The STEM Read Podcast - LARPing and Learning

Feb 28, 2020

In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile), Kristin Brynteson (@kbrynteson), and Melanie Koss (@melaniekoss) sit down with author Kate Hannigan (@katechicago) and game-based-learning expert Andrew Peterson.

STEM Read director Gillian King-Cargile with Kevin Wood as Abe Lincoln and author Kate Hannigan at The Detective's Assistant: The STEM Read Experience.

We explore live-action-role-playing (LARPing) and game-based learning and then discuss how historical fiction can be a gateway to learning about the history of STEM and the forgotten history of female innovators. Are you ready to get your game on? Grab a fez and a fake mustache and join us because, “Holy Crap! We’re LARPing!”

Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read is part of the NIU STEAM family of programs that explore science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Find more great books, lesson plans, and resources at  

The STEM Read Podcast is produced in collaboration with WNIJ.

Notes & External Links

·      Kate Hannigan’s official page is very fancy!

·      The Official Abraham Lincoln of STEM Read is Kevin Wood

·      Check out The Detective’s Assistant: The STEM Read Experience Overview Video

·      Andrew Peterson’s got game!

·       Reacting to the Past: Role-Playing Games for Engaged Learning

·      What is LARPing?

·      Guard Up: Guardian Adventures School Breaks and STEM Camps

·      Reacting to the Past – Game Materials for Instructors

·      Animal Farm by George Orwell

·      Jon Truitt - A Rebel's Guide to Rescuing History

·      Kate’s books are great!

·      Belva Lockwood: the first woman on the ballot

·      Flu Epidemic of 1918

·      Future Telling Science + Fiction Conference at NIU, June 24 to 26, 2020

·      WASPs: The Original Fly Girls

·      Cape: The League of Secret Super Heroes was illustrated by Patrick Spaziante

·      Kate Warne, The Pinkertons, and the Unsuccessful Plot Against Abraham Lincoln

·      The Reading Without Walls Challenge

·      What did Marie Curie invent?

·      Josephine Cochran: Inventor of the Dish Washer! 

·      Failure Bites: Kristin Brynteson’s New Podcast

·      Scythe: The STEM Read Experience based on the novel by Neal Shusterman on April 21 and 22, 2020

·      STEM Read and Kate Hannigan’s Professional Development at Lake County Educational Services, June 15, 2020