The lightwave roadshow

Foreman, Hannah D., Parmigiani, Francesca R., Roelens, Michaël A. and Simpson, Robert E. (2005) The lightwave roadshow. In, Proceedings of the 2005 ETOP Conference: The Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics. ETOP 2005: Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics USA, 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: Book Section
Additional Information: Ref ETOP035
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Physics and Astronomy
ePrint ID: 17471
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:07

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