From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2016
Pinky-powered Photons is an activity created by the Michigan Light Project during the International Year of Light to encourage creativity in learning about light. It is a low-cost project. Participants make and take home a colorful LED light powered entirely by their fingers. Younger visitors "package" the electrical element into their own creation while older visitors solder the electrical parts together and then create their own design. This paper will detail the learning objectives and outcomes of this project as well as how to implement it in an outreach event or classroom.
Elizabeth F. C. Dreyer, Cynthia Aku-Leh, John A. Nees, Anca L. Sala, Arlene Smith, and Timothy Jones, "IYL project: pinky-powered photons," Proc. SPIE 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV, 994609 (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 31, 2016; Published: 29 September 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2237421.
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