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Podcast 103 Food Machine Technology with Inventor Alex Tyink

#foodmachinelab Food Machine Lab and Curriculum - Food Science Technology Aeroponic Hydroponic

Food Machine Lab and Curriculum by SmarterSTEM

On our latest podcast we are excited to talk to our new partner and inventor Alex Tyink giving us a deep dive into the many facets of our new Food Machine Lab Curriculum. Alex built his first aeroponic grow machine in a New York apartment as an idea to feed the poor. Now he is working with SmarterSTEM to help students learn science and nutrition using our new FoodMachineLab Curriculum. Listen below the fold: Continue reading

NOVA Workforce Development & Independence HS Host Advanced Fuels Workshop

NOVA East Bay Union HSD Advanced Fuiels Workshop

Students learning about Electric Cars at the NOVA Workforce Development / East Side Union HSD Advanced Fuels Workshop

Students and parents visited the Advanced Fuels workshop at Independence High School. The program was hosted by NOVA Workforce Development and Independence HS. The focus of the event was to explore alternative fuels, their impact on transportation and environment and possible career pathways in the industry.

Students demonstrated their own STEM related projects, including CAD automotive modeling and custom Arduino Kits with code. Each participant had a chance to explore Independence’s electric car lab, identify components on the vehicle, work with tools and schematics and see how they work to power the vehicle.

Some lucky students even got a chance to test drive the electric car!

SmarterSTEM Podcast #101 – Electric Auto Shop on the Road


Mike and Alex are back after a long hiatus to explain where the Electric Auto Shop has gone… inside SmarterSTEM to be accurate. Brought to you from a roadtrip to San Jose.  Listen on the player below.

Electric Auto Shop is now a part of SmarterSTEM. Today’s STEM classrooms use new technologies to inspire students and while we will continue bringing electric vehicles and alternative fuels to our students via Electric Auto Shop, we will bring new ideas like our 3D Curricula Pathway, which uses 3D printing and design to unlock a multitude of new projects for students, from electric vehicles, to drones, to medical prostheses.

You’ll be able to see some of these new courses at EFCC 2016 – the annual Educating for Careers Conference, March 6-8 at the Sacramento Convention Center, including the 3D-EV and our new Solar Thermal Technology Lab.

On this is episode 101 of the SmarterSTEM podcast Mike and Alex hit the road (just like the old days) from Santa Rosa to San Jose, California to visit Independence High School and instructor Sorin Neagu. Little did they realize the hubbub that would ensue when Sorin drives the 3D-EV Capstone into the middle of campus at high noon. While we cannot show any of the students faces, believe me watching their faces light up when they saw Sorin driving the 3D-EV Capstone was priceless.

Sorin Neagu, Automotive Technology Instructor, Independence High School, San Jose, California

We enjoyed podcasting from the road, and Mike did well not to crash. By the way, when driving from the South Bay to the North Bay, and visa-versa, the East Bay is always much easier than the Peninsula. We flew up the Fwy 880 north past the Tesla Factory, spying a couple of Model S’s or Modelesses, plural, along the way. Definitely cool seeing more electric cars on the road, including the Nissan Leaf, the Smart Electric Drive, Chevy Volt, and the BMW i3.

We always love getting your feedback, so drop us a note or give us a review on iTunes. Stay tuned for more podcasts from the road. If you have an idea, guest, or would like to share your own EV project, we’d love to hear from you.

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