2021 International Day of Light Arizona

international day of light may 16 2021

Livestreamed celebration of light and how optics and photonics make our lives better every day!

Optics and photonics are the science and engineering of light used everywhere, every day. Join us for this fun, free virtual event to explore and discover light, lasers, and Arizona’s world leaders in the science of light.

1:00pm: For Kids
Kick off with fun, live crafts and experiments in light for kids!
1:45pm: For Teens
Next, join students from the University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences for exciting demos of lasers and optical phenomena.
2:45pm: For Teens and Parents

Did you know it takes 28 different lasers and laser processes to build an iPhone?  Join us for a live presentation and Q&A with a world-renowned laser expert, Dr. Norman Hodgson, to learn how light and lasers are part of our daily life. We’ll also learn about Arizona’s world leaders in optics and photonics.

4:00pm: For the Entire Family
Sit back for a virtual version of a one of Flandrau’s famous laser light music shows with spectacular laser art set to classic rock music.

International Day of Light is Everywhere on May 16

The International Day of Light celebrates light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as astronomy, medicine, communications, smart technology, and energy in Arizona. This is part of a UNESCO global event that allows people worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrate how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.

Presented by:
Optics Valley, a committee of the Arizona Technology Council, SPIE, and Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Sign up:

Register here – One Link for all Sessions!

Event Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge these industry partners that want to share their passion for optics and photonics with the our community.








1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 16, 2021