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Student chapters: effective dissemination networks for informal optics and photonics education

Paper Abstract

Professional societies sponsor student chapters in order to foster scholarship and training in photonics at the college and graduate level, but they are also an excellent resource for disseminating photonics knowledge to pre-college students and teachers. Starting in 2006, we tracked the involvement of SPIE student chapter volunteers in informal pre-college education settings. Chapter students reached 2800, 4900 and 11800 pre-college students respectively from 2006-2008 with some form of informal instruction in optics and photonics. As a case study, the EduKit, a self-contained instruction module featuring refractive and diffractive micro-optics developed by the European Network of Excellence on Micro-Optics (NEMO), was disseminated through student chapters in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States. We tracked the movement of this material through the network, up to the student-teacher feedback stage. The student chapter network provided rapid dissemination of the material, translation of the material into the local language, and leveraged existing chapter contacts in schools to provide an audience. We describe the student chapter network and its impact on the development of the EduKit teaching module.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2009
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 9666, 11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 96660A (5 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.2207947
Show Author Affiliations
Dirk Fabian, SPIE (United States)
Nathalie Vermeulen, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Sara Van Overmeire, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9666:
11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
K. Alan Shore, Editor(s)

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