My adventure with teaching started during my physics studies at Jagiellonian University, where I obtained teaching qualifications. This gave me classroom experience with middle and high school students. In addition to curriculum preparation and teaching, I volunteered in leading the student science-club and completed with my pupils my author project “Physics of Cooking”. I was also teaching pupils with educational challenges and from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a physics educator, I felt realized working with talented students, but even greater fulfillment came from seeing a group of 3 girls that, despite their disabilities, were playing with experimental setups to learn the basics of Newton’s Laws.
Since my undergrad studies until now, I’ve been leading workshops and classroom activities for K-12 pupils (e.g., Oakland Summer Camp - Science Week) and university students (e.g., Hadron Physics Summer School).
.@Oakland Summer Camp, day 1 of the Science Week. Look at these sophisticated bridge designs of K-5 pupils from the Golden Gate Recreation Center. It was the first @BerkeleyLab workshop I lead during this year camp, and I'm back on Thursday with chemical reaction fun!🌉 #outreach pic.twitter.com/CNKfshfavj— Dr. Maria Żurek (@mariakzurek) July 30, 2019
What is phenol red used for?🤔 For Science Week at @Oakland's Town Camp, Lab volunteers and students from the #BayArea created a chemical database to identify the unknown substance and received an intro to structural engineering & paper circuits! #LBNLnext @eatlearnplay 👩🏿🔬👨🏽🔬👩🏻🔬 pic.twitter.com/yMYZYT968i— Berkeley Lab (@BerkeleyLab) August 2, 2019
After my training for the @Oakland Summer Town Camp. @BerkeleyLab has planned lots of fun activities: building paper bridges, testing unknown substances with chemical reactions, making your own paper circuits… I have to admit, I felt like a child in a candy store! #outreach pic.twitter.com/3cr90BUj1h— Dr. Maria Żurek (@mariakzurek) June 27, 2019
I was preparing yesterday my talk for @BerkeleyLab summer interns about my research, and I've found this picture from my undergrad internships @Fermilab 9(!) years ago. It was a real blast from the past… pic.twitter.com/LN1dfn7YAH— Dr. Maria Żurek (@mariakzurek) July 19, 2019