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Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron, Monday, 6-8-15 June 9, 2015

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Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron, Monday, 6-8-15

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Guests:  Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron.  Topics: Our guests discussed their new book “The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino and Wearable Tech,” 3D printing, aerospace & more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron to the show to discuss their new book, “The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino and Wearable Tech,” the importance of modern shop class training in our school systems, plus modern technology as a learning tool for students.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 42 minute program, Joan explained why they wrote this book, the problem caused by the absence of shop class in schools around the country and the void their book attempts to fill.  The book is targeted to both parents and teachers to assist them in being comfortable with the “new” shop class as the technology, the instruments & tools, and possibilities are totally different from the stereotype of a shop class from previous years.  Joan talked about their pilot project with the Windward School in Los Angeles (see www.windwardschool.org) including the upcoming two day seminar August 14-15,  Design and Maker Class Colloquium: Hands-on with Arduinos, 3D printing, Wearable tech (for details see www.windwardschool.org/design2015?rc=0).  The book is also appropriate for students starting around the 7th or 8th grade but the Foreword to the book was written by a 13 year old student, Coco, who called the show.  Coco was a most impressive caller who works this technology, has a keen interest in it, and I urge you to pay attention to her phone call.  Coco was with us for most of the first segment.  Additional topics discussed in the first segment included the use of Arduinos, STEM and STEAM, portable 3D printers, program funding, teacher and classroom issues. The portable Bukito 3D printer was discussed in some detail and even Coco told us how relatively easy it was to learn to use it.  A few listeners sent in notes asking about how to get a new type shop class started in the schools their kids attend.  Joan and Rich suggested starting small, work with kits, and use the open source world.  It was also suggested that people attend a local MakerFaire or visit a hacker space though the latter may be challenging for students under 18.  Jackie sent in a note asking about both wearable tech and implanted tech.  Rich had some interesting comments on this topic, don’t miss them.

In the second segment, Joan and Rich talked about actionable things by both parents and teachers.  Joan also talked about how students learn and the problems caused for some students when there is no shop class.  She also said there was some parental push back so don’t miss what she had to say about this.  Randy from Tucson emailed in a question about traditional vocational training including the subjects Joan and Rich were discussing.  Joan made a distinction with trade and vocational tech training and teaching young students in a modern school shop class.  Several questions came up for our guests about teacher acceptability of this type of program. Joan said that for teachers, time is a problem as they have to carve out more time to both learn and teach these subjects.  Also, if the teacher and the class are focused on teaching to the test, its an even bigger problem.  Near the end of our discussion, a listener asked about the software used in 3D printing. Our guests mentioned several programs, including freeware, that an interested listener might want to explore.  Prior to the show ending, our guests talked about their upcoming August colloquium per above and fielded one final question from BJohn regarding limitations.  Our guests suggested that in terms of limitations to the use, application, and results of working with this new technology, one’s imagination would likely be the biggest limiting factor.

Please post your comments on TSS blog above.  Our guests can be reached through the websites www.nonscriptum.com and www.apress.com/9781484209059. Coco’s website is  www.veryhappyrobot.com.

Stephen Murphy, Friday, 2-28-14 March 1, 2014

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Stephen Murphy, Friday, 2-28-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2195-BWB-2014-02-28.mp3

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Guest:  Stephen Murphy.  Topics:  Do It Yourself Space (DIY), space exploration for all, open hardware, DIY entrepreneurial opportunities.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Stephen Murphy to the program to discuss Do It Yourself (DIY) space exploration and the available tools to make it all happen.  In our first segment of this 1 hour 27 minute program, Mr. Murphy explained the concept of Do It Yourself (DIY) Space Exploration.  Make sure you visit his website for more information on this topic, www.diyspaceexploration.com.  We first explained the DIY concept and just why the timing was right for it to be attainable by those outside the space industry given the availability of low cost tools that can be used to build space hardware.  We talked about needed background to be able to build something plus all the tools available including kits.  However, we also talked about the choke hold on the industry due to the launch side of the business which is still costly and limited.   Of course Charles Pooley called in to remind us all that Microlaunchers was trying to solve the launch side of the problem.  During both segments, Stephen mentioned many different companies doing a specific piece of DIY or general technology as following these companies and learning from what they have and will be dong as well as how they do it can be a good guide.  We also talked about smaller than cubesat items such as the pocket cubesat, rocket cubesat, and more.  Next, we went into the aggressive use of crowd funding for raising money for the projects using Kickstarter, Indiegogo and others.  Our guest put forward some simple marketing and promotional “rules” for crowdfunding, especially before you start your crowdfunding campaign.

In the second segment, we opened up with a discussion about open hardware and how companies involved with it make it work because its an unusual business model.  Here, Stephen also mentioned companies using the open source model to build an important community for their work and products, also a different business model from the traditional model. We discussed the Maker community, especially MakerBot with 3D printing, several crowdfunding projects, even DIY drones!  Listeners asked about ITAR, then near the end we switched topics to using high altitude balloons.  Our guest said this was like a “gateway drug” to space because it was cheap, easy, and would likely be an excellent low cost testing platform.  Mr. Murphy’s goal with his website & business is offer workshops & tools so everyone who wants can move forward with space exploration.

Post your comments/questions on TSS blog.  Stephen’s email address can be found on his website using the Contact tab.

Blaze Sanders, Friday, 8-9-13 August 10, 2013

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Blaze Sanders, Friday, 8-9-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2065-BWB-2013-08-09.mp3

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Guest:  Blaze Sanders.  Topics: Solar System Express Gravity Development Board, Do It Yourself Space, NASA Internships.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Blaze Sanders to the program to discuss Solar System Express (SOL-X at www.solarsystemexpress.com).  During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, Blaze introduced us to his company, SOL-X, and we talked at length about their Gravity Development Board (GDB) in its various models and configurations.  In talking about the GDB, Blaze also talked about similar products on the market comprising their competition, explaining why his company believes the GDB has distinct advantages over the other products leading to marketing and positioning benefits for the GDB.  We talked about many terrestrial as well as space applications, the difference between space tolerant and space rated hardware, costs, ease of use and programming, and much more.  Blaze took calls and emails from listeners including one about space debris mitigation as well as space skydiving since the company is working on a GDB controlled space skydiving suit.  We also talked about the GLXP contestants, ArduSat on the ISS, and the GDB’s clock speed compared to the competition.

In the second segment, Blaze talked about his path from school into the space world. This path included a NASA internship and then getting involved in the NASA Cooperative Education Program, all of which is part of the NASA Pathways Program.  If these programs interest you, take note of what our guest had to say and initiate contact with the relevant NASA program.  Blaze suggested checking out this website, https://intern.nasa.gov.  Other topics that came up focused on hacker workshops, STEM, human spaceflight missions to Mars, lunar human missions, and crowd funding.  He suggested one use for the GDB on a humans to Mars mission might be entertainment, movies, pictures, etc. shown during the flight, all the time getting new information from the ground as long as they had the right USB type of connection on the mission.  Be sure to listen to this idea as entertainment on a HSF to Mars is not normally discussed, at least not on The Space Show (so far at least).  As part of his closing comments, Blaze suggested that space needs to be open to everyone, far more than just engineers and scientists. He talked about artists and other fields.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog per above.  You can email Blaze through their website or me.