Physics Club for Life

That’s what Vedant wrote when we asked him for feedback. “Physics Club for Life“. We collected feedback from the children because that’s what this is all about. If you can’t create an environment where children want to come every week and have fun learning, then nothing else matters.

So glad to see how much they are enjoying science, working in teams and building real things.

Samit feels it just “rocket science” and “fun”. That’s the thing about children. Everything can be fun and easy. For most of us “rocket science” is scary and hard 🙂

All kids love building things and making them fly.

Glad to see Sreyas enjoying that they are working in teams. Life skills !!

Many kids like Sruthi will see the power of learning in teams. Aakanksha is appreciating how hard it is to get the process right !!

Janvi is letting her imagination fly high, feeling it’s a real launch mission !!

Mission to MARS @ Sherwood High

Over the last 6 sessions we embarked on a mission to Mars with all our children in Sherwood High. Using that mission as a background we explored a variety of ideas and problems as a team.

Interesting videos provided a window into the world of rocket scientists at NASA and JPL. Tricky problems stretched our minds and made us dig deeper into counter-intuitive concepts of physics. We built a foam rocket as teams of three and ran various experiments to understand the impact of angle of launch on the distance of travel.

Critical thinking. Exploring theory. Imagination. Building mechanisms. Running experiments. Above all having FUN !!

Checkout highlights of what we did below !!

Have you seen how NASA rovers landed and navigate the MARS terrain?
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Did you know why one can’t just travel as the crow flies to get to MARS?

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Can you imagine the innumerable challenges of living on MARS and how we can adopt to it?

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50 KM to escape Earth’s orbit, 50 M KM to get to MARS orbit and another 50 KM to land. Can you guess the proportion of fuel consumption?
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Nothing beats the joy of seeing your rocket fly.
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Science and fun are intertwined. Let’s run experiments to figure out the optimal angle
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Many experiments with our rockets to understand the concept of projectile motion

Worksheets to tie all learning together formally
Learning the scientific rigor of measurement and hypothesis testing

Hello Sherwood High !!

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At this busy beautiful school, located at the Nice Road exit which seems to match the busy-ness of all the children inside, we are launching a year long experiential learning program for science.

Special thanks to the vision and guidance of Mrs. Agnes to build a program like this at Sherwood High.

The goal is to infuse love of physics thru solving real life challenges. While that is the goal, the journey will include a lot of life skills including problem framing, research, collaboration in a team , story telling and most importantly craftsmanship.

Craftsmanship is sorely missing on the roads and junctions all around the school (and in most public places in India). Designing and building things with your own hands is critical if we ever want to have real engineers, scientists or product managers out of India.

A few key facts:

  • Part of the timetable as a ‘hobby club’, so no after school pickup/drop
  • Once a week
  • Expect ~30-34 sessions in this year (accounting for holidays, exams, cancellations etc.)
  • Aim to complete at least one big project, 2 small projects, 2 workshops and key parts of one series of APS Spectra thru the sessions this year
  • All work happens in the class as teams, but expect assignments for research, reading and viewing