From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2016
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and renewed emphasis on STEM education in the U.S. have resulted in the development of many educational kits for teaching science in general and optics in particular. Many teachers do not have funding to purchase kits and practical experience has shown that even costly kits can have poorly written and misleading instructions and may include experiments that would not work in a classroom. Dumpster Optics lessons are designed to use inexpensive, commonly found materials. All lessons have been field-tested with students. We will describe the development of the lessons, provide examples of field testing experiences and outline possible future activities.
Judy Donnelly, Nancy Magnani, and Kathleen Robinson, "Dumpster Optics: teaching and learning optics without a kit," Proc. SPIE 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV, 99460G (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 31, 2016; Published: 29 September 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2238930.
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