Spark Photonics Foundation

Spark Photonics Foundation focuses on STEM education 
and outreach to students and professionals, 
introducing the exciting fields of photonics 
and advanced manufacturing

to the next generation of U.S. workers.



Making Tomorrow's Makers


About Spark Photonics Foundation

Spark Photonics Foundation's mission is to build the domestic photonics ecosystem by identifying and inspiring talent, from students to incumbent workers.



The next generation’s photonics and advanced manufacturing.

SparkAlpha inspires the future leaders of STEM and advanced manufacturing. We partner with leading colleges and companies to engage students with education and career pathways.


What is SparkAlpha?

This innovative project-based learning program introduces high school students to advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurship through the lens of integrated photonics. The program culminates in a live business plan pitch.


Learn from leaders in academia and industry


Bring integrated photonics and advanced manufacturing to your classroom


What's Involved?

Problem and Product Workshops

Students identify a problem and conceptualize a product solution

College Day and Industry Day

Students visit a college and a manufacturer to get a taste of future education and career opportunities

Final Pitch

Students pitch their final business plan to a panel of experts.

Who's Involved?

We’ve partnered with some of the best colleges and companies in the industry to bring real-world insights to the workforce of tomorrow.


Featured Industry Partner

MACOM is a developer and producer of radio, microwave, and millimeter wave semiconductor devices and components. SparkAlpha students get to tour MACOM's fabrication facility in Lowell, MA and learn about career opportunities at the company!



Learn how you can spark the
next generation’s photonics and 
advanced manufacturing.

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