First LIGHT2015 Photonics Explorer Trainers Workshop
The first LIGHT2015 Photonics Explorer Trainers Workshop was held in Brussels on the 19th of March.
In the framework of the LIGHT2015 project, EYESTvzw will engage new Local Associated Partners (LAP) to distribute 250 Photonics Explorer kits to teachers in 10 European countries.
The distribution of the Photonics Explorer kit to teachers always happen in conjunction with the organization by the LAP of a training session such that teachers have a clear view on how to optimal use the kit in the class.
In this framework 13 persons from 7 different countries (Ireland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Finland and Germany) participated in a ‘training for trainer’ session.
In the morning general and practical information was given about the kit and its content and also on how to organize a training session for teachers.
In the afternoon all participants explored different modules of the kits and enjoyed the different hands-on experiments.
All participants were very enthusiast and some of them will very soon turn this training into practice.
Sean O’Gorman from the National University of Ireland Galway, will soon train about 100 teachers and Joseba Zubia and Gaizka Durana from the University of the Basque Country, Spain, will train the first teachers in their region with the Photonics Explorer kit.
On May 5th, a second training will be held for new local associated partners and potential local associated partners.
LIGHT2015 is a European project funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. It aims to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in all Member States of the EU during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015).
LIGHT2015 activities will include LIGHTtalks, a series of inspirational events, which will take place throughout the European Union in different cities at different times for the whole duration of the project in order to bring photonics closer to students and entrepreneurs. A specific series of events targeted to local industry and entrepreneurs, will take place during the period 25-28 September 2015 to take advantage of the international “100 Hours / Weekend of Light” of the global IYL 2015 programme.
Another highlight of LIGHT2015 will be a community experiment on smartphone photonics where thousands of participants from throughout the EU will carry out optical measurements of the sky to yield information related to air pollution. To aid teachers and to inspire student, Photonics kits will be distributed to schools around Europe to support the scientific education at secondary schools.
LIGHT2015 Partners include the European Physical Society (EPS), the European Optical Society (EU), the Institute of Photonics Sciences (ICFO), Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI), Universiteit Leiden and EYESTvzw.