An Interview With James Martin, Upper School Science and Robotics
What are the greatest challenges in teaching your subject and how are you addressing these?
Physics is a challenging subject for even the best of students—it’s highly dependent upon a strong grasp of math, requires both critical and abstract thinking, and is often very conceptual, since students are currently unable to see or touch particles, quantum mechanics, or nano-materials, for example. However, physics, like most sciences, is best understood by actively participating in directed experimentation and discovery.
The inquiry-based learning encouraged by SCH’s physics curriculum allows our students to actively experiment, arrive at conclusions supported by data they’ve collected, and develop strong critical-thinking skills. Using the technology provided by the Science Department and the Innovation and Technology Department, we are able to experiment daily, capturing data live. Students see, right before their eyes, the relationships between the physical phenomena and the mathematical equation describing it.