M2 TechCast Talks Future City, Auto Show

SOUTHFIELD — On last Monday’s M2 TechCast, co-hosts Matt Roush and Mike Brennan spent half an hour talking about the North American International Auto Show, with Brennan calling in from the show floor.

In the show’s second half hour, Roush, in the Podcast Detroit studios in Ferndale, talked with the manager of The Engineering Society of Detroit’s Michigan Regional Future City competition, coming up Jan. 25, and an engineer-mentor for one of the Future City teams.

Roush is director of communciations and public relations at ESD and editor of its tech news blog, http://www.techcentury.com. Brennan is owner of Michigan Technology News, which publishes the tech news blog http://www.mitechnews.com.

Brennan and Roush talked about all the cool mobility and electric-powered vehicles that were debuted. Hybrid electric was the rage, but all electric-powered cars, and fuel-cell powered cars also could be found.

In the second half hour, Allison Marrs, the Future City Program Manager for ESD, and Future City mentor Linda Gerhardt, talked about the innovative cross-curricular program that lets students in the 6th through 8th grades do things engineers do: identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, test and retest, build and then share the results. Gerhardt is engineering mentor for the five-time defending state Future City champion and two-time national champion Future City team from St. John Lutheran School in Rochester.

To listen, click on this link. 

Coming up this Monday, Jan. 18, M2 TechCast guests will include Michigan Science Center CEO Tonya Matthews, Inforum Vice President of Entrepreneurial Strategies Rachel Downs, and Detroit Regional News Hub Editor Marge Sorge.

You can listen to M2 TechCast live each Monday at 3 p.m. Eastern time on the http://www.podcastdetroit.com network. Or you can listen on demand at http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

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