Before school: Age 0 to 6 years .
In our museum and exhibition we have been watching children with their parents. At the age of less than 2 years, children try to grasp out the coming image with their hands.
We had several Kindergartens in our exhibitions. They are very open to the holographic concept. A 4 years old girl said after leaving the exhibition: “;I was not in Braunschweig; I was in another world”.
Primary school :
The standard exhibitions worked quite well on all ages, but with primary schools we had more success with a new experiment: We made a climbing installation. The children have been able to experience holograms going up and down in harmony with the pictures. Weeks later, they were explaining friends the holographic techniques, without having received deep teaching.
OS Lehndorf, Age 9 to 13 :
We started a one week experiment with a school, involving all classes. 400 children took part to an educational project, containing training how to look at holograms, as well as a practical workshop. We divided the classes into two groups, one starting with the holographic art exhibition and training in the reading of the time-space continuum visual, the other one starting with technical background. The children who went first through the artistic part were more concentrated on the technical instruction than the other group. All children were open to the holograms, an experience that the teacher could re-use later in geometry, art, and physics. Two weeks later a survey filled by the children shows how the children experienced this “;media of life”.
A level :
With a private school we did some cooperation with teachers of physics. The children did learn how to make holograms. The result was quite surprising for the teacher, because the knowledge about optic improved a lot. Some of the children did later there own experiments on the Braunschweig Physics Institute (PTB).
We organised several lectures, exhibits and trainings. The art expression is a very inspiring medium for students and multimedia designers, but still complex to use as a comprehensive communication tool. The very first one we have done, 15 years ago, with the help of Professor Rod Murray and Dr Martin Richardson lead to a holographic unit in the HBK Braunschweig. Presently, the Students are becoming very much aware about all kind of media technologies and they are not interesting in learning the “old fashion table top laser light holography”. They are searching more for practical and multimedia applications. There is a great challenge coming up with the development of digital holography parallel to the film industry as proposed by XYZ in Canada , Geola in Lithuania and Syn4D in Germany.