I now teach kids at the Hong Kong Harbour School. It is the first time I have taken a long term commitment (2 years) to teach classes to the young, before I was only teaching at master level in Europe. It’s not a smaller challenge. I have to teach differently. I have to explain things from scratch with non-technical words. I have to be super articulate and clear. And more importantly it’s got to be directly relevant to them, meaningful and rewarding at every step.
They will ask questions that will keep me awake at night. They deserve answers, but more importantly, they need to develop the capacity to inquire and propose their own answers, have their own opinions and strategies to affect change to society.
The topic of environmental radioactivity is timely :
- for me, as I am preparing to go to Fukushima to measure radioactivity in the Pacific Ocean in a few weeks from now. This will be my 3rd voyage there, the previous 2 in a blog post here.
- for the kids, as the massive Taishan nuclear power plant is under construction at 130 km from Hong Kong.
For the first class, I have prepared a slideshow with many videos. I have watched many crazy and inadequate videos and these are the most informative ones. More about environmental and marine radioactivity coming soon.
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