Fun DIY projects for the International Day of Light

The International Day of Light is more than just a celebration of the significance of light in our lives; it’s a beacon illuminating the importance of science outreach programs. This annual event, observed on May 16th, serves as a reminder of how light-based technologies have transformed our world and continues to pave the way for innovation across various fields.

Science outreach programs play a pivotal role in fostering curiosity, igniting passion, and nurturing the next generation of scientists and innovators. TMOS is dedicated to bringing the joy and understanding of light to communities, schools, and individuals of all ages, in order to demystify complex scientific concepts of light and inspire interest in STEM.

Through hands-on activities, workshops, and educational initiatives, our Outreach program bridges the gap between science research and the public, making science accessible and inclusive. By investing in science outreach, we not only cultivate a scientifically literate society but also nurture a generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers equipped to tackle the complexities of the modern world.

In celebration of this year’s International Day of Light, we have created some DIY activities that demonstrate concepts of light. These can be used at home or school and require little more than a printer and paper!

About the author/s

Camilla Gazzana

I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Technology Sydney in 2015, before commencing my postgraduate studies in 2017, also at UTS. My current area of research involves investigating the interactions between gold nanoparticles and bacteria for sensing purposes. During my studies, I ... more