Optical Design & Engineering

SPIE marks National STEM Day

SPIE Classics offers a look at STEM education and outreach programs.

8 November 2017, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.2201711.03
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To encourage kids and individuals of all ages to follow their passions in the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), November 8 has been designated as the first annual National STEM Day.

Occupations related to STEM are expected to grow 70 percent faster than many other sectors, so educators are encouraging to students take an interest in these subjects at any age.

November 8 was chosen as National STEM Day as a play on words -- Nov.8 -- as in "innovate."

STEM education and outreach programs designed, implemented, and supported by members of SPIE have reached thousands of students and others around the world.

Through education and outreach programs, SPIE meets both its underlying educational mission as well as the desire of its members to give back to the community.

Participants in an optics and photonics demonstration presented by the SPIE Student Chapter members at the Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia,

Participants in an optics and photonics demonstration presented by the SPIE Student Chapter members at the Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia, utilized several optics kits with lessons on STEM topics.

SPIE Centro de investigaciones en Optica Student Chapter members in León, Mexico, sent this laser-"drawn" photo message

SPIE Centro de investigaciones en Optica Student Chapter members in León, Mexico, sent this laser-"drawn" photo message along with a  report on how they spent an education outreach grant awarded by SPIE.


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