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iROC STEM Education and Outreach

Inspiring Young Minds

•iROC outreach team helps students of all ages learn basic photonics and optics through hands-on communication

•Students learn properties of light, electromagnetic spectrum, “invisible light,” lasers, optical illusion, optical games, holograms, light through an optical fiber and laser communication for NASA’s deep space exploration by fun interactive demonstrations

•Students apply their knowledge by setting up a free-space laser communication link between a Mars rover and an Earth station through simulated optical barriers and mirror relays in a “Mars-Earth laser communication challenge game”

•Demonstrate operations of an example hexapod robot, a six-arm robotic spider, whose motion displacement and camera represented Mars surface rover control and navigation from Earth

Pictured above: Children of all ages learn photonics through interactive games and demonstrations.