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The Root & STEM Podcast

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We’re excited to launch a new podcast, bringing you an audio version of everything you love about Root & STEM. The podcast expands on our publication, Root & STEM, and explores issues and storytelling with artists, journalists, teachers and communities engaged in STEAM-focused projects.The episodes are approximately 15 minutes long and will be available monthly on the Pinnguaq website, and through popular podcast platforms such as Apple and Spotify.

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Sophie Nitoslawski

Grade audience: Middle - Adult

How can technology and the use of data improve urban ecosystems? In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, PhD candidate Sophie Nitoslawski describes urban forestry and explains how she uses data and technology to improve urban green spaces.

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Indigenous Intersections

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

How can different perspectives improve the study of astronomy? In this episode of Root & STEM podcast, Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, the Resident Astronomer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and the Principal Investigator for SIGNALS, a program aimed at observing star-forming regions in nearby galaxies.

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Star Stories

Grade audience: Middle - Adult

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Ininiw/Cree Star Knowledge Keeper and retired science educator Wilfred Buck shares his expertise on the origins behind multiple constellations like, Mista Muskwa (Great Bear) and Kokominakasis (Grandmother Spider, the netmaker), and discusses the lack of acknowledgement given for Indigenous knowledge in the field of Western astronomy. Wilfred als

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Indigenous Intersections

Grade audience: Middle - Adult

How can different perspectives improve the study of astronomy? In this episode of Root & STEM podcast, Hilding Neilson, an astrophysicist and assistant professor at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, explores how we can bridge Indigenous methods of science with Western methods of science to broaden our understanding of space. Hilding offers an encouraging message to science lovers who want to learn more about space and life above us.

Solar Surveillance

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Kelsey Doerkson, a space system engineer for satellite operations at Planet, and a Ph.D student at the University of Oxford studying machine learning and artificial intelligence, explores the benefits of machine learning in space technology.

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Space Science

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

In this episode of Root & STEM podcast, Sofia Osborne, a writer and audio producer based in B.C., interviews junior space operations engineer, Abby Lacson, about the path to becoming an astronaut and her professional experiences working with MDA Space, participating in Air Cadets, and pursuing her education in engineering.

Say Hello to Hackathons

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, John Stewart, digital producer and host, sat down with Glenn Ye and Leo Wang, two undergraduate students and the winners of the Best Game award for the University of Toronto’s Hack the Valley IV.

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Accessing AI

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Jessa Gamble, an author and science writer, and Briana Brownell, an entrepreneur, discuss how we can identify the learning patterns of AI and what that means for technology innovations in the future.

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Arctic Advocacy

How can research into ringed seals and environmental changes provide a better understanding of climate change?

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Correcting Code

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

How is AI already integrated into our daily lives and how will it continue to grow?

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Machine Learning Medics

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

Can AI help bridge the gap between responsive, sufficient healthcare and those living in rural and remote communities? The increased presence of portable medical and robotic devices might be able to show us how.

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Diving into Data

As AI technology becomes more and more prevalent in data collection, researchers are learning how to employ and train AI algorithms in a way that helps further the research surrounding whale calls.

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Education in a Pandemic

The first episode of Root & STEM explores how educators from diverse geographies are responding to the pandemic, whether it’s online or in the classroom.

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Beyond Ones and Zeros

With Big Tech increasing the collection and analysis of data, clarifying the rules and ethics around who owns, manages, and uses that data is essential.

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Level-Up Learning

The first episode of Root & STEM explores how educators from diverse geographies are responding to the pandemic, whether it’s online or in the classroom.