Hands-On Optics Science Camps and Clubs

Constance E. Walker, Robert T. Sparks, Stephen M. Pompea
2007 Education and Training in Optics and Photonics   unpublished
Hands-On Optics (HOO) is a National Science Foundation funded program to bring optics education to traditionally underserved middle school students. We have developed six modules that teach students optics concepts through hands-on, inquiry-based activities. The modules have been used extensively in after-school and non-school settings such as in the Boys and Girls Clubs in South Tucson, Arizona and the Boys and Girls Club in Sells, Arizona on the Tohono O'odham reservation. We will describe
more » ... se programs and the lessons learned in these settings. These modules also form the basis for a week-long optics camp that provides students with approximately 40 hours of instruction time in optics. We will provide an outline of the activities and concepts covered in the camp. These camps provide an ideal way to encourage interest in optics before career choices are developed.
doi:10.1364/etop.2007.esd8 fatcat:dwmwi74cfzhszobm3k2vobebnq