Pre-University Outreach Resources
To inspire young minds to cultivate interests in light-based sciences, the IEEE Photonics Society dedicates resources and organizes various educational events towards STEM Outreach each year.
Volunteers are encouraged to coordinate activities worldwide to show pre-university students and educators how photonics impacts the daily lives of all around the world. Light is a fascinating and familiar topic for young kids and a goal of the IEEE Photonics Society is to demonstrate how a photonics and optics career can be made part of their future.
How to Get Involved:
The IEEE Photonics Society is encouraging its volunteers, chapters, educators, community partners, and affiliate universities or companies to participate by holding small events, hands-on activities or classroom presentations in their local communities. Activity examples: bring a child to work for the day; organize an event with an after-school program; and volunteer to give a presentation in an inclusive pre-university school classroom, i.e. elementary, middle school and high-school.
To volunteer for an upcoming STEM Outreach campaign or classroom visit, email PhotonicsSociety@ieee.org.
Other STEM Outreach Resources
- IEEE Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)
- IEEE Spark
- IEEE USA Teacher & Counselor Resources
- Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)
- IEEE President's Scholarship
- Laser Classroom
- Teachers Try Science
Training Modules for Teachers:
IEEE Educational Activities, a partner in the National Academy of Engineering’s Engineering Equity Extension Service (EEES), has developed three learning modules to provide assistance and support for IEEE members interested in outreach activities to the pre-university community.
- A “Train the Trainer” Module for Pre-University Engineering Outreach Programs (30 minutes)
- The Role of Pre-University Education Standards in Conducting Engineering Outreach Programs (40 minutes)
- Pre-University Partnering Strategies for Engineering Outreach Programs (40 minutes)
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