Hall of Fame: Extra-curricular Activities, Awards, Presentations and Contributions
September 2023Physikshow an der langen Nacht der Museen:
June 2023Andreas Eggenberger was invited to the EPT Summer School which was organised by the EPT Hub at ETH Zurich. He presented ideas on how to include simple yet effective hands-on experiments in regular exercise classes. Additionally, he challgened all participants (mostly PhD students from physics or other related fields) to determine the graviational acceleration g in different ways as precisely as possible, by only using everyday's items. With his experience and vast knowledge about experimenting also on a simple level, he could inspire his audience and hopefully contributed to more lively exercise classes in the future.
Spring Semester 2023Pilot Project: P+ In the spring semester 2023, a pilot projected called "Projected-oriented Physics Lab for Undergraduate Sudents" (PPLUS, or shorter: P+) was launched. P+ is an alternative to the regular physics lab P2, which offered 18 motivated students the possibility to plan, build, perform and analyse one's own experiments under supervision of an experienced teaching assistant. This pilot project was very successful, as not only the feedback from students showed, but also when evaluating the learning progress of the students. In fact, it was so successful that even people outside D-PHYS heard about it, and we are strongly encouraged to continue and further develop such project-based learning opportunities. We take this advice seriously and are preparing things to ensure that P+ will become a permanent alternative to the regular lab, and that P+ will contribute to promote project-based teaching not only within D-PHYS. Stay tuned!
In November 2022, Andreas Eggenberger was asked to offer workshops for young interested people at one of the "Treffpunkt Science City" events (see some general impressions, including snippeds from the workshop, in the video below). About 70 teenagers listened to a short introduction to spectroscopy, and could build their own spectrometer to take home and investigate various light sources.
The programme for the series in fall 2022 can be found here here, and the building instructions for the spectometer are available on request (see contact on the right hand side).
The physics lab with its online experiments that were developped during the Corona Pandemic in 2020, has been awarded with the KITE Award 2022.
The award "is dedicated to teaching projects and initiatives which were developed at ETH during its semesters of remote teaching", as the Lecturer's Conference of ETH Zurich (KdL) states. It acknowledges our efforts to maintain a high didactical level of education despite restrictions such as lockdowns or unavailability of equipment.
We are overwhelmed to have received this award, and we would like to express our gratitude towards all the motivated and enthusiastic teaching assistants which, in the first hours and days of the lockdown, spent countless hours to help the physics lab switching to a remote format.