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From school classes to UNESCO: IYL-enabled environments for tackling the STEM skills shortage through student-led outreach

From school classes to UNESCO: IYL-enabled environments for tackling the STEM skills shortage through student-led outreach
From school classes to UNESCO: IYL-enabled environments for tackling the STEM skills shortage through student-led outreach
The accepted industrial skills shortage in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United Kingdom has led to an increasing drive for universities to work with a wider pool of potential students. One contributor to this drive is the Lightwave Roadshow, a photonics-focused outreach program run by postgraduate students from the University of Southampton. The program has benefitted from the unique platform of the International Year of Light (IYL) 2015 for the development and support of hands-on and interactive outreach activities. In this report we review Lightwave activities facilitated by IYL that focused on widening participation for students aged 6 to 18 years from a multitude of societal categories; the roadshow has directly benefitted from the significance and investment into the IYL in conjunction with university recruitment strategies, local schools and the support of international organizations such as SPIE and OSA. Lightwave has used the foundation of the IYL to provide a wide range of activities for over 1,200 UK students in 53 different schools; the assessment tools used to measure learning outcomes, reach and impact are also discussed. The program’s activities have been developed to make younger age groups the center of the outreach activity and create an environment which encourages youth pursuit of optics and science from a grassroots level upwards; to illustrate this we will outline a Lightwave project endorsed by the IYL steering committee to permit two 6th form students to attend the IYL opening ceremony in Paris.
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Posner, Matthew
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Posner, Matthew, John, Pearl, Wong, Nicholas, Heng Loong, Mittal, Vinita and Núñez-Velázquez, Martin (2016) From school classes to UNESCO: IYL-enabled environments for tackling the STEM skills shortage through student-led outreach. In Optics Education and Outreach IV. vol. 9946, SPIE. 10 pp . (doi:10.1117/12.2238222).

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The accepted industrial skills shortage in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United Kingdom has led to an increasing drive for universities to work with a wider pool of potential students. One contributor to this drive is the Lightwave Roadshow, a photonics-focused outreach program run by postgraduate students from the University of Southampton. The program has benefitted from the unique platform of the International Year of Light (IYL) 2015 for the development and support of hands-on and interactive outreach activities. In this report we review Lightwave activities facilitated by IYL that focused on widening participation for students aged 6 to 18 years from a multitude of societal categories; the roadshow has directly benefitted from the significance and investment into the IYL in conjunction with university recruitment strategies, local schools and the support of international organizations such as SPIE and OSA. Lightwave has used the foundation of the IYL to provide a wide range of activities for over 1,200 UK students in 53 different schools; the assessment tools used to measure learning outcomes, reach and impact are also discussed. The program’s activities have been developed to make younger age groups the center of the outreach activity and create an environment which encourages youth pursuit of optics and science from a grassroots level upwards; to illustrate this we will outline a Lightwave project endorsed by the IYL steering committee to permit two 6th form students to attend the IYL opening ceremony in Paris.

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Accepted/In Press date: 27 April 2016
Published date: 27 September 2016
Venue - Dates: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications Symposium, San Diego, United States, 2016-08-28 - 2016-09-01
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre, Support Staff

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Local EPrints ID: 397147
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397147
ISSN: 0277-786X
PURE UUID: daf01846-900a-434e-9ca5-ac941a03879e
ORCID for Matthew Posner: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4439-9135
ORCID for Nicholas, Heng Loong Wong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1743-3959
ORCID for Vinita Mittal: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4836-5327
ORCID for Martin Núñez-Velázquez: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0774-3272

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Date deposited: 29 Jun 2016 10:45
Last modified: 15 Aug 2019 00:26

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Author: Matthew Posner ORCID iD
Author: Pearl John
Author: Nicholas, Heng Loong Wong ORCID iD
Author: Vinita Mittal ORCID iD

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