The Sacred In Science
Intended audience: Teachers, Pre-service Teachers, Curriculum and Instruction, Education
Instructor: Dr. John Bickart
Prerequisites: none
Description of the Workshop
Each of the six workshop sessions take excerpts from science lessons. They are written in general language because they have been used with all ages from children to adults. They all deal in common experiences. Through hands on demonstrations, together, we will share the interesting ways you already are a great teacher and an observant student of life. If, once in a while, you get inspired - have fun - and see beauty in nature, you are already celebrating the sacred.

The overview can be given as a talk by itself.

Session 1 - Light
The Rainbow, Earth and Fire, Colors in the Sun and Sky, Mixing Colors

Session 2 - Heat
Fire and Metal, Our Breath and Bubbles, Hot Water and Ice, Growing and Eating and Burning and Composting

Session 3 - Motion
Falling and Swinging, Gravity and The Pendulum, Lifting and Jumping and Flying

Session 4 - Sound
Music of the Birds and Wind, Listening to the Woods, Sympathetic Vibration

Session 5 - Electricity & Magnetism
The Earth's EM Field, Lightning, BioMagnetism, Natural Friction and Sparks, Current, Technology

Session 6 - The Physical and Spiritual Nature of Science
Matter, Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics

Bio for The Sacred in Science Workshops
The sacred or spiritual in my life … what does that mean? I think it means looking at nature and seeing what is fun or inspiring or beautiful for me. You know – whatever engenders wonder and awe, as we experienced when we were children. I think being sacred is simply being present, observing, and enjoying. I’ve taught children in private and public schools, and adults in corporations and in state prisons. What they have taught me about the sacred can be summed up in three sentences ...

In teaching a student, you, yourself must continually learn new things from everything around you, including your student; but to continually learn, you must lead your thinking with observation.

“The simple reason why the majority of scientists are not creative is not because they don't know how to think; but because they don't know how to stop thinking.” (Tolle, 2011)

“If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.” (Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, 2016/1882)