ClassCast Podcast

Ep.068 -- Chris Rader -- Higher Ed Abroad, STEM, & Making High School More Valuable

May 24, 2021 Ryan Tibbens Season 2 Episode 68
ClassCast Podcast
Ep.068 -- Chris Rader -- Higher Ed Abroad, STEM, & Making High School More Valuable
Show Notes

EP.068 -- CHRIS RADER -- HIGHER ED ABROAD, STEM, & MAKING HIGH SCHOOL MORE VALUABLE5/24/20210 Comments ClassCast Podcast Ep.068 features Chris Rader, a former student of host Ryan Tibbens, sharing his experiences and perspectives on education and how to better serve students.  Since graduating from high school in 2012, Chris has found immense success in the fields of chemistry and material science at Virginia Tech and now as a Ph.D. student the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Switzerland. Aside from groundbreaking work with cellulose and creating environmentally friendly packaging, Chris also has some great ideas about how we can improve K12 education in the United States to better prepare young people for college, career, and the independent critical thinking we all aspire to. Chris's experiences in lab sciences have not only shaped his rare and valuable skill set; they've also helped him to better understand what education can -- and can't -- do for young people in the current paradigm. If you are interested in improving STEM in K12, learning more about chemistry and materials science, helping young people achieve more on their own, studying abroad for higher ed, or even the significance of athletics for high school students, this is a discussion you won't want to miss.

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Table of Contents (*highlights)

  1. 0:00-5:40 -- Intro to Chris Rader & His Unique Education Path
  2. 5:40-14:18 -- Depth, Rigor, & Project-Based Learning in HS vs College *
  3. 14:18-16:49 -- Why Get a Ph.D.?
  4. 16:49-25:52 -- Patents, Saving the World, & Chris's Work in Material Science *
  5. 25:52-45:25 -- Improving American High Schools, Career Prep, & Grading ** 
  6. 45:25-59:32 -- Chris's Ideal School & Learning by Doing *
  7. 59:32-1:07:04 -- The Value of Athletics in Human Development
  8. 1:07:04-1:12:30 -- Study Abroad: Make It a Priority
  9. 1:12:30-1:21:24 -- Chris's Book & Movie Recs/ Final Wrap-Up

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