Event 1: Optical Printing

Use laser-induced photopolymerization (also known as stereolithography) to fabricate a plastic key that can open a lock as specified by the competition director. The competitors need to use the equipment and materials given by the organizer to assemble a system, and use the system to fabricate the key.

Event 2: Hack the Camera

Teams will develop and build a device that enhances a mobile phone camera.  The device will be demonstrated to a team of reviewers.

Event 3: Hack the Camera: Poster and Lesson Plan

Teams will develop a lesson plan and present a poster.  The poster summarizes the development of the “Hack the Camera” event.  The lesson plan provides a detailed activity to be used in K-12 classrooms.

Event 4: Light Painting

Teams will create a photograph that uses a photographic technique in which a long exposure image is taken of a moving or stationary light source as it draws out an image or illuminates a space. 

Event 5: The Knowledge Challenge

Teams will answer a series of questions related to optics, photonics, and related fields in a head-to-head competition similar in nature to the Brain Bowl.        

Event 6: Optics Experiment

Teams will be presented with either an open-ended or close-ended experiment to conduct.  Open ended experiments will include a list of materials that can be used in which teams can develop an experiment to present analysis and a conclusion.  In a close-ended experiment, teams will be provided a set of procedures to be followed or a goal that has to be achieved.

Event 7: Iron Scientist, Optics Style

Teams will be presented with either an open-ended or close-ended experiment to conduct.  Open ended experiments will include a list of materials that can be used in which teams can develop an experiment to present analysis and a conclusion.  In a close-ended experiment, teams will be provided a set of procedures to be followed or a goal that has to be achieved.