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Three Rivers SPIE Chapter Hosts Laser Camp V

Laser Camp V, part one of a two-day event for high school students, hosted over 50 students from four eastern CT high schools on November 11, 2010. The annual event is a full day of mainly student run activities that encourage high school students to explore the science and technology of optics/photonics, learn about career opportunities in the region, and engage in teamwork with students from other schools.

SPIE President Gregory Mahan demonstrates a giant kaleidoscope built by Barbara Darnell. Darnell, an engineer from Newton, Mass. assisted with the demonstration.

TRCC’s SPIE student chapter members facilitated most events. Other facilitators were from EASTCONN, one of Connecticut’s regional educational service centers, and The Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena (CRISP), an NSF nanotechnology center at Southern CT State University and Yale. Sponsors included SPIE, through an outreach grant to TRCC, the OSA Foundation and the NSF Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing. This year’s Laser Camp featured six different educational activities ranging from laser engraving to pinhole photography to polarized light art. A Khet tournament was used as this year’s teambuilding activity.

In addition to the TRCC hosted event, Laser Camp will bring participating students on a one day excursion to Trumpf in Farmington where they see how lasers are built and watch industrial lasers at work. The TRCC SPIE chapter will host Jr. Laser Camp for fifth graders in April.

Laser Camp teachers and students pose with Three Rivers SPIE student chapter members after a successful Laser Camp.