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El Día de la Luz (the Day of Light): two hours optics demonstration for secondary school students
Author(s): Osamu Takayama; Armand Niederberger; Petru Ghenuche; Manoj Mathew; Giovanni Volpe

Paper Abstract

Abstract : In many countries the potential of optics as an exciting part of science is not fully exploited in high-school education. In addition, optics is often not taught in relation with daily experiences. With the motivation to expose the potential of doing otherwise to motivate students, we developed and implemented a two hour-long hands-on introduction to optics for high school students. We termed the program: The Day of Light. By attending the program, students learn basic concepts such as polarization, wavelength, color, stereoscopic vision, reflection and refraction in connection to everyday experiences based on applications of optics. The demonstration was fully organized and carried out by the ICFO Ph.D students who were members of the ICFO Optical Society of America (OSA) Student Chapter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9665, Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96650K (3 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.2207500
Show Author Affiliations
Osamu Takayama, ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain)
Armand Niederberger, ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain)
Petru Ghenuche, ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain)
Manoj Mathew, ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain)
Giovanni Volpe, ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9665:
Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Marc Nantel, Editor(s)

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