This animation about light, radiation, the electromagnetic spectrum and cameras is part of a school outreach mini documentary created by Welsh Science Presenter/Filmmaker, Huw James, for The Open University 's School of Physical Sciences.
In this film, we are introduced to the concept of light as a form of radiation as part of the electromagnetic spectrum. We learn how light can be thought of as a wave, or as a particle, known as a photon. The film then shows how research scientists use this knowledge to prepare and test the sensors that are used in space cameras, testing that they will work in the harsh radiation conditions found in space.
This film forms the first part of an outreach and public engagement programme offered by the School of Physical Sciences at the The Open University.
The science covered in this film is suitable for Key Stage 3 (age 12+) students and above, covering the science topics of radiation and light in a novel way, relating the subject to cutting-edge research, covering the science concepts involved in obtaining pictures of planets, stars and far-off galaxies.