Alex M. Bonnici, B.A.
Alex Michael Bonnici is the European Union
Liaison of the Atlantica Expeditions and was born in New
York City and currently resides on the beautiful sunny island of Malta
in the central Mediterranean. Since early
childhood he has been fascinated in Astronomy, space travel, and undersea
exploration. Alex has been an avid science fiction fan all his life. He
obtained his bachelors degree in physics and education in 1995 from Queens College of the City University of New
York (CUNY). His teaching career began at the Manhattan
Center for Science and Mathematics
(MCSM) in New York City
where he taught physics, astronomy, and earth science.
While at MCSM, he was responsible for developing
an elective Astronomy course. He was also involved in the development of an
exciting interdisciplinary course entitled Planet Earth in association with
the American Museum of Natural History and the New
York City Board of Education.
While living in New York Alex was very
active in the local chapters of the National Space Society (NSS) and the Mars
Society. In 1996 he gave a presentation and workshop with Robin Vernuccio
entitled “Contact” at
the Space Education Workshops held during the International Space Development
Conference (ISDC) held in New York
City. This presentation explored the possibility of
using a “First Contact” scenario between humans and extraterrestrials to enliven
science classes at the middle and high school levels. The workshop explored
the use of the first contact scenario as an instructional tool to develop a
multidisciplinary curriculum to emphasize the integration of the physical,
natural, and social sciences for Middle and High School students. This
workshop was based on the Cultures of the Imagination (CONTI) program
designed by Jim Funaro at Cabrillo College in Aptos,
California, back in 1979.
Ever since he settled in Malta in 1999
he has given numerous public lectures on such diverse topics as the Search
for Extraterrestrial Civilizations, the history of space exploration, and the
future settlement and colonization of space. He currently teaches Physics at Saint Edwards
College, a Boys' College modeled on
the lines of an English public school.