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Carmiña Londoño and volunteer students bring optics lessons to Dominican Republic orphanage

24 June 2011


Carmina Londono at Dominican Republic orphanage
Above, Carmiña Londoño helps a student at Jaibon orphanage test the kaleidoscope he built from a kit provided by SPIE.

SPIE Fellow Carmiña Londoño (National Science Foundation) helped bring optics to boys at the Jaibon orphanage in the Dominican Republic this month, as part of an educational program engaging volunteers from high schools in Virginia and Maryland.

Londoño coordinated lessons on photonics topics such as the light spectrum, diffraction, coherent light, and fiber optics. The sessions offered hands-on learning with kits provided for each boy to build a kaleidoscope, and to experiment with lasers. Kits and other materials were provided by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Volunteer students attend Norfolk Academy, the Calverton School, and Bryn Mawr School.

Read more about the trip in the SPIE  blog Photonics for a Better World.