I am an educational researcher, physics educator, and science communicator working to bring great science education to as many people as possible.

Why science?

We often experience a visceral rush or feel awe when we encounter a clever idea or understand something subtle for the first time. I have a life-long goal of getting people excited about science because scientific questions push and stretch our intellect. Science invites us to develop new ideas, hone our curiosity, and think critically. 

Why education?

Education has transformative potential. One of the most important outputs of science education is a love of learning and the ability to continue to learn and grow throughout one’s life. With my work, I wish to modernise science education and have a lasting educational impact. Bringing great science education to students will help them think more clearly about complex ideas and, eventually, enable them to build a better future. 

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Relativity in Schools

Call me Dr Kersting! I have successfully defended my PhD-thesis 'General Relativity in Secondary School'. Let's bring Einstein's ideas into the classroom! 🤓

Sag mal du als Physiker: Michael Büker, Johannes Kückens, Jens Schröder
Sag mal du als Physiker: Michael Büker, Johannes Kückens, Jens Schröder

Physics Podcast Fun

To celebrate the 100th episode of German physics podcast Sag mal du als Physiker, I joined the team for their anniversary. Give the episode a listen if you speak German 🚀


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Embodied cognition, thinking in action
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New paper: embodied cognition in science

What is the role of the human body in science education? In my new paper, I combine perspectives of cognitive science, philosophy, and psychology to provide a comprehensive overview of embodied cognition in science education 🤓 

Matteo Luca Ruggiero, Magdalena Kersting, Jackie Bondell, David Blair, Julia Woithe, Einsteinian Physics Education
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Webinars: Einsteinian physics education

Did you miss the webinars of our virtual physics education session at the First Electronic Conference on Universe ECU2021? You can now watch the full webinars and browse all talks and presentations on the conference website! 👨‍💻

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New paper: bend it like dark matter!

Dark matter is one of the most intriguing scientific mysteries of our time. In our latest paper, Julia Woithe and I look at the instructional opportunities of dark matter for physics education in high schools 😎