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OSA Mourns the Loss of Katherine Johnson – a True Pioneer

The Optical Society (OSA) and the STEM community pay tribute to NASA mathematician, pioneer for racial and gender equality and “Hidden Figure”, Katherine G. Johnson who died on 24 February 2020.

Added:02 Mar 2020


Becoming an OSA council student representative

Nearly 10 years ago, I was offered the opportunity to represent all OSA student members and help shape the future of new OSA member programs. This dramatically changed my life and career perspective as I was directly influencing and endorsing new initiatives.

Added:08 Nov 2019


Spreading the Joy of Active Learning about Light and Color with Teachers in Mexico

The Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN) is an initiative that responds to a mandate from the Ministers of Education of the Organization of American States, and is managed by the Department of Human Development, Education and Employment. ITEN aims to contribute to the improvement of quality and equality of education in the Americas by promoting the exchange of knowledge, capacity...

Added:20 Jun 2019


The 15th International Gathering of Optics and Photonics Educators: ETOP2019

Since 1988, educators from around the world have met every two years at the international ETOP (Education and Training in Optics and Photonics) conference to share and learn best practices for teaching optics and photonics . This year’s ETOP, hosted by Université Laval and the Centre d’Optique, Photonique et Laser in Québec City, Québec, Canada, was attended by over 175 educators...

Added:19 Jun 2019


Laser Fun Day at University of Arizona

The OSA Student Chapter of the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona organized the ninth annual Laser Fun Day featured a number of optics and photonics demonstrations. 

Added:22 May 2019


Celebrating the International Day of Light Can Illuminate the Future

The student chapter of The Optical Society (OSA) from Changchun University of Science and Technology, China, will celebrate the International Day of Light on 15 May and have designed a multitude of special events celebrating light. 

Added:17 Apr 2019


Girls (also) wanna have fun in the lab! Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland dixit.

The United Nations (UN) #February11 commemorates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in an effort to attract girls and women to STEM areas. Yes, girls are curious about science, the same way boys do too. Yet why are there fewer women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)? Why are the numbers not changing as fast as we would like?

Added:12 Feb 2019


Driving Diversity, Closing the Gap: Celebrating International Day for Women and Girls in Science

The fourth industrial revolution dawns upon us and with that evokes a quintessential question, how do we, as women and girls in science, seek opportunities and be influential during this shift of science, technology and innovation? We are currently in an era where science and physical systems are fusing to develop emerging technology that is based on artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet...

Added:11 Feb 2018


The Art of Optics Outreach

Science outreach is fun, not only for the participants, but also for the educators as well. Science draws out our curiosity and we all have natural curiosity. When you design and conduct an outreach event, you have to think carefully about how to turn science, optics for example, into something interesting and understandable for others; making it a good test of how well you know a topic. At an...

Added:30 May 2017


2017 Special Program Grant Recipients - Round 1

OSA would like to congratulate the following student chapters and local sections on receiving the Special Program Grant. This grant awards up to $1,500 USD for high impact youth education/community outreach or professional development events. Chapters and sections went through a vigorous application and review process and we are thrilled with this first round of winners and their...

Added:05 Jan 2017


Escaping The Weather To Learn More About Optics

The University of Oregon Student Chapter of the OSA lit up the University of Oregon campus on Saturday, December 3rd for the first ever Optics Holiday Bash. Student members organized an outreach event to celebrate The Optical Society’s 100th anniversary in 2016 with funding from the Centennial Special Events Grant. The purpose of the outreach activity was to engage the community by...

Added:14 Dec 2016


Celebrating the OSA Centennial with the Lightwave Roadshow

The Lightwave Roadshow is the University of Southampton chapter's student-led outreach education programme. The Roadshow traces its root back to 1998 when it was established to provide hands-on optics experiments for young children under the age of 10 in classes or fairs for families. More recently, the programme has expanded its scope to work with school pupils up to the age of 18, as well...

Added:06 Dec 2016


OSA ITS Goes to School (OIGoS)

OSA ITS Goes to School (OIGoS) is a new program from OSA ITS Student Chapter for high school students in Surabaya city. This successful program contains workshop program about some current and future development of optics/photonics that is specially designed for Senior High School student with interesting teaching ways and some optical devices experiments. We have successfully visited some...

Added:01 Dec 2016


The Escaping Room

Instituto de Óptica-CSIC Student Chapter’s big activity this year was a new outreach workshop called “OPTICS IN THE WORLD”, which we designed and executed thanks to the OSA Centennial Special Events Grant. This was an outreach workshop consisting of a number of educational workshops and displays based in optics technology, as well as a recreational/learning activity called The...

Added:01 Dec 2016


Reaching Out to the Local Community Around Us

To celebrate one hundred years of The Optical Society, the London Local Section launched an Optics Discovery Programme for London schools. Through our prior outreach work with the local community, we had identified that some schools lack resources to teach optics in an exciting and engaging way, which encouraged us to develop a new scheme to inspire teachers and students using the power of...

Added:01 Dec 2016


2nd Edition of FunOptics: Óptica Divertida

The 2nd Edition of FunOptics: Óptica Divertida, realized by OSA Campina Student Chapter, was held at Escola Dr. Hortêncio de Sousa Ribeiro (a state high school in our city, Campina Grande, Brazil) counting with the participation of 30 students of the 1st year of high school.

Added:01 Nov 2016


A Meeting with Light

During the 2015 International Year of Light, the OSA Student Chapter of Université Laval volunteered to create a fully autonomous exhibition presenting the basics of light to the people of Québec City. Made of two informative banners and 4 interactive modules each displaying an experiment related to both fundamental and technological aspects of light, the goal of “A Meeting with Light...

Added:30 Sep 2016


Light Up the Outback - Bright Lights for Bright Minds

In August, two physics PhD students from Macquarie University, Australia spent a week visiting regional and rural high schools around New South Wales. Eight different schools were visited over the course of 5 days, in a loop of almost 2000 kilometres. Over 450 students and their teachers participated in the sessions. Each visit to the schools had three parts. A short talk on optics or laser and...

Added:30 Sep 2016


An Illuminating Experience

In July 2016, Tianjin University OSA Student Chapter held the OSA Centennial Special Events- A Series of Optical Courses on OSA's 100th Birthday. We held the activities at Tianjin University affiliated elementary school and Yixing primary school. Preparations started in May and we had a lot of meetings to discuss the form of classroom, tested the lecture course, bought the experimental and...

Added:07 Sep 2016


Exposing Science to Those All Around

The Oxford Optics and Photonics Society (OxOPS) joined forces with the Oxford Hands-on-Science (OxHOS) society to realise an unprecedented Science roadshow in the UK. A tour in Oxfordshire (first week) and South Wales (second week) visiting schools and public venues with plenty of Science experiments was carried out with massive success! Thanks to the OSA Centennial Special Events Grant, the...

Added:19 Jul 2016


Keeping a Tradition

Each year the NES/OSA participates in several outreach events to demonstrate the role optics plays in everyday life. Sharing knowledge of optics applications has been an ongoing effort since the mid-1970s evolving over time. Our current approach is to join public STEM EXPOs and Science Fairs. Massachusetts has a statewide system of science fairs split into six regions. Each region hosts middle...

Added:19 Jul 2016


Creating the Next Generation of Curious Minds

The CICESE OSA student chapter organized an event where the main purpose was to make science in general and optics in particular seem less intimidating and more approachable. Different local elementary schools were invited to CICESE on June 10 and June 17 and more than 75 elementary kids attended the event between these two dates. The participants received lectures given by members of the...

Added:15 Jul 2016


A Mini-Congress in Partnership with Alfa Foundation

One of the OSA UANL Student Chapter main compromises and objectives is to develop and invite young minds into the science world. This time we took lead and looked forward to organize an Educational Congress for talented high school students. As the last event organized by the Officers Board 2015-2017 this was the main event of the season.

Added:20 May 2016


Optical Enrichment Activity at Alomim School

The optical enrichment activity was conducted on 8 April 2016 as part of an open day at school to expose the students to different fields of interest. The students that attended the optical activity chose this activity out of other options available to them that day.In this activity, we exposed the class to the white light wonders using the OSA Optics Suitcase and explained the motivation of...

Added:28 Apr 2016


Spark Your Dream - Celebrating OSA's Centennial

Our chapter decided to organize a series of youth education activities named “Spark Your Dream” to celebrate the OSA’s 100th birthday. We wanted to impart our knowledge to help younger students in order to foster their interests in optics and science in general to broaden their horizon. We wanted to make the younger students understand what OSA has to offer through these...

Added:28 Apr 2016


Recruiting the Future

During the first week of the Spring Semester, OSA UANL Student Chapter organized an Invitational Session on the UANL Physics building main Hall. Officers and Student members offered an attractive talk about the experience, benefits and responsibilities of being an OSA member in order to invite graduate and undergraduate students to join the OSA UANL Student Chapter as an OSA Student member...

Added:08 Apr 2016


Enrich Your Understanding of Science & the Light

After long-term exploration and unremitting efforts, we have built cooperation with the local school, Hangzhou Changhe High School. In order to expand our chapter's influence and bring benefits to more students, this year, we established contact with two new partners, Chaoshan Central Primary School and local Youth Homes. During these activities, we taught the students some knowledge of...

Added:16 Mar 2016