SimInsights for Teachers

Our goal is to create products that will help you, as an instructor, to transform your classroom into a hub for inquiry, discovery and innovation. We realize that this takes a lot of energy and effort, and have carefully structured our products to optimize your students’ experience while saving you valuable time. We find great teaching to be synonymous with entrepreneurship and innovation. Our site is an incubator for your brilliant simulation-based inquiry lesson ideas. On this page, we invite you to join our daring group of partner instructors, and build an inquiry based culture into your classroom!

Allison Daubert

School : Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington, NJ Notables : B.S. Physics and Meteorology, M.Ed. Science Education

Allison is enthusiastic about researching and developing student directed inquiry techniques for learning in her classroom. She is always looking for new ways to integrate technology such as videos, simulations, and data collection software into methods her students can use to actively investigate physics.

Anna Karelina

School : Occidental College and Glendale Community College, CA

Anna Karelina studied condensed matter physics at Bayreuth University (Germany),earning a PhD degree before turning her attention to education. She worked in PhysicsEducation Research group at Rutgers University conducting action-research projectswith investigative inquiry-based learning. Since then she worked at Glendale CommunityCollege and Occidental College developing and revising inquiry-based instructions.

Kirsten Brink

School : Klein Forest High School, Houston, Texas

Kirsten Brink teaches Physics at Klein Forest High School in Houston, Texas. Kirsten grew up in Tecumseh Michigan and holds a BA degree from Western Michigan University, and a MS degree in Urban Education from Nova Southeastern University. Kirsten also teaches group fitness classes at Golds gym and is co-sponsor of the Sassy Scientists Girl Scout Robotics Team.

Leif Nabil Segen

School : South Hamilton High School, Jewell, Iowa Notables : Phi Beta Kappa member and Summa Cum Laude graduate from Rutgers University (B.S. Physics & Ed.M. Physics Education). Team coach for 2011 first-place winners of Toshiba-NSTA ExploraVision competition.

Leif decided to be an educator during at year off from his undergraduate work. He lived in Saint Kitts and Nevis, West Indies, where his volunteering included curriculum development for Ministry of Education. Inspired by his experiences, he returned to university with the intention to apply his aptitude in math and science in the field of education. He has since taught science and math at the middle school, high school, and university levels. Leif wishes to foster emerging paradigms that will allow education systems to meet their charge: helping children and youth develop their abilities of evaluation and collaborative innovation.

Luis Neri

School : Tecnologico de Monterrrey, Mexico City Campus, Mexico

Luis Neri holds a PhD in Physics at the National University of Mexico. He is currently a staff professor of the Physics and Mathematics Department of the Engineering and Architecture School at Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico City Campus, where he teaches Physics and Math for junior undergraduate engineering students. Luis has always loved teaching these sciences and has been committed in helping students to learn them, so he has experimented different learning strategies in his classroom to promote active and enduring learning, as collaborative learning and problem-based learning. He is also convinced that the use of online systems as simulations and virtual laboratories can motivate students and promote students’ self-learning. Luis is member of a research group of professors at Mexico City Campus interested on “e-Learning”. This group is committed to design on line systems to support student learning in Physics, Math and other disciplines.

Michael Town

School : University Prep, Seattle
Notables : Knowles Science Teaching Fellow, MS, PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from University of Washington, MS in Teaching from Seattle University.

Michael is teacher and person who goes against the grain. While most teachers are leaving the classroom, Michael brings a 10-year career in research with a PhD in atmospheric sciences to the K-12 space because he wants to encourage students to become adaptive thinkers. He set an ambitious goal for his project with simulations: every student was assigned to build their own simulations to challenge each other’s understanding of constant velocity and acceleration in 1 and 2 dimensions. The experience was deep, rich and open-ended, resulting in a greater variety of responses from students relative to a traditional activity. We value teachers like Mike who use simulations to tap into their students’ creativity.

Professor Robert G. Parker

L.S. Randolph Professor of Mechanical Engineering,Virginia Tech.

Robert G. Parker is the head of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. His focus areas are robotics, autonomous and dynamical systems. He was previously at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute and was a professor at The Ohio State University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Parker is a fellow of the ASME and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 1999. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the US government to scientists and engineers early in their independent research careers. He also received the US Army Young Investigator and National Science Foundation Career Awards as well as the ASME Gustus Larson Award, SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award, and ASEE Outstanding Faculty Award. He was invited by the US National Academy of Engineering to the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Victor Francisco Robledo Rella

School : Tecnologico de Monterrrey, Mexico City Campus, Mexico

Professor Víctor Robledo-Rella earned a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree with honors in astronomy from the Mexican Autonomous National University. Since 2002, he has been full-time professor of physics and math in the Design, Engineering and Architecture School at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico City Campus, where he is also the Director of the Honors Program. He is a member of the e-Learning Research Group at the Mexico City Campus, where he participates actively in research projects about the use and development of technology in education, including mobile learning and on-line adaptive systems. He has participated in various national and international conferences, and has eight publications in astrophysics and more than 18 publications in educational research, mobile learning and intelligent tutoring. He is coauthor of the pre-calculus book Introduction to Mathematics: Exercises and Problems with Grupo Editorial Patria, and he has reviewed and translated four University of Physics books for Grupo Editorial Patria, Pearson and McGraw-Hill. Professor Victor Robledo-Rella has over 16 years teaching physics at the university level and in 2010 was certified in the Teaching-Skills Development Program of the Tecnologico de Monterrey. He gives short workshops for teachers about the didactic use of the Blackboard platform and he has given several science lectures on the radio and in several Mexican states. Recently, Prof. Robledo-Rella received, along with other members of e-Learning Research Group, the Innovation in Education Award of the V Congress of Educational Innovation hosted at the Tecnologico de Monterrey.