University of California - Santa Cruz
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Having started out small, I began by helping students through the Afterschool Academic Program, an organization of teachers and students devoted to assisting those that are struggling in classes at school. I managed to help many students by teaching them in many of the subjects that I excelled at: Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Biology, Physics and English. However, after tutoring Physics for a while, I noticed a general trend in the student population that alarmed my Physics teacher as I brought it up to him.
People just were not passionate about Physics anymore.
Physics has always been the stigmatized science; it is the science that everyone thinks is too difficult to comprehend. As a result of this, many give up on it as a potential choice for a career. However, because I noticed this trend, I came up with a solution that has sparked interest in the subject again.
I began Physics Club with the mission to open the eyes of many to the numerous phenomena that can be explained through simple knowledge of Newton’s Laws, Energy and simple 1-D Kinematic Equations. I showed many students the hyper-velocity rounds of railguns, the sonic booms of the F/A 22 Raptor and the mechanisms of nuclear bombs. Our meetings consisted of a...
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