Sign in Alom Shaha Alom Shaha is a teacher, writer and filmmaker. He teaches at a comprehensive school in London and writes for a number of print and online publications including The Guardian. Alom Shaha was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London. A teacher, writer and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life trying to share his passion for science and education with the public. Alom has represented the community in which he grew up as an elected politician and volunteered at a range of charitable organisations.
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Alom Shaha was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London. A teacher, science writer, and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life sharing his passion for science and education with the public. Alom was a presenter at the recent World Humanist Congress as a part of a panel discussion on freedom of thought and perceptions of Islam.
Alom Shaha: My first experience as a science teacher began when I went to work a summer camp in America after I graduated. It was really weird. It was just like when you try on a new item of clothing in a shop and it fits perfectly; it just felt like a really natural thing to do. That was the first time that I thought that I could be a science teacher, so Bob Bear is responsible—a big, scary man who forced me to teach science!
Kylie Sturgess: From science teaching then to science communication via film is also quite a challenging step. Was it just the same in terms of putting on a new suit and finding it fitted? Alom: My journey into filmmaking and science communication happened as a result of being settled in as a teacher, and then deciding that I wanted to improve as a teacher. I left teaching, actually, and went to work in TV for a while, and whilst working in TV, I had this wonderful stroke of luck.
Having worked in TV for a long time, I then found I missed teaching. Actually, what helped me forge the rather peculiar career I have was the advent of YouTube and the changes in technology with the advent of digital filmmaking tools that really brought the cost of filmmaking down.
Is there an area of need when it comes to science resources online? Alom: ExpeRimental is very much an evolution of what the Royal Institution has been doing for the past years. Way back around two hundred years ago, they were first trying to communicate science to the public.
Very famously, they started the Christmas Lectures. Kylie: What makes ExpeRimental different, say, to turning on the television and watching an episode of a science TV show? These films are not about entertaining you. Then you can make a device that fires all sorts of projectiles in quite an impressive way! When we made that film, the children involved absolutely loved it and just carried on with the activity way beyond when we finished filming. Alom: My target audience is the world, Kylie.
You know me! What I really hope is that these films do encourage people from all sorts of backgrounds to try our activities. I want to see evidence that people are watching the films and then trying the activities. So, if any of your listeners do try the activities, please let us know. Kylie: Where can people go to let you know and find out more? Kylie Sturgess Kylie Sturgess is the host of the Token Skeptic podcast and regularly writes editorial for numerous publications and the Token Skeptic blog.
She was the co-host for the Global Atheist Convention in and An award-winning Philosophy teacher, Kylie has lectured on teaching critical thinking and anomalistic beliefs worldwide.