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The development of an innovative ecophotonics/illumination engineering education program for grades 6-12
Author(s): Constance E. Walker; Stephen M. Pompea; Robert T. Sparks

Paper Abstract

National Optical Astronomy Observatory's Education and Public Outreach Group has created pedagogically-sound science enrichment programs for grades 3-12 that embed both active and problem-based learning in the areas of eco-photonics and illumination engineering. As launching points into activities and fodder for later discussion, film clips are incorporated from The City Dark, an award-winning, feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky. The goal is to solve this global eco-photonics challenge with responsible illumination engineering. An outline of the usage of the film clips is presented with activities, kit materials and pedagogical justification for the scope and sequence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8481, Optics Education and Outreach II, 84810E (18 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930273
Show Author Affiliations
Constance E. Walker, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Robert T. Sparks, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8481:
Optics Education and Outreach II
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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