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Photon Camp 2016, July 11-15

9 am to 5 pm

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The Photon Camp is a free, one-week program where rising high school juniors and seniors can explore the growing field of optics and optical engineering.  Students spend the week attending faculty lectures, visiting local optics industry sites, and working in the Institute of Optics laboratories.  Photon Camp is geared towards rising juniors and seniors with a strong background in math and physics.   As the level of instruction at Photon Camp is higher than the typical high school classroom, exceptions will not be made to this policy.  Since this camp is geared toward local commuters, there is no housing available on campus.

“Photon Camp was an excellent opportunity to gain firsthand college experience. There’s more to optics than most people realize!”
Danielle, Photon Camp alum

To see one student’s experience at camp, visit http://teamphoton.wordpress.com.

Capstone Projects

The students will present capstone projects that were developed during Photon Camp. Parents, friends, teachers, etc., are invited and encouraged to attend this event. Past capstone projects have included:

• Thermal Imaging
• Optical Communication
• Digital versus Analog Imaging
• Solar Energy
• Cellphone Camera versus Digital SLR
• Illumination/Fluorescence

Past Lab Experiments and Demos

• HeNe, CO2, and Nd:YAG Lasers
• Fiber Splicing
• Holography
• Spectroscopy
• Interferometry
• Pinhole Camera
• H-alpha Telescope

Rolling Admission

Space is limited and admissions are "rolling."  That is, camp slots will be filled as qualified applicants apply.  (Note:  No admission decisions will be made before May 1st).

Teachers

You may advertise Photon Camp with the printable poster and brochure.

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The Application Process

Deadline for Applications

The documents above must be received by Daniel Smith no later than 4pm on May 27th.    Space is limited and admissions are “rolling”.    That is, camp slots will be filled as qualified applicants apply.  (Note:  No admission decisions will be made before May 1st).

Submission of Applications