OSA's OpticsForKids Web Site Wins iParenting Media Award




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OSA’s OpticsForKids Web Site Wins
iParenting Media Award

--Award recognizes outstanding products for parents, families--

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21—The Optical Society’s (OSA) optics youth education Web site, OpticsForKids.org, recently won an iParenting Media Award for Outstanding Products of 2008.  iParenting.com is an online community for parents and parents-to-be and is part of Disney’s network of family-focused Web sites. The award recognizes exceptional products for parents and their families in 20 categories.  OpticsForKids.org joins an impressive list of winning organizations all specializing in education Web sites.

Earlier this year, OSA re-designed the OpticsForKids.org site and added features such as an optics history timeline, a gallery of optical images, experiments students can conduct on their desktops and at home, tutorials, a career quiz and much more.  The Web site seeks to provide comprehensive optics resources for pre-college students, parents and educators. 

“The goal of redesigning OpticsForKids.org was to provide a fun, interactive Web resource for students and parents to increase their interest in the science of optics and photonics,” said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA executive director.  “To be recognized by iParenting as an outstanding product is especially gratifying given the extensive time and effort OSA volunteers devoted to the site’s new content.”

OpticsForKids.org was reviewed for the award by a panel of independent judges selected by iParenting.com, including experts and parents.  It was then sent on for evaluation and final approval by the iParenting Media Awards Executive Committee.  Award-winning products are selected based on their fun value, product quality, ease of use, play duration, educational nature and uniqueness, among other criteria.

About OSA

Uniting more than 70,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.

About iParenting Media

iParenting.com, an online community for parents and parents-to-be, is part of Disney Online’s network of family-focused Web sites including Disney Family.com, FamilyFun.com and Wondertime.com.  Founded in 1996, the company has grown from a single pregnancy site, www.PregancyToday.com, to an award-winning network of more than 40 sites, in English and Spanish. The iParenting sites address a range of parenting issues from preconception through raising teenagers and beyond. iParenting Media’s Editor-in-Chief, Elisa Ast All, MSJ, writes a monthly newspaper column and co-hosts a Chicago-based radio show, Points on Parenting. iParenting Media produces the highly-respected iParenting Media Awards program, an ISO9001:2000 certified product review and awards program. Consumers can learn more about iParenting Media Award-winning products, and where to purchase the products via a retailer network online directory, by visiting www.iParentingMediaAwards.com/consumer.