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Omega Optical Teacher's Day

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Omega Optical Teacher's Day - Photonics & Filtering Light

Brattleboro, Vermont


Spring 2013 9:30-3:00


Omega Optical uses evaporated thin film coatings on glass to create  optical interference filters.  Omega Optical embraces a vision that goes beyond designing and  fabricating state-of-the-art thin film filters   with an  R&D group to integrate custom filters into advanced   products.  Teachers will see how filters are manufactured, tested and   applied in energy, biomedical analysis and astronomy in a plant tour of   the Omega Delta Campus facility.  Then they will learn about topics   relating to photonics and light using activities included as part of the Omega Photonics Kit for teachers.  Familiarity with the kit is gained when teachers use the kit to answer their own questions about light.


Agenda  9:00-3:00


9:00-9:30     Welcome - About Omega Optical


 9:30-10:30    Technical Overview presentation with demos and on-line & media connections




 10:30-11:30   Photonics Kit Selected Activity 1

  •  Technical discussion/demo
  • Hands on Activities & Materials for 1-3 lessons
  • follow up discussion - 

How can you use this in your curriculum?




11:30-12:00    BYO Lunch    

12:00-1:00    Facility Tour emphasizing applications & innovations the products & purposes of light and filters, what your scientists and engineers actually do at the company.


1:00-2:00    Photonics Kit Selected Activity 2 

  • Technical discussion/demo
  • Hands on Activites & Materials for 1-3 lessons
  • follow up discussion - 

How can you use this in your curriculum?



2:00-2:20    The Value of Inquiry Projects & Science Fair


2:20-3:00    Inquiry Activities with the Phtotonics Kit

  • Inquiry Activity.  
  • Explore time


  • follow up discussion - 

How can you use this in your curriculum?




Ideas for inquiry projects





Questions you still have





suggestions for improving the workshop









Science Standard 28 (Light) S3-4:28 through S9-12:28

     Grades 3-4 (S3-4:28)

     Students demonstrate their understanding of Light Energy by…

  •   Investigating AND Explaining 


     Science Concepts:

a. Light maintains direction of motion until it interacts with another object.

b. Light can be reflected or absorbed.


     Grades 5-6 (S5-6:28)     Students demonstrate their understanding of  Light Energy by…

  •   Designing demonstrations that represent the characteristics of light energy transfer.   

     Science Concepts:

a. Light travels from an energy source (such as the sun) in straight lines.

b. When light hits an object, it is absorbed, reflected, transmitted or some combination

               c. Objects can be seen only when light waves are emitted from or reflected off the object and enter into the eye.


      Grades 7-8 (S7-8:28)     Students demonstrate their understanding of  Light Energy by…

  • Investigating AND Explaining that visible light is made up of colored light waves .


     Science Concepts:

a. Light is a form of radiant energy.

b. Transmitted light can be refracted (change in direction of the light) when it passes from one media into another.

c. Visible  light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Visible (white) light is  made up of the colored light waves of the visible spectrum.



     Grades 9-12 (S9-12:28)

     Students demonstrate their understanding  of  Light Energy by…

  • Investigating AND Comparing and contrasting electromagnetic waves to mechanical waves. 

     Science Concepts:

a. Mechanical waves are periodic disturbances of matter. 

b.  Accelerating electrical charges produce electromagnetic waves around  them.  Some of these appear as radiation (e.g. radio waves, microwaves  radiant heat, visible light, ultra-violet rays, and x-rays).




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