The Science Circle sponsored a colloquium on online education, Experiences of Teaching Online from Different Perspectives, on January 8, 2021. With the mass exodus of students from the physical classroom due to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, learning online has become the new norm. Teachers have literally been caught up in a revolution. While online activities…

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In Peter Pan, Wendy and Peter navigate to Neverland by following the “second star to the right and straight on till morning.” If all problems of navigation were so simple! Down through history sailors and explorers on land have sought functional ways to 1) know where they are at present and 2) to steer a…

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When I was a kid my Dad took me to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. This is a natural history museum and it had the first planetarium in the area. It also had this giant pendulum right in the main lobby. It was this big ball suspended from a wire that went…

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In the TV series, The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon and Leonard, who have PhD’s in physics, are always making fun of Howard who is an engineer. They insist that Howard is not a scientist and that engineers are only glorified technicians. I humbly beg to differ. My dad was an engineer who was a collaborator…

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