San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
19 - 23 August 2018
Course (WS1248)

  • Instructors:
  • Michael McKee, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States);
  • Nancy J. Magnani, (United States);
  • Matthew T. Posner, (United Kingdom);
Monday 20 August 2018
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Member Price $10.00
Non-Member Price $15.00
Student Member Price $10.00
  • Course Level:
  • Introductory
  • CEU:
  • 0.4
It is common for industry professionals, faculty, and graduate students to conduct outreach to K-12 schools and in informal locations such as fairs, science centers, or open houses. But what are the most effective ways to engage participants in activities and how should the information be presented? As part of this workshop, participants will learn how to most effectively present activities in optics and photonics that will maximize engagement while taking into account the audience and the location. They will also learn how to train others using the skills learned in this workshop.
Learning Outcomes
  • present information taking into account audience and location
  • alter an activity to maximize engagement for their audience
  • recognize when a presentation is “over the heads” of a prospective audience
  • adapt their presentation so they “speak simply”
  • state the important factors that are required for effective presentations to varying audience
  • teach others the approaches learned in the workshop
Industry professionals, graduate students or faculty who are interested in conducting outreach and training others how to conduct workshops
About the
Michael McKee is the Associate Director for the B.S. in Photonic Science and Engineering program in the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida. He was a physics teacher in Orange County Public Schools, where he also became a district lead science instructional coach. He was also an instructional coach for a charter school system in California. He has published K-5 lab manuals that are inquiry based with over 100 lessons. Since 1998, he has been the Florida Science Olympiad state director and was the director for the Science Olympiad National Tournament at UCF in 2012 and 2014.
Nancy J. Magnani is an emeritus professor of physics at Three Rivers Community College and the 2003 recipient of the SPIE Educator of the Year award. She is the co-author of "Light: Introduction to Optics and Photonics" and has worked since 1995 with the New England Board of Higher Education on NSF/Advanced Technology Education projects to encourage student-centered learning.
Matthew T. Posner is a Research Fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK. His research investigates the design and fabrication of planar Bragg gratings for applications in quantum science and sensing applications.
This workshop is for beginners with some experience conducting outreach.
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