|Location:||Rebecca's Cafe, 275 Grove St., Auburndale, MA 02466|
|Dinner Reservation Deadline:||Monday February 13 @ 6pm|
NES/OSA Promoting STEM with Optics
In addition to professional development, educational outreach is one of the key initiatives of the NES/OSA. We have been active in the promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) since the mid-1970s with the goal of fostering excitement about science and bringing awareness of optics to children. Some of the programs in which we have been engaged include bringing optics into classrooms (with the famous optics suitcase), student scholarships, teacher grants, and volunteering in community science events.
NES/OSA currently participates in several community programs from STEM Expos to Science Fairs with combined audiences of several thousand students annually, awarded the OSA Excellence Award for outreach last year. Especially in recent years, we have increased our commitment with participation in a growing number of events. This could not have been accomplished without the committed NES/OSA members who have generously volunteered their time and knowledge at these events. As they will tell you, introducing optics to young minds is very rewarding.
Our meeting this month will divert somewhat from the normal format, as we would like to invite our members and the general public to learn more about our outreach efforts and experience some of the tools that we use to explore optics in everyday life. There will be a short presentation on STEM efforts in the community and a call for individuals to join the effort. Many of the demonstrations that we use at STEM events will also be on display. Members familiar with the demo materials will be available to describe how they are used explain fundamental optics ideas to children at various ages. We also encourage attendees to share ideas with us!
This will also be a great opportunity to bring family members interested in increasing their optics knowledge (and who may be curious about these NES/OSA meetings we keep sneaking off to on Thursday nights) .