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The lightwave roadshow
Author(s): Hannah D. Foreman; Francesca R. Parmigiani; Michaël A. F. Roelens; Robert E. Simpson

Paper Abstract

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 forchildren of a young age

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9664, Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96641U (24 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.2207693
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Hannah D. Foreman, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Francesca R. Parmigiani, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Michaël A. F. Roelens, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Robert E. Simpson, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9664:
Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
François Flory, Editor(s)

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