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2013 Education Outreach Grant Recipients

SPIE awarded $90,000 in education outreach grants to 35 organizations with optics and photonics related education outreach projects. Applications are judged on their potential to impact students and increase optics and photonics awareness. Next deadline: 31 January 2014.

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (Ethiopia) - to purchase optical kits and supplies to enable teacher and students to perform hands-on demonstrations.

Alberta Science Literary Association (Canada) - to enhance classroom presentations in light and optics.

Aston University (United Kingdom) - funds will be used to purchase Photonics Explorer kits and distributed to secondary schools.

Beth Tfiloh Community High School (USA) - funds will be used to enahnce optics and physics curriculum.

Brussels Photonics Team, Vrije Univ Brussel (Belgium - for teacher training

Cambridge Science Festival (USA) - to support optics demonstrations and presentations at its events.

Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (Mexico) - for optics awareness workshops for young students ages 10-12.

Estes Park School District R-3 (USA) - to design and build optics telescopes

ETH Zurich SPIE Student Chapter (Switzerland) - for the Scientifica optics outreach program

Frankfort High School (USA) - for equipment purchase that will be used to construct large scale, walk through displays illustrating conceps related to light, waves, and optics.

Fruitvale Independent School District (USA) - to develop an inquiry based environment for learing optics.

Gdansk University of Technology (Poland) - optics and photonics outreach to local high schools and for optoelectronic workshops.

Huntsville Electro-Optical Society (USA) - to build Hands on OPtics kits an train N. Alabama teachers on how to use them.

IISER-Kolkata (India) - optics education outreach

Idaho State University (USA) - K-12 outreach demonstrations on light, optics and lasers to schools, community groups, and the general public.

Imperial College London (United Kingdom) - to run an interactive exhibition at the London Big Bang Fair, promoting optics and photonics

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India) - for materials to build an optics kit for K-12 outreach activities

Jeux Photoniques, Univ Laval (Canada) - to improve the Photonics Games program

Kent State Univ Tuscarawas (USA) - to assemble photonics demonstration kits and lab experiments for K-12 teachers.

Kettering University (USA) - support of the "Fun with Photonics" program which encourages and motivates students in the sciences and engineering disciplines.

Koc University (Turkay) - in support of the 8th Solar Powered Model Vehicle Race

Norwalk High School (USA) - at risk high school students will be trained to teach hearing-impaired students how to make any computer cast an image on any wall that results in a 'smartboard'.

NOAO/Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (USA) - conduct a Galileoscope training workshop for teachers and distribute Galileoscopes in ten public school-based science academies in northern Chile.

Oakwood High School (USA) - to purchase equipment or kits for classroom instruction and experiments.

Optics Institute of Southern California (USA) - to build Optricks Theme Packets for the 10th Annual Optriks & Lasers event

St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation Student Chapter (Russian Federation) - workshops on research to pre-college students in optics, radiooptics and photonics.

Stellenbosch Laser Student Chapter (South Africa) - funds will be used for outreach activities in optics and photonics

Tehachapi High School (USA) - for the Tehachapi HS Robotics Club science exposition

The Leonardo (USA) - to design and fabricate an optics cart for existing traveling outreach program.

The University of Arizona, Ctr. for Integrated Access Networks (USA) - to encourage under-represented students to master optical sciences concepts and to pursue higher education and engineering professions.

Three Rivers Community College (USA) - for the Optics Math workshops and to improve Math and Science Day

Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico) - assist with the Optics 4 Kids outreach event

University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) - education outreach

University of Utah (USA) - funds will be used in part to help develop and utilize a set of optics and photonics demonstrations and activities for informal education and public outreach program.

University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic) - to organize teacher training