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Photonics education for a green future: connecting the dots of the Arizona STEM education experiment
Author(s): Stephen M. Pompea; Leonard W. Fine; Pierre Meystre
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Paper Abstract

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Science Foundation Arizona, and the University of Arizona are teamed on a long-term multi-pronged approach to photonics education in Arizona that is congruent with a "green" future. This approach involves education around the content areas of renewable energy sources, laser-based communication and laser-assisted manufacturing, photovoltaics, solid-state lighting and displays, nanotechnology, and other recent technology developments. Equally important is the process by which we are working to transform the Arizona K-12 schools and universities through programs that emphasize problem-solving, system thinking, and collaborative approaches. We also emphasize the role of the informal education system (such as museums) and the value of "freechoice" learning to science education. A key to our success is the work of traditionally research-oriented organizations and industry associations in supporting science and technology education.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8065, SPIE Eco-Photonics 2011: Sustainable Design, Manufacturing, and Engineering Workforce Education for a Green Future, 80650N (29 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.885324
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Leonard W. Fine, Science Foundation Arizona (United States)
Pierre Meystre, B2 Institute, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8065:
SPIE Eco-Photonics 2011: Sustainable Design, Manufacturing, and Engineering Workforce Education for a Green Future
Pierre Ambs; Dan Curticapean; Claus Emmelmann; Wolfgang Knapp; Zbigniew T. Kuznicki; Patrick P. Meyrueis, Editor(s)

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