Physics

Robots take over Main Hall during coding camp

Campers built and programmed robots to play the Game of Life on a physical grid in Main Hall.

While other summer camps may have focused on athletics, acting, and outdoor activities, participants in Randolph College’s TC3 Coding camp spent time this summer learning computer coding and how to program robots. The camp, in its second year, offered two, one-week sessions for third through seventh grade students. A third week was offered to eighth... READ MORE >>

“Tech cats” code at Randolph

Nikitha Prabhu (left) and Shiloh Mack test their lego robot at the Tech Cats Coding Camp on Wednesday at Randolph College. (Photo by Jill Nance)

By Katrina Dix, News & Advance Reprinted with permission Adults might glaze over if the conversation turns to programming, but children haven’t learned to be intimidated, making them the perfect students for Tech Cats Coding Camp. “You get kids interested in this stuff early … then they’re not going to blink,” said Katrin Schenk, who... READ MORE >>

Students take the driver’s seat with Summer Research

Zach Vernon ’18 (left) and Russ Burt ’16 analyze graphs of car accident statistics with physics professors Peter Sheldon and Sarah Sojka.

For many years, it’s been widely believed that a vehicle’s back seat is the safest place in the event of a crash, but Russ Burt ’16 and Zach Vernon ’18 aren’t completely convinced. Instead, they, along with physics professors Peter Sheldon and Sarah Sojka, are focusing their Summer Research project on determining if there is... READ MORE >>

Students doing more than just squeaking by in Summer Research

Physics Professor Katrin Schenk (right) assists Eric Huber ‘18 and Franziska Klostermyer '15 with a programming component of their project developing an ultrasonic vocalization research system.

Eric Huber ’18 and Noelle Wojciechowski ’17 are spending the summer creating efficient and affordable technology that will help Randolph researchers as well as college labs across the country collect and analyze ultrasonic vocalization data. To test the new tools they are building, the group is working with physics professor Katrin Schenk to track ultrasonic... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor featured on NPR

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Katrin Schenk, a Randolph physics professor, and her students are at the forefront of research using technology to help patients with dementia. ... READ MORE >>

Randolph’s 2015 Science Festival draws thousands to campus

SciFest - Randolph College

Thousands of people of all ages took advantage of a range of free activities during Randolph College’s 2015 Science Festival this weekend. The event kicked off with Rebecca Thompson, head of public outreach from the American Physical Society (APS) and also author of the popular comic series, Spectra: The Laser Superhero. Thompson’s lecture on Thursday... READ MORE >>

Physics professor explains reports of booming sounds

Physics professor Peter Sheldon

The local ABC affiliate WSET recently asked Peter Sheldon, a Randolph College physics professor, to give a possible explanation for reports of “loud booms” that they had heard.... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor explains 2011 earthquake’s far-reaching impact

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WSET asked Sarah Sojka, an environmental studies and physics professor, to explain a recent report that asserts a 2011 earthquake in Virginia shook more people than any other quake in U.S. history.... READ MORE >>

Society of Physics Students earns national recognition again

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This is the 7th year in a row that the Randolph chapter of the Society of Physics Students has won the Outstanding Chapter award.... READ MORE >>

Crash Course

SUPER program field trip to visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Ruckersville, VA

Randolph’s SUPER program, which helps students prepare for science and engineering careers, has grown significantly in the past two years.... READ MORE >>