KidsLab – a podcast for parents and educators passionate about STEAM education

KidsLab – a podcast for parents and educators passionate about STEAM education


KidsLab is a podcast for parents, educators and everybody interested in STEAM education. STEAM – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics – all the good stuff! In each episode, your host Sven Haiges introduces an educational project, service or even a toy and speaks to a key person such as one of the creators or founders. From time to time, we also chat with experienced STEAM educators and book authors who share their lessons learnt with us.

I am talking to Debra Ansell – she’s the creator of the blog Geek Mom Projects and the founder of Bright Wearables – they sell hackable and customizable accessories for kids.

Debra is a technophile mom of three boys and always looking for new projects to tackle. I love what she wrote in the about me section of her blog: “I decided to start blogging because, as Adam Savage of Mythbusters says: “…the only difference between screwing around and science is writing it down.” “

So her blog,, is filled with creative projects ideas for those who want to make stuff together with their kids. Most projects include some kind of LED lighting, laser-cutting or the popular BBC micro:bit.

The projects Debra shows you to make also look really terrific, check the shownotes at for the links to the Teeny Tiny Edge-Lit Trophy or the Edge-Lit Pendant for example. Some of the projects will require you to get access to a laser cutter, so now you have finally a really good reason to sign up for the makerspace close to you!

Recent Episodes

  • Bright Wearables with Debra Ansell

    6 days ago
  • The SpinWheel with Bridget Hegarty

    2 weeks ago
  • CodeGrades, PyperCard and Mu Editor with Nicholas Tollervey

    3 weeks ago
  • Bloxels with Rob Bennet

    4 weeks ago
  • The Raspberry Pi with James Robinson

    1 month ago
  • NewTechKids with Deborah Carter

    1 month ago
  • Scoutlab with Johannes Engelke

    2 months ago
  • Foldio with Amir Baradaran

    2 months ago
  • Momentix Toys with Anna Gilbertson and Alana Aamodt

    2 months ago
  • Blockly with Neil Fraser

    2 months ago