Squalicum teacher and student look at the International Year of Light exhibit.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015).

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics with headquarters in Bellingham, is a not-for-profit, educational organization that supports scientists and engineers globally working with light and is a founding sponsor of this global initiative. The International Year of Light will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society.

Light: Beyond the Bulb” is a travelling exhibition that showcases the variety of today’s light-based technologies. Reaching out to the local community, especially young people, SPIE has been moving this exhibit free of charge throughout the community. So far in 2015, the exhibit has travelled to Bellingham and Squalicum high schools and Fairhaven and Kulshan middle schools in Bellingham Public Schools, as well as other locations around the city.

The exhibit presents a wealth of information on the vital role light plays in our daily lives and showcases the incredible variety of light-based science. It is expert-curated for science content, printability, beauty and ability to engage the greater public.

The exhibit contains a series of standing banners with high quality science images of light and captions that tell the relevant story about the science of light and descriptions of technologies using light. The photos displayed show students from science teacher Alan Doud’s class at Squalicum High visiting the display.

Founded in 1955 to advance light-based science and technology, SPIE regularly holds conferences around the world, publishes research, and provides continuing education, scholarships and professional growth opportunities.

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