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  • planet eclipse
  • solarsystem model
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    Refraction and diffraction of light through ice crystals in the clouds

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    Philippa On The Ice Philippa Werry at an Antarctic research camp 2016

New Zealand Science Teacher

Science Curriculum/Scientific Literacy

Design a logo for the Year of Light

A New Zealand emblem is required: can your students help?

2015 is UNESCO’s  International Year of Light.

The New Zealand committee will be running many activities and events throughout the country and as such, their communications and website need a logo.

A competition is being run for students to design an appropriate one – size, font and colour scheme are included in the guidelines.

Due on the 14th of November, students are invited to send in their entries via this PDF form.

The International Year of Light is an initiative that celebrates the importance of light and light-based technologies in our lives. Light and optic technology continues to be central to linking cultural, economic, and political aspects of the global society.

“Without light, human beings would not be here, and the world as we know it would not exist – it’s really that simple,” says Professor John Harvey of the University of Auckland.

“Light is not only part of our everyday existence, empowering a huge range of technological developments, but the source of most of the power we use. Light and the technologies associated with it will be central to the future of humankind.”

Professor Harvey is coordinating the formation of New Zealand’s IYL2015 national committee and hopes to showcase the ways in which light has inspired the arts across the ages.

Other New Zealand organisations, including the Royal Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Physics, will hold public events to celebrate the 2014 Internal Year of Light.

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