January 14, 2022

The first part of Season 12


The first part of the 12th season of School of Young physicists is over. This has been a challenging year because of the Covid situation in Latvia. The semester started with in-house sessions for the first time since 2020. We started by tackling the scientific method. Something that is not talked about often enough, especially in the times we are in now, that misinformation is rampant, it is of utmost importance to be able to tell the difference between what is true and what is misleading information. In this session we had guests from Scepticafe, a group, which has been doing work on educating the public on misinformation, critical thinking and debunking myths that people falsely believe in. The second session was about statistics and its use in physics. We learned about basic statistics and its use in physics, and delved deeper in error analysis, an important part of physics that is usually not taught in high school. However, after these sessions, with the covid situations going out of hand in Latvia, we had to move online, and after student suggestions, we decided to post monthly physics problem and a home experiment, more about that in the next article.

We look forward to working with students and seeing them back in the House of Science, a thing that we have missed immensely.