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Room 366

Room 366

By Dr. Ashley Gess

An innovative space for all education stakeholders who want to make a difference in their practice and community.

Podcast intro and exit Music, “Hotshot” used with permission: scottholmesmusic.com​
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Art is the Empowering Force behind Our Learning All Subjects
Art is the Empowering Force behind Our Learning All Subjects
Listen to the STEAMIFY 2020-2021 Elementary Grand Prize-winning team from North Harlem Elementary School:  Mount New Year.  These kids are IMPRESSIVE.  Hear how leveraging visual arts makes a big difference across subjects for this group!  Kudos also to their teacher and coach, Ms. Emily Harrison.  Congratulations team and coach on a job well done.. and thank you for letting us learn from you. https://northharlemes.ccboe.net/
22:53
August 24, 2021
Like No Other: A Conversation with our Provost, Dr. Neil MacKinnon
Like No Other: A Conversation with our Provost, Dr. Neil MacKinnon
Listen in as we get to know our new Provost, Dr. MacKinnon.  We were excited to hear about his about his vision for AU,  his experience with partnerships, and his love for STEAM education!  
27:28
August 10, 2021
STEAMIFY KIDS: Engineering is Where Its At
STEAMIFY KIDS: Engineering is Where Its At
We Volunteer As Tribute from Greenbrier Middle School in Evans, GA, is one of the Grand Prize-winning teams from STEAMIFY 2020.  Listen in to this group of 6th-grade girls as they talk with the podcast team- get ready to be inspired!
30:47
April 29, 2021
Taking the scenic route to innovation: Dr. Trevor Roebuck, Part 2
Taking the scenic route to innovation: Dr. Trevor Roebuck, Part 2
In part 2 of our conversation with Textron Engineer Dr. Trevor Roebuck we have some gems for teachers!  Listen to the equipment that motivates and drives innovation that is now accessible for student learning!  Listen also to how you can bring together many subjects to harness a student's interest to drive learning across disciplines!  Finally, hear how companies like Textron Specialized Vehicles support targeted engagement for their employees to make a difference in schools and communities.
35:39
April 28, 2021
Taking the scenic route to innovation: Dr. Trevor Roebuck, Part 1
Taking the scenic route to innovation: Dr. Trevor Roebuck, Part 1
This is part 1 of our podcast with an expert designer, innovator, and engineer, Dr. Trevor Roebuck!  Listen in - he describes his pathway to becoming an engineer that started as a little kid.. and was not a straight line!  What an encouraging message for many, many students!
24:51
April 28, 2021
Go and Do It: Make Great Art!
Go and Do It: Make Great Art!
Mr. Gary Dennis, Executive Director of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, shares with the podcast team about their commitment to design-based learning and a STEAM approach.  Listen in to why he thinks #STEAM is the route to go and not just one discipline and perhaps not arts infusion! http://www.jessyenormanschool.org/
32:15
April 27, 2021
STEAMIFY KIDS: "Teamwork makes the dream work"
STEAMIFY KIDS: "Teamwork makes the dream work"
Does designing make a difference in a student's life?  YOU BET IT DOES!  Listen in to a group of fourth-graders from River Ridge Elementary school in Evans, GA.  They participated in STEAMIFY 2020 and had a lot to tell us about the STEAMIFY experience! https://riverridgees.ccboe.net/
22:41
April 20, 2021
STEAMtime with Ms. Chandre
STEAMtime with Ms. Chandre
Wait until you hear the passion of this educator!  Ms. Chandre is a Georgia certified teacher and also holds a special endorsement in STEM Education.  As she was studying how to become a STEM and STEAM educator, she began to put the pieces together to realize her dream of helping all students become engaged, interested and active in learning.  Now, her idea is going on the road!  Listen in....  https://www.facebook.com/Chandres-STEAM-Time-LLC-102534895231934
25:07
April 14, 2021
Just Say YES!
Just Say YES!
Lezettra Saunders and Taylor Thompson join the Room 366 team this week.  They are a part of our STEAMIFY initiative and are also STEM teachers.  Join us and you will hear from these teaching professionals how STEAMIFY helps move learning forward for teachers and students.  Hear about the significant impacts they have observed.  Find out how to start making these kinds of impacts in YOUR classroom!
27:53
March 09, 2021
Building up S.T.E.A.M. in Augusta, GA with Britt Stephens
Building up S.T.E.A.M. in Augusta, GA with Britt Stephens
Today the podcast team talks with Mr. Britt Stephens, Founder and CEO of Building up S.T.E.A.M, a non-profit organization anchored in Augusta, GA.  Listen in to how Building Up S.T.E.A.M. is working to provide equal access and opportunity for all youth to S.T.E.A.M. programs.  Stay tuned until the end to hear your invitation to get involved with this exciting group! https://buildingupsteam.org/
29:21
March 02, 2021
Designing for the Green Light: A real-life STEAM TEAM!
Designing for the Green Light: A real-life STEAM TEAM!
What do you do when COVID prevents graduation?  You innovate and solve the problem!  Listen in to James Grigg- an engineer and team leader here at Augusta University.  His team designed and implemented a unique solution so that our graduates could have an in-person graduation last December!   Listen as James talks about the design process - he provides a great template to bring to your classroom. Check out our website for how to get in touch with James directly and for pictures of their solution:  https://www.augusta.edu/education/community-outreach/room366/
29:13
February 23, 2021
COVID can't stop collaboration across the ocean!
COVID can't stop collaboration across the ocean!
This week the podcast team welcomes Dr. Lorenzo Manera from Reggio Emilia, Italy.  Dr. Manera is a postdoctoral student at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) and an expert in the Reggio Approach for teaching pre-k children.  Listen in as he talks about the approach - and how it is uniquely positioned as a seamless connection into learning in K-12 using an I-STEAM approach. Also - wait for it - Dr. Manera also invites you to come and study in Italy!  There is a new PhD program (delivered 99% in English) where students can come and study the Reggio Approach - and there are 8 scholarships available for international students who are interested.  Links are provided on our podcast website:  https://www.augusta.edu/education/community-outreach/room366/
36:48
February 16, 2021
Love is a verb! When we work together, just about anything can happen!
Love is a verb! When we work together, just about anything can happen!
Russell Joel Brown is an internationally known Broadway artist who lives in Augusta, GA.  Listen in as the podcast team learns about his passion for community and all kids being reached and empowered through Arts-Infusion and I-STEAM educational approaches. Find out how you can get in touch with him to help make a difference in your classroom. https://russelljoelbrown.com/ https://www.facebook.com/RussellJoelBrown/
53:45
February 09, 2021
Podcast Short: Problem and Place Based Learning
Podcast Short: Problem and Place Based Learning
In this short episode, the podcast team talks about Problem and Place-Based learning - and how these two approaches compare with Project-based learning.  Additionally, Dr. Gess gives a few ideas on how these three learning approaches can be an important part of an I-STEM or I-STEAM classroom.
11:51
January 20, 2021
The Podcast Team is Off Their Gourd!
The Podcast Team is Off Their Gourd!
Join the Room 366 team as we chat with Kay Lovingood, a local and renowned gourd artist!  Hear how putting gourds in the hands of students can be an amazing way to achieve all those STEM and STEAM outcomes we all want:  critical thinking, persistence, design thinking, problem-solving, creativity, etc. http://www.kays-off-her-gourd.com/About-Us.html https://www.facebook.com/137033310041804/posts/meet-kay-lovingoodmy-home-is-in-augusta-ga-where-i-was-born-in-high-school-i-pic/662200457525084/ https://genuinegeorgia.com/
38:08
January 12, 2021
Connecting in spite of COVID: AARP is leading the way!
Connecting in spite of COVID: AARP is leading the way!
AARP is joining with Augusta University to sponsor STEAMIFY this year and next year.  Listen in to Alice Bennett and Romell Cooks talk with the Room 366 team about the amazing impact AARP is having on YOUR community and how the AARP Livable Communities initiative is providing the Grand Challenge for STEAMIFY. Passport to the arts:  https://aarp.cvent.com/LGLPTAPaintParties Local page:  https://local.aarp.org/augusta-ga/ Livable communities online tooolkit resources:  https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/tool-kits-resources/
28:14
January 05, 2021
Daily STEM with Chris Woods
Daily STEM with Chris Woods
Join us in Room 366 as we welcome Chris Woods (@dailystem) and talk about all things STEM and STEAM. @dailystem www.Dailystem.com Link to Chris’ book:  Daily STEM:  How to Create a STEM Culture in Your Classrooms & Communities https://www.amazon.com/Daily-STEM-Culture-Classrooms-Communities/dp/177722554X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=KT4NNY499GNR&dchild=1&keywords=daily+stem+by+chris+woods&qid=1608571720&sprefix=daily+stem%2Caps%2C176&sr=8-1
40:01
December 22, 2020
Jeff Eller: Leveraging Wonder to Spark (and Sustain!) Learning
Jeff Eller: Leveraging Wonder to Spark (and Sustain!) Learning
Jeff Eller is a teacher who teaches in a Georgia Middle School.  Prepare to be motivated to engage your students in a new way - focusing on stimulating wonder to build lifelong learners!
30:49
December 15, 2020
Teaching from the top of the mountain!
Teaching from the top of the mountain!
Join the Room 366 Team as we travel the world with Master Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Nick Martino!
35:43
December 01, 2020
Becoming a Teacher Leader: Allie Beldin
Becoming a Teacher Leader: Allie Beldin
You can't help but be joyful when you hear the passion that Allie Beldin has for teaching!  Listen in as she talks with the Room 366 team about her first years teaching - and how she uses technology to facilitate deep learning for her students and build community with her colleagues. You can find links to Allie's school and her handle on Twitter on the Room 366 Website.
25:08
November 24, 2020
I-STEAM Education in Hong Kong: Teachers and Students Leveraging Design
I-STEAM Education in Hong Kong: Teachers and Students Leveraging Design
Ryan Yue is a true teacher leader! As the technology lead in the American School Hong Kong (ASHK) he is the catalyst to bring designing to the teachers and the students in his school.  Listen in as he talks about the power of the design process and gives some suggestions about implementing I-STEAM in your school. Access all the links Ryan discusses on the Room 366 website in the Season One Podcasts.
35:55
November 17, 2020
ISTEM/ISTEAM Education: A Music Teacher's Perspective
ISTEM/ISTEAM Education: A Music Teacher's Perspective
When thinking about the Arts we often forget that there is so much more than just visual arts!  Students benefit from constructing their standards-based understandings through many Arts - and music is one of them! Listen in as Dr. Phyllis Johnson-Porter, an accomplished music educator talks about the power of music and how moving to an ISTEAM approach can bring out the best not only in students but faculty. Access Dr. Johnson-Porter's school website on the Room 366 season one website.
29:33
November 10, 2020
What is a Grand Challenge and why, as a teacher, do I care??
What is a Grand Challenge and why, as a teacher, do I care??
Earlier this week, Dr. Jimmie Cave talked with the Room 366 team about how students in his STEM/STEAM school solve Grand Challenges.  Amanda did not know what this was - and why it mattered to a teacher... so she and Dr. Gess discussed it in this short podcast.  Listen in!
05:27
November 05, 2020
The STEM/STEAM School: An Insider's View
The STEM/STEAM School: An Insider's View
An Integrative STEM or Integrative STEAM approach is not just in theory - it really works in practice!  Listen in as Dr. Jimmie Cave, principal of the first STEM school in Georgia, tells us about how the school works.  He gives us an insider's view of what Integrative STEM and Integrative STEAM really looks like when you walk in a school.
37:01
November 03, 2020
I-STEM and I-STEAM Teaching: Safety First!
I-STEM and I-STEAM Teaching: Safety First!
Listen in to #ISTEM and Safety Expert Dr. Tyler Love.  This episode is chock full of resources for your K12 classroom - don't miss it!
39:24
October 27, 2020
Dr. Tony Robinson: Entrepreneurship and ISTEAM: A Perfect Match!
Dr. Tony Robinson: Entrepreneurship and ISTEAM: A Perfect Match!
Dr. Tony Robinson is an accomplished speaker, businessman, community leader and all around great person!  Listen in while he talks with the Room 366 team about how Entrepreneurship and ISTEAM are a perfect match!
27:29
October 19, 2020
Design Thinking and the Design Process: An Expert's Take
Design Thinking and the Design Process: An Expert's Take
Scott Thorp is an artist.  He is also the Chair of the Department of Art and Associate Vice President of Research at Augusta University.  Listen in as he talks with the Room 366 team about how to bring design to your classroom to help all students learn deeply! https://www.augusta.edu/faculty/directory/view.php?id=wathorp
31:41
October 13, 2020
Podcast Short: Project Based Learning
Podcast Short: Project Based Learning
One of our guests brought up Project-Based Learning.  Listen to Dr. Gess as she explains how this kind of learning approach may support an ISTEM or ISTEAM classroom.
07:30
October 08, 2020
David Phillips: Empowering Students Every Day Through Design
David Phillips: Empowering Students Every Day Through Design
David Phillips is an award-winning, innovative middle school teacher in Georgia.  Listen to how he leverages the design process to bring out the best in every student that comes into his classroom!  He also gives some specific tips to teachers listeners on how to get started with designing - and calls on community to come together to surround and empower students.
30:38
October 06, 2020
Wisdom from Dr. Marsha Moorman: Empowering Students and Leveraging Community: ISTEAM Education
Wisdom from Dr. Marsha Moorman: Empowering Students and Leveraging Community: ISTEAM Education
Dr. Moorman tell us practical ways that she is able to successfully bring ISTEAM education to her students in K12.
32:31
September 28, 2020
Creativity for ALL kids: Secrets from two masters!
Creativity for ALL kids: Secrets from two masters!
Master teachers Dawn Jeffers and Emily Harrison teach as a team in Columbia County, Ga.  Listen in as they talk with the Room 366 team about how they empower all their students to be creative thinkers. Trailer Music, “Hotshot” used with permission:   scottholmesmusic.com
41:35
September 21, 2020
What Exactly is this Podcast all about???
What Exactly is this Podcast all about???
This podcast introduces listeners to the Room 366 team.  It also helps listeners understand what ISTEM and ISTEAM education really is - and why it matters to them- today.
40:28
September 12, 2020
Welcome to Room 366!
Welcome to Room 366!
In this brief trailer, we introduce the podcast and the hosts. Trailer Music, “Hotshot” used with permission:   scottholmesmusic.com Thank you to Mod Ink for our Awesome logo! https://www.modinktees.com/
01:37
September 11, 2020