SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, partners with researchers, educators, and industry to advance light-based research and technologies for the betterment of the human condition. The SPIE student chapter at LUMS takes this aim forward by reaching out to students of various schools and creating an interest in the study of optics.
SPIE LUMS recently arranged two outreach activities for optics education for schoolchildren in Lahore. The first activity was held at Government High School, Chung Khurd, (near LUMS) in Lahore on February 7, 2019, and the second activity was organised at Syedanwala Higher Secondary School, Syedanwala, Kasur on February 9, 2019.
The activities educated the primary and secondary level students about the nature of light and its properties. Four SPIE chapter officers, Muhammad Kamran, Ali Raza Mirza, Aamir Hayat and Ubaid Ullah arranged these activities, which comprised basic experiments using locally available items, conducted to show scattering, dispersion, guided propagation, and the nature of light. Students enjoyed and participated in these activities as it created an interest in them to understand the experiments related to light and optics.
The faculty advisor of the SPIE chapter at LUMS, Dr. Muhammad Faryad, Assistant Professor of Physics felicitated all the student members of the Chapter for arranging the optics related outreach activities for schoolchildren and expressed the hope that these will help raise the number of professionals working in optics and photonics in Pakistan. He also thanked SPIE for providing financial support for the LUMS SPIE chapter.