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Light Waves Workshop

Physics light workshop for schools

This light waves workshop contains eight or more practical activities covering all major topics in the national curriculum including reflection, refraction, diffraction, pinhole camera, focusing, light spectrum, colored lights, and the eye. The activities are tailored for each key stage group.


2 x half-day,
max 50 students in a day,
contact us for bigger sessions.

Age Group

Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form,
KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5


Learn how light waves reflect off mirrors with our light ray boxes.

Light-ray-box-kit Light-beam-reflected-off-a-mirror

Refraction, Diffraction and Light Focusing

Conduct further experiments with our optical kits to learn about refraction with glass blocks. Learn how light is focused inside the eye with a convex lens. Additionally, create a rainbow of coloured light waves by splitting a narrow beam of white light.

Light-beam-refracted-thorugh-medium triple-light-beam-converged-by-convex-lens white-light-beam-split-by-prism

Pinhole Camera

Students will learn the basics of a pinhole camera and observe how images appear inverted when they are captured from light waves. Modern cameras still use this basic principle to capture images.

Pinhole-camera Pinhole-camera-diagram

Newton's Disc and Light Spectrum

Conduct the rotating disc physics experiment to demonstrate how white light is composed of colours of the rainbow.


Star Constellations

Create a star constellation and watch them glow inside a dark box to learn how stars glow at night.


Typical Workshop Day