Optics Outreach at the Rochester Lilac Festival - SPIE and Optica

  • May 12, 2023
  • 10:30 AM
  • May 21, 2023
  • 8:30 PM
  • Highland Park, Rochester, New York


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Optics Outreach at the Rochester Lilac Festival

The Institute of Optics - University of Rochester, SPIE, and Optica

Please join us for this special event!

In addition to enjoying the Lilac Festival, we are encouraging members to volunteer some of their time to support the Optics Outreach tent.

Please sign up to volunteer here: https://signup.com/go/oxAhMkV 

We are signing up volunteers for 30-minute set up and tear down shifts, and 90-minute outreach shifts, every day from 10:30am - 8:30pm. We would like to invite all members of the Optica Rochester Section to volunteer. No prior experience is necessary; basic training on how to run the demos will be provided when you arrive for your shift.

All volunteers will receive a “light and lilacs” t-shirt (design attached) and the tent will be stocked with food and drinks. Details about volunteer parking and further instructions will be sent later this week.

Read about our previous outreach event at the 2019 Lilac Festival here: https://www.optica.org/en-us/optica_blog/2019/may_2019/international_day_of_light_light_lilacs”_in_roches/

Optics at the Lilac Festival!

The SPIE and Optica Student Chapters at The Institute of Optics are excited to host our Optics Outreach Tent at the Rochester Lilac Festival in Highland Park, May 12 - 21! Our tent will feature interactive light, color, and optics demos for all ages with the theme of “light and lilacs.”

Interactive science demonstrations that explore light, color, and optics — fun for all ages! Take a look at the beautiful cell structure of a lilac flower under a microscope, investigate how your eyes perceive color, learn about thermal imaging aboard the James Webb Space Telescope, and more! 

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See the attachments below for an event map and additional information: 



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