In this podcast episode, Edward and Dave discuss an exciting educational initiative centered around the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Edward is a passionate high school teacher from Canada and shares his vision for involving thousands of students and teachers in North America to engage in authentic scientific observations during this celestial event. He emphasizes the importance of promoting real scientific experiences for students, allowing them to contribute to peer-reviewed journals, and fostering a love for genuine scientific inquiry. Throughout the conversation, they underscore the significance of encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to engage in STEM and STEAM fields and mention how partnerships and funding opportunities can help make this initiative accessible to a broader audience. They also touch on the fusion of science, mathematics, and technology and the transformative potential of breakthroughs in these areas.
Edward Csuka is an innovative educator passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). With a Bachelor's in Science and a Master's in Environmental Education from SFU, he's been teaching since 2002. Edward's contributions include coordinating Power of Ideas events, founding the Terry Fox Innovation Society, and receiving the Canadian Association of Physicists Award in 2022. As a Program Coordinator for Terry Fox Secondary's STEAM Program, he equips students with vital 21st-century skills. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies for STEAM Education, Edward continues to shape future leaders. One of Edward’s current endeavors is the Solar Max International Eclipse Research project. Edward is currently spearheading the Solar Max International Eclipse Research initiative, aiming to engage teachers and students continent-wide in collecting scientific data during the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Educators interested in participating can connect via email: email@example.com.