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SPIE International Year of Light Educational Materials and Resources

International Year of Light

The International Year of Light 2015 recognizes the importance of raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture, and health. Below is a collection of educational materials and resources that can help you become a global ambassador for the International Year of Light.


  • The Dark Skies Rangers (DSR) educational kits now the official IYL Cosmic Light cornerstone-themed "Quality Lighting Teaching Kits"; in collaboration with International Dark-Sky Association, SPIE, and CIE. How to request one?
    1. Check to see if you have an IDA, SPIE or CIE chapter in your area by visiting their websites.
    2. Send that information and your contact information to Connie Walker at cwalker@noao.edu with subject line: "IYL2015 Quality Lighting Teaching Kits.

  • Teacher's Pack from 1001 Inventions (PDF 28 MB) - 1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim Civilisation from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped create the foundations of our modern world. Through its award-winning educational programmes, books, block-buster exhibitions, live shows, films and learning products, 1001 Inventions showcases the contributions of inspirational men and women of different faiths and cultures in a civilisation that spread from Spain to China. Read more

    More to come -- check back regularly as more educational materials are added