Photonics is an Enabling Technology
Enabling technologies are behind the technologies we are familiar with - they make the development of many new technologies across diverse fields and disciplines possible. Photonics is a great example of an enabling technology. Laser Classroom was created to inpire teaching and learning about the science of lasers, the science of light and the science of optics that make up the field of photonics.
An article in US News last week makes an interesting observation: while computer scientists are in high demand and computer science is an engaging and pedagogically rich subject area - only 9 states allow a computer science course to meet core math / science requirements for graduation.