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Outreach

Stanford OSA/SPIE has a long history of 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! 

Please get in touch if you're interested in having us demonstrate optics or otherwise planning events with us! Email us at optical-society@stanford.edu

 

The Stanford Optical Society has developed an outreach demo called Fiber Optic Explosions! To learn more about them and how to make them, click here!

 

 

Outreach Events

San Jose, CA, USA
We will present to students at Parkview Elementary School in San Jose in the afternoon.Read more
Brookvale Elementary School, 3400...
We will present to grade 3-5 students at Brookvale Elementary School in Fremont.Read more
Bing Nursery School, 850 Escondido Rd,...
We will be bringing the laser harp and doing some light-and-color-based activities with the 3-5 year olds at Bing Nursery School. (Time is TBD)Read more
Spilker basement
Woodland School, 360 La Cuesta Dr,...
Splash brings grade 8-12 students to Stanford to partake in classes are taught by Stanford students. This will be our third time teaching a class called "Interacting with Light." Class Description: Why is the internet so fast? Can you measure microscopic objects without a microscope? Why is spear fishing so hard? Learn how light plays tricks with our eyes, how we can INSTANTLY send memes to our friends around the world, and how to measure the width of your hair without a microscope! We will explain refraction, diffraction, and fiber optics using demos and hands-on activities.Read more
Splash brings grade 8-12 students to Stanford to partake in classes are taught by Stanford students. This will be our third time teaching a class called "Interacting with Light." Class Description: Why is the internet so fast? Can you measure microscopic objects without a microscope? Why is spear fishing so hard? Learn how light plays tricks with our eyes, how we can INSTANTLY send memes to our friends around the world, and how to measure the width of your hair without a microscope! We will explain refraction, diffraction, and fiber optics using demos and hands-on activities.Read more
Anderson Collection at Stanford...
This will be our first time showcasing our demos at the Anderson Collection on campus. This art-focused event draws about 300 to 600 visitors. We will feature the water waveguide, the laser harp, and a few hand-on optics demos to make a connection with their exhibit by the artist Jim Campbell, who is known for his LED light installations. (You may have seen his giant light installation atop Salesforce Tower in SF!) Read more
Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San...
Our biggest event of the quarter is the Bay Area Science Festival's Discovery Day at Oracle Park in San Francisco. This is a large event drawing about 20,000 people, and our booth will feature the Fiber Optic Explosions along with the water waveguide and laser harp.Read more
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,...
Our first event of the quarter is Community Day at SLAC. This event provides free t-shirts and dinner. Sign up using this Google form to help run our booth, which will feature a new Schlieren imaging demo along with our water waveguide, diffraction glasses, and other optics demos. (Attendence at our meeting or prior experience aren't necessary to sign up!) This event is a merger of SLAC Kids Night with KIPAC's open house and may draw up to 1,500 people.Read more
Spilker basement
We will talk about our outreach activities in general and plan for our upcoming fall events.Read more
Allen X Patio

The Stanford Optical Society has developed an outreach demo called Fiber Optic Explosions! Recently featured at FiO+LS 2019 in Washington, DC , these cool light up demos are great take homes for outreach lessons on TIR and FIber Optics. Find out more here!Read more

Stanford Campus

Splash is a program that brings students in grades 8-12 from everywhere to Stanford’s campus for a two-day learning extravaganza. Classes are taught by Stanford undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates

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1959 Sunsprite Dr, Union City, CA 94587
Tom Kitayama Elementary School

To sign up, please visit this Google Form: https://forms.gle/x5ccxfv1RQtaZrhg8Read more

Escondido Elementary’s annual Family Science Night consists of student science fair projects as well as demos from local groups. OSA will be taking the ever popular laser maze and fiber optic pins to share our love of light and inspire the students to pursue STEM related fields. Read more

Exploratorium

Join us for First Thursdays (the first After Dark of the month) when we explore one topic in a vareity of ways. This is a weekly event for adults to encourage continuing education and wonder in the grown up mind. Excite your atoms at Glow, our annual celebration of ebullient lights and subtle glows honoring the close of the year. Bask in the mesmerizing gleams of special installations and kinetic sculptures, take a shine to illuminating exhibits, and show your sparkle with scintillating activities. OSA is very excited to share our various demos at the Glow-themed After dark! ...Read more

Apollo is a continuation high school on the east side of San José. Before attending Apollo, the students were considered high school drop-out students. Now they are earning back the necessary credits to graduate on time with a high school diploma. Engineering Day is dedicated to showing the students the path they can take to study engineering and the careers that can stem from this field. OSA outreach will be taking several demos to Engineering Day and engaging in conversations with students about pursuing STEM careers. Read more

We showed off cool demos such as the lazer harp and the lazer maze! More information here: http://makerfaire.com/Read more

Shared optics through the laser maze and other cool demos!Read more

Click here for an adorable video from the event.

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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!Read more

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