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Experience the magic of light and color: outreach activity by Universidad del Valle student chapter

Paper Abstract

During 2007, the Universidad del Valle Student Chapter presented a proposal for developing an educational outreach activity for children from an underprivileged zone to the Optical Society of America Foundation (OSAF) and to SPIE. The activity was carried out jointly by OSA and SPIE Universidad del Valle Student Chapters in the hillsides of Santiago de Cali, in a zone known as "Pueblo Joven" during 2008. It was aimed to boys and girls with ages between 8 and 13 years and was called "Experience the magic of light and color". The main purpose was to bring the children some basic concepts on optics and to encourage them to explore science through optics. The Universidad del Valle Student Chapters designed a series of talks and practical workshops where children participated in hands-on experiments that easily explain the fundamental concepts of light phenomena. Afterwards the children presented their achievements in a small science fair offered to the community and tried to explain in their own words what they learned and built. In this work, we present the most successful experimental designs and the educational standards we tried to develop with this activity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 77830F (30 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861135
Show Author Affiliations
Claudia Valdes, Univ. del Valle (Colombia)
Camilo Reyes, Univ. del Valle (Colombia)
Alberto Osorio, Univ. del Valle (Colombia)
Efrain Solarte, Univ. del Valle (Colombia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7783:
Optics Education and Outreach
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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