Pre-University Outreach Resources

To inspire young minds to cultivate interests in light-based sciences, the IEEE Photonics Society dedicates resources and organizes various educational events towards STEM Outreach each year. 

Volunteers are encouraged to coordinate activities worldwide to show pre-university students and educators how photonics impacts the daily lives of all around the world. Light is a fascinating and familiar topic for young kids and a goal of the IEEE Photonics Society is to demonstrate how a photonics and optics career can be made part of their future.


How to Get Involved: 

The IEEE Photonics Society is encouraging its volunteers, chapters, educators, community partners, and affiliate universities or companies to participate by holding small events, hands-on activities or classroom presentations in their local communities. Activity examples: bring a child to work for the day; organize an event with an after-school program; and volunteer to give a presentation in an inclusive pre-university school classroom, i.e. elementary, middle school and high-school. 

To volunteer for an upcoming STEM Outreach campaign or classroom visit, email

Other STEM Outreach Resources

Training Modules for Teachers:

IEEE Educational Activities, a partner in the National Academy of Engineering’s Engineering Equity Extension Service (EEES), has developed three learning modules to provide assistance and support for IEEE members interested in outreach activities to the pre-university community.


Natalia STEM Outreach

STEM Outreach Represenative
Natalia Canas-Estrada

Tyndall National Institute