Hike up the mountain.
Snowboard back down :)
One of the EISCAT radars.
I studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth
and UNIS in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (home of the EISCAT radars, and a great many polar
bears). I graduated with an MPhys (Hons) Masters Degree in
Physics with Planetary & Space Physics (2:1) in 2004.
live in Devon with my lovely wife and teach physics at the
brilliant Totnes Progressive School. I also work one day
per week for the Institute of Physics' Stimulating Physics
Network as a physics coach, training and supporting physics
teachers and as a Lead Educator for the National Space Academy.
taught physics for 10 years in state sector secondary
comprehensive schools and prior to this I worked with Aberystwyth's Infinity Exhibition science
shows, teaching from a StarLab mobile planetarium in schools,
working in secondary school science clubs, teaching a short
course IT programme in an FE college, and teaching the
Pre-Master's IT course for EAL students at the University of Wales,
Aberystwyth for the Life
Long Learning department.
am very interested in electronics, optics, computer programming, and
engineering and crafts. I started to explore programming
in the late 1980s, and I have
experience in a variety of programming languages
(including C and C++, Basic, Visual Basic, ForTran, and Pascal),
HTML web development, scripting languages, and SQL. I
enjoy making demonstration equipment and experimental apparatus,
resources for teaching and learning, and electronics work
involving audio components and/or computer interfacing. My
current focuses are developing web-based resources with embedded
simulations and videos, producing computer models of physical
phenomena, designing discovery based
learning activities, and producing support materials to scaffold
In my free time I like
mountain biking, snowboarding, comedy, music, art and theatre,
languages, reading, eating, dancing, laughing, and lots of other