Timothy Anderson

Bio: Timothy Anderson is a Science educator at Princeton High School (PHS) in Princeton, NJ. He holds a Biology degree from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Marine Environmental Science.

Anderson works to build hands-on science courses that reach all students with various learning styles and abilities. His approach engages students in building equipment and collecting data to learn more than the traditional "facts" of science. They are immersed in the scientific process – learning about teamwork, problem-solving and how to analyze data like true research scientists.

Anderson currently runs the school’s Science Team, which recently participated in Science Olympiad and took third place in New Jersey. Due to increased interest in the Science Team, he decided to expand the program’s categories to include all students and allow them to use their diverse strengths. One category now focuses on building a musical instrument and being able to play it well. Teams competing in that category consist of students with engineering skills partnering with students with musical talents to create a winning instrument and interdisciplinary learning along the way.

Learning goes beyond the classroom through Anderson’s relationships with local experts like Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Rutgers University (RU), and Princeton University (PU). These and other local partners are invited into the classroom to talk about state-of-the-art science technologies and theories. 

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Timothy's Recommended Resources:
Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan: AP Environmental Science
A lesson plan for AP Environmental Science around measuring Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) from stream samples.
Power Point: Water Pollution Presentation
Students at Princeton High School investigated their local waterway and created a presentation around what they found.
Image: New Jersey Envirothon
The Princeton High School science team took first place in Forestry at the New Jersey Envirothon, a statewide interscholastic outdoor competition between 30 schools in Forestry, Aquatics, Wildlife, Soils, and Environmental Management.
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