Abstract

Through a partnership between EASTCONN, a regional educational service center, and Three Rivers Community College, both located in eastern Connecticut, students from 5th grade through college have been learning about optics and photonics. Using innovative approaches including hands-on workshops on selected topics in light, vision and optics/photonics, field trips to local photonics industries, and authentic learning opportunities at a college campus, students and their teachers are learning about light and optics with age-appropriate activities and are also being introduced to the potential career opportunities.

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  1. Ct State Dept of Education, www.csde.state.ct.us/
  2. U.S. Census Bureau www.census.gov
  3. J.F. Donnelly, F.D. Hanes, and N. M. Massa Professional development in photonics: The advanced technology education projects of the New England Board of Higher Education, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Vol. 6668 (2007)
    [Crossref]
  4. PHOTON project materials, including Laboratory and Exploration videos, are available at www.photonprojects.org
  5. M. Magnani and J.F. Donnelly Innovative methods to teach optics in the grade 5 classroom Proceedings of the 2007 ETOP Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, CA (2007).
  6. Hands-on-Optics information is found at www.hands-on-optics.org/
  7. Globe at Night is a project of the GLOBE project, www.globe.com/GAN
  8. Components of the PHOTON Laboratory Kit may be seen at www.photonrpojects.org
  9. D.M. Goyette and J.F. Donnelly Interdisciplinary Optics Course for Technical High Schools, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Volume 7061, pp. 70610T–70610T-8 (2008).
    [Crossref]
  10. Program information may be found at www.lasertechonline.org

2008 (1)

D.M. Goyette and J.F. Donnelly Interdisciplinary Optics Course for Technical High Schools, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Volume 7061, pp. 70610T–70610T-8 (2008).
[Crossref]

2007 (1)

J.F. Donnelly, F.D. Hanes, and N. M. Massa Professional development in photonics: The advanced technology education projects of the New England Board of Higher Education, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Vol. 6668 (2007)
[Crossref]

Donnelly, J.F.

D.M. Goyette and J.F. Donnelly Interdisciplinary Optics Course for Technical High Schools, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Volume 7061, pp. 70610T–70610T-8 (2008).
[Crossref]

J.F. Donnelly, F.D. Hanes, and N. M. Massa Professional development in photonics: The advanced technology education projects of the New England Board of Higher Education, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Vol. 6668 (2007)
[Crossref]

M. Magnani and J.F. Donnelly Innovative methods to teach optics in the grade 5 classroom Proceedings of the 2007 ETOP Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, CA (2007).

Goyette, D.M.

D.M. Goyette and J.F. Donnelly Interdisciplinary Optics Course for Technical High Schools, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Volume 7061, pp. 70610T–70610T-8 (2008).
[Crossref]

Hanes, F.D.

J.F. Donnelly, F.D. Hanes, and N. M. Massa Professional development in photonics: The advanced technology education projects of the New England Board of Higher Education, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Vol. 6668 (2007)
[Crossref]

Magnani, M.

M. Magnani and J.F. Donnelly Innovative methods to teach optics in the grade 5 classroom Proceedings of the 2007 ETOP Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, CA (2007).

Massa, N. M.

J.F. Donnelly, F.D. Hanes, and N. M. Massa Professional development in photonics: The advanced technology education projects of the New England Board of Higher Education, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Vol. 6668 (2007)
[Crossref]

SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings (2)

J.F. Donnelly, F.D. Hanes, and N. M. Massa Professional development in photonics: The advanced technology education projects of the New England Board of Higher Education, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Vol. 6668 (2007)
[Crossref]

D.M. Goyette and J.F. Donnelly Interdisciplinary Optics Course for Technical High Schools, SPIE Optics and Photonics, Proceedings Volume 7061, pp. 70610T–70610T-8 (2008).
[Crossref]

Other (8)

Program information may be found at www.lasertechonline.org

Ct State Dept of Education, www.csde.state.ct.us/

U.S. Census Bureau www.census.gov

PHOTON project materials, including Laboratory and Exploration videos, are available at www.photonprojects.org

M. Magnani and J.F. Donnelly Innovative methods to teach optics in the grade 5 classroom Proceedings of the 2007 ETOP Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, CA (2007).

Hands-on-Optics information is found at www.hands-on-optics.org/

Globe at Night is a project of the GLOBE project, www.globe.com/GAN

Components of the PHOTON Laboratory Kit may be seen at www.photonrpojects.org