The STEM Read Podcast 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

The STEM Read Podcast

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

The STEM Read Podcast - It Was Supposed To Be Zombies! With Daniel Kraus And Carolyn Ciesla

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 - It Was Supposed To Be Zombies! With Daniel Kraus And Carolyn Ciesla

The STEM Read Podcast - The Space Station Mom And The Stunt Woman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Cakes

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 write 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

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