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The PHOTON explorations: sixteen activities, many uses
Author(s): Judith Donnelly; Kathryn Amatrudo; Kathleen Robinson; Fenna Hanes

Paper Abstract

The PHOTON Explorations were adapted from favorite demonstrations of teacher participants in the PHOTON projects of the New England Board of Higher Education as well as Hands-on-Optics activities and interesting demonstrations found on the web. Since the end of project PHOTON2 in 2006, the sixteen inquiry-based activities have formed the basis for a hands-on “home lab” distance- learning course that has been used for college students, teacher professional development and corporate training. With the support of OSA, they have been brought to life in a series of sixteen short videos aimed at a middle school audience. The Explorations are regularly used as activities in outreach activities for middle and high school students and are introduced yearly to an international audience at an outreach workshop at SPIE’s Optics and Photonics meeting. In this paper we will demonstrate the Explorations, trace their origins and explain the content. We will also provide details on the development of the Exploration videos, the online course, and outreach materials and give statistics on their use in each format. Links to online resources will be provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92892H (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070736
Show Author Affiliations
Judith Donnelly, Three Rivers Community College (United States)
Kathryn Amatrudo, The Optical Society of America (United States)
Kathleen Robinson, SPIE (United States)
Fenna Hanes, New England Board of Higher Education (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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