|Advanced Physics Projects for School & Home|
|open source science on a budget|
16/1/22 :: detected Infrasound pulse from Tonga eruption at 16,000+km - see Blog page
Hi .. this site exists to promote school/citizen science projects in physics, geophysics and computing.
It may be worth browsing if you are interested in:-
|Some Recent Examples|
|Infrasound Monitor||Aurora Monitor||Pi Seismic Monitor Code|
|Learning Physics by Coding||SIDspot||F.P.G.A."Chip Design"|
I have over 25 years experience teaching A-level Physics, additionally A-level Computing, various applied science courses, engineering and some adult 18 physics. For the past 15 years I have been actively involved in computational physics research at M.Sc, Ph.D and post-doc levels whilst teaching predominantly A-level physics.“Curiosity and passion determine success” - Pat Hanrahan
There should be a joy in learning and enthusiasm in teaching, as student skills are nurtured and developed. In the U.K. state-sector these have been eroded by a relentlous drive to achieve often baseless numeric metrics at the behest of OfSted - a standards organisation whose reports are regarded by many in teaching as meaningless. Little wonder so many of our political leaders choose a private education for their own children.
In my direct experience there is considerable merit in giving students the opportunity to develop their science interests in extra-curricula science 'clubs'. I have lost track of the number who explained how their university interview was dominated by discussion of such extra-curricula work. Whilst regrettably rare in UK state schools advanced science project work is common in much of Europe and the US. Here it is not uncommon for pre-university students to engage in original research. There is no reason why an ordinary UK school cannot make a big impact for little resourcing.
I am committed to setting up national/international class STEM programmes in the sort of geophysics/space-science projects described here. These are well suited to school or college science clubs/enrichment activities either on one site or as part of a distributed network between schools. The projects here are cheap, research-level and released open-source. Feel free to have a go at them, I am happy to help as long as not in direct competition with my current employer.
Drop me a line if interested.
Opinions expressed on this site are my own and not necessarily those of my current employer.