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Modular and extensible lesson on optical fibre communication for youths

Modular and extensible lesson on optical fibre communication for youths
Modular and extensible lesson on optical fibre communication for youths
Optical fibre communication enables the global internet, but few youths ever learn about how it works, even at a basic level, until tertiary education. While some middle school curricula might include simple geometrical optics concepts like reflection and refraction, they often lack contextual linkage to worldwide telecommunications. Through our studies, we have found that students are more engaged in the learning process when the material directly relates to real life. To address this gap, and moreover to tackle the issue of the STEM skills shortage, we have designed a self-contained lesson to introduce youths to this topic. It is modularised into three parts, beginning with using light to communicate Morse code, and then covering advanced themes such as multiplexing and fibre guidance based on total internal reflection. The modules can be taught sequentially or individually depending on educational level. They emphasise a more phenomenological than theoretical approach and include hands-on activities using easily obtainable materials. We outline the lesson and pedagogical guidelines for classroom settings, as well as evaluate actual classes run. This lesson can be flexibly implemented in formal classes or through educational outreach programmes.
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Wong, Nicholas H.L.
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Tong, Amy S.K.
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Posner, Matthew T.
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Wong, Nicholas H.L.
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Tong, Amy S.K.
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Posner, Matthew T.
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Wong, Nicholas H.L., Tong, Amy S.K. and Posner, Matthew T. (2019) Modular and extensible lesson on optical fibre communication for youths. Physics Education, 54 (5). (doi:10.1088/1361-6552/ab1279).

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Optical fibre communication enables the global internet, but few youths ever learn about how it works, even at a basic level, until tertiary education. While some middle school curricula might include simple geometrical optics concepts like reflection and refraction, they often lack contextual linkage to worldwide telecommunications. Through our studies, we have found that students are more engaged in the learning process when the material directly relates to real life. To address this gap, and moreover to tackle the issue of the STEM skills shortage, we have designed a self-contained lesson to introduce youths to this topic. It is modularised into three parts, beginning with using light to communicate Morse code, and then covering advanced themes such as multiplexing and fibre guidance based on total internal reflection. The modules can be taught sequentially or individually depending on educational level. They emphasise a more phenomenological than theoretical approach and include hands-on activities using easily obtainable materials. We outline the lesson and pedagogical guidelines for classroom settings, as well as evaluate actual classes run. This lesson can be flexibly implemented in formal classes or through educational outreach programmes.

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 March 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 26 June 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 430873
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430873
ISSN: 0031-9120
PURE UUID: aa7a4726-fd03-4b36-bac6-9c8055971deb
ORCID for Amy S.K. Tong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2026-2062

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Date deposited: 16 May 2019 16:30
Last modified: 28 Oct 2019 17:35

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Author: Nicholas H.L. Wong
Author: Amy S.K. Tong ORCID iD
Author: Matthew T. Posner

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