A leap into the 21st century: physics education in TalTech will partly move to smart devices
In late May, the Institute of Cybernetics opened an upgraded physics lab where smart devices and computers are used for controlling testing equipment, making measurements, and analysing data.
According to Professor Andrus Salupere, Director of the Institute of Cybernetics, smart devices and IT applications have become embedded in everyday life, which has led to a legitimate expectation on the part of students at TalTech that classical physics education should be at least partly based on smart devices, but until recently, physics laboratories were stuck in the previous century.
Thanks to the 157,500-euro support received from the European Regional Development Fund in the framework of the ASTRA programme to modernise the physics laboratories of TalTech, the university has leaped into the 21st century. Over five hundred articles of different equipment, tools, and software were acquired. The aim was to obtain a variety of modern transducers, sensors, interfaces, and devices which would mainly communicate wirelessly. Uniform laboratory software was adopted and students can install it on their personal computers or smart devices. For performing experiments, workplaces in laboratories are equipped with touch-screen computers.
Professor Jaan Kalda, Head of the Division of Physics, concluded, ‘To my knowledge, the physics laboratory at our university is the most modern one in the Nordic region. As a next step, we will carry out the TalTechRemoteLab project which aims to enable carrying out experiments over the internet at any time from any geographical point.’
The physicists of TalTech are open to collaboration and invite all those who are interested to use the new laboratories for training and refresher training.