Work | Play

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To protect myself from mishap, I’m wearing a reflective safety vest. (Photo courtesy of Brad Carroll.)

That dividing line between work|play is blurred for me. This is what my “work” looks like, generally speaking: putting a thermos of liquid nitrogen in between my legs so that kids can see what happens to a balloon that’s been submerged in a bath that’s hundreds of degrees below freezing. There’s the more traditional looking stuff, including courses I teach and research scholarship projects I engage in, too. But, don’t be fooled; it’s all a kind of play to me. My work with Science in the Parks, dance|science parallels, and Science Education at the Crossroads, is an amalgam of the scholarly and whimsical.

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Giving a TEDx presentation on learning at Weber State in 2014, in which my own slides start to attack me. (Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholson.)

Besides that stuff, I’m working on writing, specifically on the spaces we use for teaching and learning in all forms. It’s all new attempts at making sense of this kind of stuff as I compile other piles of notes. “First Drafts” seemed like an appropriate name for that space. I’m also compiling course notes and essays for physical science teaching.

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Atop Paintbrush Divide, Grand Teton National Park. (Photo courtesy of John Settlage.)

And then there are fun things like albums of photos in the mountains or with family (or both), along with a potluck of things from school, which begins to look a lot like the fun things I call “work.” I post snapshots on Instagram as the mood strikes me.

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