This initiative was born out of discussions between Giovanni Organtini and Pietro Cicuta in the pandemic lockdown of Spring 2020. It was developed through the Summer with Mike Schatz, Danny Caballero, Martin Monteiro, Neer Asherie, Frederic Bouquet, Sebastian Staacks and Jens Noritzsch. 

We have formed an editorial board, listed below. This team will review the material submitted to be hosted in either the experiment list or the ideas blog.  Please use the email address  to get in touch with us.

We hope this initiative can be useful to the physics and physical sciences communities. Its success depends entirely on voluntary contributions. 

We have started this project with no funding sources, and would welcome opportunities to expand it and make it better. Many ideas are only possible with dedicated resources - get in touch if you are aware of funding opportunities for smartphysicslab. 

Frédéric Bouquet works in the Physics Reimagined team of the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides from University Paris-Saclay. The Physics Reimagined team explores new forms of popularization and science education, and has been developing several tools and pedagogical supports on using low-cost devices to perform physics experiments.

Frédéric Bouquet

CNRS - Universite Paris Saclay
Bat. 510, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides
Campus d'Orsay de l'universite Paris Saclay
91405 Orsay Cedex
+33 (0)1 69 15 53 43

Marcos (Danny) Caballero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering. He holds the Lappan-Phillips Chair of Physics Education, co-directs the Physics Education Research Lab, serves as a principal investigator for the Learning Machines Lab, conducts research as part of the newly-founded Computational Education Research Lab, and holds an appointment as research faculty at the University of Oslo’s Center for Computing in Science Education. Danny studies how tools and science practices affect student learning in physics and computational science, and the conditions and environments that support or inhibit this learning.

Danny Caballero

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Biomedical Physical Sciences
567 Wilson Road, Room 1310-A
East Lansing, MI 48824

Pietro Cicuta is Professor of Biological Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory and Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The research activity in his team involves substantial instrument building, for imaging, optical tweezing, microfluidics and interface science. He has also been responsible for recently renovating the third year physics student labs, and has been head of class in first and second year labs for various years.  He cares about experimental physics and thinks experiments with clever ideas and simple cool methods are needed to attract future generations towards exciting areas of physics.  He has been faculty and co-director of the Hands-On School, an annual programme, currently hosted at ICTP, devoted to promoting frugal bench-top science in developing countries.

Pietro Cicuta
BSS, Department of Physics
Cavendish Laboratory
University of Cambridge
J.J. Thomson Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 0HE, U.K.
+44 1223 337462

Ulysse Delabre works at the University of Bordeaux (France) at the LOMA Laboratory in soft matter physics. He is deeply involved in smartphone physics, outreach activities and science education at University and in Highschool. He has developped several teaching activities and open ressources to perform innovative physics experiments at home. He is also the scientific advisor of the Houses for Science – Main à la pâte in Aquitaine to help teachers to bring innovation to their science teaching practices.

Ulysse Delabre

Laboratoire Ondes et Matières d’Aquitaine
Bat. A4N,
351 Cours de la Libération,
33405 Talence cedex , France

Martín Monteiro is professor of physics and laboratory coordinator at the School of Engineering, Universidad ORT Uruguay, in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is engaged in several initiatives to disseminate science, like blogs, workshops, outreach activities, the organization of physics and astronomy Olympiads, scientific photographic contests, among others. His main topics of interest are physics education research, experimental physics, computational physics, scientific art, history and philosophy of science, physics toys, physics challenges, Fermi problems.

In the last few years he has been developing physics experiments using new technologies like open-source hardware and smartphones.

Martín Camilo Monteiro Trabal

Physics Laboratory Coordinator
School of Engineering
Universidad ORT Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay
+598 98583314

Jens Noritzsch is part of the phyphox core team at the 2nd Institute of Physics A, RWTH Aachen University, taking care of public relations, support, and trainings. The free app phyphox turns smart devices into a mobile lab and provides opportunities for modern approaches to science education.

Jens Noritzsch

2nd Institute of Physics A
RWTH Aachen University

Giovanni Organtini is Professor of Physics at Sapienza Università di Roma. He was involved in the discovery of the Higgs boson with the CMS detector at CERN's LHC for which he contributed in the design, construction and operation. He is an internationally recognised expert on physics with Arduino and smartphone and the Italian Ambassador for phyphox: an award winning App to perform physics experiments with smartphones. Giovanni is the Director of Sapienza's Schools of Physics with Arduino and Smartphones: an event dedicated to teachers who want to learn how to exploit these tools in their classes.

Giovanni Organtini

Dip. di Fisica Sapienza Università di Roma
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 ROMA
+39 06 4991 4329

Michael F. Schatz is a Professor in and Chair of the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He conducts research in both experimental nonlinear dynamics and physics education. He has worked to support development of computational thinking in physics for students in high school and college courses; he has also led the development of online physics courses featuring bona fide hands-on labs that students carry out in their own surroundings. Mike has served as Faculty, co-Director, and Director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics Hands-on Research in Complex Systems Schools. He is a recipient of the Cottrell Scholars Award and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Michael Schatz

School of Physics
Georgia Institute of Technology
837 State Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0430
+1 404-894-5201

Sebastian Staacks is a scientific assistant at the RWTH Aachen University and the lead developer of the physics education app "phyphox". His work has been decorated by the MNU (German science teacher’s association), the AGPP of the DPG (workgroup for physical lab courses within the German Physical Society) and the Stifterverband (organization to further education, science and research). His focus is on developing digital tools to enhance physics education for all students.

Sebastian Staacks

RWTH Aachen University
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
+49 241 80 27086

Rebecca is a former high school physics teacher and nationally-recognized science educator who has co-developed the sensor-based smartphone app, Physics Toolbox. She now serves as project manager for a STEM teacher education network of a major hemispheric diplomatic agency for the Americas. Formerly, she served as K-12 Program Manager of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Born in central Illinois, USA, Rebecca received her B.S. in Physics Education and M.A.S. in Science Education. She earned National Board Teacher Certification in 2010, was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching by Barack Obama in 2013, and was selected by NASA as an Albert Einstein Fellow in 2014. 

Rebecca Vieyra

University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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