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Archive for the 'Science in everyday life' Category

New Year, New Challenges, New Beginnings

Monday, August 19th, 2019

As we are enjoying the last weeks of summer, many of us start thinking about the new academic year. This is always an exciting time for teachers, students, university professors, and families. This is also a perfect time to ask ourselves about our personal goals for the next year. What would we like to achieve […]

GIREP 2019 Congress in Budapest

Friday, July 5th, 2019

I am very fortunate to be invited to participate in a Symposium at the GIREP 2019 Congress in Budapest. I was invited by my esteemed Hungarian colleagues from Eotvos Lorand University , whom I met in 2017. I met Prof. Tamas Tel and his colleagues two years ago, when I visited Budapest for the first […]

AR and VR in STEM Education

Friday, June 7th, 2019

My student Ryan Lin and I are working on introducing Google Tours to future STEM teachers. We think this technology has a lot of potential in a STEM classroom as it allows to connect Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) into science teaching. This is something that our students are exposed to in their […]

Cross-Canada forum: STEM in teacher education – A Canadian perspective

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

On April 9, 2019 I was invited to participate in a very interesting panel organized by the OISE’s (Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education) Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) Centre and the Canadian Science Education Research Group (SERG). These two organizations co-hosted this cross-Canada forum titled: STEM in Teacher Education – A Canadian Perspective. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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