OptoBotics are our methods of teaching people about optics & photonics and how they are used in everyday life, science, education and industry.
After many years of bringing optics & photonics to students and the general public, it became clear we were missing a key demographic; High School Students. So this website and the associated OptoBotics materials, presentations, workshops, kits, books, activity guides, events are our next stop on our journey to bring the fascinating world of optics & photonics to more people around the globe.
This famous photograph of the Mars Rover Curiosity (Courtesy of NASA/JPL CalTech) is a fine example of integrating optics & photonics into an extreme robotic system.
A free Webinar (from December 2012) provided by UC Irvine Extension Optical Engineering
OPTOBOTICS - Precision Motion for the OpticsAge - A look around the Martian Surface
This presentation is highly technical and aimed at professional engineers. It is about 1 hour in length and will take about 1 minute to load. Please contact us if you have any questions.
OptoBotics is a method of teaching developed by Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) founder Donn Silberman.
The OISC is an Optics Education Outreach partner of the Optical Society of Southern California.
This is "Sparky"; a new robot designed and built by Cory Hague, an Irvine Valley College Photonics Technology student. See a short video here of Sparky interacting with kids.
At this time we are primarily accepting donations for our OptoBotics programs and in particular "Sparky" .
We intend to donate Sparky to our friends at Vital Link Orange County. They will use Sparky as part of their on-going Career Exploration Programs where they take exhibits to local middle and high schools for Career Exploration Days.