Laser Fun Day
The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences will hold its fifth annual Laser Fun Day as SOCk, its undergraduate and graduate student organization, brings the science of optics alive for area elementary- and middle-school children. The educational extravaganza takes place on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Meinel Building, 1630 E. University Blvd. on the UA campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
This year, Laser Fun Day is part of the celebration of the International Year of Light, as declared by the United Nations. Visitors to the event this year will learn how light and light based technologies have impacted agriculture, education, energy, health and communications.
The overwhelmingly popular Laser Maze has been redesigned to make it even more enjoyable. Exhibits include a 6-foot-long kaleidoscope, laser radios, solar telescopes and an infrared camera, all of which illustrate different applications and properties of light. Kids will have the chance to take part in a mystery hunt and receive a prize at the end.
This special International Year of Light Laser Fun Day was made possible through grants from the International Society for Optics and Photonics and the Optical Society.
About the Student Optics Chapter:
SOCk, the University of Arizona Student Optics Chapter, promotes the disciplines of math and science, especially optical sciences and optical engineering. Established in 2004, it is affiliated with OSA and SPIE, two of the most respected professional societies in the field of optics.
About the College of Optical Sciences:
The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, founded as the Optical Sciences Center, has been shaping the future since 1964 by offering high-quality instruction, cutting-edge research and a solid commitment to the development of the optics industry. OSC remains dedicated to providing the state of Arizona and the nation with an internationally pre-eminent program in all aspects of the study of light.