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Stage 4 and 5 Science

Photonics - Optical fibres


This resource is based around an online photonic circuit simulator challenge designed by physics students at Macquarie University.


Link to curriculum

These resources and activities illustrate Stage 5 NSW ScienceSyllabus PFA 5.3 and 5.5. It may be used to assist students in meeting Outcomes 5.12.
The simulator activity may be used for students to demonstrate Skills 5.20 and 5.21. It also addresses Values and Attitudes 5.26.


Game: Online photonic simulator challenge - students choose equipment to send messages whilst learning the processes and technology involved. Designed by physics students at Macquarie University.

Video: Recent ABC Catalyst excerpt on current advances in the field, particularly the photonic chip.

Worksheets: designed by science education students at The University of Sydney

Optical Networks (pdf 60kB)

Optical Networks Party Message(pdf 54kB)

Light is Speaking to us (pdf 78kB)

CUDOS - Photonics worksheet (pdf 238 kB)

We acknowledge Adam Strickland and Sam Campbell and Physics students at Macquarie University for their contributions to these resources.