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Solar cell and photonics outreach for middle school students and teachers
Author(s): Pamela O. Gilchrist; Alonzo B. Alexander

Paper Abstract

This paper will describe the curriculum development process employed to develop a solar cell and photonics curriculum unit for students underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Information will explain how the curriculum unit was piloted with middle and high school teachers from public schools in North Carolina, high school students from underrepresented groups in an informal science program, and workshop settings. Measures used to develop the curriculum materials for middle school students will be presented along with program findings documenting students’ urban versus rural interest in STEM, career aspirations, and 21st century learning skills in informal learning settings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2017
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017, 1045205 (16 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2265782
Show Author Affiliations
Pamela O. Gilchrist, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Alonzo B. Alexander, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10452:
14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
Xu Liu; Xi-Cheng Zhang, Editor(s)

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