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Y12 Imperial Light Workshop

Five year 12 physics students attended a series of light and photonics workshops and lectures at Imperial College London as part of the International Year of Light. Gozde, Anjum, Andrew, Adam and Mourad were specially selected after entering a competition to secure their place. They were able to undertake a series of experiments involving lasers, fibre optics and robotics. The lectures covered an overview of polarisation and how 3D films are made. The students were also given an introduction to the famous Maxwell’s equations which govern the laws of electromagnetism and forms part of an undergraduate physics degree. Many thanks to Imperial College London for hosting this event. Here are a few comments from our students.

I was lucky enough to get a place on the trip to Imperial and am very grateful for it. We attended two lectures on the refraction of light and modern cryptography which were broken up by some very hands on workshops. The first had us trying to communicate with light using different methods from semaphore to fibre optics. The second had us looking at lasers including how they worked and the uses of them. The final workshop had us building and programing robots to chase a light source. I greatly enjoyed the trip and am definitely looking forward to learning more about light in my lessons.Mourad Dekiouk
I found the visit to Imperial very interesting, particularly learning about the wavelengths of different colours of light and the difference in primary colours depending on if light is being emitted or absorbed. I also enjoyed creating robots which were programed to follow a beam of light and found the lectures informative.Adam
“The visit to Imperial was very interesting as we learned the multitude of uses for light. I enjoyed finding out about how lasers are created and their applications particularly interesting, where we learned it had some very unusual uses such as the heating of hydrogen to try and create fusion and the destruction of missiles using infrared waves to melt through and detonate them.Andrew.