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Welcome To The Way Of The Renaissance Man Whether you’re a Renaissance Man already, a Renaissance Man in training, or a woman who loves a Renaissance Man, we welcome you to the prospects of better living. We look forward to bringing you our distinctive content, including new articles, episodes and resources to help you become a fully focused, integrated and celebratory Renaissance Man. Be sure to explore the resources section and use all of the different categories of information and resourc ...
 
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STEM Everyday

Chris Woods (DailySTEM)

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The STEM Everyday podcast focuses on how teachers can infuse STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into their everyday lessons. We explore and share great ideas that inspire students to take ownership in their learning. Each week I interview educators, innovators, & authors who are using creative ways to add STEM to their classrooms and communities everyday!
 
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Welcome to today's Audio Essay from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods As a Renaissance Man, Jim Woods recognizes and admires greatness in all areas of life. As a musical talent and frontman for his own band in the 90s, Jim acknowledges and gives his "hat-tip" to today's legendary audio essay feature. And now, here's Jim Woods. “I just w…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by American novelist, poet, and non-fiction author, Richard Wright. “Don’t leave inferences to be drawn when evidence can be presented.” — Richard Wright The great American novelist is chiefly known for his brilliant novel “Native Son…
 
2021 marks the 12th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which challenges U.S. students in grades 6–12 to use STEM to tackle local issues of national importance in a sustainable way. Now through November 15, 2021, public school teachers across the U.S. can apply for this year’s program and submit their activity plans that enable students to i…
 
On Man’s Noble Nature Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by writer, novelist, and philosopher, Ayn Rand. “Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential.” –Ayn Rand, “The Fountainhead” This noble sense…
 
Up next on Way of the Renaissance Man, Free to Choose Featuring Robert Chatfield. When I was a kid, I watched a documentary that influenced my young brain immensely, and it was called “Free To Choose.” The original 1980, 10-part television series was by the great Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. In academic circles, Friedman was chief…
 
"The second you're the smartest person in the room is the moment you stop learning things." Grace Dirig, the new face of mega popular YouTube channel, The King Of Random (or TKOR), which currently boasts more than 12.6M followers, joined the channel after a nationwide search for a new member to join the TKOR family. The then college student majorin…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by Hall of Fame Trial Lawyer and American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate award recipient, Louis Nizer. The Hands of an Artist “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsm…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by a simple, yet powerful passage from the bible — Proverbs 21:5. “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” — Proverbs 21:5 This verse from Proverbs extols the virtue of …
 
Up next on Way of the Renaissance Man…a conversation with thirst-quenching founder and CEO of Water 4 Mercy, Nermine Rubin. The Way of the Renaissance Man podcast is all about conversations with interesting people who have a true passion for what they do. In this episode, Jim speaks with just such a person, and she is Nermine Rubin, Founder & CEO o…
 
There's been a lot of talk about how technology can help change education, without a lot of "how" behind it. Some schools are using VR technology to put students in immersive situations where the content being taught is connected to emotion & experience. Anurupa Ganguly created PrismsVR to radically change how lessons are "taught" and help kids be …
 
Welcome to today's Audio Essay from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001. In this special audio presentation, Jim offers his poem and thoughts on this day. And now, here's Jim Woods. The Cat and the Horror By Jim Woods There was a cat sleeping on m…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by Russian-born American author, philosopher and creator of Objectivism, Ayn Rand. “Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.” –Ayn Rand The novelist/philo…
 
Up next on Way of the Renaissance Man, Five Minutes with Dave Rubin. During the recent FreedomFest conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, talk show host, author, and ideas activist Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report came by for a quick visit with the Renaissance Man. Although brief, the discussion covered several interesting topics, including classica…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, economist, historian and essayist, David Hume. “It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” –David Hume The brilliant David Hume knew that to preserve liberty, you have to recogni…
 
STEM is more than helping kids build and create. As kids grow and learn, their brains are developing billions of neurons. The learning atmosphere we create in our classroom can help kids really retain the lessons they learn and build a sense of wonder & creativity. Bonnie Kirkley has been teaching kids since 2003, and in her recent roles as a Gifte…
 
Teachers are great at finding ways to make learning exciting & relevant on a limited budget. Angela, Julie, & Lisa are 3 educators who decided to turn their STEM lessons built on fairy tales into a book to help educators. Tinkering With Tales is all about helping educators learn to look for problems to solve in the books their kids are reading. Tin…
 
Up next on Way of the Renaissance Man, conversation with basketball legend and entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal. When you grow up in Los Angeles like Jim did, the Lakers are practically a religion. In this kickoff episode from Season 4 of the podcast, Jim speaks with one of the high priests of the Laker religion, the great Shaquille O’Neal. In additio…
 
Marla Rosenthal & Christine Dixon are K-8 STEM educators in southern California, with a big focus on innovation, design, and making. They took their teaching to the next level during the pandemic by working together across district lines to help their kids have even better STEM learning experiences. Their choice boards & STEAM lesson starters are g…
 
Matt Zigler is one of those teachers we need to clone and put into every school. Not only is he a fantastic artist, he uses his design skills to help kids create projects that help people in need. He also views his job as a "maker teacher" a little like a librarian, pointing the way to resources that kids and staff members need. The Wheelchair Stro…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by American actor and singer songwriter Ryan Bingham, and a selection from his Mescalito album with lyrics from his song “Sunrise”. In a special Way Of The Renaissance Man performance, Jim plays and sings the quoted lyrics in today's …
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by American journalist, poet, Civil War veteran and author of "the Devil's Dictionary," named as one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, Ambrose Bierce. “Oc…
 
Shari Eskenas founded Sundae Electronics with the mission of creating an innovative consumer electronics brand with products that improve people's everyday lives. She is an entrepreneur, electrical engineer, and inventor holding multiple patents. Shari enjoys brainstorming new ideas and creating novel products that involve programming microcontroll…
 
How long has STEM been around? In this interview, Chris talks with his grandpa Gene “Herb” Clark, who was born on Christmas day in 1925. He graduated high school at the age of sixteen. While in the Navy, Gene studied radio communications and helped send and receive important information during World War II. He later worked for a company that made c…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary, Thomas Paine. “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” — Thomas Paine Perhaps my …
 
Inspire2Dev was founded to make a positive impact in communities by providing STEM learning opportunities for middle school students nationwide in a fun and collaborative environment through our free Hackathons. Their 1st Free Virtual Hackathon for middle school students is happening July 24, 2021. Charlotte Law, founder of Inspire2Dev, is a rising…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by the First Earl of Beaconsfield, British statesman and Conservative politician, who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Benjamin Disraeli. “A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance.” — Benja…
 
A Few Simple Things Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by American lawyer, politician and governor of Massachusetts who later became President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. “If all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they know they ou…
 
Kids just need healthy doses of inspiration...Jen Swanson is one of the best & most versatile STEM & Science educators around! Her background in Chemistry & at the US Naval Academy have given her a unique perspective when creating books & resources for educators. In addition to writing books & creating podcasts, Jen also speaks at conferences, scho…
 
Research reveals it is at the age of 10 that girls move from being excited to put their ideas forward on the subjects of science and technology to being more interested in being ‘likeable and pretty’. Organizations and schools in Sweden are joining forces to try to reverse this trend. Through a series of workshops, Volvo Construction Equipment toge…
 
Kantian Knowledge and Wisdom Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by German philosopher and one of the central Enlightenment thinkers, Immanuel Kant. “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” — Immanuel Kant The extremely influential philosopher’s ideas…
 
On Disagreeability Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by American businessman, author, United States Air Force officer, five-term Senator from Arizona, and the 1964 Republican Party nominee for president of the United States, Barry Goldwater. “To disagree, one doesn’t …
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by English writer, philosopher, lay theologian, literary and art critic, G. K. Chesterton. “The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.” –G. K. Chesterton The English writer has uttered many a great quote, but this one…
 
Are you looking for research based & practical ideas for being a better STEM educator? Fi Morrison was, and in 2021 started STEM ED Magazine to help people share their ideas & expertise in STEM. Her biggest piece of advice for educators is to "give it a go!" In her spare time, Fi is a full-time teacher of little kids, a Digital Literacy Coach + STE…
 
Jim Cybulski is a co-founder of Foldscope, the ultra-affordable, paper microscope that you assemble yourself. Designed to be inexpensive, durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes, Foldscope brings hands-on microscopy to new places! It has reached over 1 million people and created a global community of explor…
 
Carly & Adam love helping educators teach STEM better together. Their STEM Teacher's Club Facebook group has become a destination for sharing questions, ideas, & resources to help educators, especially elementary educators, be better STEM educators. Their Heart of STEM Teacher Summit is planned for June 21-23, 2021...Join thousands of educators wor…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, Mark Twain. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” –Mark Twain Do you want to succeed in life? Do you want to conquer your obstacles? Do you want to achie…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by scientist, author, futurist, and professional speaker, David Brin. “It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.” –David…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by Greek mathematician, physicist, inventor, engineer and astronomer, Archimedes. "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." –Archimedes The great thinker and scientist of the classic…
 
Kayla Norville is a brand new STEM Coordinator at a middle school in rural North Carolina. She's also the founder of Bright in the Middle, which specializes in creating engaging middle school science activities. Kayla also has a Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM Education, with a focus in science education. As a STEM Coordinator, she's working…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde. “Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.” –Oscar Wilde If you’ve reached adulthood, then I don’t have to tell you that the more experienced you are, the more mistakes yo…
 
Up next on Way of the Renaissance Man… putting one fake foot in front of the other, with a truly inspiring American hero. Welcome to today's show from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods. Some men, when faced with overwhelming, life-shattering adversity, choose to embrace the circumstance. And in doing so, they live a life of epic inspira…
 
Beverage Humor Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by American journalist, cultural critic, and scholar of American English, H. L. Mencken. “24 hours in a day. 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.” — H.L. Mencken He was one of the greatest journalists, essayist…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by American poet, essayist, and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Have you ever heard someone describe a successful person as just “lucky?” Of…
 
Looking for a great virtual event to engage your students, especially older students, and especially girls, in the excitement of STEM Careers? STEMpede 2021 is a FREE virtual event (May 5-6, 2021) focused on young women in STEM. Attendees will learn about the careers of inspiring female speakers as well as the technical side of their work. After al…
 
STEM Meets the Challenge of the Pandemic was created by STEM Leads The Way to help students learn about the ways STEM professionals are helping lead forward in the pandemic. Through virtual experiences, this effort brings forward ways that STEM professionals and the companies they work at—in Minnesota and throughout the world—are using science, eng…
 
Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by American businessman and "Think and Grow Rich," self-help classic author, Napoleon Hill. How many times have you heard someone, possibly even you, say that they are waiting for the right time to do what they really would rather be …
 
Any student can invent. Any student can engineer. Any student can make a difference. Project Invent is a nonprofit organization that trains high school educators in design thinking, engineering, and entrepreneurship. After their training, educators use their knowledge to empower high school students to invent new technologies for social good. Proje…
 
Kids all around the world are in need of prosthetics. The kids in your classroom can help, thanks to the Limb Kind Foundation (limbkind.org) Robert Schulman, C.P. is a Certified Prosthetist who founded the Limb Kind Foundation in 2019 and serves as the organization’s Executive Director. Limb Kind was founded with the goal of improving the lives of …
 
Model T Wisdom Welcome to today's #WednesdayWisdom from Way Of The Renaissance Man Starring Jim Woods Today's insight was inspired by American industrialist, automobile manufacturer, philanthropist, and developer of the assembly line technique, Henry Ford. “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” –Henry Ford The business genius re…
 
What if kids, especially girls, really believed they could grow up and be anything? Laurie Wallmark was one of those kids, and so are the women she’s written about. Laurie is a full-time, award winning children’s book author, and she “loves it.” Some previous jobs she’s held are software engineer, owner of a mail order company (she had a bookstore …
 
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