Science Educators Day


The Optical Society hosts an annual event focusing on effective and innovative approaches to science education, with an emphasis on hands-on, interactive classroom activities. This program is provided free of charge and available to youth science educators.  Attendees also receive complimentary classroom materials.

2015 Science Educators' Day (EDAY)

Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Date: 21 October, 17:00 - 20:00

Join us in San Jose, CA for “Science Educators’ Day” (EDAY), a special free dinner and educational workshop hosted by The Optical Society (OSA) for pre-college educators! This program will focus on effective and innovative approaches to science education, with an emphasis on hands-on, interactive classroom activities.

  • Special Guest Speaker: Eric Mazur; Harvard University, USA, Interactive Teaching and Peer Instruction
  • A complimentary dinner with other local science educators
  • Interactive science demonstrations by OSA Student Chapters
  • Door prizes and so much more!

The registration process is EASY. To confirm your attendance simply complete the registration form. (RSVP Required)

Prior Events

About the 2014 Science Educators' Day

In 2014, OSA heald the annual Science Educators’ Day (EDAY) in Tucson, AZ, US. Our guest speaker for the event was Dr. Michael Raymer. He is aEday physicist and Phillip H. Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. He was on the faculty at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics before moving to Oregon, where he co-founded the University’s Oregon Center for Optics. His interest in teaching began as an undergraduate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he co-instructed a beginning course in chemistry. Many years later he parlayed that experience into the founding of the UO’s Science Literacy Program, which is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and which reaches across the departments of physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. His interest in teaching science literacy led him to author a textbook, The Silicon Web: Physics for the Internet Age (Taylor & Francis, 2009), to accompany a course he teaches called The Physics Behind the Internet.

About the 2013 Science Educators' Day

In 2013, we held our annual Science Educators’ Day (EDAY) in Orlando, FL USA and welcomed 85 science educators.  The program included the winner of the 2007 Robert A. Millikan award of the American Association of Physics Teachers for “notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics” David R. Sokoloff from the University of Oregon. You can view the 2013 EDAY video here

Teacher The 2013 EDAY Program (including Lesson Plans and an Activity Guide) and the Active Learning in Light and Optics: Optics Magic Tricks and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations Guide are now available online.

Here are two pieces of information from David Sokoloff that may be useful for your classroom:

  • The other Activity Based Physics materials are available for high school teachers as part of the High School E-Dition. Click here for more information. 
  • Click here for information on the High School Teachers' day at the Winter AAPT meeting in Orlando in January, along with other information on the meeting.

Support Youth Science Education

If you are interested financially supporting EDAY please download our donation form or contact the OSA Foundation at Financial as well as in-kind (material) donations are welcome!

Please contact if you have any questions.