Osmo Education’s STEAMY Summer Podcast Series: Episodes 1, 2, and 3

August 3, 2021 / Educator Resources

Have you listened to our STEAMY Summer podcast yet? When you listen to this playlist, you’ll be able to gain valuable information from the following guest speakers:

Episode 1:

In the first episode of Osmo Education’s STEAMY Summer podcast series, our guest is Adam Peterson. Adam is an award-winning educator from Illinois and a nationally recognized speaker.

After spending more than a decade as a kindergarten teacher, Adam now uses his knowledge and talents to inspire, educate, and motivate other teachers to create classrooms that encourage creativity, play, and hands-on learning. He is the author of the recent book Teach, Play, Learn.

Adam discusses the reasons why play is an important part of learning in the STEAM subject areas, shares some “non-obvious” opportunities to incorporate play-based learning, describes strategies used in kindergarten that are also useful for upper elementary grades, and more.

Episode 2:

Dave Blanchard is the guest on episode two of Osmo Education’s STEAMY Summer podcast series. Dave is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Development in the School of Education at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota. He specializes in modern learning experiences, andragogy, and tangible educational technology, and is always rolling up his sleeves to help educators better design learning experiences.

Dave explains how educators can approach STEAMY summer games for kids like true scientists, discusses what new teachers need to know about differentiation in STEAM, defines modern learning environments and shares what’s required for newer educators to become familiar with such environments, tells us why he feels strongly about the benefits of tangible edtech, and more.

Episode 3:

On this episode of the STEAMY Summer podcast series, we hear from Nisha Sangvhi, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. At her practice, Integrated Pediatrics in Aurora, Illinois, Nisha provides therapy services in home settings and in the community to address goals that are determined by the child’s needs. 

Nisha discusses why she believes a child’s job is to play; explains how she uses Osmo tools to help children develop fine motor skills, visual-perceptual motor skills, comprehension and expression of language, and executive functioning; why these skills are all relevant to students’ STEAM learning; and more.