Teachers from three Delaware school districts (Caesar Rodney, Capital and Smyrna) participated in Delaware State University’s Annual Physics and Professional Development Day. The event was arranged by the Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) of Delaware State University. The day-long event was held on February 13, 2015 in the Department of Physics and Engineering.
Morning events started with welcome messages from Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Director of OSCAR and Dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Science and Technology (CMNST). Dr. Mukti M Rana, Director of Outreach for OSCAR, introduced the faculty and programs in the center and the department. Dr. Aristides Marcano, Chair of Department of Physics and Engineering, addressed to the teachers on the importance of physics education and its current status at DSU. Dr. Hacene Boukari, an OSCAR scientist and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering, was the keynote speaker of the day. The title of Dr. Boukari’s talk was “From biomedical questions to biophysical studies”. The morning event was concluded with the hand-on science activities demonstrated by Dr. Matthew Bobrowsky, who is the Director of Special Programs for CMNST. The engaging activities gave teachers ideas on how they can devise lesson plans that will inspire students with hand-on projects.
After a hearty lunch, the teachers toured several laboratories, including Biophotonic Imaging Lab, Lab for Photonic Sensor Systems, Photonic Imaging & information Processing Lab and Lab for Intelligent Perceptual Systems. During the lab tours, the participating teachers interacted actively with undergraduate and graduate student researchers on scientific principles and instrumentation.
At the end of the event, the attendees completed a survey about their experience. Some teachers expressed their willingness to pursue advanced degrees and participate in summer research at OSCAR. Encouraging and positive messages were found in the survey as listed below:
“Ms. Jones was a wonderful host. She was fantastic! Also, the presentations and welcoming messages in the morning were great! I will definitely reach out to the department in the very near future.”
“It was an enjoyable day. Thank you”
“I thought it was interesting and well run. The addition of the current research presentation was smart.”
“This was an encouraging visit to DSU. Doing big things in a big way. Kudos”