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Lighting Up Science: novel education kits for grades 5-8

Paper Abstract

In this paper we discuss several science education modules that we developed and pilot tested in grades 3-7. The modules are optically-based and consist of physical kits and associated curriculum materials. The modules emphasize real-world applications such as color displays, environmental monitoring, telecommunications via a light beam, CD-players, and bar code readers. Small groups of 4-5 students have used the kits and provided valuable feedback. We have pilot tested these modules with over 500 students and will highlight several of the modules including pre- and postclass questionnaires completed by the students. The kits use modern photonic materials including light emitting diodes and simple solid state optical detectors. We also discuss how these modules are consistent with National Science Content Standards and cover both science and technology applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2010
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 77830B (31 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862691
Show Author Affiliations
Steven J. Davis, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
Amy J. R. Bauer, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7783:
Optics Education and Outreach
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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