“The opening five minutes [of class] offer us a rich opportunity to capture the attention of students and prepare them for learning. They walk into our classes trailing all of the distractions of their complex lives — the many wonders of their smartphones, the arguments with roommates, the question of what to have for lunch. Their bodies may be stuck in a room with us for the required time period, but their minds may be somewhere else entirely.” James M. Lang with the Chronicle of Higher Education describes techniques for transitioning students’ attention from the outside world into your classroom. Read the article here.
“Rick and Morty’s unique spin on the multiverse isn’t meant to reflect real physics. Yet physicists who study the cosmos appreciate the fact that it is bringing an esoteric scientific debate, whether there is such a thing as the multiverse, into the public spotlight.” So says Slate.com, which eyeballs the unusual underpinnings of the science (such as it is) behind Rick and Morty. Read about it here.
This summer, University of Pennsylvania engineering students took first place in the Formula SAE competition. Their black steel electric race car went from zero to 60 in a whiplash-inducing 2.6 seconds! Read more about their win here.