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28 May 2002 Photonics classes in high school
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Proceedings Volume 4588, Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics; (2002)
Event: Education and Training in Optics and Photonics 2001, 2001, Singapore, Singapore
In continuing the development of a three-year high school photonics program, the Columbia Area Career Center (Missouri, USA) faces the challenges associated with introducing a new subject area to career technical education in the public school system. The program was established to address the severe lack of Laser Electro-Optical Technicians (LEOTs) in the local manufacturing industry. Its goals are to increase student awareness of the expanding job opportunities available in photonics and optics, teach skills needed for the field, and foster close ties with industry and post-secondary institutions. This paper examines the success of the program to date and outlines the problems associated with teaching an advanced curriculum at the high school level.
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Pearl V. John and Richard A. Shanks "Photonics classes in high school", Proc. SPIE 4588, Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, (28 May 2002);


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