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21 August 2009 Restarting a high school photonics program
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Following a severe drop in enrollment, one high school's photonics program was in jeopardy of being eliminated. Instead, the program was rejuvenated and expanded and now meets the needs of more students than ever. In this paper, we describe how various resources were combined to improve methods of instruction (specifically, through problembased learning, or PBL), enhance classroom/real-world integration, and solidify the role this program plays within the school's larger science and technology curriculum (recently revised to meet new state guidelines). Instructor participation in the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) PHOTON projects, funded by the National Science Foundation, was key.
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Brian K. Belcher and Judith Donnelly "Restarting a high school photonics program", Proc. SPIE 7429, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XII, 74290Q (21 August 2009);


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