1. Oxford, July, 2010.

    We were really lucky to meet NaturalMotion the computer games designers responsible for the Euphoria engine that powers such games as GTA 4 and Red Dead Redemption as well as their first title Back Breaker.

    Matt, Chris and CEO Torsten Reil talk us through the importance of physics in creating realistic game worlds and enhancing the games playing experience.

    We see first hand how they can adjust the laws of physics, often with hilarious results!

    This film has animation created in-house explaining the physics of forces and motion.

    To find out more about Natural Motion take a look here naturalmotion.com

    If you like this film then take the time to hit the like button and leave a comment!

    Thanks

    This was produced for the Institute of Physics as part of their STEM project promoting Physics education for teenagers in the UK. iop.org and physics.org

    Filmed on Canon 7D & 550D with Sigma 30mm, Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 18-135mm.

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  2. Filmed with AHMM in London.

    This film explores how architects use physics to think about the thermal performance and efficiency of buildings.

    Haydn and Louise show us the process of design from initial sketch through to complex 3D modelling and CAD to model making.

    Working on the redesign of the University of Amsterdam is a massive undertaking and they talk about some of the thermal issues they've had to deal with along the way.

    This film has animation created in-house explaining the physics of heat.

    Filmed on Canon 7D & 550D with Sigma 30mm, Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 18-135mm.

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  3. Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2010.

    We visited the IEEE Photovoltaic conference with Jess Adams a soon to be PhD from Imperial College London where she was giving the inaugural speech of the conference.

    Jess talks about the uses of Photovoltaics not only in the fight against climate change but also as a means of bringing energy to remote locations.

    We then visted Imperial College where Jess showed us the machinary she works with and how the work she does on the next generation of solar cells.

    This film has animation created in-house explaining the physics of solar power.

    Filmed in Hawaii and Imperial College London, using Canon 7D & 550D, Sigma 30mm, Tokina 11-16, Canon 18- 135mm.

    Produced for the Institute of Physics.

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  4. DrTae.org

    PhysicsOfSkateboarding.com
    Music by Aren Faklis
    Curtain artwork by Jeremy Russnak jeremyrussnak.wix.com/illustrations

    A lot of skate companies don't understand that using scientific words isn't the same as being scientific.

    For those that don't know, this is a spoof of the "Let me tell you about my boat" scene from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

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  5. “Building A New Culture Of Teaching And Learning”
    Are schools designed to help people learn? Are colleges and universities really institutions of higher education? Do students actually learn any science in science classes? Can skateboarding give us a better model for teaching and learning? Watch this video to find out.

    My website
    DrTae.org

    My blog entry about “Building A New Culture Of Teaching And Learning”
    drtae.org/building-a-new-culture-of-teaching-and-learning/

    Also check out my talk from TEDxEastsidePrep: "Can Skateboarding Save Our Schools?"
    drtae.org/can-skateboarding-save-our-schools/

    Here are links to references and additional resources related to my talk.

    0:37
    "School Sucks"
    If you’ve never seen Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” you should watch it here:
    ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

    1:22
    "Universities are not doing a good job."
    Watch the entire interview with Dr. Leon Lederman on The Science Network.
    Education, Politics, Einstein, and Charm: a conversation with Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman.
    thesciencenetwork.org/programs/the-science-studio/robert

    3:02
    Depersonalization 101: "They're...checking Facebook or their email..."
    Is the digital revolution turning us into delusional multitaskers who can't focus?
    Watch “Digital Nation” from Frontline on PBS
    pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/view/

    4:37
    “Increasing number of educators found to be suffering from teaching disabilities”
    The Onion
    theonion.com/content/news/report_increasing_number_of

    5:45
    "Over 90% of middle school science teachers in this country have never taken a science course outside of high school."
    Watch the entire discussion between Dr. Lawrence Krauss and Dr. Richard Dawkins:
    richarddawkins.net/article,2472,Richard-Dawkins-and-Lawrence-Krauss,RichardDawkinsnet

    7:05
    "...the difference between certifications and qualifications."
    Malcolm Gladwell has argued that if we don’t have a good way of predicting who will become great teachers, we must drastically change hiring practices in schools.
    “Most Likely To Succeed: How do we hire when we can’t tell who’s right for the job?”
    newyorker.com/reporting/2008/12/15/081215fa_fact_gladwell

    9:16
    "I'm not telling you stories about shiny new buildings, or computer labs, or interactive wipeboards that really had an influence on me."
    Our priority should be finding great teachers, but we shouldn't ignore the importance of environment in teaching and learning.
    The Third Teacher
    thethirdteacher.com/

    9:30
    "...the most effective thing we can do to improve the quality of physics instruction...is to hire, honor, and promote good teachers."
    Dr. David J. Griffiths ( academic.reed.edu/physics/faculty/griffiths.html )
    “Is There A Text In This Class?”
    ajp.aapt.org/resource/1/ajpias/v65/i12/p1141_s1

    10:00
    "Do they just sit there?"
    Dr. Dean Zollman ( phys.ksu.edu/personal/dzollman/ )
    “Do They Just Sit There? Reflections on helping students learn physics”
    web.phys.ksu.edu/papers/millikan.html

    11:41
    "Congratulations! You haven't learned a damn thing about science."
    I grabbed that diagram of the citric acid cycle ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citric_acid_cycle ) from library.thinkquest.org/C004535/media/kreb_cycle.gif
    Watch Richard Feynman for a more insightful view of science.
    “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out”
    video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7136440703094429927

    12:33
    "MythBusters is the most scientific show on television."
    What? You’ve never seen MythBusters?
    dsc.discovery.com/tv/mythbusters/

    13:23
    "Maybe lawyers are getting in the way of science education."
    Watch Geyver Tulley’s TED Talks about
    “Five Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do”
    ted.com/talks/gever_tulley_on_5_dangerous_things_for_kids.html
    “Life Lessons Through Tinkering”
    ted.com/talks/gever_tulley_s_tinkering_school_in_action.html

    16:40
    "Work your ass off until you figure it out."
    Dr. Carol Dweck might call this having a “growth mindset.”
    “How Not To Talk To Your Kids”
    nymag.com/news/features/27840/
    Mindset by Dweck
    mindsetonline.com/
    Branford Marsalis thinks some students don’t understand the idea of hard work.
    youtube.com/watch?v=5rz2jRHA9fo
    Dr. Kurt Wiesenfeld ( physics.gatech.edu/people/faculty/kwiesenfeld.html )
    “Making The Grade: Many students wheedle for a degree as if it were a freebie T shirt”
    users.ece.gatech.edu/~mleach/myturn/makingthegrade.html

    17:32
    “That’s a long time”
    Outliers
    by Malcolm Gladwell
    gladwell.com/outliers/index.html
    Dr. Alan Schoenfeld
    gse.berkeley.edu/faculty/ahschoenfeld/ahschoenfeld.html

    22:40
    “Teach For America Chews Up, Spits Out Another Ethnic-Studies Major”
    The Onion
    theonion.com/content/node/30911

    23:03
    "You can polish a turd."
    MythBusters: Polishing A Turd
    dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-polishing-a-turd.html

    24:35
    Distributed Computing on Wikipedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_computing
    SETI@home
    setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/

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