As part of the West Salem Elementary afterschool enrichment program, physics majors Linnea Kremer (2017, Left), Sarah Dvorak (2016, Center), and Hannah Lyle (2017, Right) led a course on physics and chemistry concepts in February 2015. This was the fourth semester in a row that Roanoke College physics students and/or professors had taught an enrichment course pertaining to physical science at West Salem. Entitled “Curious Minds”, the curriculum consisted of fun and exciting demonstrations to encourage questions and participation from the 2nd and 3rd grade students. It was encouraging to see our physics majors step out independently and conduct the course without immediate faculty supervision. As you can see in the picture below, the girls were a little nervous before their teaching debut. Good-on-ya!
In related outreach, in May 2015 physics majors Amanda Wright (2016) and Jacob Barfield (2017) participated in West Salem Elementary’s 2nd annual STEM night for 1st – 5th graders. The event was attended by over 600 students and their families. Jacob is showing off his anti-gravity skills by creating a vacuum in the wine glass. It is always exciting (and fun) to see a good demonstration.
The Roanoke College Robotics course (CPSC 310A) completed their final exam on Thursday morning. Their exam was a simplified version of the international RoboCup. Each student was tasked with designing, building, and programming a robot using Arduino microcontrollers (essentially a low power, simplistic computer), motors, various sensors, 3d printed components, and a lot of wires and hot glue. The goal of the game was to move as many cubes as possible to their respective goal locations. Congratulations to all of the competitors!
Rich Grant, Associate Dean
There are those who say that a faculty member who takes on administrative duties has turned to The Dark Side. I would never say such a thing. Rich Grant is trading in his Physics faculty duties for a term as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Engagement. Roanoke College will benefit immensely from his leadership in a variety of areas directly involved in student development, including Experiential Learning, Career Services, the Writing Center, and the Center for Learning and Teaching. MCSP, on the other hand, will miss his leadership as Physics Coordinator. Students will miss his excellence in the classroom. Rich is a winner of the Roanoke College Exemplary Teaching Award and the Exemplary Service Award, one of the few faculty members who have won two of the college’s top awards. This makes it especially hard to see Rich become a Sith Lord. However, we wish Rich well in his new duties, and thank him for his service to students and Roanoke College. May the Force be with you, Rich!