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My experience with CIAN’S IOU-NA program

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From Florida to Arizona

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The morning of March 24th, I got a phone call from Amee Hennig, the education and outreach manager from CIAN. She had called to say that I got accepted to CIAN’s IOU-NA program. A program designed to help Native American Undergraduate students from across the US, become an integral part of the research experience, specifically in the Optical Science department at the University of Arizona.

Arizona? When I applied to the program, I was not looking forward to the idea of spending the summer in Arizona, but I had always wanted to visit the land of my people. I was reminded that I had prayed for this a while ago, so I kept an open mind and decided to focus on the opportunity at hand instead. Even before I stepped foot into Tucson, CIAN was there to help me every step of the way.

So I got on a plane and headed to Tucson. Continue reading

Being a Young Scholar – A High School Student Opportunity

Are you a young, enthused individual who wants to work with lasers, gain valuable research skills, have fun AND get paid while doing this? These were the proposals that caught my attention and motivated me to apply to the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) Young Scholars internship program. While I was uncertain whether I would be a good candidate for this opportunity I knew that I had a desire to learn and gain valuable research skills and this program offered exactly what I desired.

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After submitting my application and anxiously waiting for a response, in December of 2013 the program coordinator contacted me and asked whether I was interested in participating in the program. I immediately agreed, because I knew that this was my chance to get involved in something exciting and meaningful. After exchanging a couple of email messages I was set up for an interview and told to prepare myself for an exciting opportunity.

Soon enough the big day arrived and before I could comprehend what was happening, I found myself knocking at the interviewer’s door. Continue reading

Optics in Montana!

I am very excited to finally write about my amazing trip up to Helena, Montana to talk about optics! This was such an enjoyable trip and one that will be a strong memory of my time at the U of A. This trip occurred back in May of this year.

Getting ready for the first presentation. I've got all my outreach tools ready in front of me. Can you tell I'm excited?

Getting ready for the first presentation. I’ve got all my outreach tools ready in front of me. Can you tell I’m excited?

The video on “Real Holography” that I made prompted this trip. A teacher friend of mine in Montana watched the video and showed it to her students. She later told me how much they enjoyed it. Her school is in the category of a rural school, and is far enough from any major university that a solid STEM presentation is hard to come by. I spoke with the folks at CIAN, and they agreed to fund my trip up there! I still smile thinking about the event, I had so much fun. My teacher friend, Deanna Carlson, organized several events for me. Continue reading

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Animation and Mirages @ Highland Garden Elementary

On March 10th froIMG_0886m 1pm-3pm, the CIAN team from Tuskegee University conducted an outreach event at Highland Garden Elementary School, in Montgomery AL. About fifty-five 4th and 5th grade students were provided with overview of optics, more specifically the application of mirrors. Also in attendance were seven teachers and two administrators who learned alongside the students in some cases. The students were divided into five groups of eleven students each. All student participants did hands-on work using the Animation Praxinoscope and Mirage kits from the CIAN backpack and were supervIMG_0890ised by CIAN students. Participants gained an increased interest and awareness in optics and some other STEM areas. They also learned to explain
seemingly difficult everyday optical phenomena using scientific concepts.

AL High Schools Visit CIAN @Tuskegee

On December 10, 2013, the CIAN team at Tuskegee University (TU) hosted a day-long academic workshop, focusing on basic principles of electrical engineering. There were a total of 45 participants (junior and senior high school students) divided into three groups. For each group of 15 students, a 1 hr 45 min session was conducted consisting of a 20 min tour of the Microelectronics Lab facilities and cleanroom and an introduction to CIAN. Subsequently, the CIAN team at TU led the participants to complete several challenging hands-on activities on electronic learning boards.

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Science Saturday at the Library

The Wheeler Taft Abbett Library in Marana, AZ invited CIAN at the University of Arizona to host a Science Saturday for library patrons. We had over 25 guests that came to learn about the many moons of the solar system. We had a variety of activities that taught about different moons and also aspects of moons. A cratering activity gave participants the opportunity to create their own craters and learn about the differences size and velocity will make on the resultant crater. We also taught how to tell the approximate age of a crater when looking at pictures, played “Moons of the Solar System” bingo, and much much more.

Two young future scientists even told us after the event that they hoped to be stargazers when they grow up.

Pictures of the event, taken by library staff, are shown below.

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