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Optical demonstrations through science fairs

Paper Abstract

The New England Section of the Optical Society of America (NES/OSA), founded in 1949, provides programming for the promotion of science and optics education. In recent years, the NES/OSA has combined funding to provide demonstrations during the Massachusetts Science Fairs for Middle and High School age groups and award prizes to the winners. This funding is supplied from the Section's operating budget, along with grants from the Optical Society of America (OSA). NES/OSA attends two annual science fairs comprised of the statewide finalists from 6 regional competitions. During these fairs, NES/OSA members conduct optics demonstrations using the Section's "Optics Suitcases". This talk will outline the NES/OSA's outreach program, some of the demonstrations and results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 77830K (31 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859089
Show Author Affiliations
G. Groot Gregory, Optical Research Associates (United States)
New England Section of the Optical Society of America (United States)
David P. Biss, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
New England Section of the Optical Society of America (United States)
Barbara Darnell, ScinTech (United States)
New England Section of the Optical Society of America (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7783:
Optics Education and Outreach
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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