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December 13, 2002

MHC Physics Students Help Middle Schoolers See the Light

Photo: Fred LeBlanc

Elizabeth Fenstermacher '04 (center) shares her excitement about physics with South Hadley sixth-graders.

When Suchi Saria '04 was a sixth-grader in her native India, she began doing hands-on projects in school that sparked her interest in science. The lightbulb literally went off one day for Saria when a strong electrical current was used to shatter a bulb during a class demonstration. Fascinated, she tried to tape the filament back together and to figure out how to build an unbreakable bulb. Though she was unsuccessful in that particular pursuit, little else has stood in her way as she pursues her goal of a doctorate in robotics. Thanks in part to the "strong base" she received and the applied curriculum of her early years of schooling, Saria has become a double major in physics and computer science at MHC who conducts cocurricular robotics research with computer science faculty members. Now Saria and fellow members of the College's chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), with the help of MHC physics lab director Orin Hoffman, are helping to generate interest in physics among sixth-graders at South Hadley's Michael E. Smith Middle School through the same kind of hands-on science that so inspired Saria when she was their age. more>

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