I’m fascinated by science and technology, which is why I’ve been attending the University of Waterloo for Nanotechnology Engineering for the last two years. However, my real passion lays in creation and collaboration. Those magical moments where ideas and concepts click in to place, either in a project, a classroom, or alone with a book (or these days, the web). I want to help create those sorts of moments for people. I want to teach, but more than facts I want to help people uncover the way things fit together. In my experience, this type of teaching takes hard work and creativity. I find ideas are more often understood when they’re jiggled and stretched before they’re laid out flat. When they’re expressed through imagery and narrative. When the students are taught how to connect the dots themselves. I find all of this fascinating, and I want to get better at it, I think it’s something that matters. And the nano part was a logical choice for me, since when I first learned about it, it seemed more like magic then reality, and because many of the pieces have locked together for me in my last couple years of study.
*Note: This was a part of my application to YouTube’s Next Up Edu Guru Program*
Right now I feel the way I used to feel hours into studying for a French Exam. Somewhat exhausted, not finished, and yet somewhat satisfied that I was working so hard.
(I just spent 15 hours designing a pamphlet for UW_NRG, I still have to move, prepare for next term, write many emails, and most notably, write work term report – Engineering Life)
Also, trying to launch a website during my last week of work. Wince.
Adam will be home (to me) in 3 days!
OMG ADAM It’s like the culmination of all the discussions we’ve had walking around campus. EVEN THE WATCH GEESE <3 <3 <3
Check out my latest prezi, focusing on an incredible student team I’m a part of.
Prezi always impresses me with their constant improvements, it’s like they can read my mind! I mean, first allowing modifications to colour schemes, then adding curved arrows, allowing co-editing. Now they have a bunch of new shapes, the ability to use more colours of text, variety of arrow styles, improved path with standard projector snapshots, plus preserving the transparency of images.
“If Grandma and Grandpa shun your digital lifestyle, the brains behind photoflo.tv may have a way for them to catch up on all of your posted photos and videos right through their own TV. When the Web service launches, users will be able to sign up for the service and link to photos and videos on sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Flickr or Picasa. The digitally-shy connect a set-top box to their TV, and when it’s turned on they’ll be able to scroll through the content when tuned to channel 3.
Inflo, the company behind photoflo.tv, is still in beta testing and plans to partner with retirement communities first before launching their product in wider markets. Their goal, according to Inflo president Max Brodie, is to prove their business model before designing a custom TV box that one day may line the shelves in places such as FutureShop and BestBuy.”