In October, the students attended an information session on higher education at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and in January they visited the SID-in. During the spring break in February many pupils joined the Open Teaching days at the University. Finally, during a study nocturne at the secondary school KA Dendermonde, nearly 90 former students shared their experience on about 42 different courses, and showed their syllabi of the first year.
Dream Day is the icing on the cake. The students follow someone who performs their dream job during a whole day. Prof. Heidi Ottevaere from B-PHOT, teaching Photonics subjects at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, was selected by 8 out of 179 students of KA Dendermonde. What better place to learn about photonics then in a top notch lab as the Photonics Innovation Center in Gooik?
Prof. Ottevaere guided them around in the labs, including the dust-free lab, and explained about the courses at the VUB and about research in the field of photonics. Next to traditional study work, a lot of attention is also paid to hands-on experience in labs. Subsequently the students experienced the excitement of doing science by themselves, by performing some experiments of the Photonics Explorer kit that is especially designed for kids from secondary schools.We wish them a bright future and hope they consider to start Engineering studies at VUB.