4000 school students will see the light in DIT this April

Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin, T.D., opened the ‘Fascination of Light’ Exhibition DIT Kevin Street Campus Wednesday April 2nd.  The travelling exhibition, which is aimed at promoting science and physics to primary and secondary students, is a joint initiative funded by the European Union and Discover Science and Engineering.  Hosted by the DIT School of Physics it will run for two weeks until April 15th and visitors will include more than 4000 school students.

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David Goodman, The Naul National School,
explaining how light works to Minister Hanafin

The exhibition has been hosted in numerous European cities over the last 3 years.  It attempts to explain light and how it affects our lives though the means of interactive installations, experiments, multimedia presentations and visual diagrams. Guided tours are arranged for the visiting school children and are available in both English and Irish.

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Minister Mary Hanafin with Dr. Vincent Toal,
Dr. Brian Bowe, Professor Brian Norton
and Professor Michael Devereux at the opening
of the Fascination of Light Exhibition in DIT Kevin Street

Brian Bowe of DIT School of Physics said "Anyone coming to the exhibition will learn about how light and in particular photonics are used in every-day life and in modern technologies. The exhibition consists of a series of interactive multimedia stations, functional models and simple experiments for visitors to try.  Also, DIT postgraduate students will be on hand to give guided tours and to explain the models and experiments."

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Sarah Conway age 8 from St. Louis National School,
Rathmines at the opening of the Exhibition

Fascination of Light has proved so popular that all tours for school goers are fully booked up for the two week period, with class groups from 79 schools attending.  However, people of all ages are invited to visit the exhibition outside of school hours between 5pm and 9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

Experts predict enormous growth rates in technologies that involve light and 'Fascination of Light' aims to raise awareness of these career opportunities. With the falling popularity of Science subjects in second and third level education, it is hoped initiatives such as this will encourage more students to study science.

Further Details

For full details about the Fascination of Light Campaign, visit http://www.fascination-of-light.net/

or contact

Dr Brian Bowe
(01) 402 4927
School of Physics
Dublin Institute of Technology
Kevin Street, Dublin 8, Ireland

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