Youngsters inspired by the magic of light

About fifty high school students and eleven teachers from Finland and various European countries have visited the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Research Unit of the University of Oulu. The students were participants of the project Maths and Science Adventure (2016–2018) in frames of the Erasmus+ EU program.

The project is a collaboration effort between six different European countries: Finland, Poland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Hungary and Portugal. It is funded by EU and in Finland it is governed by CIMO. The project consists of short-term student exchanges to each of these countries. The main goal is to advance the skills of our students and teachers in English, Maths, Science and Technology (STEM disciplines).

The feature of this event was to break boundaries of boring lessons and show youngsters that Optics and Photonics are everywhere around them. The sightseeing started with a movie about current innovations in Optics. Then the students were guided through the Laboratory's facilities by members of the SPIE/OSA Student Chapter. SPIE and OSA are international societies for optics and photonics.

The youngsters learned basics of spectrometry, the optical tweezers technique and temperature sensing. They were involved in real measurements with professional equipment and discussed the details of researchers’ work. At the end, the visitors were offered a quiz to prove their new knowledge and were granted with small souvenirs.

Such events increase awareness of the general public and especially the young generation of new technologies and will encourage kids to focus on STEM disciplines and contribute to the progress of our society.

Members of the SPIE Student Chapter of the University of Oulu Mr. Lukasz Surazynski (below) and Ms. Tatiana Avsievich (above) show schoolkids magic of the Optics and Photonics.



Last updated: 31.3.2017