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Archive for June, 2011

Canadian Association of Physicists Congress: Women in Physics

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

During the CAP 2011 Congress in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador we had a chance to reconnect with our women physicists colleagues from all over Canada and from UK. Ann Marks from UK – a physics teacher who initiated Physics in Primary School Project in the UK came to present to our community (see my […]

The Summer Solstice is Here

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Many years ago I was teaching an introductory physics course using Paul Hewett’s Conceptual Physics textbook. There I read about the Eratosthenes’s experiment that allowed him to measure the radius of the Earth. This happened more than 2000 years ago (see Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes) … Eratosthenes’s ingenuity drew my attention – to measure something so big […]

Interesting Reports from the American Institute of Physics

Monday, June 20th, 2011

In the past 8 months, new reports on high school physics and other disciplines on bachelor degrees can be found on the web site of the American Institute of Physics:  http://www.aip.org/statistics/catalog.html These reports will be of interest to science educators at high schools and universities and to the students of science.

Science Education in the Largest in the World Refugee Camp

Monday, June 20th, 2011

In five days my colleagues from the Faculty of Education at UBC and I will travel to the largest in the world refugee camp in North East Kenya – Daadab Refugee Camp. This refugee camp is 20 years old and it is a “temporary” home for almost 300,000 people. On a Canadian scale, this is […]

A Physics Teacher’s View on St. John’s NL

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

One of the interesting things about being a physics teacher is an opportunity to discover many exciting physics-related things anywhere you go. I just came back from the meeting of the Canadian Association of Physicists in St.John’s, NL and I thought of posting a list of interesting attractions in the area that might be linked […]

Physics in Primary Schools

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

I just came back from the Canadian Association of Physicists Congress in St.John’s Newfoundland and Labrador. It was a very interesting conference. It was especially exciting to see that the Division of Physics Education had 4 sessions and each one was very well attended. We had more than 50 people attend one of the sessions […]

Opening Enrico Fermi’s Time Capsule: 62 years later

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

I feel very fortunate to get to know Olivia Fermi who is a very interesting person in her own right (Olivia is an artist), but in addition to that she is also a granddaughter of a famous physicist America-Italian physicist Enrico Fermi. Enrico Fermi took an active part in the Manhattan Project and has been […]

Mathematics and sustainability

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

My blog has been dormant for almost a month. There are a few reasons for it, but it certainly doesn’t mean I didn’t have anything interesting to write about. One of the most interesting things that happened last month was the presentation on sustainability by Prof. Albert Allen Bartlett. The presentation was excellent and you […]

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