Science 360

Science 360

Science Teacher Tim Stephenson, 2018 recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, brings you discussions and interviews on all kinds of scientific concepts. It is ideal listening for anyone interested in learning more, from students to adults. And since Tim is an Astronomy Teacher, there will be a lot of space talk!

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October 25, 2021 35 min
In this episode, I have to admit...I kind of ramble on a bit. It really is me thinking through these big issues of energy, transportation, climate, resources. But really, I think everybody should sit and ramble in their own minds about these things and engage in conversation with others, in order to come to some very important conclusions.
Stick with me on this one. Let my thoughts affect yours. I don't need to "change your ...
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Paul Rosolie is an Amazon conservationist, author and rain forest educator. His story found in his book "Mother of God" is a must read, but if you like to get to know the author first, then check this out. Paul and I talk about how he got his education in spite of the school system and now is the author of two books. He operates an eco-tourism company in the upper Amazon of Peru called Tamandua Expeditions. Want to experien...
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In this episode, you will hear from Bob Hansen, who is the pacific rim coordinator of WildSafeBC. Bob was described to me as the "bear expert" of the west coast of Vancouver Island and as I spoke with him, I found this to be true. If you find yourself fearful of wildlife encounters, you should listen to Bob in this episode.

I wanted to bring this episode because as a resident of this magnificent west coast wilderness, I com...
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August 6, 2021 32 min
If you've ever wondered what you're seeing in the night sky as you lie on the dock or in a hammock in the backyard, then this episode is for you! I take you on a summer sky star-hopping adventure, as we identify stars and constellations, starting in the northern sky then swinging around to the south.

After listening carefully to this episode, you will be able to identify the major stars and constellations. Once you feel conf...
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Katie is a wholistic nutritionist and a personal trainer. Her approach to wellness does not mean eliminating entire food groups or spending hours on the tread mill. She trains her clients to lead balanced lives, to eat whole foods and to exercise because they love to, not because of guilt.

I like Katie's approach and I wondered what her thoughts were on how proper nutrition and movement affects performance in school. So I asked ...
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Dr. Doug Allen is an economist at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. He has done an extensive analysis of the research from around the world on the policy of lockdown during the pandemic. His conclusions are startling.

It may seem obvious that the benefit of lockdown is the prevention of death due to the virus. The cost may be felt in the economy, but it will be short-lived. Except neither of the those things are true, particul...
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June 8, 2021 21 min
Back in the summer of 2018, I was kayaking in Johnstone Strait on the north coast of Vancouver Island. Being passionate about education and the oceans, I took the chance to teach my fellow kayakers about the plight of the oceans.

I edited it and am using it for this week's podcast. This is World Ocean Week and I'd like anyone with the opportunity to teach, to use some of what you might learn here about the oceans and share ...
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May 24, 2021 22 min
One of my goals for this podcast is to give teachers some material that they can use in their classroom. This episode will teach you how to run an experiment where your students can calculate the power of the Sun. It's a simple procedure but with huge and fascinating results.

You will definitely want a pad of paper and you may need to hit the pause button a time or two. But once you have it worked out, this will become one of yo...
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This is a recording I did in the spring of 2020. I chose to replay it because Britt Buirs is one of my favourite scientists who deserves a spotlight on International Women's Day. Reality is she deserves the spotlight any day: a former student of mine, Britt went on to study at the University of Victoria and now lives and works in Ucluelet, BC where she is doing research into micro plastic pollution.

This is a great episode for y...
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February 23, 2021 22 min
In this episode, I attempt to demonstrate the relationship between music and learning by teaching a lesson while switching up the background music. The challenge for the listener is to determine the effect these music styles had on your ability to focus, listen and learn from the "lesson".

This topic has been an interest of mine for years, going back to when my wife and I used music to help our own kids learn their school l...
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February 16, 2021 22 min
This is a jam-packed episode, all about Mars! So you better be ready with a notepad or just enjoy listening. I hit a lot of stuff here!

If you are a student who studies astronomy, maybe a person who just enjoys learning about space OR A TEACHER who could use some information to bring to class, then this is the podcast for you.

Mars will always be in the news because it is our next great destination. And with a fascinating histor...
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February 9, 2021 22 min
One of my goals of this podcast is that it can be used by teachers as a resource. By learning here, you can go into your classroom and teach something new and fascinating.

In this episode, I chose to explain several things about the Moon. By listening, a teacher may be more equipped to go into class and teach new concepts about the Moon. Now there may be a need to listen to it a few times to catch everything, and you may need to...
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This conversation, I believe, is essential among academics. The reason is because when it comes to science, if we really think about it, to believe that the universe sprang by chance, solely through the laws of physics, is actually a faith-based position. And I have never been one to roll my eyes at the suggestion that there is design in the creation of the universe.

I wanted to have a conversation with someone about this and I kn...
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I wanted to follow up with my last episode with Professor Orlando Rojas of the BioProducts Institute at UBC. Although his work is cutting edge and sincerely driven by the desire to switch off of fossil fuels for the sake of our planet, I was a little concerned about the potential pressure this will add to BC's forests.

So I did a little research and grabbed a few stats off of some government websites. Then I asked for some com...
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In this episode, I interview Professor Orlando Rojas of UBC's BioProducts Institute. This is a facility researching the many ways biomass, particularly cellulose from tress, can become not only the next great energy source, but also fabrics, filters and biodegradable materials that can replace plastic.

Prof Rojas is a Canada Excellence Research Chair and I found him to be extremely engaging, passionate about finding a path to a...
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January 9, 2021 10 min
Why haven't we heard from other intelligent civilizations across the cosmos? Is it just too big? Separated by distances too great? Or is something greater that bears some thought? The Great Filter.

This would be a barrier that perhaps all advanced civilizations would ultimately evolve towards. It would present a filtering system that would end their advancement and could be the reason we have never heard from them. They ju...
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January 5, 2021 3 min
Each year in January, the Earth makes it's closest approach to the Sun. But that seems odd because it happens in the coldest and dreariest month of the year!

So this episode will give an explanation of this unusual aspect of Earth's orbit. Towards the end, I also give an interesting bonus fact about the Sun's special place in the sky in the month of January.

If you have any questions you'd like me to feature, connec...
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January 4, 2021 3 min
I'm publishing a short clip here just as a promo for this podcast for 2021.

This podcast will be great for teachers. It can be a way to learn new things about space or the environment and lots of other topics...BUT...it can also be something that teachers can use with their students to spark conversation, introduce a topic or maybe inspire them to create their own content.

I'm looking forward to '21 and all the possibil...
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December 28, 2020 2 min
As we approach the end of 2020, I've been reflecting on my podcast Science360. I have some fun plans for the coming year that include a number of "shorts" and some great interviews lined up. I'll be covering topics like cosmology and the stars, climate change and the glaciers, future tech and the internet of things and special guest from the National Geographic lined up!

Today's episode is perhaps a taste of so...
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November 15, 2020 25 min
This episode is the final in a three part series where I had my students record an audio of some aspect of the universe. This is after we have learned a lot of different things about space and this was their chance to be the "teacher".

This episode focuses on cosmological issues like dark energy, the expanding universe, the Drake equation, and telescopes used for sensing the vastness of the cosmos.

These students WILL teach ...
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