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Bound Expedition: Australia 2009
Mr Keith Treschman
I was born in Brisbane, married, have 2 daughters and a son and 4 grandchildren. My initial teaching position was for 2 years in Papua New Guinea, otherwise I have taught 33 years in 7 independent schools in Queensland. I have been Head of Science for 22 years in 7 of those 8 schools.
My academic qualifications are a Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Education from the University of Queensland as my teaching preparation. Then I secured a Bachelor of Educational Studies and a Bachelor of Arts externally through the same institution. More recently, I completed a Master of Education at Deakin University externally and this year I aim to complete a Master of Science externally via the University of Southern Queensland. My current study is in Astronomy where my focus has been analysing starspots on a young candidate which stands as a proxy to the Sun. I am looking at what our Sun was probably like at the time of Earth’s formation.
In my present teaching
position at Brisbane Girls Grammar School I teach Physics and Chemistry
in years 11 and 12 and year 10 Science which is a unit about living
in space. I also run a chess club and high jumping during athletics
I have set up planetaria in 3 of my schools, purchased telescopes to run field nights and have students working on astronomical software to simulate the sky and the movement of the celestial bodies. I concentrate on the processes of Science rather than recall of information. My lessons are often enquiry based, and I attempt to extend my students with a series of “What if …?” questions.
I am particularly fascinated by the different tectonic forces between the Earth and Mars with an emphasis on hot spot features for the similarities and differences between Mauna Kea and Olympus Mons, that is geology/areology. I am also fascinated by large projects that grab the attention of our species, such as the human exploration of Mars
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