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Sci-Tech Discovery Center Launches Finisar Mobile Laser Lab on May 18

Finisar Mobile Laser Lab to debut with a day of optics-themed STEM fun and discounted museum admission for the public

FRISCO, Texas, April 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco’s leading family-friendly cultural and educational destination, will officially launch its new Finisar Mobile Laser Lab with a public event at the center on Saturday, May 18. At the launch, museumgoers will be able to experiment with several optics-themed demonstrations throughout the day. The museum will offer discounted admission, courtesy of the Finisar Mobile Laser Lab. The lab debuts during the week celebrating the UNESCO International Day of Light.

The Finisar Mobile Laser Lab includes three interactive traveling exhibits to be used at public-outreach events and school-based events.  Designed for a young audience, each component includes hands-on experiences in important STEM-based topics, including:

Geometric Optics: “Refract Upon This” -- A laser beam and acrylic prisms reflect the excitement of science and technology. Students can experience how they can affect the behavior of light using lasers.

Optical Lenses: “Flip Your Focus” -- Students can use an optical bench tool to vary the focal length of different lenses to experience how they can affect light as it travels.

Fiber Optics: “Bending Light” -- From data transmission to interior design, fiber optic technology is a part of our everyday lives.  Students can experiment with real world applications of this technology and learn how light travels for video communications.

The Finisar Mobile Laser Lab will serve as a hands-on introduction to lasers and optical components for students in grades 6 through 12. Lab programming is designed to build on classroom learning and allow this group to experiment with light to gain first-hand experiences.

“Finisar is excited to join forces with Sci-Tech to bring STEM programming to students across the North Texas and Sherman areas,” explains Jeff Brown, Vice President and General Manager of Texas Operations, Finisar. “As a world leader in 3D VCSEL Sensing technology, Finisar is dedicated to helping students foster an interest in scientific studies though these hands-on experiences.”

What:              Sci-Tech Discovery Center’s Finisar Mobile Laser Lab launch, with discounted museum admission, hands-on Mobile Laser Lab discovery and educator-led optics-themed demonstrations throughout the day.

When:             10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

Where:            Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 North Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034.
                       
Tickets:           Discounted general admission courtesy of the Finisar Mobile Laser Lab is available for $6.50 ($5.50 for seniors, military and teachers with ID).

Parking:          Public parking is FREE

Info:                 Visit mindstretchingfun.com, @scitechdiscovery on Instagram and @SciTechDC on Twitter.

About Sci-Tech Discovery Center 

The Sci-Tech Discovery Center provides dynamic educational experiences that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, math and technology. Bright ideas! That’s what Sci-Tech Discovery Center hopes to inspire by providing hands-on discovery experiences in the essential areas of science, math and technology to kids of all ages and backgrounds. Sci-Tech Discovery Center seeks to spark a life-long interest and help equip our area’s children with these advanced skills. Sci-Tech believes in advancing education and providing inspiration to the next generation of engineers, scientists, educators and innovators. Sci-Tech Discovery Center is located at 8004 North Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034.

About Finisar
Finisar Corporation (FNSR) is a global technology leader in optical communications, providing components and subsystems to networking equipment manufacturers, data center operators, telecom service providers, consumer electronics and automotive companies.  Founded in 1988, Finisar designs products that meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth, data storage and 3D sensing subsystems. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. Visit our website at www.finisar.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sci-Tech Discovery Center
Kelly Hunter, 972-732-6100
kelly@shiromasouthwest.com

Victoria McDonald,
Director of Corporate Communications, Finisar
press@finisar.com
+1 408-542-4261