Posts tagged ‘Podcast’

January 1st, 2012

A Conversation with the Founders of Late Nite Labs, a Virtual Science Education Laboratory

With decreasing education budgets throughout the US and world, how can schools without the means to create a full wet lab experience provide a meaningful STEM education to students? A virtual lab can come close to providing the same level of chemistry and physics education? Even for schools that can afford a sophisticated wet lab, a virtual counterpart can greatly amplify it–whether because the equipment is too expensive for experimental use or because the boundaries of time and space that previously existed between periods in school are eroded in a virtual environment, leading to increased creativity and participation.

Enter Late Nite Labs, a company that provides a full-service interactive online virtual science laboratory with a full curriculum suite for both high school and college students. Science House Foundation Executive Director Joshua Fouts discusses the origins, goals and future of the company with its founders CEO David Jaffe and Harris Goodman, Chief Development Officer.

Screenshot of a Late Nite Labs experiment

New Financing
TechCrunch recently reported on Late Nite Labs new round of financing from investors, despite doing well with a strong paying subscriber base in the “tens of thousands.” In our interview Harris Goodman describes how this will help the company accelerate and expand their curriculum development.

A Global Perspective
Late Nite Labs already has an eye on a global market with easy-to-use translation tools that allow non-English-speaking students to use the software. David tells us that they plan on reaching out to more international markets soon.

Competition or Collaboration?
With the dominance of the Khan Academy, which has experienced dramatic growth in the online video education field, we discuss how the makers of Late Nite Labs see their work in relation to the likes of similar online video platforms. Jaffe and Goodman describe what’s next for Late Nite Labs in an era of rapidly evolving technology where virtual world platforms become quickly outdated.

What do Science Teachers Think?
We also explore how science teachers have responded to a tool that could theoretically remove the need for many of the costly wet lab equipment most chemistry and physics labs require. This is not a minor issue for many science teachers. There is significant debate about the educational merits of virtual science labs. Harris and Jaffe explain the ways the experience is unique and, in many ways complementary to a wet lab. One interesting element the Late Nite Labs education experience is that mistakes can be made where incorrect results are fully simulated. They also have a well-defined mathematical system wherein students can simulate the use of materials they would likely never have the opportunity to test in the physical space, for example, working with e-coli.

Listen to the full podcast here:

A conversation with the founders of Late Nite Labs, a Virtual Science Laboratory by ScienceHouseFdn

About our podcast guests.
David Jaffe, CEO and Founder

David Jaffe, CEO and Founder of Late Nite Labs


David is the founder and visionary behind Late Nite Labs. Along with a deep background in online education and applied science, David brings his passion to LNL. Prior to founding Late Nite Labs, David was the CTO of Net Talk. David received his B.SC in Mechanical Engineering as well as an M.Sc from Technion University in Biomedical Engineering.



Harris Goodman, Chief Development Officer

Harris Goodman, Chief Development Officer at Late Nite Labs


Harris leads Late Nite Labs’ business development and sales efforts. Previously, Harris was an associate at a Manhattan based investment bank, where he concentrated on digital media. He also served as VP of Business Development of Kinor Technologies, a semantic web and data base platform. Harris holds an M.Sc from Johns Hopkins University in molecular biology.

November 27th, 2011

Michael Nielsen discusses his new book “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science”

What is the future of networked science and what does it mean? How will the next generation of scientists collaborate? How can scientists at universities and foundations who fund science better align themselves in a world of networked science? How can we encourage a culture of networked science among K-12 students?

Michael Nielsen, author of the new book "Reinventing Discovery"

In our newest podcast episode, Science House Foundation executive director Joshua Fouts speaks with author and scientist Michael Nielsen about all of this including the future of games in science.

Michael Nielsen is one of the world’s top pioneers of quantum computation. Together with Ike Chuang of MIT, he wrote the standard text on quantum computation, which is the most highly cited physics publication of the last 25 years, and one of the ten most highly cited physics books of all time according to Google Scholar. He is the author of more than fifty scientific papers, including invited contributions to Nature and Scientific American.

Our conversation begins with the story of when it was that Michael first knew he wanted to be a scientist — a question we ask all of our scientist guests. Michael shares with us the fascinating story of then-fifteen-year-old Irina Krush — now an International Master and Woman Grandmaster in the international chess circuit — and how in 1999 she appeared to significantly influence the crowd of people playing Gary Kasparov in an online competition.

It was a fascinating conversation. Let us know what you think.

Michael Nielsen discusses his new book “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science” by ScienceHouseFdn

The book is a great story and highly recommended. It is accessible to both scientists and non-scientists alike. Michael is an excellent storyteller. The book is available through purchase on You can find a direct link off of Michael’s website here.

On our next episode we interview Dr. Ana Zeri of the Brazilian National BioSciences Laboratory.

See you then!

October 26th, 2011

Interview: Jim Brazell on STEM Education and Innovation

What skills do students need for a 21st Century Workforce? How is STEM education meeting the needs of these demands? Are high schools and colleges collaborating well enough to provide a continuum of education for US students? What skills will students need to be a part of a globally collaborative community of workers? How can we get more kids and schools interested in Science? What is the role of design and the arts?

Science House Foundation begins a new podcast series today. Over the next few months we will feature interviews with innovators, educators, scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, artists and designers around the world attempting to address these pressing questions.

Jim Brazell speaking about STEM Innovation

We begin our series with a conversation with technology and STEM education innovator Jim Brazell. Jim is a technology forecaster, strategist, and public speaker focusing on innovation and transformation.

When I first met Jim in 2009, he was one of the first people to argue that we need to add an “A” for “Arts education” to the increasingly popular STEM acronym, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” He also made a parallel argument that STEM education was our “Sputnik Moment,” the time for the US to rise to its next great challenge: Science and Arts education. Since then, Jim has worked tirelessly through speeches, books and essays to address this point. And he has added a new element: Design.

I spoke to Jim about the future of STEM education, robots, educating teachers, and how to create a culture of innovation in education in this installment of the Science House Foundation podcast series.

Science House Foundation: A Conversation with Jim Brazell about Innovation in STEM Education by ScienceHouseFdn

In a recent article for the League for Innovation in the Community College, Jim takes an applied approach to exploring how the arts can lead to innovation in science education. In his article, “Multiple Perspectives on 21st Century Skills, STEM, the Arts, and Educational Innovation—Voices of Change from the Trenches of P-20 Professional Development” he tells part of his story through a Haiku workshop he took his teachers and students through.

Between 2007 and 2010, Jim delivered over 100 speeches to audiences ranging from the 2009 inaugural NSF High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (Educating America’s Technical Workforce) to the International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation on energy policy in Norway in 2008 and solutions to the financial crisis in Portugal in 2009. Since 2005, Jim has served as a volunteer to the Defense Learning Strategies Consortium, NSF Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative, Texas STEM Action Committee (TBEC), Information Technology and Security Academy, San Antonio-Austin Nano-Bio-Tech Summit, and the San Antonio Cyber Security Action Team.

Included below are additional resources to some of Jim’s other presentations, which he has given us permission to post on this site.

The Art of the Future
The League: “Multiple Perspectives on 21st Century Skills, STEM, the Arts, and Educational Innovation—Voices of Change from the Trenches of P-20 Professional Development