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Optics outreach evolves in southern California: OptoBotics begins to link informal to formal curriculum
Author(s): Donn M. Silberman

Paper Abstract

For the July 2013 issue of SPIE Professional Magazine, I was invited to and published an article related to this topic. This paper chronicles the progress made since that time and describes our direction towards bringing optics education from the informal programs we have provided for more than 10 years, to incorporating optics and photonics instruction into formal class curriculum. A major educational tool we are using was introduced at this conference two years ago and came to us from Eyestvzw. The Photonics Explorer Kit has been used as a foundation during some OptoBotics courses and it has been provided, a long with a teacher training session, to 10 local high school science teachers in Orange County, CA. The goal of this first phase is to obtain feedback from the teachers as they use the materials in their formal classroom settings and after-school activities; such as science classes and robotics club activities. Results of the teachers’ initial feedback will be reviewed and future directions outlined. One clear direction is to understand the changes that will be required to the kits to formally gain acceptance as part of the California state high school science curriculum. Another is to use the Photonics Explorer kits (and other similar tools) to teach students in robotics clubs ‘how to give their robots eyes.”

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9188, Optics Education and Outreach III, 91880E (15 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2061268
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Donn M. Silberman, PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. (United States)
Optics Institute of Southern California (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9188:
Optics Education and Outreach III
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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