Science Educators Day

Science Educators' Day (EDAY)

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.

2016 Science Educators' Day (EDAY)

Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Date: Sunday, 16 October, 17:00 - 20:00

Join us in Rochester, NY for “Science Educators’ Day” (EDAY), a special free dinner and educational workshop hosted by The Optical Society (OSA) in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the Rochester Section of 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.

Prior Events

About the 2015 Sceience Educators' Day

In 2015, OSA held the annual Science Educators' Day (EDAY) in San Jose, CA, US. Our guest speaker for the event was Dr. Eric Mazur, Harvard University. He shared his interactive teaching and peer instruction lecture while engaging the attendees, demonstrating his approach to teaching. Over 80 attendees also enjoyed interacting with ten student chapters who provided interactive science demonstrations. Each attendee was provided an International Year of Light (IYL) Light Blox Kit to bring back to their classroom to continue the EDAY experience.

About the 2014 Science Educators' Day

In 2014, OSA held the annual Science Educators’ Day (EDAY) in Tucson, AZ, US. Our guest speaker for the event was Dr. Michael Raymer. He is a 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

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.

Fun and Hands-On Optics Experiments!

  • Reflection Activities
  • Transmission, Absorption and Color
  • Properties of Laser Light: Monochromatic, Coherent, and Collimated
  • Applications of LASERS: Diffraction Labs and Activities