Sam Shaw at the MOXI Wolf Science Museum held a pilot workshop to test out the PhoSoc LaserComm activity with local kids and families. (You can use our original LaserComm instructions to build your own at home!)
The newly revised activity uses laser cut components, printed circuit boards and 3D Printed mounts to allow museum visitors to focus entirely on manipulating light.
We made all the components fit onto a peg-board, which has sides to prevent stray laser light and allow kids to see where the light is going. The activity includes the following components:
On May 24th 2019, Kareem Hamdy the chair of the PhoSoc Outreach Committee, presented at the ETOP 2019 conference (Education and Training in Optics & Photonics) in Quebec, Canada! His paper discussed the outreach activities that the Phosoc Outreach Committee has developed to show the exciting principles of photonics while developing good practices for scientific inquiry and research.
Light-based educational outreach activities for pre-university students
Author(s): Kareem W. Hamdy, Takako Hirokawa, Philip Chan, Warren Jin, Victoria Rosborough, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States); Eric Stanton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States); Andrew M. Netherton, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States); Marilyn Garza, Santa Barbara Junior High School (United States); Wendy Ibsen, Demis D. John, John E. Bowers, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
We developed three light-based educational outreach activities for pre-university students, emphasizing hands-on components for core learning. These activities leverage concepts from integrated optics and solid-state lighting, centering on (1) building a free-space optical link, (2) subtractive and additive color mixing, and (3) guiding light using gelatin "waveguides". We garner considerable excitement in students when activities culminate in an open-ended challenge. Activity leaders emphasize important research practices such as learning from the success of others' experiments, making and testing informed hypotheses, persistence in understanding and solving problems, and the desire to improve upon even a working solution.
On Feb. 19, the Photonic Society at UCSB lead the FUSE color mixing activity at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art with help from Wendy Ibsen and the CSEP group. This activity was part of the Santa Barbara Junior High School field trip to the art museum.
To keep up with CSEP news check their website and their Facebook page.
For more info on Photonic Society activities, check out our After-School Science page.
The Photonic Society had another successful Women in Photonics week this year with great speakers, tours, activities. Read more about the events using the link below.
Women in Photonics 2018
In collaboration with Lauren Mecum at the IEEE Photonics Society & Laser Classroom, the PhoSoc Outreach team will be volunteering teach pre-university teachers how to use the Laser Classroom educational outreach kits, from 9am–12n at OFC in San Diego.
"Lunch & Learn"
When: Sunday March 11th, 12:00 – 14:00
Where: OFC, San Diego // Room 14 (Mezzanine Level)
Every attendee will get a free Laser Classroom education kit. Lunch is provided.
If you're attending OFC on Sunday March 11th in San Diego, come by Room 14 (mezzanine Level) for the Lunch & Learn. See the OFC special events page for more info, and be sure to RSVP at the link above!
The PhoSoc outreach team will be hosting hands-on demos at MESA Day at UCSB, on Friday March 3rd in Phelps 1425 at 11am. Check out the Los Inginieros website for more info!
Victoria Rosborough & Takako Hirokawa (PhoSoc President & Secretary) hosted a hands-on Laser Communications workshop at WISE's I ❤️STEM weekend on October 28th. The event was specifically for high-school women, and features numerous science and technology workshops and demos. We re-used our LaserCom activity for the workshop, which you can find here (lesson 1).
Continuing on the success of 2016's Women In Photonics Week, the PhoSoc Outreach team pulled together women scientists from academia and industry to showcase their love for the science of light!
See the full week-long schedule of events we hosted at the event web page:
Women In Photonics Week 2017
To kick off the 2017-2018 school year at UCSB, the PhoSoc Outreach team developed an idea that Wendy Ibsen at CSEP had: to have 8th grader's families make Peppergrams and use their smartphones to see a 3D projection seemingly floating in space!
The effect is based on "pepper's ghost", an old carnival trick that projects a reflection off of a transparent glass, making it look like something is floating in mid-air in front of you.
You can find the full activity writeups on this page.
The PhoSoc's "Color Mixing" activity was extended to an hour-long activity for the Teen Center at the local Girls Inc.
We borrowed the red-blocking laser safety glasses from the Light-Pipes activity, and used it to simulate "color blindness" - ie. what happens when you are missing a red cone?
(Answer - no red objects don't become invisible, but colors that were previously obviously different become nearly indistinguishable!)