Girls'Day: Light on for the Girls at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light!

On 27 April, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light opened its doors to a group of young students curious to get an impression of the daily work of a physicist. How does science work? How does one become a physicist? And what does basic research actually mean? The students were able to get to the bottom of all these questions at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.

14 girls aged 11 to 16 were guests and participated with great enthusiasm. "A nanometre, that's a millionth of a millimetre," an eleven-year-old schoolgirl added to the lecture. Full of scientific curiosity, the girls experienced various physical effects in a playful way through experiments and exhibits - and at the very latest it became clear how much fun light can be at the laser kicker. "Sure, we had optical phenomena and reflection laws in seventh grade, but we also had Corona. It's great to be able to try it out for ourselves now," enthused one of the pupils.

Participate, try it out for yourself.

The participants were allowed to do this in the glass studio, the workshops, and directly in the scientific laboratories. The schoolgirls were accompanied by the institute's IT trainee, who also informed them about the many career opportunities for women in her field.

Girls' Day 2023 - Girls' Future Day is a nationwide project for career and study orientation for girls. The aim is to give girls early exposure to working environments in which women are traditionally underrepresented.

Young people should be able to discover their inclinations and abilities, and find new role models to identify with. "Do exactly what you want in life, because you can do anything," Gesine Murphy, the Institute's Equal Opportunities Officer, encouraged the participants.



Edda Fischer

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