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Hands-On Optics science camps and clubs
Author(s): Constance E. Walker; Robert T. Sparks; Stephen M. Pompea

Paper Abstract

Hands-On Optics (HOO) is a National Science Foundation funded program to bring optics education to traditionally underserved middle school students. We have developed six modules that teach students optics concepts through hands-on, inquiry-based activities. The modules have been used extensively in after-school and non-school settings such as in the Boys and Girls Clubs in South Tucson, Arizona and the Boys and Girls Club in Sells, Arizona on the Tohono O’odham reservation. We will describe these programs and the lessons learned in these settings. These modules also form the basis for a week-long optics camp that provides students with approximately 40 hours of instruction time in optics. We will provide an outline of the activities and concepts covered in the camp. These camps provide an ideal way to encourage interest in optics before career choices are developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9665, Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96650M (3 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.2207503
Show Author Affiliations
Constance E. Walker, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Robert T. Sparks, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9665:
Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Marc Nantel, Editor(s)

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