Though light and vision has been included in the Connecticut science standards for several years, teachers continue to
look for new ways of teaching these concepts effectively. The students from the Three Rivers Community College SPIE
and OSA student chapters have partnered with EASTCONN, a regional education service center, to bring optics lessons
to the classroom. In this paper, the lessons that were demonstrated including spectroscopy, refraction, and reflection will be explained. With anecdotes from the student chapter members, fifth grade students and their teachers, the
effectiveness of these lessons and steps to improve them will be presented.