Youth Education


Youth Education

Education outreach is one of the most important and significant ways OSA and its members support local communities and inspire tomorrow's young scientists. OSA offers a variety of educator resources, including instructional classroom videos.


Video Title/Description
Inside Science TV Segment: Many Green Laser Pointers Pose Greater Hazards Than Labeled

Ninety percent of tested laser pointers were more powerful than federal safety guidelines allow. August 29, 2013

EDAY 2008: Optics Suitcase A Portable Optics Demo Kit

Demonstration of the "Optics Suitcase," a portable kit for demonstrating optics to students. Presentation by Theresa Pfunter, Steve Jacobs, and colleagues, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), University of Rochester.

NEBHE Explorations: Exploring Polarization

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), with grant funding from OSA, presents "Explorations," an education video series. Exploring Polarization - What is polarized light and why do people wear polarized sunglasses?


Explorations Teacher Resources (PDF)

Inside Science TV Segment: New Solar Cell Absorbs and Emits Light

A research team at the University of California, Berkeley, led by Prof. Eli Yablonovitch, has developed a new type of solar cell with record efficiency of 29%. January 3, 2013

NEBHE Explorations: The Magic Box

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), with grant funding from OSA, presents "Explorations," an education video series. The Magic Box - You can put your hand through a "solid" wall if you know how to put physics to work.


Explorations Teacher Resources (PDF)

NEBHE Explorations: Exploring Light Spectra

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), with grant funding from OSA, presents "Explorations," an education video series. Exploring Light Specta - Make your own spectroscope and explore the wavelengths produced by different light sources.


Explorations Teacher Resources (PDF)

EDAY 2008: Look At It Glow!

Demonstration of fluorescence in many some household items, such as dish detergent, a tennis ball, and dollar bills. Presentation by Rebecca Wilson and Kathleen Adelsberger, Institute of Optics, University of Rochester.

Inside Science TV Segment: Mapping Floods with Light

The U.S. Geological Survey uses Terrestrial LIDAR to create 3-D flood maps to predict where and when floods will happen and how high waters will rise, released in advance so residents can evacuate and rescuers can prepare early. February 5, 2013

The Innovation Trail's Kate O'Connell takes a look at the industry behind lasers, smart phones, and the internet. (Radio Interview)

The Innovation Trail's Kate O'Connell takes a look at the industry behind lasers, smart phones, and the internet.

NEBHE Explorations: Scattering

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), with grant funding from OSA, presents "Explorations," an education video series. Scattering - Why is the sky blue? Here's an easy demonstration in a fish tank.


Explorations Teacher Resources (PDF)

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