The Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) is a focal point for optics education and outreach in the arts and sciences. We are dedicated to providing quality optics education & outreach to students and the general public from a broad spectrum of educational, cultural, economic, and technical backgrounds. The OISC has always aimed at offering education that doesn´t just inform our students; to us, education has always been a combination of theoretical and practical experiences. By the time students leave our programs, they have practical knowledge and experiences that will serve them well.
In 2003, the OISC became a project of Community Partners (our original Fiscal Sponsor) and this helped us focus on our core programs so we could grow and serve more people. The OISC has also been closely associated with the Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC), as many volunteers, teachers, presenters, students and others participating in OISC courses, events and programs are members of the OSSC.
Even as we have evolved, we have been present on several local campuses, beginning at Irvine Valley College and now working more closely with UC Irvine we have grown in terms of faculty, courses and programs offered. We encourage you to go through our site thoroughly in order to understand what we are, what we do, and how we deliver quality education and outreach programs on a consistent basis.
In 2013 we changed our fiscal sponsor to Open Projects and Apps which is also based in Irvine, CA and focuses on supporting STEM Education. The OISC offers our new OptoBotics course through Open Projects and Apps at the Mathobotix facility in Irvine.
Should you need any further details about the Optics Institute of Southern California, please do not hesitate to contact us.