Project iLASER

Monday, August 15, 2011 to Saturday, January 31, 2015
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Project Descriptions
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Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Summer and Extended Camps, Community Outreach Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs, Professional Development and Workshops, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | General Public | Educators/Teachers
Chemistry | Engineering | General STEM | Physics
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English Language Learners
Southwestern College

Since August of 2011, Project iLASER (Investigations with Light And Sustainable Energy Resources) has engaged children, youth and adults in public science education and hands-on activities across the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The two main themes of Project iLASER activities focus on sustainable energy and materials science. More than 1,000 children have been engaged in the hands-on activities developed through Project iLASER at 20+ sites, primarily in after-school settings in Boys & Girls Clubs. Sites include Boys & Girls Clubs in California (Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, El Centro and Brawley); Arizona (Nogales); New Mexico (Las Cruces); and Texas (El Paso, Midland-Odessa, Edinburg and Corpus Christi). The project was co-funded between the NSF Division of Chemistry (CHE) and the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL).

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Team Members

David BrownDavid BrownFormer Principal Investigator
David HechtDavid HechtFormer Principal Investigator

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