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The USC-OSA Student Chapter: goals and benefits for the optics community
Author(s): A. I. Gómez-Varela; Ana Gargallo; Héctor González Núñez; Tamara Delgado-García; Citlalli Almaguer-Gómez; F. Cambronero-López; M. T. Flores-Arias

Paper Abstract

The USC-OSA Student Chapter has been constituted in March 2013 by members of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) in Spain and sponsored by The Optical Society of America (OSA). It is formed by five graduate and one undergraduate students with the common interest in Optics and Photonics research and a professor of the USC is also involved as a faculty advisor. We decided to start this group with the aim of involving kids, precollege and undergraduate students in the world of Optics and Photonics. The activities that the USC-OSA Student Chapter members intend to realize are mainly educational tasks for the spreading of knowledge in Photonics by means of basic experiments, demonstrations and lectures by leading researchers and teachers. Most of the needed resources to accomplish these activities are provided by the OSA, such as educational posters and a portable kit for demonstrating Optics to students. At this moment the USC-OSA Student Chapter is carrying out several activities, as educational journeys at the Santiago de Compostela University Hospital Complex (CHUS), where hospitalized children can approach to Optics through some simple experiments and games. A teaching program is also being organized in collaboration with Galician secondary schools in order to show students the importance and uses of Optics and Photonics and to arouse their interest in this field, as well as encouraging them to develop their scientific thinking. Another activity will take place in November during the Science Week, which includes a program of lectures targeted to undergraduate students and an exposition of several demonstrations

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92892T (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070767
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A. I. Gómez-Varela, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Ana Gargallo, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Héctor González Núñez, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Tamara Delgado-García, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Citlalli Almaguer-Gómez, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
F. Cambronero-López, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
M. T. Flores-Arias, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

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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