Optics education through the Arizona Galileoscope program

Stephen M. Pompea, Robert T. Sparks, Constance E. Walker, Erin F C Dokter

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Abstract

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory, in collaboration with Science Foundation Arizona and the Arizona public schools, has initiated a program of optics education that has been implemented in the Arizona cities of Flagstaff, Yuma, and Safford. A program is planned for Globe, Arizona and several other locations. The program is aimed at 5th grade teachers and students. It relies on NOAO-developed optics teaching kits designed around the Galileoscope student telescope kits. The program is designed to reach every 5th grade teacher and every 5th grade student in each city. Professional development is provided for the teachers using the NOAO-developed "Teaching with Telescopes" optics teaching kits which are given to each teacher. Each 5th grade student is part of a team building a Galileoscope and receives additional training on how to use the Galileoscope during the day or night. At the end of the training period a large star party is held for all of the students, their families, and their friends. The program is evaluated through the University of Arizona. This model has been successfully implemented during the past two years and we are exploring national replication. This program provides a cost-effective way to inject optics into the schools in an attractive, citywide program model. The talk will discuss the model in detail and some of the mistakes we have made as we have tested the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8481
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventOptics Education and Outreach II - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 12 2012Aug 13 2012

Other

OtherOptics Education and Outreach II
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/12/128/13/12

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Keywords

  • Educational reform
  • Educational systems
  • Optics education
  • Outreach
  • Technology education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Pompea, S. M., Sparks, R. T., Walker, C. E., & Dokter, E. F. C. (2012). Optics education through the Arizona Galileoscope program. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 8481). [84810F] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.931007