The Lighter Side of Physics and Astronomy
Physics Songs (as featured in the APS News, maintained by Walter Smith)
Songs about physics can help students to remember critical concepts and formulas, but perhaps more importantly they communicate the lesson that physics can be fun. They certainly help to establish an informal classroom atmosphere, in which even shy students are willing to ask questions.
Haverford students get a chance to work collaboratively in an informal science setting through our public observing program. Attracting hundreds of visitors a year, this program includes activities for all ages along with telescope observing. Students take a variety of roles in this program, from leadership and curation of the events themselves, to giving presentations, to interacting with children over hands-on activities, to running the telescopes and teaching viewers about the universe. Its a fun time for faculty, students, and visitors alike!