A Hands-on Approach to Learning Physics

Undergraduate Anna Regan takes part in an introductory course for physics majors held in a newly renovated physics classroom where students are learning concepts through hands-on activities integrated into lectures. (Garrett Spahn '18 (CLAS)/UConn Photo)
Undergraduate Anna Regan takes part in an introductory course for physics majors held in a newly renovated physics classroom where students are learning concepts through hands-on activities integrated into lectures. (Garrett Spahn '18 (CLAS)/UConn Photo)

A recently renovated physics classroom in the Edward V. Gant Science Complex was built to pilot a new approach to physics education, integrating lecture with lab rather than the classical approach of separating these components.

Students and instructors apply concepts with hands-on activities throughout the lecture, practice new tools, and problem solve as a group. The space is equipped with whiteboards on every wall, and computers and projectors for each station. Though built for entry-level courses such as Physics 1601 and 1602, the end goal is to convert larger classes into this format as well, including entry-level engineering and biology classes, for a more interactive learning experience.