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Spaceward Bound Expedition: Australia 2009

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Jane Dobson
Claremont College (TAS)

I have had a passion for science for as long as I can remember. I grew up in Staffordshire in the UK; and I particularly remember spending many happy hours at Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope when I was younger, investigating the science displays and wondering at the voyages in the planetarium. I continued with my interest in science by studying the sciences through school, and in 2002, I completed a Masters Degree in Physics (Hons) at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. I came to Australia in 2002 as a backpacker and haven’t been home since! In 2005 I completed a Bachelor of Teaching Degree (Hons) at the University of Tasmania, after which I went straight into a teaching job at Claremont College in Hobart where I teach Science, Math and Electronics. I presently teach Physics, Physical Science and Environmental Science, all at pre-tertiary level. I am also currently undertaking a PhD in Science Education at the University of Tasmania.

Among the many opportunities I have had during my short career the highlight so far has been my selection to participate in the Teachers Experiencing Antarctica Project. In 2007 two teachers from Tasmania were given a berth on the Australian Antarctic Divisions’ ice breaker the Aurora Australis. We spent 6 weeks exploring the Antarctic sea ice zone with various scientists from around the world. As part of our science communication role we were the first group in the world to be able to create a website, in real time from an icebreaker that school children, from around the globe, could use to follow our voyage. I found the experience so inspiring and feel that it has enhanced my passion and ability to teach science in a more interesting way. I am hoping that SBA 2009 will provide me with a similar experience and be as transferable to my classroom as the SIPEX voyage was.

When I’m not teaching, I am a keen motorcycle rider and fan of live music. I enjoy the outdoors, in particular walking with my two gorgeous dogs, and spending time with all the wonderful people I have met since settling in Australia for good!

I have a genuine interest in all things space and believe that it is one of the areas of science that can be used effectively to capture the imagination of students and inspire them to become interested in science.

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Editor: Linda Conrad
NASA Official: Liza Coe
Last Updated: April 2007
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