FM’s Physics Lab Welcomes Amsterdam High School Students

October 16, 2013

STEP students, including Jonathan Adorno, Khamara Badji, Alexis Glass, Edgar Maldonado, Gabrielle Mitchell, Jimmy Ortiz, Lizbeth Serrano, and Genesis Vazquez, have some fun while taking part in the first exercise based on the concepts of measurements and uncertainty, where they individually measured the dimensions and mass of a block of wood using a variety of instruments. The students then compared values and observed that not only were the measurements from different equipment different, they all had slightly different values for the same block and measurement equipment. Supporting the students’ findings, Instructor Ayuk (located far left in white lab coat) emphasized that, “there is always some uncertainty (error) associated with a physical measurement regardless of the measurement and the quality of the instrumentation.”

STEP students, including Jonathan Adorno, Khamara Badji, Alexis Glass, Edgar Maldonado, Gabrielle Mitchell, Jimmy Ortiz, Lizbeth Serrano, and Genesis Vazquez, have some fun while taking part in the first exercise based on the concepts of measurements and uncertainty, where they individually measured the dimensions and mass of a block of wood using a variety of instruments. The students then compared values and observed that not only were the measurements from different equipment different, they all had slightly different values for the same block and measurement equipment. Supporting the students’ findings, Instructor Ayuk (located far left in white lab coat) emphasized that, “there is always some uncertainty (error) associated with a physical measurement regardless of the measurement and the quality of the instrumentation.”

Amsterdam High School students recently participated in the STEP (Science Technology Entry Program) program at FM, completing various laboratory exercises in the College’s ultra-modern physics laboratory.

The goal of the STEP program is to encourage young high school students to study science and related subjects, and to excite them about science study and careers. Working under the supervision of FM physics instructor Gilbert Ayuk and FM physics students Angela Hanke and Sonali Kumar, both alumni of Amsterdam High School, the STEP students explored and applied the scientific method in three fun but challenging laboratory exercises.

A the end of the three-hour laboratory session, the students were very appreciative of the opportunity to be in the STEP program and thanked Ayuk and the student volunteers for guiding them through the exercises.

“Working with these students was a great deal of fun for everyone involved,” said Ayuk. The Saturday Coordinator of the Step Program, Kathie LaBarge, who accompanied the students, also thanked Ayuk and the student volunteers for their support to the STEP program.

 

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