Photonics Explorer Kit

Photonics Explorer Kit

The Photonics Explorer Kit (PEK) is an intra-curricular educational kit with a focus on experimental light-related physics, especially relying on hands-on work and utilizing scientific methods. The kit is designed for upper secondary school and high school students to enhance and complement existing European school science curricula.

In Finland, the PREIN together with the University of Eastern Finland LUMA center coordinates the distribution of the Photonics Explorer Kits to Finnish schools and offers training for teachers.

Companies and individual donors can donate Photonics Explorer Kits to schools by filling in the donation form.

Schools can register as recipients of Photonics Explorer kits by filling in the school form.

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Over 100 components for experiments

Experiments are possible with over 100 high-class and durable components, such as lenses, LED and laser modules, diffraction gratings and polarizers.

The components are used in experiments and tests that teach students the physical phenomena related to e.g. data transfer, optics and colours, diffraction and interference. The large number of components allows all the students in the class to engage in experiments simultaneously.  

In addition, to make it easy to include the PEK in the curriculum, teachers utilizing PEK receive ready-made lessons and supporting materials as well as experimental instructions for the students in 16 different languages (English and Finnish included). Teaching physics has never been this simple and engaging! 

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Photonics Explorer Kit Campaign

Photonics is a quickly growing field of science and technology that has an increasing demand for talented workforce to fill the requirements of both the industrial and academical sides of the field. To meet these needs in the future, young students are to be encouraged to study science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) subjects at an early stage. In the field of Photonics (light-related physics), this can be achieved with the Photonics Explorer Kit.

PREIN and Photonics Finland have launched a campaign in 2020 where companies, PREIN and Photonics Finland donate Photonics Explorer Kits to Finnish schools. There are now approximately 100 kits in Finland and the number is growing thanks to our campaign.


Donate a Photonics Explorer Kit

The PEK has been very popular worldwide, and over 3500 kits have made it possible for hundreds of thousands of students to learn photonics in an early stage of education. One PEK costs 200€ (0% VAT) from EYESTvzw. 

To reach more and more schools in Finland, PREIN and Photonics Finland have begun a campaign in which photonics companies and persons related to the field are sought to sponsor kits to nearby schools or schools where they have studied previously. The sponsor gets their logo and leaflet in the sponsored kit, and for each sponsored kit, PREIN and Photonics Finland will both sponsor one more kit to their designated targets. This way one sponsored kit leads to three kits in total! 


Photonics Explorer KIT campaing donors  2020->

Beneq Oy – 10 kits
Noptel Oy – 3 kits
Millog Oy – 2 kits
Senop Oy – 2 kits
Reflekron Oy (Mircea Guina) 
From 1to1000 Oy (Jyrki Saarinen) 
Hanna Holopainen 
Rocsole Oy 
Heidi Piili 
NomiCam Oy 
Juha Purmonen 
Jukka-Matti Turtiainen
Sensmet Oy
TecGyver Oy (Kimmo Jokinen)
Jussi Parkkinen

Thank you to all the donors!