Magdalena Kersting
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Magdalena Kersting

I am an educational researcher, mathematical physicist and science communicator. Currently, I work as a PhD researcher in the physics education group at the University of Oslo and with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery at the University of Western Australia. I have developed an online learning environment about Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity and study learning processes in Einsteinian physics.


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Relativity Online

So stoked about sharing our general relativity learning environment: After 2 years of development this marks a milestone in my PhD. Take a look & let me know what you think. And do share with the physics teacher or high school student in your life!

Why high school students should learn Einstein's theory of general relativity
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Einstein in Schools

My article on Einsteinian Physics in high schools is National Geographic Education's read of the week! Read on to find out why students should learn about Einstein's most revolutionary ideas from an early age - and how science educators are slowly catching up!


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Stretching Imagination

How does a rubber sheet challenge our knowledge of gravity? A popular analogy compares the geometry of curved spacetime to a rubber sheet. Yet, our research shows that this analogy can get in the way of an abstract understanding of Einstein’s theory. Read my  article on Medium.

Magdalena Kersting Titan blog
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Letters from Australia

I recently moved to the other end of the world in the name of science. Join me on my academic adventures on my travel blog hosted by Titan, the science magazine of the University of Oslo. Expect regular updates on my research projects and geeky facts about Einsteinian Physics. 

Teaching Physics
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Understanding Spacetime

Our new research article is out and believe me - this is a good one! Ever wondered if the popular rubber sheet analogy actually helps students understand the abstract concept of spacetime? Look no further - we have tested the analogy in the "field" at schools in Norway.


What's On

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ASTROFEST 2019

An Astronomically Awesome Event

March 16th, 2019

Curtin Stadium, Perth, Australia

 

Budapest
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GIREP-⁠ICPE-⁠EPEC-⁠MPTL

Teaching-learning contemporary physics from research to practice

July 1st-5th, 2019
Budapest, Hungary