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SPIE Optics Outreach Games 2021

Participate in the Optics Outreach Games

Every 16 May on the International Day of Light, SPIE – along with other communities across the globe – celebrates the wonder and benefits of light and light-based sciences with activities, resources, and a fabulous photo contest. As many celebrations will continue to occur virtually due to the pandemic, SPIE has co-opted our annual Optics Outreach Games to give communities a larger portfolio of activities to choose from for their celebrations.

SPIE Student Chapters: Help inspire the next generation of optics professionals. Your activity could be the reason someone decides to go into optics! This year, the Optics Outreach Games is an opportunity for chapters to showcase their outreach activities, provide a resource for other students and professionals doing outreach for IDL, and compete to win cash prizes for future chapter activities!

Submissions are due 30 April 2021, see the guidelines below.

Submit a video  ›


Questions? Contact outreach@spie.org.



Guidelines and prizes:


  • Guidelines:

    → SPIE Student Chapters are invited to submit one outreach video per chapter. Please collectively decide on
        an activity to submit.

    → The submission deadline is 30 April 2021.

    → Previously made videos are acceptable to submit; the video does not have to made specifically for the
        Optics Outreach Games, but it must be made by chapter members.

    → Outreach videos should be no longer than five minutes. View examples of other SPIE outreach videos and past
        Optics Outreach Games demonstrations.

    → Outreach videos will be judged by volunteer SPIE Members on presentation, optics content, education value,
        and creativity.

    → Submitted videos will be added to the this webpage as they are submitted for public use. Check back often!

    → Winning videos will be announced on social media and highlighted on this webpage by 16 May 2021. 

    → Winners will receive prize money sent to their chapter to be used for a celebration, or for future chapter activities.


  • Prizes 

    → First place: US $500.00

    → Second place: US $350.00

    → Third place: US $200.00


Submit a video  ›