I'm assuming that, as it's summer school, the students have chosen to come and therefore have some science knowledge intent. Also, is it the summer after Year 11 or the summer before year 11? If you could assume that all/most were half way through 'A' level maths and physics that would be very different from a bunch of randoms who had just finished GCSE.
You're right, they should be fairly keen students. It's the summer after Year 11, too. I think it's probably best to plan on conveying one primary concept and having a second as backup if they turn out to be exceptional.
I think you can probably expect quite a lot. It's a prestigious school and the kids will be at least half way through 'A' level. I'd already got an 'A' grade maths 'A' level after one year in the Sixth Form. I'd not be surprised if some of them did too.
Oh dear, I think my tendency to post about things in Twitter before writing them up properly in LJ has caused confusion. This is not the summer school at W. College. It's one that a spin-off company from Imperial is running. I'm not actually sure what W. College want me to do yet. However, you're still right about the quality of the students. They're doing this summer school voluntarily, and they're projected to get A grade A-levels.
I'm not filling out the survey because I'm drawing total blanks on the "what else?" questions, BUT:
- Heck yes it sounds like a fun project. I, uh, well, I bookmarked the page. Plus, nobody that age has even heard of a Theremin, so it might be extra-fun to go straight from never having heard of it to making and using it.
- One possible extra, which it sounds like you might already be thinking about, is doing something with macro-scale circuits, especially if no one has even made them connect a lightbulb to a doorbell switch. The Theremin kit is based on a PCB, and I'm not sure whether people understand -- really understand -- that a PCB is a miniaturized version of something you could actually make if you had the materials and patience.
I figured I'd collect some MP3s too, so if they want to learn to play a tune, they can. Or if any of them are musically inclined, they can compose something.
I'll bring in a breadboard as well, and show them how a section of the circuit would look if they weren't working from a PCB. Thanks!
2009-05-06 21:57 (UTC)
Bread boards are definitely not my bag, but how about noise and (possibly) feedback? Those wouldn't be hard to tack on if they take to your current plan and are hungry for more.
Ooh, excellent suggestion, thank you. Noise and feedback pervade science & engineering experiments so they'll be useful no matter which area of science specialization they prefer.
OT -- one of my friends is considering grad school, and he's looking for info/opinions/gut reactions to a few English schools that have programs in his field. (Okay, that's vague -- he's looking at cognitive science programs, which are in the CS/Informatics department at some schools, and in Social Sciences elsewhere.)
Mind if I point him at you?
No, I don't mind. I'll do my best. My LJ e-mail redirects to an account I check daily.
I wish I could be involved. This looks like a fun project. I'm with those who are suggesting that you prepare part two and bring it out only if it looks like they're ready for more. I could probably spend the week playing with harmonics.
I'll have to give it a title that indicates it's a project for the musically inclined.