tll pov Ruth in home lab
It does not look like much when I am working, just a bunch of SAS files, word documents and PDFs of subject’s med records or published articles. 🤓 I do like to work with eradicating invasive species as a hobby. Above, I have some Nightshade.

Ruth Kulmala, MPH, PhD, is a medical researcher with a PhD in bio-medical engineering and masters’ degrees in public health and epidemiology/biostatistics. She has taught science classes extensively throughout the homeschool community. Dr. Kulmala will be submitting her Underwater Robotics syllabus to the College Board for the official AP Biology audit. She has successfully received AP approval for previous science classes she has taught to homeschoolers, and has served as an AP Biology Reader. Below is a Q & A with Dr. Kulmala.

What are you most excited about regarding the class you will be teaching this fall?

When I coached an underwater robotics team about four years ago we all had an amazing time. Not only is this one of the more exciting forms of project-based learning in biology, it is an excellent way to learn basic engineering and how to use tools. We’ll explore through loads of activities, learn new skills, and perform hands-on biological studies. Designing and building an ROV to perform refined citizen science means this is rigorous but immersive and fun.


What are your goals for this class?

I hope to help the students increase their competence with biology, aquatic biology, and related sciences. Everyone will get a chance to try each exercise to see where their interests lie. In class I like to explore topics they can’t get easily at home from their textbooks.

What do you like about teaching TLL teens?

TLL students are curious and diverse thinkers. They challenge each other and become quite the dynamic group each year. I end each Friday with my face tired from smiling and laughing. They make me think; challenge me to answer questions so difficult that I use every bit of my education and experience to guide them to answers. It is a privilege to watch them grow and get a glimpse of the young adults they will become. Without these kids, I might never have learned what a bunch of rubber chickens in the tailpipe of a performance vehicle sounds like; among other important data!