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Laser camp: shining a light on optics careers
Author(s): Judith Donnelly; Donna Goyette; Nancy Magnani; Karen Wosczyna-Birch
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Paper Abstract

Three Rivers Community College offers two associate degree programs in optics/photonics, and graduates have their choice of jobs in New England and across the United States. Nonetheless, students, their parents, teachers and guidance counselors are largely unaware of the career opportunities in the photonics industry. To promote optics/photonics career awareness, we hosted two versions of "Laser Camp" in 2007 and 2008. Hands-on activities were chosen to promote awareness of optical science and technology careers and to provide "take home" information and souvenirs to share with family and friends. In this paper, we discuss the logistics of funding, marketing, permissions, transportation and food service and share our student-tested activities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7061, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI, 70610R (11 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.794038
Show Author Affiliations
Judith Donnelly, Three Rivers Community College (United States)
Donna Goyette, H. H. Ellis Technical High School (United States)
Nancy Magnani, EASTCONN (United States)
Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Three Rivers Community College (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7061:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI
R. John Koshel; James D. Moore; David H. Krevor; G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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