Instruments of good

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When it came time to complete her Physics 6B final project, UC Santa Cruz student Asia Stautz turned to an unlikely set of tools.“I used a band saw, metal files, a nail gun, and wood glue,” said the Crown College human biology major, showing off the end result: a cool-looking, handmade ukulele crafted out of recycled wood.The instrument was a test of Stautz’s knowledge of standing sound waves and musical acoustics, and had to be capable of playing a simple tune. But it also was a lesson in giving. The instrument—part of a class project designed by lecturer Stephanie Bailey—will later be donated to a small school in an outlying province in the Philippines.The project, said Bailey from her office on Science Hill, was a way not only to test what her 250 introductory physics students—most of them life science majors—have learned, but also to expose them to the larger world.“An objective of mine has been to incorporate service learning where you can take advantage or piggyback on the learning goals of the classroom and combine community service in a way that both enhances the educational experience of the students and also brings benefit to the community,” Bailey said.For Stautz, who hopes to become an obstetrician, the project meant long hours of planning and ingenuity. Without tools or materials, she talked her way into the campus woodshop, promising volunteer sweeping and cleanup hours in exchange for a chance to raid the scrap bin and use the shop’s tools.For Rachel Barocio, a Rachel Carson College molecular, cell and developmental biology major who plans to go on to graduate school, a discarded piece of PVC pipe was turned into a bronze-painted flute. It was, she said, an opportunity to use her artistic side.“I enjoyed it (the project) because I consider …

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