The “Photonics Workshops” will introduce a variety of fundamental photonics principles that are important to harness photonics properly to understand a wide variety of applications and create new ones.
In total 11 different topics of photonics will be covered by the “Photonics Workshops”. The “Photonics Workshops” will be developed by the photonics research organisations in the consortium, working in collaboration with the local pilot Fab Labs.
For each of the 11 topics, “Photonics Workshops” will be developed which are dedicated to each of the 3 different target groups: young minds (age 10-14), students (age 15-18), and Young Professionals and Technicians (age 18+). Special attention will be given to positioning the content of these “Photonics Workshops” such that they are appealing to each of the different target groups. Especially for the young minds, a gender-balanced approach will be taken through a multitude of actions, e.g. the choice of the workshop content, how the workshops are organised, and instructions for the coaches. Through these actions we will bridge specific gender challenges with girls such as the general tendency for a lack of self-confidence in science and technology , stereotypes about gender roles , and the contextual approach .
This will result in a total collection of 33 appealing "Photonics Workshops" from which the Fab Labs can make a selection according to the needs and user profiles in their locality.
In the first 6 months of this project (Dec 2016- May 2017), these Workshops will be developed. Soon the instructables of the Photonics Workshops will be made available on this website.
A first workshop can be found here: Photonics Cuddly Toy