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EYEST joins PHABLABS 4.0 to promote STEM
24.02.2017 - PHABLABS 4.0 aims to make photonics, the science and technology of light, more accessible to youngsters from as early as ten years old up to young professionals, through the dynamic eco-system of European FabLabs. Together with 27 partners, tens of attractive and tailored Workshops and Challenging Projects will be developed to enable youngsters to make their creative concepts real. During the startup phase, up to 3000 youngsters will have the chance to experiment with the PHABLAB 40 modules. Within the 3 first years of the project, PHABLABS 4.0 is expected to inspire 18 000 youngsters for photonics, for STEM education and for exciting engineering jobs of the future.
The existing network of about 500 FabLabs offers the ideal co-creative platform where young minds and entrepreneurs can effectively experiment with science, with the newest technology and with components such as laser equipment, LED, lenses and optical fiber up to programmable electronic chips. Integrating photonics and its many applications in FabLabs, allows young people to put seemingly unattainable ideas into practice in a way that is fun and inspiring. PHABLABS 4.0. can spark ideas, pave the road to innovative concepts and might subsequently be a starting point for a bright future as a technician, engineer or researcher.Read more
Hamamatsu Photonics - Inspiring the next generation of scientists
Hamamatsu recently became a silver sponsor of the Photonics Explorer. Together with the Local Associated Partners several trainings to teachers were organised in the UK, Belgium, Sweden and the US.
Hamamatsu News is reporting about a training session in the UK.
Thank you Hamamatsu for supporting teachers!
With the support of Hamamatsu Belgium, 15 secondary school teachers in Belgium now have the Photonics Explorer kits.
Hamamatsu is sponsoring worldwide the photonics explorer kits. With the 79 sponsored kits, Hamamatsu is an important Silver sponsor of the Photonics Explorer Programme.
Happy Teacher's Day!
Let us further engage youth in STEM!
Results on the use of the Photonics Explorer in Europe in 2015
EYEST is happy to announce the results on the use of the Photonics Explorer in Europe in 2015.
More than 500 teachers filled in the online survey. EYEST is very satisfied with the great results!
Thanks to all teachers, LAPs and sponsors for your support!
Stimulating the “entrepreneurial spirit”, the creativity and the love for science in children.
Xue Solutions is a company created by two business professionals from Medellin, Colombia who believe that social entrepreneurs with a strong academic background may be the sought link to enforce the tandem industry-academy in Colombia for opening the door to profound social and economic development. Furthermore, they are convinced that an entrepreneurial-oriented teaching at early stages in primary and secondary schools stimulates the creativity of children and teens.
TUDelft new EYEST partner in the Netherlands
The Optics group is very happy to become the representation of the Photonics Explorer Kit for the Netherlands and wish to brinig more optics to the schools and to the kids in the Netherlands.
The Optics group is a part of the ImPhys (Imaging Physics) Department of the Faculty of Applied Science of the Delft University of Technology. The group is specialized in electromagnetic wave theory and imaging techniques operating in both near and far-field region and has one of the longest histories of research in Delft.
Photonics Explorer in 2500 schools across Europe
Today the 2500th Photonics Explorer has been handed over to a school in Finland. The concept of Photonics Explorer is a 'lab-in-a-box' that enables students of the 2nd and 3rd grade to do photonics experiments themselves at school with lasers, LEDs, lenses, optical fibers, and other high-tech components. Photonics Explorer is an educational kit , developed by the photonics research team B-PHOT at VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), for students of secondary schools to experiment with the different properties of light and photons.
Photonics Explorers in Galicia
On Saturday 13th of February 35 secondary and high school teachers from all over Galicia attended the second workshop “Xornadas XuvenCiencia para Profesorado” at the Campus Lugo of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC).
The workshops is part of the activities of “XuvenCiencia” ( www.facebook.com/xuvenciencia/ ), an initiative started in 2012 by university teachers of the USC with the aim to captivate young people by science (from humanities, to social sciences and natural sciences) and to facilitate the communication and cooperation between secondary and higher education and the university.
Photonics Explorer kits handed over to 20 schools in Shumen thanks to Alcomet AD
20 schools from the Shumen region, Bulgaria, received educational kits developed in the Photonics Explorer programme. The funds for them were provided by ALCOMET AD and EYESTvzw.
The educational kits were handed over in the main hall of PMG “Nancho Popovich” in the presence of Mr. Fikret Ince, Chairman of The Supervisory Board of ALCOMET AD.
“I have a very positive attitude towards this school” Many employees of ALCOMET have studied here. So I want to thank the teachers and I am happy when I can help young people in their education.” Said Fikret Ince.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
EYESTvzw wishes you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks for your support in 2015, looking forward to continue our collaboration during 2016!
First Photonics Explorer workshop in Denmark
Our Local Associated Partner, Esben Skovsen from Aalborg University, recently organised his first workshop at the department of Physics and Nanotechnology.
11 high-school teachers attended this half-day workshop. Since all participants were upper-secondary teachers the workshop focused more in detail on the introduction in laser safety, polarisation, diffraction and interference.
EYESTvzw signs the STEM CHARTER at the Day of Science
Inspiring young people to choose an education and career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: that is one of the objectives of the "STEM charter" that Flemish Education Minister Hilde Crevits and Flemish Employment Minister Philippe Muyters signed.
Along with the ministers, a lot of companies, organizations and educational or research institutions also signed this charter on Sunday 22 November 2015.
EYESTvzw has also been invited to co-sign this STEM CHARTER as this charter is completely in line with its activities with the Photonics Explorer and the Photonics Innovator.
MALOKA first partner of EYESTvzw in Latin America.
The MALOKA museum is a private, non for profit institution created 15 years ago in Bogota, Colombia. Underground facilities cover 170.000 square feet and their mission is to serve and work with 30 million people, not just in the Bogota region, but all over the country. Also, the planetarium (Planetario de Bogota) is interested in participating in the Photonics Explorer programme and establishing a joint cooperation MALOKA-Planetarium to realize their purpose of introducing the Photonics Explorer kits in Colombia.
EYEST at ICT2015
The 3 European projects on outreach in photonics (Gophoton! , Light2015 and Photonics4all ) are attracting a lot of visitors to their booth at ICT2015 in Lisboa.
More than 7000 visitors have registered to attend this large European event on ‘Innovate, Connect and Transform’.
EKFE, the local associated partner of EYEST in Greece, organised his first Photonics Explorer workshop
During a workshop on the 15 th of September, 9 teachers were introduced in the four modules for the lower secondary school. The teachers were excited and very curious and learned new things. They were happy that they can use some of these in their teaching.
LIGHT2015 present two super interesting videos about Photonics.
We are delighted to present two videos developed by our partners within the LIGHT2015 project.
EYESTvzw welcomes a new local associated partner in Barcelona.
The Societat Catalana de Física will take care of the distribution of the Photonics Explorer in the Catalan region in Spain.
The Societat Catalana de Física is a scientific society within the umbrella of the Institut of Catalan Studies, the Academy of Sciences and Humanities of Catalonia. The three main objectives of SCF are the promotion and public understanding of Physics at all levels in the Catalan society, to become a useful tool for the Catalan physicist in terms of physics research and education organizing talks, conferences and workshops, and to be a complementary tool for the physics teachers in their work with primary and, mainly, secondary schools students.
The Plasmer Foundation organised their first Photonics Explorer Workshop.
This Photonics Explorer workshop was held in the framework of LIGHT2015 and was organised at the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria.
At the 7 th of July 25 teachers followed a day training about the Photonics Explorer. The teachers were all very excited about the kit. Some impressions:
Introduction of the Photonics Explorer for Berlin pilot schools.
In spite of public transport strikes and the odd hour - 6 PM - seven physics teachers and one representative of the Max Born Institute attended a Photonics Training in Berlin on May the 20th.
And it was a great success: from unpacking the over 100 items in the box to the experiments that followed, everyone was excited about the prospect of working with the kit and having all of their students participating in light and optics experiments.
Find out more about the redness in the skin or even your heart rate.
Photonics has many applications, one of which is the development of apllications for smartphones and tablets. The applications, designed in the framework of the GoPhoton! project, use the camera of phone terminals to capture meaningful changes in the light, such as the redness of the skin or even the heart rate.
Download the apps now!
Teachers enthusiastic about the training sessions at the Atomium.
In the framework of the International Year Of Light 2015 and Gophoton! EYESTvzw organised two teacherworkshops at the Atomium.
During the PhotonicSplash week in Brussels EYESTvzw took the opportunity to organise two workshops at the most iconic building in Belgium, the Atomium. We combined the teacher workshops with a guided tour in the exhibition “ID#2015: Discover the power of light.” In this way we could immerse the teachers in the world of Photonics.
The second trainers workshop in Brussels was a success!
In the framework of LIGHT2015 EYEST organised a second trainers workshop on 5th May 2015
EYEST organised this second Photonics Explorer Trainers Workshop on 5/05/2015 for several new Local Associated Partners from various regions of Europe. 5 persons from 4 different countries (Denmark, Sweden, Italy and Belgium) participated in this ‘training for trainers’ session. They could experience doing the hands-on experiments with components from the kit. With this practical information about the kit and its content, they will be able to organise teacher workshops in their own country.
EYESTvzw has now a Local Associated Partner in Greece
EKFE Evias (http://ekfe.eyv.sch.gr) is an institution of the Greek Ministry of Education, supporting the high school science teachers of the prefecture of Evia, in central Greece, by preparing virtual and real lab experiments, in physics, chemistry and biology, as part of their teaching.
EKFE is in charge of organizing seminars and workshops for science teachers, promoting new pedagogical techniques and presenting new lab experiments that facilitate their teaching. Yannis Michas, PhD in chemistry, is in charge of EKFE Evias.
Photonics Explorer proving popular across Scotland.
With the support of SSERC, the Institute of Physics in Scotland and a number of local authorities, kits have now been supplied to teachers in half of Scotland’s secondary schools. The kits have been distributed following hands-on professional development workshops.
These workshops have provided teachers with an overview of the eight sets of activities and all of the kit components as well as opportunities to then investigate some of the activities in greater depth.
NUI Galway is delighted to have become a LAP of the EYEST initiative.
The IOPI “Frontiers of Physics 2015” event for 2nd level physics teachers takes place in NUIG on Saturday September 19th 2015. The " Photonics Explorer Kit: Bringing Light Home to Students" workshops are expected to reach about 80 teachers split into three groups.
The workshop will be led by postgraduate student Sean O Gorman from Prof. Martin Leahy's TOMI group with the help of the IOPI and his contemporaries.
18 teachers enjoyed the first “Photonics Explorer workshop” in the Basque Country.
Joseba Zubia and Gaizka Durana from the University of the Basque Country organised their first training for teachers on how to use the Photonics Explorer kit. 18 teachers from 13 different schools from the region of Bilbao participated in this training on 26th March.
Thanks to the sponsoring by LIGHT2015 and the Basque Government, the teachers received after their training a Photonics Explorer kit for free.
They enjoyed both the training and the kit, which is reflected in a fantastic evaluation score of 4,5/5 of the event. Here are some of their spontaneous reactions:
EYESTvzw has now a Local Associated Partner in Bulgaria
The PLASMER Foundation, an association of the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, is in charge of organising International workshops and summer schools. PLASMER stands for Plasma Education and Research.
The St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia is the first higher educational institution in Bulgaria. Its history is an embodiment and a continuation of centuries of cultural and educational tradition in this country.
EYEST teams up with 10 new local associated partners
In the framework of LIGHT2015 EYEST organised a trainers workshop on 19th March 2015
To further successfully leverage the Europe-wide distribution of the photonics explorer EYEST is currently identifying 10 new local associated partners (LAPs) from various regions of Europe. LAPs support EYEST in identifying potential sponsors for the secondary school intra-curricular educational kit, in distributing the kit to local schools, and in training the teachers on how to use the kit in an optimal way in the classroom.
Supported by the EU project LIGHT2015 EYEST therefore organized a first Photonics Explorer Trainers Workshop on 19/03/2015.
Photonics Explorer Trainers Workshop in the framework of LIGHT2015
The first LIGHT2015 Photonics Explorer Trainers Workshop will be held in Brussels on 19 March 2015.
In the framework of LIGHT2015 , EYESTvzw will introduce the use of the Photonics Explorer as an educational tool in a number of countries where it is not already represented. Therefore EYESTvzw is looking for new local associated partners in those countries. Several new local associated partners and potential local associated partners have already confirmed to participate in this training. This workshop will prepare them to train teachers in their corresponding countries to use the Photonics Explorer kit to perform activities in their schools.
Eyest vzw found a local associated partner in Portugal.
The University of Porto, Departement of Physics and Astronomy is now a Local Associated Partner of EYESTvzw, supporting the distribution of the Photonics Explorer in Portugal.
Paulo Simeão Carvalhois an assistant professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Porto. He is also researcher at IFIMUP-IN and coordinator of the outreach section in the research group.
He is graduated in Solid State Physics and got his Ph.D in liquid crystals. The present research fields are multimedia curricular materials, physics education and teacher training (initial and continuous).
University of the Basque Country now a Local Associated Partner.
The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) is now a Local Associated Partner of EYESTvzw, supporting the distribution of the Photonics Explorer in North-Spain.
Joseba Zubia, a Professor of Optical Communications at the faculty of Engineering of Bilbao, was immediately convinced that the Photonics Explorer could be a great asset for the secondary schools in Spain and he introduced himself to become a LAP.
Austrian Education Ministry issues letter of support recommending the Photonics Explorer to all schools in Austria!
The Austrian Ministry of Education (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Frauen) with support from the BMVIT (Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology) and Photonics Austria, has issued a statement supporting the Photonics Explorer kit, to all secondary schools in Austria.
In November 2014, the Austrian Ministry of Education (Bundesministerium für Bilding and Frauen) in co-operation with the BMVIT (Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology) and Photonics Austria issued a written statement to all secondary schools in Austria, supporting the Photonics Explorer kit. The information was widely disseminated by the regional governments along with a two-page flyer describing the main aims and goals, experiments and didactic content of the kit.
EYESTvzw is associated partner in the MEDEA European project
MEDEA is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN-ETN) in the domain of Molecular Electron Dynamics investigated by IntensE Fields and Attosecond Pulses.
One of the 6 main objectives of the MEDEA project is to increase the interest of young students in the network’s core research field (Photonics) by introducing a dedicated experimental kit in several European secondary schools. To this end about 20 PhD students will receive a one-day training on how to use the Photonics Explorer and will then reach out to secondary school students and teachers in the region of their host institute. This one-day training will take place in the MUST (Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci”), Milan , where the PhD students will also follow different workshops related to science communication.
EYESTvzw will attend the Opening Ceremony of IYL2015
EYESTvzw is invited to take part in the official launch of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015), which will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on 19 and 20 January 2015.
EYESTvzw is one of the seven partners in the EU project LIGHT2015 !
EYESTvzw will distribute in the framework of the European project LIGHT2015! 250 Photonics Explorer kits in 10 different countries.
LIGHT2015 is an ambitious, high impact EU-wide outreach and education project to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public during the United Nations International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015).
CAF supports 75 kits for teachers in Wallonia and Brussels.
During 3 workshops in January teachers will receive a training and the Photonics Explorer kit.
CAF (Centre d’Autoformation et de Formation continuée) aims to promote training programs for teachers and technical staff of the social, psychological and medical centres organized by the French federation in Belgium. They organized 3 workshops for teachers of secondary schools. Two of the workshops took already place in Peruwelz and in Tihange. A third workshop will take place in Han-Sur-Lesse. During the workshop the teachers receive a presentation about the general information of the kit and they had also the opportunity to do different experiments themselves.
We would like to thank Dominique Oblinger for the organization of the workshops and for bringing her enthusiasm on the teachers.
Merry Christmas and a Happy Newyear
Thanks for your support in 2014, looking forward to continue our collaboration during the "International Year of Light 2015!"
University of West Bohemia now a Local Associated Partner
The New Technologies Research Centre at University of West Bohemia (UWB-NTC) is now a Local Associated Partner of EYESTvzw, supporting the distribution of the Photonics Explorer in Czech Republic.
After translation into Czech language and a successful field testing of the kits in Czech Republic the UWB-NTC decided to apply for being a Local Associated Partner (LAP) of EYESTvzw. This happened in May 2014, when the LAP agreement was signed. The UWB-NTC will help to identify sponsors and hold teacher training courses to distribute the kits to teachers in Czech Republic.
Photonics Explorer content translated to Italian thanks to Maria Bondani !
The didactic content of the Photonics Explorer has been translated to Italian thanks to Maria Bondani from CNR – Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnogies in Como, Italy.
The EYEST team met Maria Bondani during the ETOP- Education and Training in Optics & Photonics 2013- Conference in Portugal, where she presented a talk about “The ‘LuNA” project : experiment didactic modules exploiting portable setups to teach optics in Primary and Secondary Schools”, and the EYESTvzw team organized a workshop on the Photonics Explorer educational kit.
Maria Bondani was immediately convinced that the Photonics Explorer could be a great asset for the secondary schools in Italy and volunteered right away to translate its didactive framework in Italian.
6TTW from Bernardustechnicum of Oudernaarde, Belgium wins the 'innovator contest' of EYEST
The aim of the 'innovator contest of the year' was to create new experiments making use of some of the components of the Photonics Explorer .
The students of the class 6TTW of the Bernardustechnicum of Oudenaarde submitted their experiment ' Polarization by reflection ' , calculation of the Brewster Angle.
Nathalie Debaes, new CEO of EYESTvzw handed over their prize of 250 euro during the proclamation ceremony on June 26 2014.
Richting Morgen supports 46 kits for teachers in Flanders in 2014!
46 kits have been sponsored by Richting Morgen for teachers in Flanders in 2014. Fifteen teachers will receive kits from Minister Ingrid Lieten, Minister for Innovation, Public Investment, Media and Poverty Reduction in the Flemish Government, at the first training in Hasselt!
Richting Morgen first supported the distribution of 47 kits for teachers in Flanders in 2013. Minister Lieten attended the official launch of the Photonics Explorer held at TE Connectivity in December 2012 where she highlighted the importance and impact of the initiative and confirmed the first governmental sponsorshop for Flanders, Belgium.
Photonics Explorer content translated to Russian!
The didactic content of the Photonics Explorer has been translated into Russian with the initiative of ITMO, St. Petersburg, Russia.
The National Research University ITMO is the leading school in Information and Optical Technologies in Russia. The Photonics Explorer didactic content has been translated into Russian with the efforts of Prof. Sergey Stafeev and his group along with input from several secondary school teachers and pedagogic experts to ensure a high quality and accurate translation.
Robotikos Academija now a Local Associated Partner
The Robotikos Academija is now a Local Associated Partner of EYESTvzw, supporting the distribution of the Photonics Explorer in Lithuania.
The Robotikos Academija in Lithuania recently signed an agreement to become a Local Associated Partner of EYESTvzw. Following a meeting at the ICT 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania, CEO and Founder of the non-profit organisation expressed interest in supporting and promoting the use of the kit in schools in Lithuania.
TE Connectivity supports 100 kits for teachers in Flanders in 2014!
TE Connectivity once again reinforced its support and commitment to education and outreach by supporting 100 kits for teachers in Flanders, Belgium reaching at least 5000 students each year!
TE Connectivity, a world leader in fiber optic connectivity and innovation, has sponsored the distribution of 100 Photonics Explorer kits to schools in Flanders for the second time! TE first showed their support by sponsoring 100 kits and hosting a large scale launch event for the Photonics Explorer at their state-of-the-art EMEA Learning Centre. In 2014, TE Connectivity has reinforced their commitment to education and outreach by sponsoring an additional 100 kits thus reaching at least 10000 students each year with their sponsorship. TE is currently the largest industrial sponsor for the Photonics Explorer!
Teachers in Czech Republic trained with the Photonics Explorer!
Teachers receive Photonics Explorer kits at a pilot training in the Czech Republic
With the support of an SPIE education and outreach grant and the initiative of the University of West Bohemia, teachers in the regions of Brno and Plzen in the Czech Republic attended a training course and received Photonics Explorer kits to implement in their classrooms. The New Technologies Research Centre at the University of West Bohemia was also responsible for translating all the content into Czech in 2013.
First large scale distribution in France!
37 teachers will receive Photonics Explorer kits sponsored by the Académie de Bordeaux - Ministère de l'Éducation nationale-Ministère de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, UDPPC, PYLA and Université Bordeaux 1.
With the support and initiative of Académie de Bordeaux, a large scale teacher training and distribution of 37 Photonics Explorer kits will take place on 9th December 2013 in Talence, France.
OpTecBB sponsors Photonics Explorer kits for teachers in Berlin!
Optec-Berlin-Brandenburg (OpTecBB) has sponsored the distribution of 13 Photonics Explorer kits for teacher in Berlin.
Optec-Berlin-Brandenburg ( OpTecBB ) is the Competence Network for Optical Technologies and microsystems technology in the states of Berlin and Brandenburg. It is an initiative of enterprises and scientific institutions who aim to explore and use technology together. OpTecBB has sponsored the distribution of 13 Photonics Explorer kits for teacher in Berlin.
Photonics Explorer successfully presented at ICT 2013!
The Photonics Explorer was successfully showcased over three days at the ICT 2013 event in Vilnius, Lithuania
The Photonics Explorer is a culmination of the FP7 funded European Project 'EXPEKT'. Thus, the Photonics Explorer team had the opportunity to attend and present the kit at the ICT 2013 conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Photonics Explorer at ICT 2013!
The Photonics Explorer will be showcased at the exhibition at ICT 2013 in from Vilnius on 6-8 November 2013.
The Photonics Explorer has been selected to be showcased at the ICT 2013 exhibition as part of the ICT 2013 Event to be held from 6-8 November 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photonics Explorer will be one of 155 projects to be showcased, selected from over 270 proposals.
SPIE Outreach Grants support Photonics Explorer kits for teachers in Birmingham and Czech Republic!
The student chapter at Aston University, Birmingham and University of West Bohemia, Czech have received Education Outreach Grants from SPIE supporting the distribution of Photonics Explorer kits to teachers in their region.
With the initiative of the SPIE student chapter at Aston University, Birmingham and the University of West Bohemia, Czech teachers in these regions will soon receive Photonics Explorer kits with the support of Education Outreach grants funded by SPIE.
Over 500 Photonics Explorer kits distributed EU wide!
With the support of governments, industry and organisations 530 Photonics Explorer kits have now been distributed reaching at least 26500 students every year!
Over 500 Photonics Explorer kits are now actively being used by over 26000 pupils around Europe! The distribution is a milestone and a result of the sponsorship from local governments, industry sponsors and organsations.
Photonics Explorer featured in Physics World magazine!
The Photonics Explorer was featured in the May 2013 issue of Physics World magazine. The article highlights the importance of 'educational outreach' and presents the content and context of the kit as well as the outcomes of the EU wide effort.
The May 2013 issue of Physics World magazine showcased the Photonics Explorer in an opinion piece authored by Prof. Hugo Thienpont and Dr. Amrita Prasad.
Richting Morgen supports the distribution of Photonics Explorer kits to schools in Flanders, Belgium.
With the support of Richting Morgen, over 40 Photonics Explorer kits will be distributed to secondary schools in Flanders.
Brussels Capital Region supports the distribution of Photonics Explorer to schools in Brussels.
With the success of the distribution of kits to schools in Brussels in 2012, the Brussels Capital Region has once again supported the distribution of 64 Photonics Explorer kits to teachers in Brussels secondary schools in 2013.
100 teachers in Flanders, Belgium now equipped with the Photonics Explorer with the support of TE Connectivity!
With the support of TE Connectivity, 100 secondary school teachers in Flanders, Belgium now have the Photonics Explorer kits.
TE Connectivity has sponsored the distribution of 100 kits for teachers in Flanders, Belgium. The company also hosted three teacher training sessions at the excellent facilities of their EMEA Learning Centre.
Scottish teachers get Photonics Explorer kits at the fabulous setting of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh!
20 teachers were trained as part of the Astrophysics Day held at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, Scotland. With over 120 kits distributed by summer 2013, more than 25% of all Scottish secondary schools will soon be implementing the Photonics Explorer!
The trainings were organised by the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) and supported by the SSERC, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Research Councils UK and European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO).
2nd successful teacher training at TE Connectivity!
Over 30 teachers attended the second teacher training session held at TE Connectivity's EMEA Learning Centre on 27th February 2013 and received their Photonics Explorer kit!
With the support of TE Connectivity, over 30 teachers attended the second teacher training session held at TE Connectivity's EMEA Learning Centre facilities! TE Connectivity has sponsored 100 Photonics Explorer kits for Flanders, Belgium.
Photonics Explorer launched in Vorarlberg, Austria!
With the support of the Vorarlberg Local Government and Zumtobel the Photonics Explorer was launched at an event at the Fachhochschule Vorarlberg on 15th February 2013.
The Photonics Explorer was launched at an event held at the Fachhochschule Vorarlberg (FHV) on 15th February 2013. The launch event brought together members of the local government, educational authorities, teachers and representatives of Zumtobel.
Photonics Explorer featured on Digital Agenda for Europe
The Photonics Explorer now a 'Featured Story' on the homepage of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
The Photonics Explorer is now a 'Featured Story' on the homepage of the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe homepage . This is accompanied by a very interesting article summarising the Photonics Explorer initiative and highlighting the main achievements and impact in the recent months.
Vorarlberg brings the Photonics Explorer into schools!
Educational authorities and members of of the Vorarlberg local government in Austria along with Zumtobel held a press conference to announce the large scale field testing of the Photonics Explorer in Vorarlberg, Austria.
The first press conference was held on 21st January 2013 where the local government, authorities from the education department of the government and Zumtobel informed the audience about the importance of the Photonics Explorer for the industry and for their students.
Read more about the press conference here: http://presse.vorarlberg.at/land/dist/vlk-43440.html
The successful launch event of the ‘Photonics Explorer’ at TE Connectivity, Kessel-Lo
The successful launch event of the ‘Photonics Explorer’ at TE Connectivity, Kessel-Lo brought together the different stakeholders of the Photonics Explorer program. Teachers, representatives of the Flemisch Government, EU representatives, companies, engineering associations and stakeholders in educations all enthusiastically welcomed the Photonics Explorer.
EYESTvzw now a partner in UNESCO supported International Year of Light in 2015!
The UNESCO Executive Board has enthusiastically supported the proposal to declare an International Year of Light in 2015. With the initiative and support of Prof. John Dudley, European Physical Society President-Elect, EYESTvzw is part of the International Steering Committee for this global initiative.
The International Year of Light is an initiative developed from 2009 by the European and African Physical Societies, on behalf of a global partnership of over 40 scientific societies, academies and other institutions, in collaboration with the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP). A resolution in favour of the proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light was unanimously approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Executive Council at its 27th General Assembly in London in November 2011. A decision also unanimously in favour of this was approved by the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) at its 19th session in December 2011. The activities of the International Year of Light will be coordinated by an International Steering Committee which will ensure effective action at both national and international levels between a wide range of international partners including learned societies, science and technology platforms, educational institutions, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations etc. Read more about it in the press release from the European Physical Society: http://www.eps.org/news/106324/
Survey shows Photonics Explorer kits successful in raising next-generation interest in science!
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Photonics Explorer to be field tested in Austria!
The Photonics Explorer team is pleased to announce the field testing of Photonics Explorer kits in Austria! With the support and initiative of the local government and the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, the kits will be field tested in the Vorarlberg Region of Austria in January 2013!
Photonics Explorer now available in Czech!
The Photonics Explorer didactic content has now been translated into Czech with the support of the New Technologies Research Centre, University of West Bohemia.
The didactic content is a result of the voluntary efforts of over 35 teachers and pedagogic experts from 11 EU countries and has already been tested with over 1500 students in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and UK in the local language.
RVO Society teams up with EYESTvzw to distribute the Photonics Explorer
Roger Van Overstraeten Society (RVO) has teamed up with EYESTvzw as a Local Associated Partner. The RVO society will support the distribution of the Photonics Explorer in the Flanders region by organising teacher training workshops in November 2012.
Teachers from Brussels schools receive Photonics Explorer kits with support from the Brussels Capital Region.
The Brussels-Capital Region has sponsored the distribution of 60 Photonics Explorer kits to teachers from schools in Brussels. After a very successful registration campaign, four teacher training workshops were held between 30th May and 20th June at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Photonics Explorer Workshops for teachers from Brussels
By the support of 'Brussels-Capital Region ', the teachers from Brussels have the opportunity to receive free of charge a 'Photonics Explorer kit'.
Each kit contains a class set of generic, durable and versatile optical experimental components (including o.a. 10 lasers, 10 LED modules, 30 lenses, an optical fiber, 20 polarizers, .... ) for a class of 25 - 30 students. This is supported by a didactic framework consisting of worksheets, factsheets, teacher guide and multimedia material available o.a. in Dutch , French, English and German.
Photonics Explorer - prize winning photonics innovation at SPIE Photonics Europe 2012!
EYESTvzw was awarded a special category prize at SPIE Photonics Europe 2012. 18 competitors from 12 countries participated in the Photonics Innovation Village which provided broad exposure and publicity to young innovators who are developing photonics-based products of the future.
Photonics Explorer commended as a 'great initiative' by Commissioner Neelie Kroes
Following a very successful presentation by Amrita Prasad (CEO-EYESTvzw) at the Photonics21 Annual Meeting of Stakeholders, Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, commended the great effort of the EYESTvzw team.