The lightwave roadshow

Foreman, Hannah D., Parmigiani, Francesca R., Roelens, Michaël A. and Simpson, Robert E. (2005) The lightwave roadshow. In, ETOP 2005: Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, Marseille, France, 24 - 27 Oct 2005. The International Society for Optical Engineering, 140-148.


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Many primary school children perceive science as boring and inaccessible. These misconceptions mould the paths these children will choose for their future education and careers, mirrored in reducing numbers of applicants for physics courses in higher education. We describe our experiences running a photonics outreach project, The Lightwave Roadshow, an interactive collection of photonics demonstrations and experiments aimed at children aged 5 to 11. We discuss how this programme can be instrumental in improving the profile of scientific education and careers for children of a young age.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Ref ETOP035
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Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Physics and Astronomy
ePrint ID: 17471
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
24 October 2005Published
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2005
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 00:57

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