Optics on surface waves – Caustics in the deep blue sea

On my trip to Cyprus for our project meeting, we got the chance to make a trip to the sear and network with members of a different project while spending some time on a boat. I noticed some very interesting and fascinating patterns on the sandy floor beneath and besides feeling the urge of jumping in and enjoying the sea, I obviously almost instantly started thinking about the physics behind the phenomenon. And realized once more how much awe the physics behind nature inspires in me.

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Mental Health and Social Media Use

Recently, I teamed up with Charles from Clearvue Health because he is genuinely great at visualizing medical data and I wanted to research the link between social media and mental health. He provided me some amazing visualizations which I would gladly share with you! And check out his awesome blog or his Instagram (@clearvuehealth)!

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Floating Paper Clips

Is it science or is it magic? It is probably both and this makes experiments like the floating paper clips so fascinating and fun to implement in the science classroom. You can try it yourself and have your students debate about the experiment. With a little caution they can even make paper clips float on the water themselves.

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The drinking bird or how toys promote science learning

Science Education profits heavily from toys like the drinking bird or fuel cell toy vehicles. Positive memories from childhood playing and natural curiousity spark children’s interest in the toy and therefore in the content, when used accordingly. Giving them time to explore hands-on is the perfect way of every science teacher into the heart of their students.

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Scientific reasons why the ocean boosts mental health

Originally written as a guest post on the amazing Blog of my dear friend Mirjam. She’s a very talented oceanographer and science communicator, always curious, engaged in science and its communication and supportive of others. Her passion about oceanography is infectious, especially since her formats kitchen oceanography or wave watching are so comprehensively and considerately written. Check our her Blog, Instagram or Twitter if you like!

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Thermal Imaging Cameras

Isn‘t it amazing, how technology can show us so much more than the reality we see with our eyes? I love love love working with our thermal imaging camera! As you can see, I can combine coffee drinking and experimenting and that means fun (and, depending on the amount of caffeine maybe even fast fun).

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Celebrating Pi Day 3/14

Recently it’s been Pi Day and with my mathematics background, the date was reason enough to celebrate it properly

Did you know? Computers can calculate π up to 12 trillion digits!

There are studies about how role models and important people (like teachers or relatives) influence children and teens to go into STEM fields. I consider myself one of these influenced teens and now, grown up and in STEM education, I can totally relate to those studies. When my mathematics teacher during my High School exchange year came to school on Pi Day, bringing us pie and wanting to celebrate the day, I could really see the enthusiasm and joy she felt for her subject. I feel the same way today, so I guess this must have been one of those moments. There were so many more of those but the memory of my first Pi Day celebration still sparks that enthusiasm.