Video: Engineering students stage
show that puts theory into motion © Jan. 27, 2012, Norwich University Office of Communications

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The study of engineering is fun, but sometimes that’s hard to remember during the first year.

Freshmen take on a curriculum heavy in math, physics and chemistry, according to Prof. Peter Kjeer, first-year engineering coordinator for Norwich University’s David Crawford School of Engineering. There will be an awful lot of book study.

“It’s difficult for students to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

While fundamentals are critical to hands-on projects that come later, Kjeer likes to give freshmen a fun reminder that the numbers and theories have practical applications down the line. In this case, he suggested his Introduction to Engineering class put on a show.

Response was enthusiastic. Kjeer wrote the initial script, and students figured out ways to work their own talents and interests into the show. A few faculty members joined in, and soon they had a range of skits and demonstrations illustrating how bedrock theories of physics apply in life and music.

Kjeer himself demonstrated how electric and acoustic instruments differ, and the curious effect of sulfur hexafluoride gas on a person’s vocal cords.

This video shows highlights from the performance.