Physics education outreach


Photonics minilabs

Minilabs is dedicated to providing quality teaching materials for High Schools, Colleges and Universities. The minilab was born in the Physics Department of the Australian National University out of a desire to create a versatile, simple to use comprehensive kit to aid the learning of photonics.

Our photonics minilab is the ideal vehicle for teachers to use as a one stop solution to providing years 8-12 and beyond with a comprehensive knowledge of photonics. The minilab has been designed for students to take a hands on approach to photonics. The photonics minilab is safe, fun, affordable and most importantly of all an invaluable teaching aid that will convey all of the important aspects of photonics. It is fast and simple to set up even the toughest of experiments. Within a few minutes of opening the box you can be running a spectroscopy experiment, a Michelson Interferometer or even a free space optical link to send a radio signal embedded in a beam of light.

Physics lecture demos

We have a large number of demonstrations available to help liven up the student experience in the lecture hall or class room. We can set up the demonstration for you on campus. Outside organizations such as schools and colleges are also welcome to borrow any of these demonstrations.


For more information on physics education research please contact:

Deputy Director (education)

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02 6125 4390

Updated:  15 June 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSPE/ Page Contact:  Physics Webmaster