June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Pre-College Engineering Education
A one week summer camp was designed to introduce middle and high school students to electro-optics. The camp is a combination of lecture, labs, games, and student driven projects. Each day there are short lectures introducing topics of electro-optics (photons, properties of light, electricity, basic circuits, mechatronics). Every lecture is followed by an activity that relates to the lecture topics. The camp has been refined over six summers to result in students learning enough to build Arduino driven optical and mechanical devices to produce a laser light show. The students gain both the hardware and software skills to control sources of light and mechanically drive mirrors, beam splitters, diffraction gratings and other optical devices. Supplemental activities are also introduced to help with differentiation to keep high performing students engaged while students who may need additional time can complete their tasks. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their creations for the class. This format could easily be replicated and offered with minimal investment in equipment and resources.
Campbell, B. R. (2019, June), Design and Delivery of an Electro-Optics Summer Camp for Secondary Students (P12 Resource/Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32590
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