FOA Online Fiber Optic Reference Guide
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Fiber Optics Lesson Plan #1 For STEM Teachers
It's easy to demonstrate how fiber works - you can do it with a sample of plastic fiber (available free from FOA) and a laser pointer like the photo below and shown in the YouTube video "Fiber Optics For Teachers - An Introduction."
FOA has samples of this kind of fiber that we will send to teachers at schools in the US or you can find it at science distributors. Request a sample by sending an email to the FOA at <firstname.lastname@example.org> with your name, the school where you teach and a mailing address.
Another demonstration you can do uses a larger plastic rod.
Here are more details on this and other demonstrations you can do in class or help your students with science projects.
What Do You Need For The Demo?
Besides the FOA plastic optical fiber (POF) sample, all you need is a laser pointer.
The best laser pointer for this kind of demo is the green laser version shown above which we purchased from Radio Shack for about $55. But any laser pointer will work - even the one sold in hardware and pet stores to use to "torture" your pet that sells for only $2!
There are several things you can do to make the demo better.
Now you can watch the video "Fiber Optics For Teachers - An Introduction." and duplicate the demo.
More Classroom Curriculum Materials, Videos And Demos Or Labs
FOA creates lots of curriculum materials for our hundreds of schools around the world and much of it is appropriate for introducing students to fiber optics.
The place to begin is the FOA YouTube video "Fiber Optics For Teachers - An Introduction." It shows some demos you can do in the classroom and offers a sample of the plastic optical fiber for teachers.
There are 3 videos in the FOA "Fiber Optics Live" series that show how fiber works using large (30mm) acrylic rods and a laser pointer:
How Light Travels In A Fiber
FOA has a video lecture series on YouTube with over 40 lectures and the first one is a good introduction on how fiber is used in communications: FOA Lecture 1: Fiber Optics & Communications
FOA has a video about all the places where fiber is used - it's called "Where Are The Jobs In Fiber Optics" and it not only shows you where fiber is used but where job opportunities are for those interested in working in this field.
Here are links to all the FOA YouTube videos.
PowerPoint Presentation On Fiber Optics For Teachers
Here is a short PowerPoint presentation you can give to your classes yourself. It is aimed at introducing fiber optic technology to science or career education students and showing what career opportunities exist in the field.
Fiber Optic Science Project
FOA Fiber Optic Science Project - created by a middle school student with the FOA's help, this project can be duplicated and expanded by science students for a class project or a science fair project.
FOA has an Affiliate Program where we share educational materials with teachers who want to teach classroom and lab sessions on fiber optics as part of an IT or Telecom program. More information on the FOA Affiliate Program is here.