Day 1 – Introduction, Juggling and Settling in

IMG_3556On a cold Tuesday morning we all made our way to the Physics East building to start our internship. Our first task was to set up the projector, which proved to be more of a challenge than anticipated for Mike, Mi and Dan. We then had a brief introduction to our project by Dr Nicola Wilkin and Jon Watkins, our supervisors.

We were informed that we would be working in teams during the project to create questions for students to use as an extra maths resource. Members of each team will create questions and test them on each other before passing them over to the other team for them to verify. This is essential to ensure the questions we produce are robust.

In addition to this, we will be taught how to juggle (yes, we know – how cool!) and Greg Oliver, PhD student in Theoretical Physics, will be our instructor.  For those of you interested, here is a video of our very first lesson:

Only if it was that easy…

In the afternoon, we had a go at trying to “break” some of the questions that had already been written for the first year Maths for Physicists module. These are in the final stages of development. What started as an individual exercise in familiarizing ourselves with the interface and finding bugs or errors quickly became a team event in trying to find the strangest errors possible.

thumb_IMG_0051_1024 thumb_IMG_0054_1024 thumb_IMG_0056_1024 thumb_IMG_0058_1024 Meanwhile Helen took photographs of all of us to display, with names, on the door of our office. This was definitely more time consuming than anticipated due to the PhD students feeling the need to pose in a variety of hats.

That is all for today! Happy Blogging!

~ Edna and Helen


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