Happy Thanksgiving Techies! It’s truly been too long, and we’re thankful that you’re still listening!
Ever wondered what’s going on inside the mind of an Engineer? Us too!
This week on Technically Speaking, we’re joined by Jacob Moore, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State Mont Alto, to talk about how to best teach stubborn engineers, and the future of college textbooks! Professor Moore talks us through the “concept mapping” and why this may be the blueprint for a better textbook! Try our Jacob’s tool yourself (especially if you’re an engineering student taking Statics!) and let him know what you think! Needless to say, Joe and Jacob are enamored with this tool – we think it represents one of the first steps into the future of textbooks and learning. Seriously, check it out. (Disable your pop-up blocker!)
Next, Professor Moore was kind enough to slide into our discussion on the TALLEST, FASTEST, GERMANEST, WATERSLIDE IN THE WORLD! What is it that makes waterslides an interesting physics problem? And why are waterslides so fun, despite the fact that they’ve fallen behind compared to roller-coasters in theme-park entertainment? Find out when you listen!
Finally, thanks to listener Louis L., we outline some pretty incredible feats of super-engineering! Massive bridges, sub-sea tunnels, and moving islands are all discussed and analyzed as we flex our imaginative muscles on this installment of the Brainstorm segment!
Let us know what you think! Do you have any ideas on the latest Brainstorm? How about suggestions for our next episode? Don’t be afraid to email us, Facebook us, or find us on Twitter to give us your ideas! We love to hear from you! And if you’re feeling especially generous, give us a review on iTunes, or check us out on Podiversity!
Run Time: 1:11:12
Music: Map of the Problematique – Muse