Summer Fun for Students
I was recently asked by a student what kind of fun (but serious) science-y play he could do over the summer. He is bored, stuck at home, his summer camp experience having been unexpectedly canceled. This is a student who repeatedly did that little bit extra in physics class all year (he even completed the first two chapters of “SpaceTime Physics” by Taylor and Wheeler) . He is signed up for second year (calculus-based) physics next year. Thus he is going to be learning VPython over the summer anyway. And he will be doing video analysis as part of his physics class next year. So take a look at what I suggested to him, and let me know if there is more that I could suggest.
- Read The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle (ok, I tell everyone this).
- Get your parents to use that cash they saved on summer camp to buy a student license for Mathematica and start playing with it (I know his parents can afford this and I know that he already has the math chops and curiosity to make it worthwhile).
- Get started early on VPython and then dig a little deeper into lists, loops and conditional statements in Python.
- Go to ProjectEuler.net and use Mathematica and/or Python to solve some problems.
- Buy an Arduino starter kit and start making your computer control something.
- Download Tracker and make it work with the sample files.
- Try to create a document using LaTeX.