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Bullock and GIS Students Experiment with Optical Engineering

For Immediate Release 
PR01819-Edmund Optics
February 24, 2019


Bullock students are shown performing an optical communication experiment.

Marissa Rode (left) and Carly Armenia

Glassboro Students Experiment with Optical Engineering


Edmund Optics brought hands-on optical engineering experiments to Glassboro students in Dorothy L. Bullock and Glassboro Intermediate Schools in February. Students learned that optical components are used in medical lasers, drones, space exploration, manufacturing, product testing, self-driving automobiles, augmented reality, defense, security and more.


Edmund Optics engineers Dale Josephson and Michael Brunsman and educational outreach manager Becca Emerich set-up several stations for students. At one station, students used a laser and multiple prisms to redirect light. At another, students learned about fiber optics as they used a laser to send messages through fiber. At a third station, they used a polarizer to detected stress points (flaws) in plastic products.


Seventh- and eighth-grade students in teacher Shannon Batten’s Into to STEM Class had the time for an additional experiment. Emerich gave them 3¢ ball lenses, tape and small, 3D-printed pieces that enabled them to turn their cell phone cameras into microscopes. The students were permitted to take these simple microscopes home with them. Emerich pointed out that such low cost technology could be useful to analyze water or blood in remote, impoverished areas of the world.


Glassboro School District challenges students to “think like scientists” from a young age. Activities like these provide them with plenty of opportunities to do so. 

Bullock students use multiple prisms to direct light in this picture.     

Glassboro third-graders Ciayna Taylor (left) and Saniyah Kindle used a laser and multiple prisms to redirect light in their Dorothy L. Bullock School classroom. Both students are in Jackie Applegate and Desarea Simberg's class.

Students are experimenting with fiber optics in this picture.

Abigail Johns and Zakari Hamilton sent laser messages through fiber in February. Both students are in Jackie Applegate and Desarea Simberg's third-grade class.