Come to Kettering University’s Campus Center on March 15 and March 17 for two half days of exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities highlighting the exciting and ubiquitous applications of light. Sponsored by SPIE – The International Society for Optics and Photonics, the Office of Pre-college Programs at Kettering University and the Department of Physics at Kettering University.

“Fun with Photonics” is a public outreach and informing the public activity aimed at exposing students of all ages – as well as their teachers and parents - to the beautiful and intriguing STEM field of Optics and Photonics. The field of Optics and Photonics encompasses the science and engineering of harnessing light to perform useful tasks.

The growing importance of this field to the US economy and its competitiveness in the 21st century has been assessed in no less than four detailed and well documented reports issued by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies. The most recent of these reports, NRC’s 2012 report Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for our Nation calls for a National Photonics Initiative, similar to the National Nanotechnology Initiative launched by the US in the year 2000.

These reports highlight the essential role photonic technologies play in driving economic growth and creating jobs, as well as enabling future innovations and entrepreneurship to advance society. Such role stems from the fact that over the past five decades - since the invention of the laser - photonics has become a ubiquitous, key enabling technology that facilitates innovation and economic growth through a large variety of end-user applications that span a growing range of economic activities, markets and industries.

Demonstrations and Activities

Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sunset Room, KU Campus Center
Monday, March 17, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Fifth Floor Lobby, KU Campus Center

Learn more about Optics and Photonics at Kettering University.
Learn more about the National Photonics Initiative (NPI).