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Archive for the 'Science and society' Category

41st UBC Physics Olympics – Reflections

Monday, March 11th, 2019

This Saturday, on March 9, 2019 we held our 41st UBC Physics Olympics. More than 730 BC secondary students participated in the events. They represented 72 teams from all over British Columbia who worked tirelessly for months to create their pre-builds, prepare for the Fermi Question and Quizzics competitions, and get ready for the hands-on […]

41st UBC Physics Olympics

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

physics olympics-2019 poster For the past half a year, my colleagues from the Department of Physics and Astronomy and I have been working together on organizing the 41st UBC Physics Olympics. This is an annual event that has become a tradition. It is also a unique opportunity to bring together physics teachers from all over […]

Juvenoia

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

I am very fortunate to be teaching an online course that explores modern educational technologies and their influence on learning. The most exciting thing about the course for me is not that I am teaching it, but I am learning with my students. They are experienced mathematics and science educators who know so much and […]

Five Minute University

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

I am currently teaching an online graduate course on creative use of technology in mathematics and science education. However, as we discussing technology use and mathematics and science teaching and learning and in teacher education, we inevitably come back to these questions: What does it mean to KNOW? What SHOULD our students know? WHY should […]

The Matilda Effect

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Last December I was interviewed by Lisa Keller from the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Lisa wanted to hear my view on the Matilda Effect and what in my view is going on with women in science today. Most importantly, she wanted to hear how current situation it is reflected in science teacher education. The […]

What is inside the marshmallows?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Today I had an opportunity to do a school visit with the Scientists and Innovators in the School organization. I volunteer there and try to visit about ten different classrooms every year in order to engage kids with science. I especially try to visit schools in which the children might have fewer opportunities to visit […]

Logarithms, lunar eclipses, and learning

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Last week while preparing myself for writing a research paper, I was reading about the invention of logarithms by John Napier of Merchiston (1550-1617). The story of logarithms is a fascinating story connecting mathematics, science, and our everyday life. You can find a lot of information about it online, including many excellent videos, books, and […]

2018 STEM in Education Conference in Brisbane

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

I am very fortunate to be able to attend the STEM in Education 2018 conference organized by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. I am a Co-Chair of the 2020 STEM in Education Conference that will take place at UBC in 2020. This conference was one of the best I have attended […]

8th Family Mathematics and Science Day

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

  For more photos click¬†here. On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, we had an amazing 8th Family Math and Science Day. My Mathematics Education colleague Dr. Cynthia Nicol and founded the event in 2010 and it is going strong!Despite the weather, we had almost 400 guests, more¬†than 130 volunteers and lots and lots of fun. This […]

Interview with Anna Maria Tremonti from CBC’s The Current

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

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