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.
- use recycled and repurposed materials to teach optics.
- enliven math class with optics activities.
- engage students with inquiry-based activities