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Seeing the light: Introducing optics/photonics through middle school mathematics
Author(s): Matthew J. Donnelly; Judith F. Donnelly; Joseph M. Park

Paper Abstract

Over the course of an academic year, middle school students engaged in an exploration of some of the mathematics used in optics through hands-on inquiry-based experiments and exercises in problem-based learning. Goals were to introduce students to optics/photonics while demonstrating the relevance of math to the "real world". The program concluded with a capstone activity in the form of an art project celebrating “Light in Our Life”. Pre- and post surveys were conducted to determine changes in attitudes towards mathematics education. The year-long program was funded through an SPIE outreach grant.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10741, Optics Education and Outreach V, 1074108 (14 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2320019
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew J. Donnelly, Saint Bernard School (United States)
Judith F. Donnelly, PBL Projects (United States)
Joseph M. Park, Saint Bernard School (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10741:
Optics Education and Outreach V
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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