A lesson in photonics from Professor Renaud
Children in Year 6 at St Benedict's learned how light can transmit information, in a fascinating science lesson given by Professor Renaud from UCL.
Year 6 were thrilled to meet Professor Renaud, Professor of Photonics at UCL, who took their Science lesson on October 2nd. Professor Renaud led a fascinating activity in which the children explored how and why light is used as a method of transmitting data all around the world.
It was really fun and I enjoyed making our own code using light. It was also very fascinating hearing about quantum computers." Klaudia
They played Chinese whispers to demonstrate how sound waves can’t travel as far and is not as reliable.
The pupils had to use their ingenuity to invent their own code for 12 words using light. To put their codes to the test, they then had to transmit a question, using torches, to members of their team on the other side of the lab, who then had to relay back the answer.
It was very interesting to find out how fast light travels. It was really fun and enjoyable." Charley
Finally, the children had the opportunity to ask Professor Renaud questions related to his field of study, current research, becoming a scientist, to name but a few!
It was very exciting and fun to be taught by an actual Professor!" Adam
We are very grateful to Professor Renaud for being so generous in giving his time to teach Year 6 about this fascinating subject.