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Physics Colloquium Series: Rebecca Vieyra
AAPT, Washington DC, “From High School Teaching to NASA and AAPT”
Teaching physics – whether at the pK-12 or higher education level – is an activity that merges both a technical science with a humanistic art. It is precisely because of the skills one learns at this intersection of science and art that STEM teachers, in particular, are well suited for a variety of career dimensions both in and outside of the traditional classroom. This recognition has led to attempts in national initiatives from some leading scientists, federal agencies, and policy makers to esteem STEM educator as leaders for the future of American education. During this presentation, Rebecca will share her own experience with leadership through physics education, starting with her roots at Illinois State University. She followed a pathway that took her to teaching in high school, a placement at NASA HQ in Washington, DC, an executive position at the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the development of a software company with physics-based sensor apps (Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite) that serves over half a million students, teachers, and engineers across the globe.
All colloquia will be held in Moulton Hall, Room 214 at 4 pm. Refreshments will be served 10 minutes prior to each colloquium in the adjoining hallway or in the room. Moulton Hall is located on School Street in Normal, south of the College Avenue intersection.