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WASSERMAN GROUP OUTREACH

Lowell High Students, Photonics Center graduate Students and Professors outside of the Photonics Center following the 2011 Physics Activity Day
 

MARCH 2011 PHYSICS ACTIVITY DAY

On May 12th, 2011, 25 Students from Esteban Dominguez' Lowell High School AP Physics Class attended the third Photonics Center Activity Day.  Students were charged with designing an optical communication system using a variety of light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  Students were given a budget, and tasked with developing an optical language with which they could transmit data across the room using the LEDs.  Following a lab tour and a pizza lunch, students competed to see who could transmit a sentance the fastest, and with the greatest accuracy.  The teams this year obliterated the records set the previous year!  Team Esteban Corp. transmitted their data the fastest (correcting for accuracy), with ~32 characters transmitted in 2 minutes and 2 seconds!  However, because Team X transmission time 2 minutes and 21 seconds, with 100% accuracy) developed a system which required less hardware, their total profits exceeded those of Team Esteban Corp., winning them the competition!

The two winning teams, Team X and Team Esteban Corp., outside the Photonics Center following the 2011 Physics Activity Day

Thermal image of the two winning teams, Team X and Team Esteban Corp., outside the Photonics Center following the 2011 Physics Activity Day