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Online Resources: Labs, Lessons, Websites, Materials, and More

SPIE is a not-for-profit society for aspiring and established engineers, specifically in the science of light.

We've assembled this list of websites containing lesson plans, activities, demonstrations, and other free materials to provide resources for educators, parents, and students. Use them to bring light into your classroom!

Resources:

        

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SCIENCE OF LIGHT RESOURCES

Labs & Lessons

Online Resources

  • A Kid's Guide to Light - A listing of activities and resources for young people interested in learning about light and adults interested in helping them

  • Bibliography of Classical Optics - Approximately 1,500 titles, compiled by Douglas Goodman, Polaroid Corp (1980-1993), PDF format 230K

  • B-Photonics - Exciting Photonics Stem Projects 
  • Exploring Optics - A hands-on curriculum that teaches about light waves and their associated technical applications

  • Light Science for Kids - Shine light on scientific facts to see how everything revolves around light

  • Optics 4 Kids - A website for students, teachers, and parents devoted to everything optics

  • Photon terrace - A fun website from Hamamatsu to learn about light

  • Photonics - Technical applications of light - Infographics explaining photonics

  • Photonics Project - Resources, Calculations, and More

  • Prismatic Magic - Laser programs to bring to your school

  • Science, Optics &, You - Free standards-based, interdisciplinary curriculum package for elementary students and teachers to explore light, color, and optics

  • Science Made Simple - Beyond the Rainbow, the Invisible World - Traveling shows in the UK bringing inspirational science to your school

  • The Exploratorium Science Snacks - Snacks about Light

Videos

ASTRONOMY RESOURCES

HOLOGRAPHY RESOURCES

ENGINEERING RESOURCES

GENERAL SCIENCE RESOURCES

CAREER RESOURCES

  • Engineering Careers - Engineering is a versatile career. Check out the many ways engineers make a difference in our lives

  • Photonics Careers - Advice from leaders in the optics and photonics community

  • Photonics Engineering - A behind-the-scenes look at photonics engineers' day-to-day work

RESOURCES FOR GIRLS

  • CanTEEN Career Exploration - For girls 11-17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors

  • Engineer Girl - National Academy of Engineering website designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities engineering offers to girls and women

  • Girl Scouts - GirlsGoTech project

  • Science Club for Girls - STEM programs for girls from underrepresented communities

  • Women @ NASA - Resource developed to encourage young women to pursue careers in math, science, and technology