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Class Act: Physics Class
A new physics class is giving Carroll College students a more hands-on learning experience.
The Robotics and Experimental Physics course, taught by Dr. Kelly Cline, is part of a new physics major being offered at Carroll.
For this week's Class Act, Beartooth NBC’s Charlie Misra spoke with Professor Kelly Cline about his new physics class, which he describes as exciting and dynamic.
Dr. Kelly Cline says the faculty at Carroll College wanted fresh ideas to go into designing a new physics curriculum. A result of their efforts is the Robotics and Experimental Physics course, which Cline teaches.
Cline says, "We present these challenges and then different groups and different teams solve them in different ways. And so it's a way that people can be creative and try different ways of exploring things and every group has their own unique ideas."
Cline says his inspiration for the class comes from seeing several high schools becoming involved in robotics competitions. Cline says he decided that was a road he needed to help build at the college level.
His Robotics and Experimental Physics course involves the use of Legos and advanced computer software to build robots, designed to complete challenges he assigns.
Cline says, "Seeing students use that creativity in a scientific programming sort of way is really fun and exciting to do."
He says the challenges push students to come up with unique, innovative solutions. Cline says his goal as a professor is for students to have a deep understanding of the material. He says he tries to achieve that goal by having active discussion.
It's the innovative thinking and the desire to create a deeper understanding that makes Dr. Kelly Cline and the rest of the Carroll Department of Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science, a Class Act.
Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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