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The LuNa project: experimental didactic modules exploiting portable setups to teach optics in primary and secondary schools
Author(s): Maria Bondani; Alessia Allevi; Luca Nardo; Fabrizio Favale

Paper Abstract

The “LuNa” (La natura della Luce nella luce della Natura - The nature of Light in the light of Nature) Project is devoted to the experimental teaching of optics in the different school grades. The basic idea of the Project is that the history of optics and the debate about the nature of light are a meaningful example of how science proceeds in the development of a physical model. Moreover optical phenomena can be presented at different levels of complexity in order to be accessible to students of different age. At the core of the Project are several portable setups that support experimental and partially interactive lectures covering all the aspects of optical phenomena, from geometrical optics to single-photon interference passing through atmospheric optics, spectroscopy, holography and theory of perception. When possible, the setups are realized with simple and easy to find materials so as to be reproducible by teachers and students. Of course, for the most complicated setups (interferometers and holography) research materials are used. Each module is calibrated to fit teachers’ requirements either to be included in the curricula of their classes or to be used as an expansion of the optics program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92892D (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070730
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Maria Bondani, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi dell'Insubria (Italy)
CNISM (Italy)
Alessia Allevi, Univ. degli Studi dell'Insubria (Italy)
CNISM (Italy)
Luca Nardo, Univ. degli Studi di Milano Bicocca (Italy)
Fabrizio Favale, Univ. degli Studi dell'Insubria (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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