Hands-on Involvement

You can get involved in the International Year of Light in many different ways

Whether you are educating students, giving presentations, and lots more. You too can organise programs in the community which revolves around light. Such programs include


This would be talks that are focused on several aspects of lights ranging from general issues to more technical ones. Resources exist that will guide you in organising such programs within your community. Common topics include;

Why light needs darkness

A talk that discusses how to examine the world by looking at the relationship between light and darkness

Magic Bullets

A talk on the unique light-energy treatments for treating skin abnormalities

Folding objects with light

A talk that discusses and shows how chemical engineers developed a method of transforming patterns with two dimensions into objects with three dimensions with light

Invisible Touch

Watch as computer engineers and scientists at the Texas A&M University utilise beams of invisible light crisscrossing to make a virtual touchpad with a computer interface in thin air.

A light switch for neurons

Watch as Ed Boyden explains and show how to selectively activate and deactivate particular neurons that have fibre optic implants by inserting genes for light sensitivity into brain cells.

Kids and Optics

This is another opportunity for young people to learn about lights and optics. There are resources available on this, and you can watch and learn how to replicate it in your community and teach children in the most engaging and straightforward way.

Light Images

Creating photographic images of any kind requires light and optics has a way of inspiring artistic expression. This is why resources are running into hundreds of photos that give a glimpse of the application of light in art as well as the scenes of beauty and science. You can go through the images and learn about the International Year of Light and optics from an artistic lens. There is even a photography competition where people can submit photographs that capture the role of light in or lives and get to win amazing prizes.

Optics and Science Kit

The best way to learn science is through experiments. You can also participate in photonics and optics experiments which are quite simple and exciting. Through this, you learn about different areas of science. There are various kits available, and you can get the most suitable one for you that will let you learn all you need to know about optics.

Smartphone Science

Smartphones have become ubiquitous with impacts on every aspect of our daily lives. It is also an advanced photonics device with all state of the art communication and imaging. You can learn how smartphones are great scientific devices that are being used as measuring instruments by scientists.

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