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PER Special Seminar: Mark Freeman (University of Alberta)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mark Freeman will be presenting a special seminar during the standard Journal Club time (details below). Please contact Prof. Holmes if you would like to meet with Mark while he is in town (email ngholmes[at]cornell[dot]edu).

When: Monday, September 25th, 2-3pm

Where: Clark 309

Title: A Science Hardware Makerspace

Several years ago at the University of Alberta we faced a potentially long-term stasis in our upper-level undergraduate experimental physics courses.  At the same time, we had witnessed an erosion of opportunities for students to acquire hands-on transferrable skills during their degrees.  Inspired by the maker movement, we resolved to launch an experiment designed to work on both problems at once.  

I will describe the present status of our Science Hardware Makerspace, and how it is contributing to

  • expanding hands-on opportunities for students
  • agility in developing new labs and introducing them into our experimental physics sequence
  • a grassroots, student-driven movement adding to the mix of interdisciplinary activities at the university