Educational Resources


The educational resources are designed to support teachers within the classroom environment. is part of 1001 Inventions, which is a science and cultural heritage brand that’s loved and trusted by all audiences around the world. Simillar educational properties such as exhibits, books, characters, image library, school materials, activities, workshops, toys and much more educational and enjoyable products are presented in through this website, and more to follow as below.

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 1. Workshop Activities

activities-01Using a range of fun educational hands‐on workshops, activities and demonstrations, this learning resource offers an insight into the history of light, vision and optics based science. These workshops can be used inside and outside of the classroom and caters for all learners aged between 5 – 18 years. Exploring basic principles of light science through the eyes of the 11th century scientist Ibn Al‐Haytham:

Activity Guide Book

(as PDF format, 9.8 MB)


2. Ibn al-Haytham’s Optical Illusions Demonstration (ages 10 – 18)

penrose-bannerNearly a thousand years ago, Ibn al-Haytham realised that our brains have to be involved in vision as well as our eyes also. He stated that it is the brain processing images and making sense of what we are seeing. Therefore when optical illusions trick us, it’s actually our brain, not our eyes, that are being fooled. Now, we often say that ‘seeing is believing’. But the optical illusions we have here will make you question your own senses.

For most optical illusions, it is the brain that is being tricked and not the eye. The eye only sees visual information, the brain interprets what this information is. For this demonstration you will need to download this optical illusions presentation and install it onto your computer. Then link your computer to a large monitor and demonstrate each illusion to your audience using the explanations given in this folder:

Optical Illusions Folder

(as Zip format, 624 MB)


3. ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al Haytham’ Trailer

Trailer for the short film launching later this year: ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’

The creators of 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets bring you a new short film on the work of 11th century scientist Ibn Al-Haytham. “A journey of Science from Darkness into Light”.

This trailer is for a short film by producer Ahmed Salim, starring legendary actor Omar Sharif, voice by Khalid Abdalla and music composed by Sami Yusuf.

The film will be launched as part of the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light 2015 and is produced by 1001 Inventions and the King Abdulaziz Center for World culture in partnership with UNESCO and the International Year of Light 2015.


4. National Geographic and 1001 Inventions Publish “Ibn al-Haytham” Children’s Book

ibnhnatkids02“Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” introduces young readers to 11th century Arabia’s most enlightened scientist

Washington DC, 18th December 2015: National Geographic Kids and 1001 Inventions announced today a new partnership to publish the book “Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” as part of the highly successful National Geographic Kids Readers Series.

The English language publication is planned for release in spring 2016.

The book is a special tribute to the 11th century pioneering scientific thinker Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haytham (known in the West by the Latinized form of his first name “Alhazen”).

Book is available on,
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5. 100 Educational Activities about Light and Photonics Booklet

The e-book 100 educational activities about Light and Photonics is a quick reference guide to freely available resource for teachers and educators. The list of activities consists of educational activities for children 6 years and older and includes material developed by Opticks4Kids,, the Optical Society, TeachEngineering and Universe Awareness, among others. The e-book is available as an Open Educational Resource and the source file is available for translations and adaptations.


These activities have been curated by the Universe Awareness Programme (UNAWE) based at Leiden University within the framework of the LIGHT2015 project to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015).



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