Day 7- Waiting for Supplies

We’ve been editing laboratories for our Near Space components without the materials; we’re still waiting on the shipment to come in.  It gets tedious editing laboratories all day long, so today I learned a few different skills.  The first of which will come in handy for when we take video of all of the laboratories: video editing.

We are going to be making videos of all of the laboratories, so I taught myself basic video editing skills in iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5.  It was interesting to learn these skills, as I’m planning on recording a weekly recap of my classroom next year, and posting it online so students may access it from anywhere to review topics discussed in class.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful; we edited laboratories.  They are taking a lot more time than we had anticipated, but there is little yet to do as we’re still waiting on our supplies to come in.

Day 6- Lab revision, being a good presenter

Today’s commute started out much better than the day before, 52 minutes door to door, which is probably my best time so far.  It’s crazy how sometimes the trains arrive much earlier, and sometimes they arrive much later.  My trip usually averages to about 63 minutes door to door. 

We started out revising labs again.  Fjodor is still working on the first lab, which I had thought was completed.  There’s always revision to be done, but I’d really like to get the laboratories all edited so that we can then do a test run and then revise them more based on the labs.

I’m doing a ton of review of physics, as I haven’t covered this material since my Physics 131/132 classes with Heath Hatch at UMass Amherst.  I really enjoyed circuits though, so it’s fun to play around with satellite parts and the such.

We had a Brown Bag lunch with the other RETs, in which Mike Ruane gave a presentation on how to give good presentations.  Mike talked about all kinds of aspects to think about, from PowerPoint themes to scientific posters, and eventually publishing research.  I’ve thought about some of this before,  but there were some new aspects to me.

In the afternoon, we went back to editing labs, and then Mike came and visited us.  We talked more about our project, heard what the other groups were doing, and talked about timing.  We should be all set, and we’re busy this summer, but it’s not impossible.

I then went to the Prudential center with Alex Schwartz (who’s looking for a teaching job…please hire him, he’s a great teacher) and caught up.  Man, I love living in the city.