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Science Podcast, Episode 12 – Stratonaut Selection

In this episode, Mark and Katherine interview a cast of characters to select the strato-balloon mission specialist:

http://markofquality.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/science-podcast-episode-12-stratonaut-selection/

March 2, 2013 Posted by | Podcast, Science, Stratoballoon | Comments Off on Science Podcast, Episode 12 – Stratonaut Selection

Science Podcast, Episode 11 – How GPS Works

In this episode, Katherine, CJ, and I do a little “light” work, and go through the basics of GPS:

http://markofquality.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/science-podcast-episode-11-how-gps-works

November 17, 2012 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science Podcast, Episode 11 – How GPS Works

Science Podcast #11 – StratoBalloon, a Teaser

The latest podcast rises to new heights.  Check it out: http://markofquality.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/science-podcast-11-stratoballoon-a-teaser.

October 22, 2012 Posted by | Podcast, Science, Stratoballoon | , , | Comments Off on Science Podcast #11 – StratoBalloon, a Teaser

Science Podcast #10 – Surface Tension and Paper Circles

Our tenth science podcast is now up!  Lucy joins Katherine and I as our special-guest scientist as we study the effects of surface tension on floating paper circles: http://markofquality.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/science-podcast-10-surface-tension-and-paper-circles.

October 15, 2012 Posted by | Podcast, Science | , | Comments Off on Science Podcast #10 – Surface Tension and Paper Circles

Science Podcast #9 – Parachutes and Surface Area

Here’s the latest podcast.  Katherine and I take to the playground with parachutes!

http://markofquality.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/science-podcast-9-parachutes-and-surface-area

September 26, 2012 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science Podcast #9 – Parachutes and Surface Area

Eliminating the anxiety

My plan for the science podcasts was to produce one a week, and during the summer I think we stuck to that fairly well.  The rhythm that Katherine and I had started to settle into before school started was:

  • Saturday: Do Science!
  • Saturday/Sunday: Write and record script
  • Monday/Tuesday: Generate any needed illustrations, and cut the movie together
  • Wednesday: Release the movie
  • Thursday/Friday: Plan for the next experiment, and get supplies together

Unfortunately, that rhythm got a lot harder to maintain the week or so before school started, and it appears to be continuing now that school HAS started.  It’s not even a matter of Katherine’s schedule interfering – CJ and I are just that much busier.  When CJ’s at one of her meetings, I’m with the girls, or running errands, or doing something around the house – in other words, not doing science.  When I’m at one of my meetings, well, then I’m still not doing science.

The weekly release schedule is just not going to work without a lot of pain and anguish (mostly mine), and that’s definitely NOT what I want this to turn into.  The very last thing I want is for my "gotta make the movie" anxiety to infect Katherine.  Right now, this is fun for her, and I want to keep it that way.

So, I’m eliminating the anxiety by eliminating the schedule.  We’ll still push to make time for this every week, but in general we’ll get videos out when they’re ready, which may or may not be every week.

We have one currently complete, but Katherine is still working on the script.  We have the next one planned out, and we’ll try to make some time to execute it this weekend.  Stay tuned!

September 12, 2012 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Eliminating the anxiety

Science Podcast #8 – A rising ball

Here’s the latest podcast, where Katherine and I demonstrate buoyancy: http://markofquality.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/science-podcast-8-a-rising-ball.

August 30, 2012 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science Podcast #8 – A rising ball

Science Podcast, Episode 7 – Coffee Filter Chromatography

The latest Science Podcast is up at http://markofquality.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/science-podcast-episode-7-coffee-filter-chromatography/.

August 17, 2012 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science Podcast, Episode 7 – Coffee Filter Chromatography

Science Podcast, Episode 6 – Rising Water

The latest podcast is now up at http://markofquality.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/science-podcast-episode-6-rising-water.  Mark and Katherine study capillary action using celery and water.

August 11, 2012 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science Podcast, Episode 6 – Rising Water

Science Podcast, Episode 5 – Radiation

The latest podcast is now up at http://markofquality.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/science-podcast-episode-5-radiation.  Join Mark and Katherine as they shine some light on the effects of radiation.

August 1, 2012 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science Podcast, Episode 5 – Radiation