Physics-Astronomy Machine Shop
Machine shops have been on campus for over
99 years! While our work speaks for
itself, the Physics/Astronomy machine shop doesn't limit its hard work merely to machines and
materials; we're active in the community, too. Some of the things
we're known for include:
- The M-Shop supports the
Student Machine Shop. We have taught the "Student Shop Class" since 1986 at
no cost to the student or the major professor. Representatives of every
department group have taken the course.
- The M-Shop has participated in several efforts of the Department to train High School
physics teachers. We have taught several short courses on equipment
operation and safe shop practices. These include the "Demonstrations
Workshop" organized by the P-A Outreach Coordinator (Sheron Snyder, at the time),
and a CNS course for teachers organized by Merle Heidemann. As an outcome of these courses,
the shop financed and constructed several demonstrations and gave them to
the teachers, free of charge. Water rocket launchers, wave-flame
demonstrations, weather station hardware, and assorted other demos were
built and donated on behalf of the Department.
- The M-Shop has given several invited talks to area groups. These talks
are always concluded with
an open invitation of help from us, to achieve their mission. These include
the Portland Machinist Guild, the Mid-Michigan Physics Alliance and the
Capitol Area Science and Math group. We have on several occasions, created
and repaired demos for these groups at no charge.
- The M-Shop is an active
participant in the preparation of Science Olympiad each year.
- The M-Shop was a founding contributor to the "Science Theater" group and received their
- The M-Shop enhances the research and teaching of other departments across campus.
One-of-a-kind demos and research tools are built here and used across
- M-Shop personnel, acting as members of the department, serve on an
advisory board to the Capitol Area Career Center. Every year, the M-Shop
offers opportunities to CACC students for on-the-job work experience in
the Shop. They work in our Shop two days a week as part of their training.
Here's a letter from Ingham Intermediate School District.