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The OSA to Distribute 150 Special Edition International Day of Light Optics Suitcases 

The Optics Suitcase is an innovative presentation package designed by the Optical Society (OSA) Rochester Section to introduce young students to the dynamic and exciting study of light. Each case includes an education guide and materials for demonstrations that teach about optics in a fun, hands-on manner. Topics include: polarization, diffraction and selective reflection. The "theme packets," which contain the individual experiments, are designed for students to take home and share with their friends and family to reinforce the classroom lessons. Each suitcase contains materials for 50 students.


OSA Student Chapters and Local Sections will explore optical phenomena with kids in their community while highlighting the importance of light technology and its impact on areas such as medicine, communications, imaging, and environmental sensing.


OSA Student Chapters and Local Sections should apply for their kits at the OSA Grant Application Portal by 15 January 2018.  Funding for the kits is being provided by The Optical Society (OSA), The OSA Foundation and the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR).  Questions please contact


For information about this opportunity or other ways you can celebrate the International Day of Light with OSA, please visit

About The Optical Society

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. For more information, visit:

About The OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation was established by OSA in 2002.  The Foundation provides scholarships, fellowships grants, professional development and training to the next generation of leaders and innovators in optics and photonics. For more information, visit


John Taylor
Director, Executive Office
The Optical Society


Jorge Rivero González

International Day of Light Secretariat & Press Officer

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