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

 

Currently, I work as a postdoctoral researcher in project  LISSI to develop a framework of embodied cognition in science education and to study the quality of instructional practices in science classrooms. Previously, I developed a digital learning environment about Einstein’s general theory of relativity as part of ReleQuant.  

 

I have a life-long goal of getting students excited about modern physics and I collaborate with the Einsteinian Physics Education Research Collaboration (EPER) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) to make that happen. 

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Graduation
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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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a relativistic train & time dilation
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New paper: invisibility of time dilation

Many Einsteinian phenomena are invisible to the naked eye and defy our everyday experiences. In our latest paper, Theo Hughes and I explore how we can picture time dilation to support teachers in their instructional practices 🤓

Virtual reality solar system and milky way
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New paper: virtual reality in astrophysics

Virtual reality can turn abstract concepts into experienceable phenomena. Together with OzGrav, I have studied VR opportunities to transform science education and public outreach practices. Take a look at my latest paper 💫

smiling gravitational lens
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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 😎