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    Help SPIE make a difference: vote for a project

    22 July 2013

    SPIE provided more than $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2012. Now, in line with the society's altruistic mission, an open vote on three projects gives SPIE members and constituents a chance to help direct funding for future projects.

    Voting may be done online, via smartphone, on Twitter, or in person at the Photonics for a Better World booth at SPIE Optics and Photonics in San Diego. The booth will be part of the exhibition running 27-29 August.

    Projects open for voting include:

    • ALOP: Active Learning in Optics and Photonics, an international teacher training program
    • Child ViSion, providing self-adjustable glasses through school-based programs in Africa
    • Laser Roadshow, engaging elementary and middle-school children in science through a laser show.

    See the web page for complete voting information:

    science fair
    Activities such as science fairs (above)
    give students a chance to learn more about science through lessons and
    exploration of optics and photonics.
    SPIE supports sciences fairs and other
    projects as part of the society's
    educational mission.

    Read more about SPIE's outreach and education programs here:, and catch up on reports of recent projects at these links:

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