- SPIE Offers Free Kid-Friendly Optics DVD
"Optics: Light at Work," a free DVD offered by SPIE, promotes optics-related careers to 12 to 13-year-olds using real-world example of optics applications -- remote controls, cell phones, bar-code scanners and computers -- and technology such as nanomedicine, space telescopes, invisibility and solar energy. It emphasizes the benefits of curiosity, problem-solving, ideas and applications, with testimonials to science and engineering jobs by a variety of people who have them. "We stress how engineering and science jobs align with career motivators such as an enjoyable, good working environment, making a difference, income and flexibility," SPIE said. Youthful background music, fast-paced imagery and a smart young presenter add to its appeal -- it was even recently posted on YouTube, in two parts: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lXLOXyPBPg; and www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD13zvJ8CGQ (produced by SPIE and Black Dog Productions, c. 2007, 15 mins.) For a free copy of "Optics: Light at Work," contact email@example.com; or call (360) 676-3290.
- The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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