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Science Outreach Activities


Stanford Splash! (Upcoming Event)

(Saturday-Sunday, Nov 8-9, 2014)

Stanford Optical Society will be offering three classes on holography to high-school students at Spring Splash. Students will have an opportunity to make their own hologram, measure thickness of their hair through laser diffraction pattern and learn the underlying principles of microscopes!


Stanford Splash!


Grant Writing Workshop for Teachers

(Tuesday, May 6th, 2014)

The Stanford Optical society and Ann Shioji are once again hosting a grant writing workshop for teachers who may be new to grant writing. How to keep an eye out for interesting grants, an overview of the grant process, the structure of a typical grant, how to find relevant information about your school, and how to make your grant extra appealing to funding committees will be discussed.

Ann Shioji: Ann Shioji



Maker Faire

(Saturday/Sunday, May 17-18th, 2014)

Maker Faire, famous as the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Stanford Optical Society is throwing a Laser Craze party. Play some tunes on the Laser Harp, challenge yourself to pass through the Laser Maze, or challenge others for a game of Laser Pong.

Maker Faire for 2014



Stanford Optical Society:  Illuminating the Science of Light!

Stanford OSA/SPIE has a long history of hosting and participating in education outreach activities.  From planning teacher training events with multiple universities and hosting hands-on interactive booths for thousands of public visitors, to developing online demonstrations and optics curricula, we are committed to teaching and getting students of all ages excited about LIGHT!

Click on the tabs at the left to learn about some of our featured outreach activities!


Future scientists learn about optical illusions at Girl Scouts Go Tech 2009

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