Science and Engineering classes are traditionally taught via math-based lectures calling upon hand-drawn static diagrams. The limitations of which were spectacularly evident when, in my very first UVA class, I tried to explain ever-changing microscopic devices driven by invisible fields. That led me to investigate the use of computer animations drawing upon intuitive / experiential science
. . . which evolved into my "UVA Virtual Lab" science education website.
I then developed a class introducing undergraduates to my field: Nanoscience. And a few years later, another class introducing them to my passion: Sustainable Energy. But to adequately cover those subjects, I had to violate another academic tradition: that of considering a subject from the narrow perspective of a single academic department. Why? Because both nanoscience and sustainable energy are built upon a crazy / rich / confusing / exciting mishmash of fields.
Explaining that mishmash led me to develop two more now widely viewed science education websites.
I am retiring from UVA next spring and one might expect my websites to retire with me. But I have too many things that I still want to learn and teach about via those websites. And, given that they attract over a million visitors a year, I have instead decided to create: