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Hands-On Optics - Making an Impact with Light

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This unique informal science program, funded by the National Science Foundation, pairs optics professionals with science teachers to introduce underserved middle school students to the exciting world of optics. Optics is all about what light is made of and how it behaves. Optics can be found in many everyday situations, from eyeglasses to CD's to hospitals to outer space.

The hands-on, high-interest, standards-connected activities and materials developed by "Hands-On Optics" (HOO) provide six fun and engaging optics activity modules. Educators, parents, science center staff and optics professionals work with HOO activities via informal education programs that range from Saturday morning programs to after-school activities and science center events. HOO serves a dual role: it introduces teachers and students to basic optics concepts. While introducing them to professionals who make a living through optics.

Visit the "Hands-On Optics" Web site: http://www.hands-on-optics.org/