Really! Does that mean I am done with my two months of internship? I can’t believe that. As far as this week is concerned I think I accomplished my goal of making a working SOCK kit for this year. Yeah! SOCK 2010 is ready to roll. This week, I did some work on optics lesson as there was some polishing still left. I am glad that it is all done now. Apart from that I gathered the SOCK contents and collected all the write ups at one place. Now my user manual is all set and ready to go to our SPS chapters. I spent my whole summer in making this kit. I hope this kit will be fully utilized in the best ways that out SPS chapters can.
I think this was all for this week. Now I would like to acknowledge some people without whom I would not have accomplished my goal. I would like to thank Kendra, Gary, Tracy, Doug, Lydia, Tom, Sacha and all the SPS staff for all their help and also for making me a part of this work place. It was really nice experience working here. I learnt a lot. I think the knowledge that I got from here will contribute a lot towards my personality. It was really nice being surrounded by all physics people. I am really glad to be a part of SPS. I didn’t have much of DC experience because I was not living with my fellow interns but I am happy that at least I availed the opportunity of doing this internship.
According to me, this position was perfect for me. I simply loved what I did this summer and the program that I worked on. The SOCK program is a very good platform in order to spread the physics around. It not only gives our SPS chapters an opportunity to do outreach but also helps us in making people aware about the field of physics. It also helps in generating interest in field of physics. Thanks SPS for choosing me and giving me this golden opportunity of working at your prestigious institute.
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This week was a unique one as I spent most of my time in Portland, Oregon. The AAPT meeting was very educational and at times very exciting. It was a really nice experience for me. I am glad that I got the chance to travel all the way to the west coast and see a new city if not explore and meet new people. It is always good to have exchange to ideas. Our SPS poster session was on the first day. It was my first poster session ever. I enjoyed presenting my work. For rest of the meeting I was mostly attending sessions. The sessions that fascinated me the most were the one on “Molecular Biology”, “Social networking”, “Young Physicist meet and greet” and last but not the least “Gala demo show”.
As I am planning to be a medical physicist so the concepts behind the molecular imaging were worth my time. The speaker was stressing upon how we can visualize function instead of just the structure. Also, on how the diseases can be diagnosed even more minutely and how the health care costs can be reduced. The best part was how they distinguish between regular cell growth and cancer.
The social networking session was also a very good one. It gave me a very good picture of how we can use the social media in and out of the classrooms. How the social networking sites can be used in order to spread a message across and in so many other ways. It also threw light on how to bridge the gap between the teacher and a student by communicating through different mediums.
The young physicist meet and greet session was the most interactive session that I attended as it was meant to be like that. I like these kinds of sessions where one can have random topics of discussions and meet vast variety of people with different approaches towards their physics degree. I am always curious to know what other people are trying to do with their degree. I spent good time there.
The last one but the best one was the gala demo show. I should say the laser show. The demos were simply amazing. Also it was nice seeing people using their physics concepts to make fun things. In fact physicists can do cool things in cooler ways that to by putting in less efforts than a usual person. I am proud to be a physicist. The show ended with the laser demo which was awesome!
Apart from this, I got a chance of just wandering around and eating some street food with Linda. Thanks Linda for suggesting that. It was simply great. Also the weather was kind of cold. I was happy that I had my jacket. I am also very thankful to Tom for taking us to the “Old Spaghetti factory”. It was a different place and the food was delicious. On our way back we missed our first flight which was bad, but somehow we managed to reach DC the same day. Everything is well that ends well, so I was happy!
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For the most part of this week I was busy in preparing myself for the outreach and the AAPT meeting that I am going to this Sunday. For the outreach, we had the rolling activity and the rainbow room lesson. The rolling lesson works the best with kids. Explaining kids the science behind the different rainbows was challenging. They were confused with the rainbows that were being formed by the stray lights coming into the room. It was really hard for us to assist students so that they can focus on the rainbows that we wanted them to see. I was glad that Gary was there with us. He is very good with kids and has a lot of patience. Despite of being challenging, I am sure that they got something for sure from the whole lesson. The second important part of this week was preparing the poster for the presentation. My poster was mainly based on the light and lasers. I thought that it would be a good idea if I make it like that because it will make the poster flow in a good manner and also because of the celebration of the laser fest. I really appreciate Kendra, Gary and Tracy for their suggestions. They were really helpful and made my poster look even better. Now I am looking forward to the AAPT meeting in Portland, Oregon.
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Week 6 is coming to an end. Does that mean I just have 3 and a half weeks left? Oh my god! Time is flying like anything. This week I was pretty much involved with the optic lesson only. I am still working on making the lesson more interactive and educational. The lenses part is quite challenging because it is hard to explain the concept without the ray diagrams and also without the technical language. In order to make it more of an activity I need to come up with a way in which the students can learn and have fun as well.
I just came to know that we might go for an outreach next Friday to test our lesson. I am assuming that hopefully it will give me even clearer picture of how I am doing so far in the lesson. Though, it is going to be challenging as well as we are expecting the students of ages 6-10. I hope that the lesson will not be too much for them.
Apart from this, last weekend I had fun with family. We went to some of our relatives and enjoyed the long weekend. Also, I saw the fireworks but unfortunately not in DC. I guess this year I was not lucky enough to see them. This is all that I have for this week.
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The fifth week is also gone which means that we are more than half way through. I can’t believe that I am heading towards the end of this internship. Last weekend I finally saw White house, Washington monument and the Capitol Hill building. It was good being there. I don’t get a chance of exploring a lot because I am not living in the dorm so it is kind of hard for me to go there.
I did a lot of improvement this week in my optics lesson. I think it is making even more sense now. The best part of this activity according to me is the refraction part, where one can utilize the phenomenon of refraction to actually distinguish among the fluids based on density. Isn’t cool!
Also, we had a BBQ on Thursday after work at Fred’s house which was a lot of fun. It was really nice interacting with everyone and having a good time together. The food was really nice and the way they decorated their place was super nice. I really enjoyed being there and playing stuff. I felt like it is Friday and we all are having fun, least bothered about going to work, but unfortunately it was not Friday. We had to come to work next morning which was really hard for me. I am still sleepy. Today we are going for a tour to NIST. I am excited to see how Amy and Zack are doing and also their research. I hope next week I will have more to talk about my lesson and also my explorations. Stay tuned!
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I am sorry friends but I have to say that this week was surely a crawler. It was pretty much boring for me. At times it was hard to pass time. The activity that I am working on is not that interesting. I am not sure how it will actually turn out after I do the write up. I am trying to do some research so that I can add some stuff which will be fascinating and draw our SPS members attention. Apart from that, I finally succeeded in assembling “The Galilioscope”. The instruction manual was not at all understandable. Anyway, I am now looking forward to actually explore some cool stuff. Yeah! I am excited. Also we had a picnic on Thursday which was fun. It was nice meeting everyone. Apart from all this, I don’t have anything else to say. I am hoping that I will enjoy my next week and it will not be as slow as this one!
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The third week was surely a speedster. Oh my god! What’s going on with me? I better come out from this “Speedsters” vs.” Crawlers” thingy. I am sorry friends. This is due to the outreach that we did today. We had a rolling activity in which we were rolling some items and seeing to which category does the object belongs. I spoke these so many times that it is now hard to get rid of them so easily. Anyway, this week went really fast. I can’t even believe that third week is already gone. For most of the week, I was preparing myself for the outreach and was also working on improving the write up. I think it is in pretty good condition now. The outreach that we did today was the first one for me and Patrick so we were kind of nervous. Moreover, we had sudden transformations from High school in the morning to the elementary school in the afternoon. There was no time in between to settle down. We are all thankful to Gary that he somehow managed to arrange lunch in between. At the end the outreach was not that bad as I was thinking. To be very frank I was very anxious that how will things actually go. Planning things is actually altogether different than implementing things. Trust me, when you are standing in front of people than things go in their own way, and not the way you think. It was a good experience though! It was really nice interacting with kids and playing with them. Though, at times they were giving some explanations that were so hard to digest but I was just keeping them aside and moving on. With high school students I am not sure whether they enjoyed our presentation or not but I think they were happy with the key chains, laser stickers, and the diffraction grating glasses that we handed over. That’s all I know! I am looking forward and will try to work more efficiently next week!
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My second week was a lot better than the first one. I am finally settled now and also having a good pace of doing things. This week gave me a really good picture of the SOCK kits. Now I am looking forward to really make a working one for this year. We are thinking to include the rolling objects activity, a laser activity and one involving some kind of optics. Though rolling activity and the optics activity are the left over ones from last year SOCK but we are trying to give it altogether a new approach. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that all our activities will be in a good direction by the end of summer. The SOCK kits would be ready to roll and reach our chapters. This week we studied the theory behind the rolling objects activity and also the laser one. We did a small experiment in order to see the visible differences between the regular light and the laser light using diffraction grating glasses. The part of this week which made me really excited was when I came to know that we are actually getting a chance next week to test our activities. We are going for an outreach next Friday. It will be elementary and high school students. Also, we finalized the objects that we will be using for rolling so for the same we went to home depot, shoppers and radio shack. Gary took me and Pat for a lunch as well. We went to Franklin Restaurant. The food was awesome. We are really thankful to him for taking us to lunch. We really enjoyed it. Apart from this, I did some write up for the activities. I thought it will help me if I do the write up along with performing as I can cite the minute details of the activity. Additionally, I don’t want to keep the whole write up thing till the end of summer because it will be so boring just to do the write ups. Now I am looking forward to make my next week even more productive and to make most of the outreach opportunity next Friday.
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I was kind of confused before coming as I had no idea how the place would be like and how the working schedule will work for me, but after meeting Gary and Kendra I felt quite comfortable. My journey started actually 20 days back as my aunt who lives in Owings Mills wanted me to stay at her place with her before joining the internship. It was nice being there and just relaxing as there were no more tests, assignments, quizzes and presentations. I finally came to DC on May 30. I was being told that I need to go to New Hall for collecting my room keys. There were too many people in the line there just for checking in and picking up their room keys. It took me about an hour to get done with the formalities. After that I finally moved into the dorm. I met some of my fellow interns. We had dinner together at a close by Thai Restaurant and after that we went for some Grocery shopping. On Monday, I was just settling down in the room and relaxing. On Tuesday, we had the orientation and then lunch. It was good to meet and interact with everyone. We also played a small game which helped us in knowing each other even better and also APS. It was a tiring day as I am not used to travelling for that long that to by metro. On Wednesday, we were at our work places with our mentors. We were exposed to the last year SOCK activities and even got the chance of getting hands on experience with one of the activities. It was a nice day and we now have some idea about what we will be doing over the summer. We got the full details and even a better picture of the SOCK program on Thursday. Kendra helped us with getting familiarized with the stuff that we are supposed to be doing like designing activities and making lessons. Gradually things are settling down and I am getting used to of travelling back and forth and also starting to have some sense to direction. Today it is Friday and I am happy that its weekend now and I can get some good sleep which I was not getting the whole week. I had this roommate issue which was going on and on and on. I am hoping that it will be resolved today and I will have a great weekend. I am looking forward to the next week and hoping that it would turn out to be a productive one for us.
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