Playing With Light

LIGHT is fundamental to our every day lives. With so many applications from the apparent simplicity of vision, the beauty of rainbows or paintings, to the high tech world of fiber optic communication, holographic security and laser surgery, light provides the basis for much of our technology and our view of the world. PLAY WITH LIGHT is a means to ignite the imagination for people of all ages. Open ended and without instruction, it offers the opportunity for exploration and creativity, but most importantly, it enables learning through experimentation, a key tenant of the scientific process. In drawing together PLAY and LIGHT, Scitech has created an exhibition experience like no other. Using basic physics principles, innovative interactive experiences and a sense of fun, Playing With Light offers the opportunity to explore our world and how it is illuminated through 22 exhibits with a multitude of outcomes.

Our vision relies on light and the optics of the eye. Rainbows and sunsets are beautiful examples of light phenomena in nature, while practical applications include mirrors, lenses, cameras, telescopes and microscopes. Combined with engineering and other scientific fields, optics has led to the development of   lasers, holography, fiber optics and more. Through its use in a range of applications, such as medicine, communications and security, light provides great benefits to society.

Science helps us to describe and explain natural light phenomena, such as reflection, refraction and absorption, to make sense of the world around us. Ongoing scientific research has led to the progressively deeper understanding of the nature of light and driven the development of ever more sophisticated technology in optics and other scientific fields.

Albert Einstein said that “Play is the highest form of research”. Playing With Light leads to the development of skills in observation, experimentation and the testing of ideas. The range of open ended, interactive exhibits provides opportunities for visitors to ask questions investigate and draw conclusions from their own experiments, encouraging and enabling them to improve their own scientific literacy.