Week 9: 1/3 of a Mile

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Monday, August 2, 2021


Noah Johnson

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” - Gandalf

And oh how quickly the time has flown. I can hardly believe Week 9 is done and we’re starting the last and final week of this amazing adventure. This past week has been awesome and we are wrapping up and finalizing so many things. Somehow it’s all coming together.

In terms of the SOCK, we finished all of the demos we are most likely going to get done in time (there is another one that is being drafted at the moment but I am unsure if we’ll have enough time to fully finish that). Otherwise the SOCK is looking very good. We ordered all of the materials last week as well which included a lot of latex tubing. And by a lot of latex tubing I mean a third of a mile of latex tubing. We also bought 200 7” foam balls, which is a lot of foam balls. So it was a fun week last week.

I also got the honor to introduce the SPS Demo Competition video (found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYAwJRhh-ms) to the AAPT summer meeting this year! It was really fun to be behind the scenes at a conference and see how it all works. I can’t wait until the AAPT winter meeting and PhysCon 2022! 

Some interns and I also got together on Friday night and watched a movie which was a lot of fun. It was a particularly bad movie but it was also hilarious and so we all had a good laugh over that. 

This upcoming week is the last week which is absolutely mental. Brad wasn’t kidding when he said the first half goes slowly then as soon as you hit July 4th it goes by in a blink. I moved into my new apartment this week too so that has been a crazy time as well. Until next time!


Noah Johnson