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Outreach activities by the Mafi's Research Group

June 2015

In June of 2015, Mafi's Research Group and the local chapter of the Optical Society of America hosted local Albuquerque highschool teachers. The teachers carried out several optics experiments and worked with polarization elements, diffraction elements, and lasers. The teachers also learned about various research projects of the Mafi's Research Group.

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December 2011

In December of 2011, Craig Mirr from the Photonics Research Group and the president of the local chapter of the Optical Society of America attended a local school to teach children about optics, color, diffraction gratings, and lasers.

August 2011

In August of 2011, the Photonics Research Group and the local chapter of the Optical Society of America hosted local highschool teachers. The teachers carried out several jello-optics experiments and worked with polarization elements. The teachers also learned about various research projects of the Photonics Research Group.

April 2010

In April of 2011, Craig Mirr attended another Milwaukee-area outreach program hosted again by the Optical Society of America Foundation. Two members of the Optical Society of America and Craig Mirr visited Milwaukee-area elementary schools. This event lasted for three days and each day two to three elementary schools were visited and taught basic optical knowledge. The outreach event involved students in creating their own kaleidoscope. Students first learned about the basics of reflection where OSA members gave demonstrations in the front of the classroom. Next, two students stood on opposite sides of the classroom and an OSA member held a mirror. One student moved until he/she could see the classmate’s reflection.

December 2010

In December of 2010, Craig Mirr attended a Milwaukee-area outreach program hosted by the Optical Society of America Foundation. Five non-Milwaukee members of the Optical Society of America and Craig Mirr visited Milwaukee-area elementary schools. These members ranged from OSAF employees, Ph.D and masters students and were from areas like Rochester, NY and Toronto Canada. This event lasted for four days and each day two to three elementary schools were visited and taught basic optical knowledge. As a part of this outreach event, an OSA Optical Suitcase was used. The students learned about diffraction gratings, polarization and liquid crystal displays. All the projects were first demonstrated by the OSA members and then students were given an opportunity to go in front of the classroom and provide their own demonstration. After this introductory lesson, the students were given the components for the experiments. This included a LED flashlight, a diffraction grating, a set of polarizers, and a LCD film. Each student worked on the lessons that they were taught and OSA members guided them during this process.

March 2009

Outreach: K-12 Students, UWM STEM program, 03/13/2009.