- Alex did his now-famous Physics of Osmos analysis, uncovering the accurate (and adjusted) physics behind the game. This went out all over the web via YouTube and via the contest website. Also, a cash prize - how's that for relevance?
- Grace's capstone on making vowel sound resonators went live on the Global Physics Department's student capstone project night (recording of the full session is here). There's a link there to the recording, but she gave a talk about her project to the group of HS and college physics teachers, fielded some questions, and was generally a rock star.
Here's the issue - how do we expand this to get more students in on this? I've made the capstone a bit of a requirement for my AP class this year (needed to get above 90), but I haven't gotten as many as I'd hoped. I'll keep hammering at it next year, and I think that I can expand it a bit into the regular physics and honors physics classes as well, though there's a very real time consideration with 64 students in all classes vs. 8 students in AP. It takes time to mentor projects (well, these ran themselves, but if _every_ kid were to do them...). It's really something worth working towards.
I think that this sort of experience (particularly GPD) is also great to get students in on because it really models the process of revision - we're all teachers, but we're all learning and working and trying to improve, instead of staying static, even though we're "experts."