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Episode-1992- An Outsider Turned Insider’s View of Government Schools

Author Gregory Cecil, M.A.S. worked as a paramedic for 22 years before changing careers and becoming an aerospace technician. Gregory went to work as a Senior Aero-composite Technician for the Space Shuttle Program 3 months after graduating from school, and worked on all three remaining space shuttles.

During his time there, Gregory earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. After he was laid off from the Space Shuttle Program, Gregory became a Florida State Certified Educator and taught high and middle school science in both public and private schools.

In 2014, Gregory started a aerospace education consulting company called AeroSTEM Consulting to assist aerospace companies with their K-12 outreach. In April of 2015, SpaceTEC contracted with Gregory and AeroSTEM Consulting to create and implement their outreach program to secondary school students called Schools-to-Space and to run it as their National Coordinator.

Schools-to-Space’s mission is to introduce students to the STEM career of an Nationally Certified Aerospace Technician and has taught several teacher workshops and presented to schools all across the nation.

Gregory is also an adjunct professor for the Everglades University Aviation Graduate Program.

Gregory is the author of the book, “Classroom Laboratory at the Edge of Space: Introducing the Mini-Cube Program,” a book that gives a step-by-step guide for STEM instructors (both public and private), and home school parents that allows their students to send experiments/technology projects to the “edge of space” 100,000 feet in altitude (20 miles).

Gregory currently resides in Clearwater Florida with his wife Linda, and their cat Commander Merlin. Gregory has been a fan of the Survival Podcast since Jack’s commuting days in Texas.

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Episode-1327- Jen Mendez on Permaculture Based Childrens Education

Jen Mendez of PermieKids.com

Jen Mendez of PermieKids.com

Jen Mendez is a wife, mother, permaculture enthusiast and student, lifelong learner, urban homesteader, and professionally trained, successful educator gone rogue. Her experiences living and working around the world as an active duty military member led to an understanding  of the need for and the impact of education on the future of our world.

After her service, she completed a Masters in International Education with a focus on early childhood and elementary education and has been an educator ever since. Between her time as a classroom teacher and now as a homeschooling parent, she has fused her passion for educating and her enthusiasm for permaculture into an ethical, scientific design process to create a comprehensive, project-based inquiry education that empowers in learning and life.

The goal is to help children become active, solutions-based thinkers and do-ers. She has created an approach to education that the children, parents, grandparents, teachers, and other mentors can use to collaborate and design an education that meets the needs, goals, and passions of each individual children.

Moreover, she is using her knowledge and connections within the educational community to access, integrate, and re-configure resources that already exist so that, in the words of Bill Mollison (Permaculture Designers’ Manual, p.9), “It arranges what was already there in a different way, so that it works to conserve energy or to generate more energy than it consumes.” The idea is that as a community, we can use this commonsense, ethical design system and resources to create an education that empowers in learning and life.

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Episode-146- More Calls From The Audience 2-23-09

I decided to take this Saturday and record another listener call in show for Monday the 23rd.  It is going to be a very busy Monday so I may not have gotten a show out for Monday otherwise.

Tune in today to hear listener questions and comments and my answers on…

  • Making for how to store food long term
  • Where and how to buy junk silver coins safely and at a good price
  • Thoughts on “The Appleseed Program” and the History Component in it
  • Suggestions for seeds and crops in very cold climates
  • The public school system, homeschooling and individual independence
  • Thoughts on water storage

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