INFO: New Laser Tool Teaches STEM to MN Students

Updated: 04/30/2013 12:04 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

A Minneapolis businesswoman is teaming up with the Science Museum of Minnesota to spread the word about a new laser tool created for the classroom.

The Laser Blox - a special, block-shaped laser stick - uses STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum, called Bringing STEM to light. The curriculum and lasers are for grades seventh through college, according to the company, Laser Classroom.

Laser Blox are specially-designed to be easy for students to use. They're square, so they don't roll. They stick with magnets. They range in colors from purple, green and red.

Colette DeHarpporte, of Minneapolis, created the laser tool for a rapidly growing field of photonics - which is the science and technology that generates and uses light.

Peter Hoh, an instructor of the Lifelong Learning Group at the Science Museum, has been using the Laser Blox to explain science and to create artwork. 

The curriculum comes with four lessons and an engineering project.

Video courtesy of Laser Classroom.