Developed by the OSA Rochester Section (ROSA) in 1999, the Optics Suitcase is an innovative, interactive presentation package designed to introduce middle school students to the dynamic and exciting range of concepts within the study of light.
Each case includes a teaching guide (also available for download at this bottom of the page) and materials for demonstrations and experiments that teach about optics in a fun, hands-on atmosphere. Topics include: polarization, diffraction and selective reflection. The "theme packets," which contain the individual experiments, are designed for students to take home and share with their friends and family as a reinforcement of the classroom lessons. A demonstration requires 40 - 60 minutes on average, and provides materials for up to 50 students. View a full list of the components.
Request an Optics Suitcase
OSA Student Chapters and Local Sections: You must apply to receive an Optics Suitcase through the OSA Grants Database. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your Chapter/Section has not received a login.
If you would like to purchase an Optics Suitcase or contribute funds to the program, please use the OSA “Optics Suitcase Purchase” form. Cost per suitcase is $350; includes enough materials to serve 50 students.
To request a free Optics Suitcase, please apply for a grant from the OSA Foundation by completing the “Optics Suitcase Grant Application” form.
Please note: after grant approval, it may take up to six months to receive your Optics Suitcase.
If you have any questions, or would like to inquire about purchasing the "Theme-Packets," please contact email@example.com.