George Lucas Educational Foundation
Edward Kang

Edward Kang

Ed has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Northwestern University and has spent the better part of his career immersed in science teaching. As an instructor at Northwestern University, he noticed that the sciences weren’t the career path of choice for many. With this in mind, he switched gears and began teaching at a Chicago neighborhood high school to see whether he could catch students early enough to keep science alive in their minds and their hearts.

Ed became National Board certified and taught in Chicago Public Schools for 10 years before founding The Laboratory Chicago, a space to experiment with STEAM and literacy. He helps students, teachers, and schools reimagine science through out-of-the-box programming and education consulting.

When he’s not busy making science fun again, Ed enjoys woodworking and skateboarding, and prides himself on riding his bike to work even in Chicago blizzard conditions.

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    • Brain-Based Learning

      Dragons and Fairy Tales in Science Class

      Using stories as a hook to grab students’ attention leads them to deep engagement with scientific concepts.
    • Math

      Using Pop Culture to Teach STEM

      Beach reads and summer blockbusters can be tools to create more engaging STEM lessons for the school year.
    • Integrated Studies

      CSI Verona: Science and Literature Combine

      Bringing together Shakespeare and forensics, or Icarus and design thinking, shows how literature and science can illuminate each other.
    • Teaching Strategies

      5 Research-Backed Studying Techniques

      Teachers can guide students to avoid ineffective studying habits in favor of ones that will increase their learning outcomes.
    • Integrated Studies

      Using Science to Bring Literature to Life

      Combining science and literature can help students engage more deeply with both subjects.
    • STEM

      The STEM Zombie Apocalypse

      What can zombies teach kids about the brain? Images from popular culture provide an entry point to exploring science and math.