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The evolution of optics education at the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Author(s): Stephen M. Pompea; Constance E. Walker; Robert T. Sparks

Paper Abstract

The last decade of optics education at the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory will be described in terms of program planning, assessment of community needs, identification of networks and strategic partners, the establishment of specific program goals and objectives, and program metrics and evaluation. A number of NOAO’s optics education programs for formal and informal audiences will be described, including our Hands-On Optics program, illumination engineering/dark skies energy education programs, afterschool programs, adaptive optics education program, student outreach, and Galileoscope program. Particular emphasis will be placed on techniques for funding and sustaining high-quality programs. The use of educational gap analysis to identify the key needs of the formal and informal educational systems will be emphasized as a technique that has helped us to maximize our educational program effectiveness locally, regionally, nationally, and in Chile.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92890U (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070288
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Constance E. Walker, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Robert T. Sparks, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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