Useful Websites


There are many Web sites featuring background and research information on Optics. Many include quality experiments and online and classroom activities. Visit these sites to continue you and your students’ exploration of the science of light.

AAPT - Enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.

ExploreSound.org - A new website with lessons and resources for teaching and learning about acoustics!

Hear what kids love about Optics! - Credit: The Rochester Section of OSA

Molecular Expressions - Online activity guide for teachers, 26 ideas for demonstrations and activities that are easy to do in class or at home.

The Magnet Lab's Science, Optics & You - Science, Optics & You is a standards-based, interdisciplinary curriculum package for elementary students and teachers through which they can explore light, color and optics. Activities are intended to engage students in active investigation of the properties of light beginning with lenses, shadows, prisms and color, leading up to the use of sophisticated instruments that scientists use to help them understand the world.

Scientific Explorations and Adventures - Paul Doherty has created a great site for high school teachers, which includes lesson plans, articles and experiments.

Physical Sciences Resource Center - The American Association of Physics Teachers has compiled a list of useful handbooks and websites for teachers.

Physics Navigation - This site includes relevant links to the web pages of high schools and colleges, physics tutorials and online textbooks.

Micro Worlds - Micro Worlds is an interactive tour of current research in the materials sciences at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source. Includes great information on light and material science and fully developed lesson plans.

Light and Matter - An online textbook for teachers and high school students.

Mirrors and Reflection - Designed by a teacher, this site includes the fundamentals of mirrors and even sample homework.

Optics & Photonics Latin America - An online resource that features technical and business news happening throughout Latin America.

NASA - An interdisciplinary team of educators, scientists, technology experts and communications specialists who collaborate with the education community to bring authentic Earth science practices and real-world data into the classroom.

Easy Optics - An easy optics virtual lab that will make learning fun.