IU Optometry ScienceFest
Have you ever wondered…How do we see? Why do some people need glasses? Why do we have two eyes? What would it be like to be an optometrist? Join the Indiana University School of Optometry at ScienceFest to learn why…and have fun in the process!
Saturday, October 26, 2019
9 a.m.−3 p.m.
Swain Hall, 727 E. 3rd Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-7105
Optometry will have activities in Swain West Hall's Room 217, Room 218, and outside the building on the Swain East lawn.
Fun Activities to participate in (also see other IU activities):
- Eyeball Toss
Come play a quick game of eyeball ball to see how many eye balls you can put in the bucket while wearing refractive eyeglasses. Compete to get on our leader board. The leader at 3 p.m. wins a prize bag. Must be present to win.
- Can you run the Googly-Eyed Gauntlet?
We use our vision for so much in our daily lives, including simple things like walking around. Come and try to maneuver in our gauntlet, obstacle-ridden course while wearing eyeglasses which restrict your vision. Progress will be tracked on our course leader board. The person with the course record at 3 p.m. wins a prize bag. Must be present to win.
- Which is better, 1 or 2?
Come learn why some people need to wear glasses, and why they help some people and not others. Plus, learn the answer to the age-old question optometrists always seem to ask, “Which is better, 1 or 2?”.
- Retina Photo Booth
Take a snapshot of the back of your eye (retina)! Check ou the arteries and veins at the back of your eyeball, as well as the fovea and the large optic nerve that sends visual information from the rods and cones to your brain!
- Can water change what you see?
Come see the miracle of light as water bends things that are straight, and maybe even make them disappear. This will help you understand the fundamental process behind vision.
- Optical Illusions
Let your eyes trick your brain! What we see is built on brain experience and memory. Your brain will be confused if information available is not enough to match a single experience.
- Polarized Sunglasses
How cool would it be to work on your monitor without people seeing what is going on your screen? Use the principle behind sunglasses to hide information on your monitor. Wear your cool sunglasses to "un-encrypt" your information.
- Eyeball Dissection
View dissected eyeballs from a cow, pig, and mouse and compare them to a human model eye. Many of the structures and functions are the same; however, the scale is drastically different.
Contact us if you have any questions:
Patrice Tankam, PhD