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OSSC Outreach Projects & Events

The photo on the left shows Dr. Murty Mantravadi demonstrating some of his Optricks! The photo on the right shows some children playing with home made telescopes. 
The OSSC supports several outreach events each year.  If you would like to volunteer to help on a project or event, please contact OSSC Outreach Chair - Nick Lambert, or any member of the Outreach Committee.

View our Outreach Photo Albums

Watch the winning OSA UC Irvine Student Chapter 

Laser Fest Laser Graffiti video competition entry

Watch an interview with Desire Whitmore, Ph.D about careers in optics

Some past projects include:


Families participating on an OSSC Optricks Day.  The right photo shows children studying the LED integrating sphere designed and fabricated out of a spherical cake pan by Mark Helmlinger. LED Integrating Spheres, fabricated by Mark, are available from the OSSC at a nominal cost.  Information about building your own is available on the OSSC Education page.


More photo galleries of Southern California Optics Outreach events and programs can be viewed at:

Optics Institute of Southern California - Photo Galleries

Educational presentations and materials are available on the OSSC education page.

Visit Our Education Page




Optics Outreach Donations

The OSSC is NOT a  a charitable organization as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code. If you would like to contribute to the OSSC's Optics Outreach efforts, you may make your contributions to either the OSA Foundation which offers grants to the OSSC and other local and student chapters, or to our local Optics Outreach partners at the Optics Institute of Southern California.  Both of these are charitable organizations as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code.

The OSSC & OISC appreciate the support they receive from  

The OISC renewed its Tax Exempt Status in the State of California.  Here is the letter from the Franchise Tax Board