker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3195

From clever costumed superheroes to persistent little girls, makers come in all shapes and sizes. Host Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) will highlight new stories that focus on thinking, tinkering, and making. First, she’ll interview Ruth Spiro (@RuthSpiro), author of Made By Maxine and the Baby Loves Science series, about her latest book Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever . The book explores the friendship between two very different makers who want to build, grow, and make the world a

 The STEM Read Podcast - Fake Ghosts and Meddling Kids | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3281

It’s a Halloween Bonus! On this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, we’ll explore America’s deep-seated literary tradition of rationalism as it has played out in more than 150 years of pop culture, from the Dime Novels of the 1870s to Scooby-Doo to the horror novels of today. STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) talks with authors and experts who explore, update, and upend our traditions of fake ghosts and meddling kids. Our guests are archivist and Dime Novel Expert Sata

 The STEM Read Podcast - Past, Present, And Futurism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3947

In this episode of The STEM Read Podcast, we’re bringing you an excerpt from the Future Telling Webinar series , STEM Read’s collaboration with NIU’s University Libraries. STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) talks to experts in history and speculative fiction to hear how pandemics have shaped art and how this turbulent moment in world history is transforming the future of publishing and the genre. Speakers include Valerie Garver (Professor of History, Northern Illinois

 The STEM Read Podcast - It Was Supposed To Be Zombies! With Daniel Kraus And Carolyn Ciesla | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2467

Some people are complaining that COVID-19 is not the pandemic they signed up for. It was supposed to be Zombies! E ven though we don’t have zombies, many of us have a roadmap for survival because of horror. In this episode, Gillian King-Cargile (@ gkingcargile ) talks with Carolyn C iesla (@ papersquared ) , dean of the Library and Learning Resources and Assessment at Prairie State College and part of Summer Scares, a committee that creates book lists and resources to help libraries connect

 The STEM Read Podcast - The Space Station Mom And The Stunt Woman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2152

On May 30, 2020, The United States launched a manned spacecraft into low-earth orbit for the first time in nine years. SpaceX is now the first private company to launch NASA astronauts into space from US soil. The astronauts are heading to the International Space Station. And how did this happen? With a whole lot of math. As we celebrate this historic flight that could be the next step in human exploration of the Moon and even Mars, we’re highlighting two women whose love of math took them on

 The STEM Read Podcast - Fostering E-Empathy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3256

On this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, we’ve got three perspectives on technology, empathy and e-sports. Host Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) and Kristin Brynteson (@kbrynteson) interview George Couros, author of The Innovator’s Mindset about creating a positive atmosphere for students by using technology to bring people together. Next, Gillian talks to NFL-kicker-turned-sci-fi-author Chris Kluwe about sports, e-sports, empathy in gaming, and how all of that informed his first novel

 The STEM Read Podcast - Devs, Determinism, and Maybe-Dead Cats | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1716

In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, host Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) interviews author and filmmaker Alex Garland ( Ex Machina , Annihilation ) about his latest project, a mind-bending, tech-centric television series, Devs , and how he creates stories to satisfy his own curiosity about science and technology. Then Gillian is joined by physicist Rebecca C. Thompson (@mathlete79) to unpack Devs’ topics of quantum mechanics and determinism. Rebecca is head of the Office of Education

 The STEM Read Podcast - LARPing and Learning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3124

In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile), Kristin Brynteson (@kbrynteson), and Melanie Koss (@melaniekoss) sit down with author Kate Hannigan (@katechicago) and game-based-learning expert Andrew Peterson. We explore live-action-role-playing (LARPing) and game-based learning and then discuss how historical fiction can be a gateway to learning about the history of STEM and the forgotten history of female innovators. Are you ready to get your game on? Grab a fez

 The STEM Read Podcast - Going Wild | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3578

Going Wild with Peter Brown and Dr. Holly Jones In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile), Kristin Brynteson (@kbrynteson), and Melanie Koss (@melaniekoss) sit down with NIU Biology professor Holly Jones, Ph.D., and author of The Wild Robot Peter Brown (@itspeterbrown) to talk island ecosystems, endangered species, writing, and robotics. Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read is part of the NIU STEAM family of programs that explore science, technology,

 The STEM Read Podcast - The Women of Frankenstein | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3233

Episode 16: The Women of Frankenstein with Kiersten White and Christine Brovelli-O’Brien In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast hosts Gillian King-Cargile (@ gkingcargile ) and Kristin Brynteson (@ kbry nteson ) sit down with literature expert Christine Brovelli-O’Brien PhD., and New York Times best-selling author Kiersten White (@ kierstenwhite ) to explore the legacy of Frankenstein . With 2018 marking 200 years since Frankenstein ’s initial release we look back on the real-life science that

 The STEM Read Podcast - Pangolin Party | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2459

Episode 15: Pangolin Party with Brendan Wenzel and Brookfield Zoo In honor of World Pangolin Day we’re talking to a special group of people who are passionate about pangolins: mammals with scales. Pangolins look like armored anteaters. They evolved to be lion proof. They’re scaly, solitary, and adorable, but they’re also the most heavily trafficked animals in the world. We’ll talk to author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel about his books Hello, Hello and They All Saw a Cat and hear how he uses

 The STEM Read Podcast - Revisions in Writing, Engineering, and Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4561

Episode 14: Revisions in Writing, Engineering, and Life with Craig DeAmbrose and Mike Mullin On this episode, Gillian and Kristin explore the similarities between creative and technical processes with bicycle engineer Craig DeAmbrose and author Mike Mullin. Mullin’s newest book Surface Tension tells the story of a teen cyclist who suffers a traumatic brain injury after witnessing a terrorist attack. No one believes his memories of the events except the terrorists who are trying to silence him

 The STEM Read Podcast - Chainsaws and Wedding Cake | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3747

Episode 13: Chainsaws and Wedding Cake with Lex Thomas Happy Halloween! On this spooky edition of the STEM Read Podcast Gillian and Kristin sit down with Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies, who wrote the popular Quarantine book series as Lex Thomas (@LexThomasAuthor). We’ll explore using horror books in the classroom and talk learning, writing, teaching, and most importantly, horror-movie binging. Grab a bowl of candy and kick back for this very special episode. Northern Illinois University’s STEM

 The STEM Read Podcast - Games, Goldfish, and Greatness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4903

Episode 12: Games, Goldfish, and Greatness with Filament Games and Jennifer L. Holm Sometimes the greatest discoveries have humble beginnings. A man with a messy lab and a moldy petri dish could discover of a life-saving medicine. A woman toiling away in a leaky shed could alter our understanding of radioactive materials. A teenage girl’s experience as a candy striper could send her on a career path that veers away from medicine and into writing children’s literature. A college drop-out could


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