Resources for teachers

ICFO creates materials for educators and participates in European projects that generate resources for teachers. Feel free to enter the areas below and use the materials and content to bring science and technology closer to your classroom in a different way.

We organise some training sessions around these materials. Should you be interested in participating in these training sessions, sign up for our mailing list following this link to be updated when these occur or contact us at



Activities for the classroom to learn about graphene properties through household materials.



The Decide Games designed by ICFO are card games for simple, respectful and fact-based discussion. They are a good way to introduce some difficult topics to the classroom making the students build their own knowledge through the dialogue with their peers. They are based on the Play Decide platform.


We currently have two versions of the Decide Game: one about photonics and climate change and one about quantum technologies. The Decide Games are not yet available in English on this web: please contact us should you be interested in the English version. Change the language of this webpage to download the version in your favourite language.


The ICFO Decide Game will be available soon: contact us at if you want to know when we will publish it here.


The European project Phablabs 4.0 connected various photonics research centres (including ICFO) to local Fab Labs to generate activities and materials to integrate photonics into the new techniques of digital fabrication.

Go to the Phablabs website to find the instruction to build your own photonics project.



We have prepared few activities about light pollution and colors (including the instructions to build a spectrometer) to introduce the Nightup Castelldefels citizen science experiment into the classrooms.

These activities are not yet available in English on this web: please contact us should you be interested in the English version. Change the language of this webpage to download the version in your favourite language.



Young Photonics Congress

A scientific meeting point for young students ICFO annually organizes the Young Photonics Congress, a meeting point for young students that makes them live the experience of a scientific congress where the spotlight is on them. Students can explain their work to other...

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Books and stories

Creating publications for different audiences ICFO reaches out to all ages through books and other publications that aim at immersing readers in the fascinating world of photonics.   FROM THE BIG BANG TO LASER EXPLORERS IN SPACE lluminado and Lucilda is a series...

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Science through other disciplines ICFO creates multidisciplinary contests that encourage participants to get inmersed in the fascinating world of science and photonics through literature, music and the audiovisual arts. Light on the Waves integrates science,...

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Informative panels, posters and interactive installations to bring science and photonics closer to society ICFO creates exhibitions in different formats about Photonics and its applications, conceived and designed to capture attention, raise interest and increase the...

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Magic Shows for Light Explorers

Learning about photonics in a magical way Light, its nature and its properties are as amazing as they are useful. In our daily life, the things we do, the objects we use, how we generate and harness energy, the way we communicate and how we take care of our health,...

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ICFO in fairs and other big events

ICFO participates in science and technology fairs, congresses and other events organized by other organizations with the aim of expanding the reach of our outreach efforts. We create hand-on activities, workshops and intearctive stands and give talks that bring a...

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Challenges to leveraging innovation

ICFO organizes photonics challenges to promote the opportunities that photonics pose to innovation ICFO creates challenges that give participants the chance to use their own creativity to design, build and test solutions that integrate photonics. These projects are...

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Workshops: putting photonics to work

Hands on activities customized for target audiences ICFO creates workshops around different STEM topics underlying photonics for different age groups. These hands on activities enable participants to learn about photonics in fun ways. They vary in content and format...

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