Students at the American School for the Deaf in Connecticut (USA) and young scientists in remote regions of India and the Australian Outback are among this year’s beneficiaries of the SPIE Education Outreach program that provides funding to international organizations that conduct optics- and photonics-related education outreach projects all over the world.
In the first round of awards for 2012, 14 organizations have received $45,000 to host science camps and workshops and purchase equipment for outreach efforts.
In Connecticut for instance, Norwalk High School chemistry teacher Joseph Sencen used his SPIE Education Outreach grant this spring to buy equipment and train 40 of his students to teach hearing-impaired students in West Hartford how to conduct optics experiments. And this summer in Australia, students from the University of Sydney SPIE Student Chapter will bring hands-on learning to rural schools in their “Optics in the Outback” program.
Two other recipients, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and University of St. Andrews (UK), will use their grant funding to equip and train science teachers in Europe’s secondary schools with the Photonics Explorer educational kit.
Other recipients of SPIE Education Outreach grants for 2012 are:
• Air Force Institute of Technology SPIE Student Chapter (USA)
• Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica (Mexico)
• Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques (ICFO)/Student Chapter ICONS (Spain)
• Koç University (Turkey)
• Monroe Community College (USA)
• National University of Ireland, Galway
• St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (Russian Federation)
• Stanford Optical Society (USA)
• Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico)
• University of Oregon (USA)
A second round of recipients for 2012 will be announced later this year.
The next deadline for applying for an SPIE education Outreach grant is 31 January. More information: spie.org/outreach
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