Last night we FINALLY had a stargazing session with clear skies! A handful of kiddos showed up, and some even brought their parents. I was able to get through a decent tour of the major constellations that were up before my laser pointer's batteries decided to die on me. Luckily the big 16" cassegrain telescope was up and active, so we checked out Neptune, Uranus, and the Pleiades. It was a satisfying end to an otherwise cloudy Fall semester.
In Engineering Design, students are furiously working to finish their Independent Arduino projects. With only a week to go, some groups are wrapping up and working on documentations, while others are still struggling to just get a functioning prototype. But that's how it goes in the world of engineering. Today I had a student remark that he'd been learning a lot....and also crying a lot (jokingly). We both laughed, but I had to point out that many times, learning only comes by working through the frustration of the challenges you face. That's what I love about this class so much. Instead of just talking about things, we're DOING stuff. And most of the time, doing stuff is stressful and unsuccessful. But when you do get that moment of victory when your code finally works or the motors being turning or the LEDs being to blink (or stop blinking!) or whatever it is... that moment is so sweet.