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Lessons learned from student outreach: introducing optics to fifth graders
Author(s): Nancy Magnani; Matthew Donnelly; Gregory Mahan; Tiffany Rossi

Paper Abstract

Though light and vision has been included in the Connecticut science standards for several years, teachers continue to look for new ways of teaching these concepts effectively. The students from the Three Rivers Community College SPIE and OSA student chapters have partnered with EASTCONN, a regional education service center, to bring optics lessons to the classroom. In this paper, the lessons that were demonstrated including spectroscopy, refraction, and reflection will be explained. With anecdotes from the student chapter members, fifth grade students and their teachers, the effectiveness of these lessons and steps to improve them will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8481, Optics Education and Outreach II, 84810I (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929258
Show Author Affiliations
Nancy Magnani, EASTCONN (United States)
Matthew Donnelly, Three Rivers Community College (United States)
Gregory Mahan, Three Rivers Community College (United States)
Tiffany Rossi, Three Rivers Community College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8481:
Optics Education and Outreach II
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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