Science Saturday: More than Rainbows

IMG_4497For the second year in a row, we have gone to Wheeler Taft Abbot Library to present as part of their Science Saturday series. Last year, we talked about the “Moons of the Solar System.” This year, our topic was “More than Rainbows,” or how light and color are much more than what we see in nature. We had between thirty and forty people, adults and children, at this event.

Everyone loves diffraction glasses! I enjoy watching the looks of awe that kids get when they put them on for the first time.

Everyone loves diffraction glasses! I enjoy watching the looks of awe that kids get when they put them on for the first time.

After I gave a short presentation at the beginning, everyone came and looked at all the demonstrations we had brought with us.

Everyone waves at themselves in the infrared

Everyone waves at themselves in the infrared

This event was great, due partially to how many volunteers were at the event. It’s always easier for me to run an outreach event when I have great helpers! Plus, having lots of helpers gave me a chance to get some nice pictures, especially since we had received releases from all the visitors to use pictures of them.

Fellow CIAN blogger Stephanie Guzman explains fiber optics to our visitors

Fellow CIAN blogger Stephanie explains fiber optics to our visitors

Undergraduates Maryam and Feibien show kids the electric pickle demonstration

Undergraduates Maryam and Feibien show kids the electric pickle demonstration

CIAN graduate student Alex shows off a hologram

CIAN graduate student Alex shows off a hologram

CIAN graduate student Jasmine amazes this young visitor with the "holographic" pig

CIAN graduate student Jasmine amazes this young visitor with the “holographic” pig

The event lasted an hour, long enough for all of our young visitors to see all of the cool things we brought with us. The library staff thanked us several times for visiting them again and promised they would invite us back next year.

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BENJAMIN CROMEY – UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Benjamin Cromey is pursuing his Bachelors in Optical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Arizona. As a member of the Optics Ambassadors and the Vice President for the Student Optics Chapter, optics outreach is one of his passions. He participated in the 2012 IOU program with CIAN and has been working with 3D Holographic displays ever since. Ben’s posts.

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