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8. Miss America: How Camille Schrier put STEM on the national stage

The talent portion of the Miss America pageant typically consists of contestants singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument. All that changed when the most recent Miss America, Camille Schrier, carried out a STEM demonstration during her talent portion. The STEM Class Podcast host Anthony Arno talks with Schrier about her lifelong passion for science…

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6. Biosphere 2: A $200 million failed space colony?

Biosphere 2 was originally meant to demonstrate the viability of a closed ecological system to support and maintain human life in outer space.  Its first mission was a two year experiment sealing a crew of eight humans from planet earth.  What went wrong?  John’s earliest memory of a teacher in school Academic background Is there…

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5. A real life Rosie the Riveter: Dr. Frances Carter

Shortly after my interview with Dr. Carter, she passed at 98 years old.  Whether or not you’re a STEM enthusiast, I invite you to hear the remarkable story of a passionate woman who served her country well in the early days of WW II by working in a Birmingham B-29 aircraft factory.  She would later…

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4. Peter MacDonald – Navajo Code Talker

At the age of 15 as a Navajo Native American, Peter MacDonald enlisted in the US Marines simply because he admired the official uniform.  Shortly after boot camp, he was recruited into a secret military program that would rely on a language that has no written form for what would later be known as a…

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3. Lynette Stant: Arizona Teacher of the Year

Lynette Stant is the current Arizona State Teacher of the Year, teaching elementary school with a strong STEM emphpasis.  She is also the first Native American Teacher of the Year, as a member of the Navajo tribe. Join host Anthony Arno as he talks with Lynette all about the challenges that she faces as a…

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2. Koby Boykins – NASA Mars Rover Engineer

Kobie Boykins, is the NASA Project Engineer for the solar panels on all of the Mars Rovers- Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, and the newest project- Perseverance.   Boykins talks all about his most memorable teachers growing up, how he approaches playing with LEGO’s and other toys with his young children, and NASA rovers that have…

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1. Andy Weir: The Martian

The very first episode of The STEM Class Podcast features Andy Weir, author of The Martian and motion picture featuring Matt Damon. Andy talks about what it was like writing his very first book, The Martian, which took almost 10 years to write- and knowing whatever else he did would never be as big The…

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