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SPIE CIO Student Chapter shares optics via solar kitchen workshops

01 March 2012

CIO SPIE Student Chapter JPEG
SPIE Student Chapter members at the Centro de investigaciones en Optica sent SPIE the laser-"drawn" photo message above along with their report on how they are spending an education outreach grant awarded by the society.


SPIE Student Chapter members at the Centro de investigaciones en Optica in León are sharing optics with thousands of students in remote communities in their region, using projects such as a solar kitchen lesson with the help of SPIE education outreach funding.

Chapter Members have developed a variety of workshops, but focus on a solar kitchen lesson that not only teaches about alternative energy sources, but also can be used in helping to improve the local economy. So far, they have reached 5,000 children and teenagers -- mostly 10- to 12-year-olds -- in 100 communities situated from 30 to 200 miles from León, said CIO outreach coordinator and SPIE Senior Member Cristina Solano.

As part of its education outreach mission, SPIE provides support for optics- and photonics-related education outreach projects all over the world. The next deadline for the competitive award process is 31 May.