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Laser lab on wheels headed to North Texas schools

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The Finisar Mobile Laser Lab is on its way to North Texas schools. (KTEN) The Finisar Mobile Laser Lab is on its way to North Texas schools. (KTEN)
Hands-on exhibits in the Finisar Mobile Laser Lab help kids understand technology. (KTEN) Hands-on exhibits in the Finisar Mobile Laser Lab help kids understand technology. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Finisar, the high-tech firm that makes key components for iPhones in Sherman, is partnering with the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco to offer a hands-on mobile laser lab for students.

The lab is designed to encourage students to explore science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

"We try to be a really good resource for education and for STEM education," said Sci-Tech educator Stacy Egan. "We're hoping to bring it out to as many people in North Texas as possible to help teach about lasers and optics and fiber optics and how light works and helps us every day."

Inside the orange-and-purple mobile lab, children ages six through 12 have the opportunity to play with lasers and optic technology.

"By changing the lenses or adding combinations of lenses, kids will be able to shift the light and be able to redirect how the 'F' is portrayed on the screen," Egan said, describing one of the interactive exhibits.

While the main goal is to get more students to interact with new technology, Egan hopes the program will lead at least one of the students to a career that will help create the economy of tomorrow.

"Maybe one of the kids that comes and plays with this really learns that they have a passion for it, and that they're really good at it, and they'll extend that knowledge and become a great engineer for Finisar someday," she said.

The official launch event for the mobile laser lab is set for Saturday at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco.

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