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Podcast: Esports, robots & more with Prairie STEM

Podcast: Esports, robots & more with Prairie STEM


Find out how Prairie STEM is changing lives by empowering kids to use Esports as a vehicle to raise money for charity. Plus, learn about Prairie STEM’s philosophy when it comes to teaching kids critical thinking skills using STEM as we chat with CEO Alan Wang, COO Jeffrey Ingraham & Community Outreach Director Jen Miller.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

About Prairie STEM

The Prairie STEM model combines the rigour and innovation of instructional leadership programs with authentic community partnerships and family engagement to transform regional economies through the talent development of all urban and rural students. This effort will cause for old paradigms to die. Transformational system-wide reforms will be needed which are driven by the needs of the future economy.

About Alan Wang

With 10+ years of post-graduate education and 20 years of biotech industry, digital marketing, and clinical experience, Alan has C-suite level leadership experience in strategic planning, B2B product development and deployment, digital marketing, and SAAS implementation and exit strategies.  His career in biotechnology and medicine have allowed him the opportunities to pursue projects based on beliefs and values to give everyone the same access and opportunities as he had growing up.  Since 2015, he has led the Prairie STEM team from its infancy in programmatic and STEM-centric goals to what it represents today as solution-providers, platform changers, and value-add networked organization among its peers and STEM Ecosystem community.

About Jeff Ingraham

Jeff has written and presented extensively on the topic of technology and music technology in education including monthly technology articles for the Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) newsletter under the name of “The Windows Wizard”.  He has presented or Keynoted at a wide variety of Music/Education conferences including: Nebraska State Bandmasters Association conference (NSBA)Nebraska Choral Directors Association conference (NCDA), Nebraska MENC conference (now NAFME), National MENC conference in Washington DC, (now NAFME), Omaha Public Schools Technology Institute (Keynote), Westside Community Schools Technology Inservice (Keynote), Gretna Public Schools Internet Safety Institute (Keynote), 21st Century Skills Fair (ESU3), Nebraska Association of School Boards Conference (NASB), International Interactive Whiteboard Summit in London, UK  (2006) & Nebraska Educational Technology Association conference (NETA).

About Jennifer Miller

Jennifer graduated from Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida a few days later she embarked on her journey at Full Sail where she graduated Salutatorian and received an  Associates in Computer Animation. Shortly after Jennifer joined the U.S. Air Force as an F-16 Avionics Technician. She performed flightline maintenance on F-16 Avionics equipment and performed air-to-air missile evaluations. During her career in the Air Force Jennifer cross-trained to become a Sensor Operator for the MQ-9. She conducted reconnaissance and surveillance missions utilizing a variety of acquisition and tracking systems, provided terminal weapons guidance, and performed co-pilot duties. Upon retirement, Jennifer attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Emergency Management concentrating on Natural Disasters and Unmanned Aircraft Systems with minors in Aviation Administration, Geography and Supply Chain Management. Jennifer spends her free time with her 2 daughters and volunteering with Girl Scouts.

With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It’s not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it’s about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

Hosted by Ben Newsome

Ben Newsome


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