ExpEYES : Python Powered Open Source Portable Science Lab
by praveen patil (speaking)
- Technical level
An understanding of science and technology is necessary in every students life. The main challenge in the field of science Education at a global level is the declining interest of students into science. Unfortunately the performance of a student is often measured by the ability to memorize than the real understanding. as a result most of them fail to apply what they learn in the classroom to the things they encounter in real life. Students also lose interest because of absence of appropriate motivation and also due to the of lack of equipment.
The key to combating this is the adoption of an inquiry-based, 'learn-by-doing' approach i.e. learning by exploring and experimenting. However, almost everywhere science is mostly taught from the textbooks without giving importance to experiments, partly due to lack of equipment. ExpEYES (Experiments for Young Engineers and Scientists) is the most affordable solution to this problem. ExpEYES brings the ability to perform experiments with reasonable accuracy, opens up an entirely new path for learning science.
With the objectives of developing affordable laboratory equipment and training science teachers, ExpEYES is from the PHOENIX project of Inter-University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi. It is an Open Hardware and Free Software framework for developing science experiments, classroom demonstrations and projects without getting in to the details of electronics or computer programming. It converts your PC into a portable science laboratory.
ExpEYES can be used to perform a large number of experiments. For example, the device can be used to study electromagnetic induction, interference of sound waves, Lissajous Figures, to measure gravity by time of flight, alongside many other applications. Concepts like Lissajous Figures and Electromagnetic induction are quite difficult for most students. ExpEYES allows the study of fast changing phenomena and is an effective tool for exploring electromagnetic phenomena and the laws of electromagnetic induction—namely, Faraday’s law and Lenz’s law. The ability to capture real-time graphs offers the important beniﬁt for students to better visualize the associated phenomena and develop a deeper understanding of it.
In this presentation we will be demonstrating and discussing how ExpEYES can be used to explore and study various phenomena like Interference of Sound, Lissajous Figures and Electromagnetic Induction in different situations: a magnet oscillating in a coil, magnet falling through a coil, a ferromagnetic material and a magnet swinging over a coil.
Projector, Power terminals
A Physics Teacher and free software enthusiast.
M.Sc. in Physics from Karnatak University Dharwad, India. Currently pursuing PhD from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum.
Profession: Working as a Lecturer in Physics since last 12 years at Govindram Seksaria Science College Belgaum, India.
Involvement in Free Software :
Using Free Software and ExpEYES for classroom and laboratory demonstrations for 11th and 12 grade.
Maintaining a blog for ExpEYES.
Involved in FOSS training programs for science teachers.
Working e-content developer for National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) for School Education by Central Institute of Education Technology (CIET), NCERT, New Delhi.
Worked as a member of committee for “Development of ICT Refresher Course forstudents and teachers” @ CIET-NCERT, New Delhi.Developed Three Refresher courses ExpEYES: An open Source Science Lab, STEP : Physics Simulation Environment & IWICT -Interacting with ICT tools.
ExpEYES Workshops/Training programs conducted :
Carmel College, Nuvem, Goa. Jansons Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. G S S College, Belgaum, Karnataka and several other schools and colleges. Resource person for ‘UGC Sponsored State Level Workshop’ on “Experiments for Young Engineers andScientists–ExpEYES” on November 15 - 16, 2013 Organized byDepartment of Physics & Electronics P.V.K.N. Govt. Degree College, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.
Talks at International Event
Invited Speaker @ FOSSASIA - 2014 hosted at Norton University in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia on February 28 - March 2, 2014. ( Delivered a Talk and conducted workshop)
Conference at RMLL-2014 at Montpellier, France https://2014.rmll.info/conference88