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Guided poster sessions: way to introduce optical technology in a primary-secondary school
Author(s): J. C. Escalera; C. Abelló; O. Ferreras; P. Matheu; M. Torres; M. J. Yzuel

Paper Abstract

There are few Optics contents along the primary and secondary studies in Spain. So, the relation between Optics and Technology is usually poorly known by the students. As a consequence, the number of students in Physics in general, and Optics in particular is low. In this paper we explain a project to show some topics in Optics Technology in a primary-secondary school. This project involves some Optics teachers in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and a group of teachers and students of a primary-secondary school also in Barcelona (I.E.S. Costa i Llobera). Several Optics posters (made by the SPIE) were shown during one week. More than 200 students from 8 to 17 years old visited the Optics exhibition during this week. A group of 4 students (17 years old) were trained to show the posters to younger students. For this study we chose three age levels. For each level, a 50% of the students attended the exhibition and the rest didn’t attend the poster session. So, it was possible to realize a survey to check whether some knowledge differences appeared between the two groups. A questionnaire was fulfilled by these groups. The results of this survey show that a significant new knowledge in Optics was learned by the students.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9666, 11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 966606 (5 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.2208080
Show Author Affiliations
J. C. Escalera, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Institut d'Ensenyament Secundari Costa i Llobera (Spain)
C. Abelló, Institut d'Ensenyament Secundari Costa i Llobera (Spain)
O. Ferreras, Institut d'Ensenyament Secundari Costa i Llobera (Spain)
P. Matheu, Institut d'Ensenyament Secundari Costa i Llobera (Spain)
M. Torres, Institut d'Ensenyament Secundari Costa i Llobera (Spain)
M. J. Yzuel, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9666:
11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
K. Alan Shore, Editor(s)

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