Our first school of physics with Arduino and Smartphones is finally over after three intense days and it was a success, indeed.
Physics teachers with no experience at all in programming, nor with Arduino, joined a class the first day for a crash course in Arduino programming, transducers and sensors, as well as on smartphones’ sensors usage.
The second day of the school was divided in three parts: a design session during which teachers, in groups of two or three, were left free to design their own experiment, a shopping session when we went for shopping to buy materials needed for them and an implementation session during which the experiments were realised using the techniques learnt the day before.
The third day experiments were refined and data analysed, then they were presented to other groups.
Teachers were turned into makers in just two days, making amazing experiments aiming at studying the laws of motion, the Ohm’s law, the propagation of heat along a rod, the magnetic field produced by currents, the physics of non-inertial frames, the charge and discharge of a capacitor. Moreover they built a robot able to follow a line on the floor and a system to tell when a plant must be watered.
Three fantastic days, in fact, much beyond expected!