Can you bend a beam of light, send it round corners, and turn it into a rainbow? How do beams of light connect people across an ocean? How do scientists study the light from stars at the furthest edges of the universe? 

Using an array of optical devices, you will explore the beauty and wonder of light - recreating some of the most famous scientific experiments in history and learning about the latest technology that uses light. 

By the end of the workshops students will have discovered:

  • How light beams are reflected and refracted by prisms, lenses, mirrors, and fibre optics.
  • How Isaac Newton revolutionised our understanding of light and colour through a series of simple experiments conducted in his bedroom; and how he invented a new type of telescope.
  • How the James Webb space telescope uses a giant mirror to gather light from stars at the very edge of the visible universe.
  • How light beams connect the world through a vast network of glass cables that span the globe - one of which starts right here in Newcastle.

Curriculum links

Key Stage 2 Science​​​​​​​

  • Light 
  • Working scientifically

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