San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
19 - 23 August 2018
Course (WS1156)
Dumpster Optics: Teaching Optics with Junk
  • Instructors:
  • Judith F. Donnelly, Three Rivers Community College (United States);
  • Nancy J. Magnani, Eastconn (United States);
Tuesday 21 August 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Member Price $10.00
Non-Member Price $15.00
Student Member Price $10.00
  • Course Level:
  • Introductory
  • CEU:
  • 0.2
Engage in tested inquiry-based activities illustrating basic optics concepts using inexpensive, commonly found materials. This workshop is for budget-constrained teachers and outreach providers who have little to no funds for formal kits and expensive supplies. School-age children are welcome to accompany parents. What will you take home? Complete instructions including how optics can be used to illuminate mathematics, several "make-and-take" experiments, list of suppliers and other free resources, ongoing technical assistance (by email), and the opportunity to join the PHOTON listserv of educators and industry mentors. What will you do in this workshop? Dumpster Optics and Math & Optics activities include: Light and Shadows, Inverse Square Law, Reflection (including a target shoot and kaleidoscope!), What is a Laser? and The Colors of Light.
Learning Outcomes
  • use recycled and repurposed materials to teach optics.
  • enliven math class with optics activities.
  • engage students with inquiry-based activities
Secondary and post-secondary instructors who want to teach basic optical science concepts and photonics technology. The workshop is also appropriate for anyone who wants a few engaging, low-cost, simple demonstrations to take into their community for outreach purposes. Children over 8 years old are welcome to accompany their parent to the workshop. Youth badge is required and may be picked up at Registration.
About the
Judith F. Donnelly 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.
Nancy J. Magnani is a Grant Facilitator/Science Specialist for EASTCONN’s Teaching and Learning Services. Her projects include facilitating Inter-district grant programs for K-12 students, including Energy for the Future, the 4th R: Robotics, Minds in Motion and Making Waves: Optics and Acoustics. In addition, Nancy facilitates EASTCONN Science Council, developing and providing science-based professional development for K-12 teachers in alignment with NGSS and Connecticut state science standards.
SCHEDULE CHANGE This course was originally scheduled from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The time have been changed to: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
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