Just because you were taught something by a teacher, does that necessarily make it true? Paul tackles the notion of one the oldest-held beliefs, that people did not know the Earth was round until Columbus, by challenging people to think in different and creative ways. Paul believes that by taking on the well known beliefs with a skeptical mind, we can move to a smarter, more informed society.
Paul currently teaches Physics at Prescott High School and Engineering 101 at Embry‐Riddle Aeronautical University. He began college studying mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve University but discovered his passion was in teaching. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Teaching. His students might reminisce about how a home‐made hovercraft helped them learn Newton’s 3rd law, or how circuits can be modeled with plumbing parts, but in Paul’s view, these are just cool and effective ways to get students to think about the epistemology of science and how to draw valid conclusions from data. Paul is also pursuing a Biology teaching credential, and outside the classroom, he is the creator of a new science fiction time travel concept – the constant rate typeover model.
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