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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

 Departmental Colloquium - From Particle Physics to Education: The Role of Tinkering

Mats Selen,
University of Illinois,

October 7th, 2016
1:30 p.m. in Theatre A

Abstract:

The love of tinkering is perhaps the single most universal trait among scientists. From designing an experiment to building a computer application to solving a differential equation, the cycle of "observe - explain - test - revise is at the root of the scientific creative process.

We have developed a low-cost wireless lab system with the goal of putting powerful scientific instrumentation in the hands of every student, both inside and outside of the classroom. I will describe this project and show how it is enabling a radical shift in the way we approach introductory physics labs at the University of Illinois.