On Wednesday 22nd May, a group of Year 9 students headed to the UNESCO International Day of Light, an event hosted by the University of Southampton at the Hansard Gallery.
The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides a platform for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education and sustainable development and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy.
Students participated in a number of very different but equally exciting workshops, illustrating how light is used in everyday life. They learnt how to turn a smart phone or tablet into a hologram projector using a technique invented by English scientist John Henry Pepper in 1862. They investigated circuits and contributed to a research project into the Aurora Borealis. The day ended with a live demonstration on the power of lasers and a discussion of their potential application in speeding up the internet and finished in style with a laser light show. A great day was had by all and students were excited to go home and wow their friends and family with some of the techniques they had learnt during the day.