Graduate School Student
MSE Robotics, BSE Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania
Will Johnson is a PhD student in the mechanical engineering and materials science department studying soft robotics. He is investigating ways to make robots out of soft materials and soft structures. Before starting his PhD studies at Yale, he spent two years teaching high school physics and robotics at West Nottingham Academy, a boarding school in Colora, Maryland. His teaching practice emphasizes active and experiential learning; for example, he taught Newton’s second law by having his class push his car across the parking lot and measure its acceleration. These experiences keep students engaged with the subject material, and most importantly, they make learning fun!