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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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Cartoon Curriculum

Grade audience: Middle - Secondary

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, cartoonist Kevin Frank shares how he thinks comics and cartoons can assist in learning. He describes the value of comedy in illustration art even when creating educational pieces.

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Haíɫzaqv Heritage

Grade audience: Middle - Secondary

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Haíɫzaqv advocate Desiree Lawson shares her mission to preserve and promote her Indigenous values. She explains how the Haíɫzaqv nation views the ocean and why it’s healthy for the environment.

Teaching Tactics

Teaching Tactics

Grade audience: Middle - Secondary

PhD candidate and former science educator Patrick Wells shares his  experiences as a high school science teacher to exemplify effective methods of teaching. He shares his thoughts about what organizations can do better support their educators. He describes a successful ocean research project he involved his students in before explaining the qualities that make a good leader.

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Overcoming Ocean Obstacles

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Dr. Boris Worm explores the challenge of preserving and protecting marine ecosystems as a Research Professor of marine conservation biology at Dalhousie University and the Scientific Director of Ocean School.

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Camp Connections

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Matt Roy and Kim Pilgrim share their experiences travelling to remote and Indigenous communities as STEM camp instructors for ACTUA.

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Arctic Awareness

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Erin Keenan shares insight into the effort to protect marine wildlife in Northern Canada as manager of Arctic Marine Conservation at World Wildlife Fund.

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Painting Perspectives

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, Nova Scotia-based artist Teresa Young shares her approach to creating art, and how her art creates emotional connections without a predetermined meaning.

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Marine Mystery

Grade audience: Secondary - Adult

In this episode of the Root & STEM podcast, B.C. based writer Sofia Osborne brings light to the mysterious sea star wasting syndrome that has been killing an alarming number of starfish along the west coast of North America since 2013.

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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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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: 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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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.

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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.

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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.

Mountains with snow on them.

Arctic Advocacy

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

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Machine Learning Medics

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.

A portrait of Sofia Osbourne.

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.