This past week I had the opportunity to teach a 10 minute micro-lesson about the big bang theory for a high school science course.
The lesson went well, but watching myself on video later in the week was a bit nerve-racking. The last time I remember watching myself on video was when I attended a presentation workshop at IBM about 4 years ago. If you haven't watched yourself "in action" I highly recommend it as a humbling learning experience.
It was very impressive to watch Sean Carroll explain the Big Bang Theory and more in his lecture The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time.
The lecture was given at the Quantum to Cosmos Festival at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo this past Saturday. I didn't travel to Waterloo as each of the lectures are streamed live on the internet.
If you haven't heard of the Perimeter Institute before, it is an amazing venture that was started 10 years ago by Mike Lazaridis (founder and co-CEO of RIM). The purpose of the institute is to tackle the major issues facing the scientific community including cosmology, particle physics, and quantum physics. This past weekend the institute announced that they would be expanding and the new building will be named after Stephen Hawking.
The festival continues until October 25th and since many of the lectures are streamed online you might want to check the schedule and catch some of them (that is, if you find physics interesting).
I've also discovered that the Perimeter Institute has an excellent education outreach mandate and I plan to review some of their resources for use in science courses in the future.