Lights, camera, action! BP launches new practical challenge to celebrate light

Taking photos with phones is a part of daily life for young people, so why not challenge students to find out more about the science behind photography by building and testing their own pinhole cameras from scratch?

The BP Educational Service has launched a new Light and Pinhole Cameras resource and a Pinhole Photography Competition to help young people aged 11 to 14 in the UK explore and celebrate the science of light.

The video-led resources provides a great opportunity for schools to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies.

The International Year of Light is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenge in areas such as energy, education and sustainability.

Teachers can use this flexible curriculum-linked resource to help students explore the science behind photography, including light rays, lenses and photosensitive material.

The resource comes complete with a pinhole camera practical, which can be used in a Science lesson, as a D&T project or a STEM Club activity. Step-by-step instructions are available to guide students through the process of making their own cameras.

The Light and Pinhole Cameras|| resource is part of a new collection of resources called Where’s the Science in that?, which aims to make science relevant for young people aged 7 to 14, and encourages them to see themselves as scientists of the future.

So far, students can explore the real-life science in The Park, The Beach, at The Airport and in Photography.

Each video is built around the curriculum, and features young presenters, asking a question sparked by the world around them, finding the answer themselves through undertaking research or practical experiments, and challenging students to find out more.

The content development for Where’s the Science in that? has been informed by the Enterprising Science research partnership of BP, the Science Museum Group and King’s College London. The resources are written and tested with teachers at every stage of their development.

In addition, to celebrate the International Year of Light, the BP Educational Service is running a Pinhole Photography Competition.

All you need to do is send your best pinhole pictures to The photos will be displayed in an online gallery, and each month there will be a £25 Amazon voucher for the best!

To enter, simply email the following to

  • your school name
  • your pinhole camera photos
  • a caption, student name and age for each photo

Watch the new videos and download the free resources now at:

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