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A colorful approach to teaching optics
Author(s): Nancy J. Magnani; Judith Donnelly

Paper Abstract

In a traditional Connecticut elementary school setting, the classroom teacher will teach language arts, social studies and science curriculum. For 5th grade, the science curriculum includes learning about the senses and moon phases, in addition to the fundamentals of light. For art, music and physical education, students are sent to teachers who have certifications in teaching these subjects. In support of the science curriculum, we have traditionally provided workshops to enhance and supplement existing science curriculum. This method of instruction has become a routine. What if we invigorate the curriculum by using visual art to teach science? Will the students achieve a greater understanding of the principals of light? In this paper, we will explore the use of art to enhance the understanding of color and light phenomena.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9188, Optics Education and Outreach III, 91880L (15 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2060199
Show Author Affiliations
Nancy J. Magnani, Eastconn (United States)
Judith Donnelly, Consultant (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9188:
Optics Education and Outreach III
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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