Bright Lights: Big Experiments! A Public Engagement Activity for International Year of Light

Jonathan David Downie, Jonathan Andrew Scott Morton, Martin R. S. McCoustra

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Abstract

The Bright Lights: Big Experiments! public engagement project enabled high school students (Y2 Scotland) to prepare a short, five-minute video using their own words and in their own style to present a scientific experiment on the theme of light to their contemporaries via YouTube. This paper describes the various experiments that we chose to deliver and our experiences in delivering them to our partner schools. The results of pre- and post-activity surveys of both the pupils and teachers are presented in an effort to understand the impact of the project on the students, staff and their schools. The quality of the final product (here a video) is shown to be a key factor, increasing the pupil’s likelihood of pursuing science courses and participating in further science engagement activities. Analysis of the evaluation methods used indicate the need for more sensitive tools to provide further insight into the impact of this type of engagement activity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number015005
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics Education
Volume52
Issue number1
Early online date29 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

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