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Increasing science literacy in optics and photonics through science centers, museums, and web-based exhibits
Author(s): Stephen M. Pompea; Isabel Hawkins

Paper Abstract

Exhibits and programs at hands-on science centers, museums, and on the web can be used to increase science literacy in optics and photonics. These informal science education efforts play a profound role in increasing the public's understanding of optics and photonics and its applications. Informal science education also plays a significant role in interesting young children in the photonics field. This paper presents a tour of the informal science education world and describes how scientists can work with science centers. It also describes how science centers and museums have made use of web broadcasts of special events such as eclipses to enhance public interest in science topics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4588, Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, (28 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.468750
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen M. Pompea, Pompea and Associates (United States)
Isabel Hawkins, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4588:
Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Tuan-Kay Lim; Robert P. Breault; Arthur H. Guenther; Arthur H. Guenther, Editor(s)

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