Online photonics course for educators

The New England Board of Higher Education, in collabaoration with Three Rivers Community College (TRCC), Norwich, CT, is offering "Introduction to Photonics I" online. The eight-week course will begin January 28 and complete March 23, 2008.

The nature of light, geometric optics, and simple lenses are covered in a hands-on, collaborative course. Attendees will work with other educators to learn the best way to introduce these topics to their students.

The course is taught at an algebra/trig level and some knowledge of physics (energy, power) is helpful but not required. The course includes online tutorials for most of the math and physics topics covered and is designed for high school and community college educators from both science and technology instructional areas.

$250 covers the online instruction, a CD with the text, solutions manual and laboratory experiments as PDF files, and three CDs of laboratory videos (mpg files). Attendees need access to the Photon or Photon2 lab kit (or equivalent) or will need to purchase the OSA Optics Discovery Kit (approximately $20) from Edmund Optics.

TRCC will award CEUs for successful completion of this non-credit course, plus submission of an implementation plan, CEU application, and $20 fee.

A limited number of $150 scholarships, provided by a grant from SPIE, will be made available through the New England Board of Higher Education. Scholarship applications are due January 11, 2008.

Course registration and full paymenet is due to TRCC no later than January 25, 2008. The registration form can be found at

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