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The Bright Lights project was launched in 2015, and created a series of fun online science demonstration videos and provided hands on exhibits that describe the fantastic and varied properties of light. Inspired by the UN International Year of Light, Bright Lights was set up to demonstrate a new form of pupil inspired, mass coverage, public engagement.

The Bright Lights team worked with 12 schools covering 5 local authorities (Falkirk, West Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders) across the South East of Scotland. Groups of 5-6 pupils from each school worked with their university mentor to create short (~5 minute) educational videos of the pupils demonstrating and explaining a fun light based scientific experiment in their own words. The experiments (including Raspberry Pi Spectrometers, water-jet fibre optics and bioluminescence) were built at HWU by Dr Jonathan Morton (experimental advisor) and the team of PhD/RA mentors.

The videos are available to view on our Youtube channel, and are currently being translated into Arabic, British Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, to further increase the scope of the audience.

The videos were judged by a panel of experts, with the winners reaching prizes at the Scottish Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Light, illumiNations.