Eastchester High School Physics teacher Robert Ross knows how to build on the curiosity of students and keep them excited, starting from the first days of school.
On Sept. 4, he laid down on a bed of nails and asked a student to step on him. Senior Meghan McCloskey volunteered and stood on a small tray that rested on Ross’ stomach. The Regents Physics class could see small indentations on Ross’ shirt when he rose and then he explained the math behind the experiment.
Ross told the class, “You have to believe in physics. Physics doesn’t lie.”
He determined how much weight he could withstand by placing an apple on the nails and then calculated the mass of a student and himself.
After the demonstration, McCloskey said she never feared for her teacher’s safety because she trusted in science.