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Photonics outreach and education through partnerships in Puerto Rico
Author(s): Jonathan S. Friedman; Andres Diaz; Roger Saltares; Sarah Luciano; Nerivette Molina; Smailyn Martinez; Alejandro Hernandez; Johan de Jesus; Yesenia Rivera; Antonio Capeles; Felipe Alvear; Jesus Lopez; Miguel Rivera; Rey Saurez; Elsa Trujillo

Paper Abstract

As the only photonics center in Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Photonics Institute (PRPI) has developed education and outreach projects, partnering with other institutions and private companies to optimize the use of available resources. We present our experience, challenges, rewards, and results for the following projects: - Tours: K-12 students visit our facilities in a science tour including a presentation on the Arecibo Observatory (AO) and the Digital Planet Geodome. We present optics demonstrations and other information. In the first three months we hosted fifteen schools impacting over 1,400 students. - Outreach: We have newly active outreach and recruiting activities for Puerto Rico (PR) schools. - Teachers: With the PR Math-Science Partnership (MSP) Program, we have given a full-day workshop on optics and photonics experiments for 5th-12th grade teachers, and a master class at the annual MSP Congress. We have impacted over 500 teachers through these initiatives. - Continuing Education: We have given continuing education courses in addition to the MSP workshops. - General Public: We partner with museums in PR, the University of Turabo, and the AO Visitor Center to build optics exhibits, many developed by students. - Video: PRPI is promoting the 2015 International Year of Light, creating: 1. A short video with students and faculty from the Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) Schools of Communication and Business Administration; 2. A longer video with the production company Geoambiente. - Apps: Our website will include ray tracing and wave propagation applications, developed by UMET Computer Science students. - Capstone: Engineering students at the School of Engineering at Universidad del Turabo are developing laser pattern generators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9793, Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015, 97932X (8 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2223243
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan S. Friedman, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
SRI International Arecibo Observatory (United States)
Andres Diaz, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
Roger Saltares, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
Sarah Luciano, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
Nerivette Molina, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
Smailyn Martinez, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
Alejandro Hernandez, CEG Soft (United States)
Johan de Jesus, Dewey Univ. (United States)
Yesenia Rivera, Univ. of Puerto Rico (United States)
Antonio Capeles, Univ. del Turabo (United States)
Felipe Alvear, Univ. del Turabo (United States)
Jesus Lopez, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
Miguel Rivera, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
Rey Saurez, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)
Elsa Trujillo, Univ. Metropolitana (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9793:
Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015

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