A hands-on laser camp co-founded by SPIE Senior Member Judith Donnelly (Three Rivers Community College) is helping to bridge the gap between high school students and their future opportunities in the optics world.
Donnelly and co-founder Donna Goyette, a physics teacher at H.H. Ellis Technical High School, brought the sixth annual Three Rivers Community College Laser Camp to more than 60 students in Norwich, Connecticut. With the help of University of Connecticut graduate students, they helped camp participants build spectroscopes, observe the multiple wavelengths within "white" light, and explore nanotechnology and other optics topics.
Nearly all of Donnelly's 30 papers published through SPIE highligh her focus on teaching photonics and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through camps and community college classes. Her most recent paper, "Interdisciplinary optics course for technical high schools," was presented at SPIE Optics + Photonics and is published with free access in the SPIE Digital Library.
See video, photos, and more details in the Norwich Bulletin article.