Ukelele!

Walking into the mercifully air conditioned Jack Miller, I heard soft music floating down the halls. More by ear than anything else, I found Hope’s ukulele camp, where students learn to play in a week. Chord by chord and day by day, students are able to put together whole songs by the end! The camp […]

Tinker Engineers

If you’d walked in at the end of Tinker camp, you would have thought it was all about art. Paint striped paper hung around the room drying as the 3 volunteer teachers wound down for the day. The start of the day was anything but art. Inclined planes peppered the projector screen and student’s worksheets. […]

Biofuels in High School

At Hope College, where undergraduate research is the norm, poster presentations are not unusual. Wandering into the Intro to Engineering Lab then, and finding students presenting research on Biofuels was not all that surprising. Talking with the students who understood the subtleties of their research and could speak with clarity about the context and stakes of […]