Jul 31

Electric Z

 

Jul 31

Welcome to Las Pinas 2011 – Expedition to Paradise

Welcome to the Switched On Physics Expedition to Las Pinas, Philippines, for Summer of 2011.  The Expedition is an extension of our Fund for Teachers Fellowship in 2010, where we studied the amazing Bamboo Organ built by Father Diego Cera in early 1800s.  Much is  different, but much is the same, in that we now are visiting old friends from our last adventure, our physics and music family at the Bamboo Organ Foundation, and locations that have now truly become our second home.  We met so many new friends and new family to expand our horizons and carry with us always in our journey.  We found many unexpected connections with our project, and with people that we love and admire.  We took casual friendships and made them deeper, and learned that we are birds of a feather, who must somehow get together every so many moons!  We found adventures to share, friends to cherish and new family to love in our ever expanding community of fellowship that stretches, quite literally, around the globe.  We are bound by our humanity, fulfilled in our fellowship and united by our love.

Thank you for sharing our adventures!  Come inside and join us.  This is a chronicle of what we lived and experienced, but more importantly, of what we shared as men and women.  Thank YOU for sharing with us!  Welcome to the team!

Enjoy your trip to a beautiful world just this side of paradise.  It is easy for me to find because such a large part of my heart is in this magical place.  Come see us on a beach in Boracay or on a mountaintop in Camiguin!  I’ll meet you there in my dreams!

Good Energy!

Scotty Graham

Las Pinas 2011

Jan 02

2012 Expedition to the BAMBOO ORGAN FESTIVAL

JOIN US FOR A TRIP TO THE BAMBOO ORGAN FESTIVAL IN LAS PINAS!

We are organizing the Switched-On Physics Expedition to attend the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Festival in February, 2012!!! We hope you can go with us and we need your good wishes and support.  If you can come with us, please do so.  We will have a grand time, meet some wonderful people and see and hear some amazing things!  Contact me about coming along.  We would love to share the magic.  Besides, we are birds of a feather, you and me, and birds of a feather must get together every so many moons!  See you in Las Pinas!

Until Tomorrow, Until Tomorrow…

GOOD ENERGY!

Switched-On Physics

Bamboo Organ Festival

Jan 02

ALFRED Robotics Project

ALFRED and the students who created him.

Robots provide a fascinating means of captivating students, while allowing them to explore technology, computers and programming in a manner that exploits their individual skills and creativity.  We built ALFRED as a dynamic engineering project to allow students to explore robotics in a dynamic and spectacular manner.  We take great delight in sharing him with other students and schools, and we demonstrate him to younger students to show how captivating science can be.  Our program can design robotics kits and plans for replicable implementation.  The robots can be used for any educational purpose, topic or academic discipline.  Our large classroom interactive robot is named Alfred, after the English king who so strongly advocated universal education.  We will provide information for constructing ALFRED to students and teachers who are interested in building a robot.


Apr 28

Switched On Physics attends Paul Jacobs Houston Concert 22 April 2012

Paul Jacobs Concert - 22 April, 2012 - Houston

Switched-On Physics had the immense pleasure of attending Paul Jacobs concert at St. Martin’s on Sunday, April 22.  It was a truly magical and uplifting experience, as are all of Mr. Jacobs performances.  His technical mastery is stunning, but his artistry and the dynamic passion he puts into the music he plays is beyond description.  The music moved the audience, and all in attendance were mesmerized.  Thirty students and their families attended the concert.

Natasha meets Paul

After the concert, many of our students donned their green labcoats and met Mr. Jacobs at his reception. Many of the students had never been to a live organ performance, let alone one by the finest organist in the world today.  Mr. Jacobs performed on the magnificent Gloria Dei, a Shoenstein pipe organ with eighty ranks of pipes.  Under Mr. Jacobs masterful touch, the organ comes to life to fill the hall with transcendent tones.  While Paul Jacobs’ amazing skill is impressive, the pictures he paints with music are hauntingly beautiful and touch one to the very depths of the soul.

 

 

David and Natasha speak with Paul

Our students made a lab coat for Mr. Jacobs and presented it to him.  One of the requirements that students must complete to become a member of our science presentation team is to make their own lab coats.  Sewing is a skill that many young people no longer value,  so we are trying to keep knowledge alive among the younger generation.  It is the mission of our project to raise awareness of many things, including engineering, academics and organ music.  The entire concert was a memorable afternoon, and we will never forget the kindness of Mr. Jacobs and his  inspiring music. A TRULY magical experience!

Aug 15

Paul Jacobs plays organ at NPR studios!

Paul Jacobs performs for NPR Tiny Desk Concert:

(See Performance)

Aug 06

ALFRED

ALFRED

Aug 02

ALFRED

ALFRED and the students who created him.

Robots provide a fascinating means of captivating students, while allowing them to explore technology, computers and programming in a manner that exploits their individual skills and creativity.  We built ALFRED as a dynamic engineering project to allow students to explore robotics in a dynamic and spectacular manner.  We take great delight in sharing him with other students and schools, and we demonstrate him to younger students to show how captivating science can be.  Our program can design robotics kits and plans for replicable implementation.  The robots can be used for any educational purpose, topic or academic discipline.  Our large classroom interactive robot is named Alfred, after the English king who so strongly advocated universal education.  We will provide information for constructing ALFRED to students and teachers who are interested in building a robot.

Aug 02

Switched-On Physics Students Provide Bamboo Organ Foundation with High Speed Internet!

 

Friends at the Bamboo Organ Foundation. Jan Hernandez is Director (left)

Switched-On Physics raised funds to provide a donation of 10,000 pesos to the Bamboo Organ Foundation to enable them to have a permanent high speed internet connection.  This will allow them improved communications with the world, and it will allow our students to maintain a more interactive relationship with our friends in St. Joseph Parish.  Check it out!

 

We must raise this amount each year to keep the internet service active for the Bamboo Organ Foundation.  please help us!  Thank You for helping us to make this first donation possible.  If only you could go with us to visit and experience such an hour as the one I shared in the photo!


Aug 02

Derrick Liu, Michelle Geng and Anjay Ajodha Place 1st at Rice University Engineering Competition!

Derrck Liu and Michelle Geng with their blue ribbons and research/engineering project

Michelle Geng gives thumbs up for ALFRED! Jason ignores her!

Aug 02

Building ALFRED

 

Dr. Frankenstein and his creation!

Christopher Cargill and some intricate wiring!

Jake Bailey working on code for prototype of robot

Two evil geniuses at work!

ALFRED in an unrecognizable state

Michelle Geng gives thumbs up! Jason Ignores her

Anjay does critical surgery!

Michelle and Derrick work on the life support system for the brain!

Yes he can read!

Putting ALFRED together

Jason Ko and Michelle Jackson wire up ALFRED's lights!

 

Aug 02

Pearland Journal

Students who built ALFRED driving him around the room!

(Click photograph to read article!)

 

Aug 02

DHS Teacher Switches On Students’ Passion for Physics

SELECTED NEWS STORY
September 13, 2010

When Dawson High School educator Alexander Graham steps into the classroom, lectures and textbooks take a backseat.

The general/Advanced Placement physics teacher has a different way of getting students “switched on” to physics.

Graham’s student-driven “Switched-On Physics” program encourages students to explore and apply math and science through visual media and hands-on projects.

ALFRED

An avid learner himself, Graham makes science come alive for his students by pursuing personal and professional development opportunities that enhance his teaching.

This summer, thanks to a $5,000 Fund for Teachers grant, Graham visited the Philippines, where he studied the famous circa-1824 Las Pinas bamboo pipe organ.

His goal is for DHS students to build a digital pipe organ themselves.

“I wanted to study the engineering of the Las Pinas organ and make a connection with the remarkable vision of Father Diego Cera, who overcame tremendous obstacles to realize his vision of constructing a tropical organ with available materials,” he said.

Graham and his students plan to continue the Fund for Teachers experience by exchanging ideas and culture with teachers and students he met at the St. Joseph’s Academy in Las Pinas.

In addition, they will share their projects through portable science demonstrations at other Pearland ISD campuses and at regional and national conferences.

Fund for Teachers (www.fundforteachers.org) enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting them as they pursue opportunities worldwide that will impact their classrooms and communities.

Each Fund for Teachers fellowship is unique to the teacher who designed it. Since 2001, 4,000 teachers have been awarded $14.2 million in Fund for Teachers grants.


Aug 02

ABC News 13 – Digital Pipe Organ with Video

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=resources/lifestyle_community/outdoors&id=6558955

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