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Elementary laser optics? Yes!
Author(s): Christina Wilder

Paper Abstract

In 1 991 , I knew no more about optics than any other person who wears contact lenses and has had frequent eye tests. Many science opportunities pushed me into Optics work: a workshop given by an S.F. Science Leadership Team colleague, using the 6th-8th grade GEMS guide: More Than Magnifiers. We made a pinhole camera, a simple telescope and a projector. I'd already used the GEMS guide: Color Analyzers for color filter work with 2nd and 3rd grade students, and I thought that More Than Magnifiers was possible with younger students. In Spring, 1991, I met Dr. Gareth Williams, LASE Project Director, NSF (Lasers in Secondary Education) project at San Jose State. I spent two hours working with lasers, thought the activities were interesting as well as beautiful, and finally found a use for the mystifying trigonometry I'd taken back in 1961! Triangulation to measure height! As a Science Leadership Team member in my school district, I went to a 3-week Exploratorium Light and Color workshop in July, 1 991 . I went to NEWEST at NASA Ames for two weeks, and in addition to exciting astronomical and aeronautical science information, learned about a simple Optics kit made from scrap plastics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2525, 1995 International Conference on Education in Optics, (13 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224012
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Christina Wilder, Paul Revere Elementary (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2525:
1995 International Conference on Education in Optics
M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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