Hasman (Optics '08), Amy Bishop (Optics '08) and
Dr. Jacobs at Penfield HS Chemstry Club 11/06 (above)
Donlon and John Wilson (Optics '07) with a world
map of Optics Suticase recipients (left)
as of 4/07
Jacobs, his professional colleagues at LLE, and students
working in his laboratories are deeply involved in educational
outreach activities in the Rochester area, NY State, other areas
of the country, and the international community. Starting in
July 1999, they began working on a project called the Optics
Suitcase, as part of the Education Program of the Rochester
Section of the Optical Society of America (ROSA). The project goal is to encourage engineering
professionals to go into middle schools and introduce students
to exciting career opportunities in [optical] technology. As
of December, 2012, over 500 Optics Suitcases had been
shipped to schools and organizations all over the world. Funding for current activities is provided by grants from the OSA Foundation (OSAF). For more details, visit the OSA Rochester Section website
To view the Portable
Document Format files (PDFs) on this site,
Wyatt demonstrating the Rainbow Peephole experiment to 70
seventy children during "Take Your Kids to Work Day"
at LLE on 4/26/07
this section you will find copies of articles that describe
the program and feature comments from presenters and students.
Also in this section is a copy of the User's
Guide, and a description of our Liquid
Crystal Mood Patch Lesson Plan.
For a video explaining cholesteric liquid crystals and how to make a mood patch, go to :
contact S. D. Jacobs (email@example.com) for details on how
to apply for a Suitcase, or go directly to the OSA Foundation web site and fill out the
Optics Suitcase Application Form.
typical classroom visit is organized around a 40 minute
presentation contained in the Suitcase that uses
reusable and "give-away" supplies. The "give-away"
supplies consist of a set of three "theme packets"
that explore color in white light. A 12 page User's
Guide has been written to assist first time presenters
in organizing an in-class presentation. The Guide has been translated into four languages: German, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.
Spilman (Optics PhD student) demonstrating Optics Suitcase
#57 to the recipients - students at Gowa Community Day Secondary
School, Malawi, Central Africa, on June 4th, 2004.
of the 106 sixth graders in Jim Carpenter's science classes
at Greece Arcadia Middle School making liquid crystal mood
patches in November '04 as part of an energy unit on heating
and cooling. Jim used a lesson designed by U of R seniors
Katie Spencer (Optics '05), Rupal Varshneya
(Optics '05), and Anne Marino (Mathematics
'05). Students quickly discovered that these
sensors were useful for much more than assessing one's "mood".Want
a kit to use for 30 students? Just ask.
Jacobs, Anne Marino, Jessica DeGroote, Jerry Cox, and Terri
Pfuntner with an Optics Suitcse presentation to 70
children of LLE employees during
"Take Your Kids to Work Day" on 4/26/07
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