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Restarting a high school photonics program
Author(s): Brian K. Belcher; Judith Donnelly
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Paper Abstract

Following a severe drop in enrollment, one high school's photonics program was in jeopardy of being eliminated. Instead, the program was rejuvenated and expanded and now meets the needs of more students than ever. In this paper, we describe how various resources were combined to improve methods of instruction (specifically, through problembased learning, or PBL), enhance classroom/real-world integration, and solidify the role this program plays within the school's larger science and technology curriculum (recently revised to meet new state guidelines). Instructor participation in the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) PHOTON projects, funded by the National Science Foundation, was key.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7429, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XII, 74290Q (22 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828714
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Brian K. Belcher, Plainfield High School (United States)
Judith Donnelly, Three Rivers Community College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7429:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XII
R. John Koshel; G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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