Designing and Fabricating Our New Signs

It has been a goal of mine to adorn the lab with custom signs made using our own fabrication tools. Well, this fall, Bob and I finally made some time to get these signs done with the help of some of our students. We designed the signs using Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. We thenContinue reading “Designing and Fabricating Our New Signs”

SRHS Girls Who Code

Discovering The Crisis in Computer Science Last week, a group of 16 girls, myself and one other instructor were invited to attend the showing of the documentary film CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap. This excursion was hosted by the Mill Valley Film Festival and included a post showing discussion with the filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds.Continue reading “SRHS Girls Who Code”

Building The Central Force Model

From Lines To Angles, and Particles To Rigid Bodies We dove straight into circular motion with the 2nd year students this past week. The primary focus of last year was linear dynamics and although we did study objects that moved along curved paths (projectiles), we were still looking at two-dimensional motion as being composed ofContinue reading “Building The Central Force Model”

3D Printing and STEM Education

As the Maker Movement spreads into the halls of nearly every school across the country, and with it the technologies that tend to be synonymous with that movement, I thought it might be useful for me to write a reflection about how we have used 3D printing in our program and some of the thingsContinue reading “3D Printing and STEM Education”

Building the Electrical Current Model with The Amazing $25 Programmable Power Supply

Not Just For Teaching Robotics Thanks to the generous donations of supporters of the Physics Academy, we were able to purchase a new set of Arduino Uno micro-controllers for use in this year’s robotics competition. As I was planning out the unit on teaching DC circuits, I realized that some of our DC power suppliesContinue reading “Building the Electrical Current Model with The Amazing $25 Programmable Power Supply”