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Educational Outreach sponsored by Edmund Optics®

At Edmund Optics®, we are passionate about giving students the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of optics and get excited about science! That’s why EO’s educational outreach program, Edmund Scientific, was developed in 2014. Edmund Scientific offers an array of learning opportunities including classroom and community experiences, educational resources, and outreach support.

Scientific exploration, facilitated by educators and engineers, is promoted through engaging and thought-provoking activities. Each activity is designed to stimulate scientific thinking and highlights different uses and properties of optical components. As new technologies become increasingly reliant on optics, we are proud to expose the next generation of thinkers, inventors, scientists, and engineers to this vital and wonderful field!

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Past Events

  • Berlin Community Center

    January 31, 2020 | Berlin, NJBerlin Community School

  • Pitman Field Trip

    January 31, 2020 | Barrington, NJPitman Field Trip to Edmund Optics

  • Kenneth R. Olson Middle School

    January 24, 2020 | Tabernacle, NJKenneth R. Olson Middle School

  • Girls Inc.

    January 23, 2020 | Barrington, NJGirls Inc. Field to Edmund Optics

  • Chairville

    January 6, 2020 | Medford, NJChairville Elementary School

  • Ralph J. Steinhaur

    December 20, 2019 | Maple Shade, NJRalph J. Steinhaur School

  • December 9, 2019 | Mt. Laurel, NJParkway Elementary School

  • December 6, 2019 | West Deptford, NJWest Deptford Middle School

  • December 4, 2019 | Medford, NJTaunton Forge

  • November 22, 2019 | Medford, NJKirby’s Mill Elementary School

  • November 15, 2019 | Collingswood, NJ

    November 15, 2019 | Collingswood, NJZane North Elementary

  • November 14, 2019 | National Park, NJ

    November 14, 2019 | National Park, NJNational Park Elementary

  • November 6, 2019 | Camden, NJ

    November 6, 2019 | Camden, NJWoodrow Wilson High School

  • November 6, 2019 | West Deptford, NJ

    November 1, 2019 | West Deptford, NJWest Deptford Middle School

  • October 30, 2019 | Medford, NJ

    October 30, 2019 | Medford, NJMilton Allen Elementary School

  • October 18, 2019 | Medford, NJ

    October 18, 2019 | Medford, NJCranberry Pines Elementary School

  • October 12, 2019 | Battleship NJ, Camden

    October 12, 2019 | Battleship NJ, CamdenSTEM Day Aboard the Battleship


Understanding Reflection of Light

Understanding Reflection
of Light

Understanding Lasers


Understanding Absorption of Light

Understanding Absorption
of Light

Understanding Refraction


What’s it Like to be an Optical Engineer?

What’s it Like to
be an Optical Engineer?


Do you have a question about optics that you would like a professional from Edmund Optics to answer? Whether you are a student that we have recently visited or a curious mind who would like to learn more about the field, we would love to hear from you!

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Programs are currently available to the Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia and the Tucson regions. If you are not local to these regions, please see our classroom activities and Inspiration Kits or contact us to discover how we can help you bring engaging optical learning to your class or program.

All events are free of charge! The goal of Edmund Scientific is to introduce future scientists and engineers to the world of optics and we aim to make that opportunity available to all!

Please note that we will not be able to honor all the program requests that we receive. A collaboration with Edmund Scientific is not guaranteed.


School Visit

Educational outreach team members and optical engineers visit your classroom! Hands-on, engaging experiments are provided to introduce students to optical concepts. Students work with a variety of optical components while learning about real-life applications. Students work in small groups and rotate through experiments with experts in the field. School visits are best suited for grades 5-12.


STEM Nights

Educational outreach team members provide and conduct hands-on experiments at STEM nights.


Field Trips

Visit Edmund Optics Barrington to experience optical engineering in action! During this visit, students tour the fabrication cell where optical components are manufactured, visit the distribution center to pack and ship items, conduct experiments with optical engineers, and experience virtual reality! Field trips are best suited for grades 5-12 with a maximum number of 20 students.


Collaboration with camps, museums, and non-profit organizations

Please contact us to discuss how Edmund Scientific can collaborate with you!

Edmund Scientific Programs

Classroom Activities

Designed to highlight a specific optical concept, our classroom activiy kits can be used as a learning extension to an Edmund Scientific visit or to enhance your own optics-based lessons.

  • Reflection – the bouncing of light – is a simple and well-known concept that can make up some seriously cool interactive activities!
  • Refraction – the bending of light – can be shown in a multitude of fun, experimental ways!
Total Internal Reflection
  • Total Internal Reflection (TIR) is an optical phenomenon that most people are unfamiliar with, but that they rely on everyday. Simple yet engaging experiments showcase the most common uses of optical fibers.
White Light and Color
  • White light gives us the ability to see everything around us. Explore white light, color, and just how different our world would appear without white light.

For access to our experiments
and for material requests, contact us.

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Thank you for visiting Edmund Scientific! Due to the current situation, we are unable to ship Inspiration Kits and Classroom Activities at this time. Please fill out the Contact Us form and we will have your kits shipped as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

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