Welcome to my website!  My name is Julie Tsui and I teach high school chemistry.  My teaching philosophy is to connect science with daily life experiences.  I have learned and experienced a lot with the RET-NANO program.  This summer, I worked in a mechanical engineering lab and learned about  nanotribology, especially about Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and  modified an macro atomic force microscope with Dr. Carpick's group. 

Teacher Biography

Mrs. Tsui worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years, prior to beginning her teaching in New Media Technology Charter School (NMTCS).  She enjoys being able to bring real-world chemistry experiences and applications into the classroom. She hopes to inspire future generations to become interested and engaged with the scientific world around them, as many opportunities will continue to exist in the future. She looks forward to working with her students and increasing their knowledge of the nanotechnology and how principles of chemistry can be found all around.

With the 2010-2011 school year, Mrs. Tsui led tenth graders to participate in the College Connection of Science, Engineering  and Technology (CCSET) program at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). Students participated in lab experiments and learned science from their hands-on experiences. Additionally, an NMTCS' student was accepted into CCP's Forensic Science Summer Camp.

The RET-NANO 2011 (Research Experiences for Teachers in the area of Nanotechnology) program at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, incorporated the following objectives:

  • Gain hands-on experience working in a research laboratory
  • Learn about cutting edge field of nanotechnology and develop lesson plans for the classroom
  • Participate in a variety of professional development activities during the academic year
  • Learn about and gain experience with grant writing
Research Facilitation for my RET-Nano summer learning experience: Prof. Robert Carpick , University of Pennsylvania: Mechanical  Engineering and Applied Mechanics , School of Engineering and Applied Science, The Nanotechnology Institute 

It was a privilege for me to learn nanotechnology and work in Dr. Carpick's nanotribology lab in Summer 2011.  Special thanks to my mentors, Graham Wabiszewski and Vahid Vahdat, for their patience and guidance throughout the 6 weeks.