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New optical museum at Saint-Petersburg for education and training
Author(s): V. N. Vasil'ev; S. K. Stafeef; M. G. Tomilin

Paper Abstract

Nowadays the educational problem of teaching optics and photonics is to attract the young generation to the wonderful and magic world of light, optical science, technology and systems. The main issue is to explain that in the course of last several hundred years optics has been representing the most clear world view for humanity. In fact, the optics itself is a multidisciplinary complex of independent scientific directions, and, moreover, it has always been a generator of new fields of knowledge. Besides, optics and photonics are the fields within which the most fundamental problems of today’s reality are to be resolved. It is absolutely necessary to encourage our scholars in getting optics and photonics education as an alternative physical basis to gaining solely computer knowledge. The main obstacle is the poor connection between program of optical education and the real optical researches, disintegration of different branches of the optical science, the demographic situation, some problems with teaching mathematics and physics at schools, and the collision between traditional educational methods and the mentality of the new generation. In Russia the Saint-Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics offers partial solution to these problems: the organization of a real place for interactive optical science in a form of a new museum of optics, intended for education and training, seems to be the most effective way. This was the main reason for establishing such a museum in Saint-Petersburg at the end of 2008.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9666, 11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 96660B (5 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.2208024
Show Author Affiliations
V. N. Vasil'ev, St. Petersburg Univ. of Information Technologies (Russian Federation)
S. K. Stafeef, St. Petersburg Univ. of Information Technologies (Russian Federation)
M. G. Tomilin, St. Petersburg Univ. of Information Technologies (Russian Federation)

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

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