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I was in a port and ships were waiting for their cargo. The Sun was riding the sky in hues of orange and yellow when suddenly a middle-aged woman appeared. She said, "Congratulations, you have been accepted", and I heard the voice of a stamp that printed on my heart...

Mojgan MatloobAfter three years of sweet dreams I found myself at the Science Museum of Glasgow. We visited there together with our research team from the Science Education Centre. The Science museum is located near the Clyde River which was the port for Glasgow before it was dredged and deepened.

Bringing physics into daily life was the core part of my research project. With this in mind, I found the museum stimulating and exciting. To attract the younger generation, we can apply physics in new exciting fields. For marketing physics to new generation the most exciting part is showing its application in daily life. For example we can define a research project on Scottish bagpipes, which are a musical instrument played by blowing air in to bag held under the arm. I saw this instrument once when we travelled to Edinburgh. It was a festival in the streets and I saw pipers were dressed in traditional kilts playing the bagpipes, another time I heard it from a wedding ceremony that was held in a church.

The secret of this musical instrument is the physical feature which makes it travel so long, and really it touches the heart, when it's heard from far away. By raising these kind of questions we hope to design a curriculum more exciting and challenging. There are countless issues in this field and really it is a place which science, tradition and innovation can come together.

In the challenge to make science popular the UK has a great contribution. To know more about these achievements, I attended the conference for science education in Birmingham. It was a unique opportunity that I saw all the new educational products and acquaint with so many experts of science education.

Mojgan MatloobHave you ever heard a city speak to you? Cities have their own languages, if you know how to listen, you will hear. This was the second time I heard a city speaking to me. On our way to London, it was Manchester, when our train turned round, it appeared magnificently and said; it is me, look at me, I am beautiful, I was the harbinger of good news! I am the messenger of Solomon, I have great secrets in my heart!!

One week was not enough for visiting all the heritage sites of London, even not enough for huge inspiring exhibitions, of its science museum. There is a lot about the history of Britains navigation and astronomy in Greenwich, port of London. This national heritage site is famous for Greenwich meridian, the source of the prime meridian longitude 0, which is based on the royal observatory. All the tourists were enjoying handshaking over the meridian marker.

Our department was located in St. Andrew's building of the University of Glasgow, I realised since I arrived, many lucky events happened to me with the name of Andrew. I related that to St Andrew - the patron of Scotland.

Mojgan MatloobWe were 400 students living in neighbourhood, all from different nationalities, through the eyes of each one, may find the whole country and culture, and now I believe that each language has a special music. Every morning I enjoyed meeting my neighbours while passing through the botanic gardens. This was the way from our accommodation to university and it is the route that students go every morning.

One of my entertainments was attending the social events that both British Council and university usually arrange for us. For example we visited the New Lanark that is a cotton mill village near the Glasgow. The history of the village goes back to 18th century. It was so exciting watching the story of village through a dark ride visual tour. In fact I was most fascinated by advanced holographic technique presented in making 3 dimensional virtual theatre. For me who has experience in holography laboratory achieving the goal of animated holograms excited great interest.

As I look back, I am pleased to get all of these experiences. It has given something invaluable life and I can live with more confidence. Now, I'm still in my way, studying, challenging, struggling and enjoying. I still keep on making friends and visiting places.

Mojgan Matloob
Iran


Scholar content   6th January 2005
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