Jackie Bondell

  • Education and Outreach Coordinator
  • CDM
  • University of Melbourne
  • Road-tripping around QLD and behind the scenes

What do you do?

I learn about the science our researchers do and turn it into hands-on activities that students and the public can understand.

How did you get to where you are today?

I studied physics and astronomy in graduate school but realised I loved teaching more.  I then taught high-school physics for 15 years and did a lot of work creating new activities that incorporate hands-on technology in the classroom.  Now I get to translate exciting new science so a variety of learners can understand cutting-edge science!

What’s the best thing about your role?

I love working with science teachers so they can continue to learn about new science to share with their students.  I also enjoy travelling to different schools around Australia.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying science?

Just do it!  There is a place in science for everyone who has a keen interest.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I am an avid rower and I also play on a women’s baseball team.  My family and I also enjoy the occasional Mario Kart tournament.

What’s something people not might know or expect about you?

I have a dog named Astrid and a bearded dragon named Nero.

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