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SPIE's School Outreach Activity Program (SOAP) by IIT Madras SPIE Student Chapter: a review
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Paper Abstract

One of the important aspects of SPIE is “Community Support and Outreach Education”, which should raise awareness and interest in optics and photonics among the targeted communities and school children. Hence as part of SPIE IIT Madras student chapter, we carried out SPIE SOAP, a ‘School Outreach Activity Program’. Two types of schools were identified, one a high socio-economic status school and the other a low socio-economic status school having a majority of poor children. Optics related scientific experiments were demonstrated in these schools followed by oral quiz session to the students to assess the level of their knowledge before and after the experiments. We also clubbed this activity with “Vision Screening” and distribution of free spectacles for those children who live below poverty line. Out of the 415 children screened, 60.84% eyes were having normal vision, while 39.16% were found to have refractive errors (Myopia 35.78% and Hyperopia 3.38%) where some of them could not even read the board. Treatable eye diseases were also found in 0.72% of the children. The entire activity is been discussed and documented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9188, Optics Education and Outreach III, 91880I (15 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2061590
Show Author Affiliations
Lavanya Kalikivayi, KVKL's Optometrists Research Unit (India)
V. Kalikivayi, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
K. Udayakumar, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
A. R. Ganesan, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9188:
Optics Education and Outreach III
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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