We invite children of 8-10 years old to attend classes at the Physics Club. During classes, students will be introduced to physics, modern physical technologies, and natural sciences. We will not only discuss these technologies but also teach how to use them. Children will learn the basics of technical drawing, work with mechanical tools, learn the basics of electrical and computer engineering. For 8-10-year-olds, the study of physics will go through demonstrations and experiments, making models and working with them, through practical skills training. Students will also learn the basics of programming and working with CAD programs (we will use free software). By the age of 15, our students will be able to use not only office and design software (Ltspice, analogue of the Pspice, and FreeCad, analogue of SolidWorks), but also learn the basics of programming in Basic, C, C ++, and Python.
We do not have any special prerequisites for students. It is assumed that children of 8 years should know their basic arithmetic: addition, subtraction, and should have at least, some knowledge of multiplication. Since the lesson program includes homework with tools, children MUST WORK UNDER ADULT SUPERVISION. Moreover, we expect that parents will be involved in the process of educating children, being an additional link between us and students, since it is easier for them to understand their child and notice the difficulties that he or she may have with understanding the curriculum. This information is essential to us. It will help us to see a problem in understanding of the lesson by child, explain misunderstood parts of the lesson in different way, and to correct the program for him.
General requirements for students :
1. Have a laptop computer.
2. Perform weekly homework.
3. Have access to e-mail and to the club website https://www.ocape.org. Not postponing "for later" to report any problems with homework performing.
Until the age of 14, i.e. until we begin to seriously engage in mathematics, the criterion will only be “know how to do it yourself or not.”
All the software that will be used will be free software, but tools (saws, drill, soldering iron, etc.) and materials (electronic components, metal and wooden plates, etc.) have to be bought, if you don't have them. These tools usually range from $ 20 to $ 40 per month.
Classes at the club will be weekly on Fridays from 6:30pm. to 8:30pm. at Lussier Community Education Center. Fee $60 per month per student, but the first class is $15 as a trial and $45 after that for the rest of month (check or cash please, payment due at the first class of the month). Бecause of the coronavirus, classes will be provided online for free until schools are closed.
Program in physics, the first year.
Spring semester 2020.
1. The concepts of transformations, linear transformations, and functions. The concepts of coordinates, numerical line. Work with tables and charts in OpenOffice. Charts.
2. Basics of technical drawing: the concepts of projections, manufacturing accuracy. Work with eDrawings.
3. Work with papier-mâché.
4. Instruments for electrical engineering: work with a soldering iron. Making the simplest electronic circuits with LED.
5. Creating animated gif files. Velocity. Game “Racing”.
- Linear transformations.
- Equation of circle.
Fall semester 2020.
1. Basics of technical drawing: accuracy and precision of measurements and manufacturing. Calipers. Nonius scale.
2. Work with mechanical tools.
3. Making a crossbow for launching rockets. Experiments on rocket aerodynamics.
4. The concept of mass, weight, center of mass and center of gravity.
5. Work with a digital microscope. The study of seed germination.
6. The simplest pneumatic and hydraulic mechanisms. Pneumatic mechanisms with remote control.
- Linear transformations. Analytical and graphical solution of linear equations
- Periodic phenomena.
- Aliasing and Nonius scale simulation.
- Finding the optimal passage of the racetrack in the game "Racing".
- The first programs in Basic. Programming translation and rotation of objects.
Center for Afterschool Physics Education is a non-profit organization. Our teaching volunteer:
Vladimir Joshkin has a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and a Master degree in Physics. Dr. Joshkin worked with different academy institutes and industry companies. Currently, he is working with DRS Daylight Solutions, as a Sr. Laser Engineer.
To attend the club, please create an account on the site https://www.ocape.org. Please provide your e-mail and full name when creating your account. As long as schools are closed due to coronavirus, classes will be held online. The educational materials and homework will be posted on the website in the homework sectionс "Educational Materials" and "Homework".