Fiber Optics Demo and WebQuest (distance learning)

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From TV to fashion, fiber optics play an important role in transmitting digitized signals. In this class demo/home-based lab and webquest students will investigate waves and their applications in support of MS-PS4-3:

  • Make qualitative observations of waves 
  • Compare and contrast analog vs. digital signals
  • Explain what a fiber optic cable is, how it works, and its applications
  • Summarize what a fiber optic technician does
  • Apply principles of digitized signals to design a fiber optic item

Purchase includes:

1. step by step 90 minute lesson plan written in 5E format with directions for class demo (could also be used as an at-home lab)

2. 20 question student webquest packet (provided as an EDITABLE WORD DOC)

3. comprehensive webquest answer key

4. access to corresponding fiber optic technician online career resources including virtual job shadow YouTube video, downloadable career information sheet in English and Spanish, and fun career focused activity

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34 pages
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90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals. Emphasis is on a basic understanding that waves can be used for communication purposes. Examples could include using fiber optic cable to transmit light pulses, radio wave pulses in wifi devices, and conversion of stored binary patterns to make sound or text on a computer screen. Assessment does not include binary counting. Assessment does not include the specific mechanism of any given device.


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