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Englewood Teacher Receives Funding to Field Test Innovative Photonics Curriculum

Bill Pugh of Englewood High School in Jacksonville, Fla., was recently granted funding by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) to field test a photonics curriculum developed through PHOTON problem-based learning (PBL). This three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is the fourth in a series that finances curriculum and professional development projects that strengthen photonics curriculum in secondary schools and two- and four-year colleges in New England and throughout the country. The new grant employs PBL in which students solve real-world “challenges” presented by industry and research partners.

Englewood High School is among 27 secondary and postsecondary schools accepted to the project. Once the field tests are underway, the project team will conduct quantitative and qualitative research on the efficacy of PBL in photonics education and eventually publish and present the findings to an international audience with a focus on U.S. secondary schools and community colleges.