Palo Alto, CAUSA
Hometown: Palo Alto
June 8, 2012
Ph. D. candidate in Physics at Stanford Design consultant for Cambodia-IDE and Stanford Journalism Program Avid salsa dancer and (former) performer
I've found that after years of studying physics, you begin to lose the wonder that sparked the love in the first place. It seems the things you can understand are easy to explain, and the open questions in particle physics and cosmology that are left are nearly impossible to grasp, even for the "average" physicist. But when you teach, and you help a student reach that moment of insight where the concept becomes real in their mind, you can share in the student's wonder as their eyes light up in enlightened understanding of something profound and fundamental about the universe we inhabit. Then and only then can one relive the awe you experience when first grasping the magnitude of what you learn, and you can do it over and over. I want to recreate that experience and relive it with millions of students. I want to create an educational experience that builds on their dreams and aspirations, whose measure of success is the growth of their curiosity and imagination, and not a test score.
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Howdy! I am a curiosity-driven student/teacher of science and design-thinking evangelist a bit obsessed with the idea of transforming education from a stale, static curriculum to one that runs on the fire of student imagination.