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Multidisciplinary educational activity based on optical experiments conducted within an art context

Paper Abstract

On the 20th of December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). The proclamation of an International Year focusing on the light science and applications recognizes the importance of light in the society, which plays a vital role in our daily lives, being visible in a widespread number of different areas, as for instance, in technology, education, energy, art, agriculture, health, among many others. In this work, the members of the Image Processing Laboratory from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), analyze the concept of readapting some experiments in optics -usually conducted in different courses at the UAB physics degree- into the artistic context of the MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona). This project, called SummerLight, takes place within the framework of the IYL, as part of the activities devised to promote the visibility of light. The readapted experiments are expected to teach and improve the knowledge of high school students with respect to different important physical phenomena related to the wave nature of light as polarization, interferences and diffraction. This study analyzes the suitability of the proposed experiments in terms of student optical skills improvement. In addition, its contextualization into an artistic scenario is also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9793, Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015, 97931V (8 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2223182
Show Author Affiliations
Laura Lobato, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Josep Vidal, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Ariadna Miquel, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Spain)
Angel Lizana, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Alba Peinado, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Irene Estévez, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Claudio Ramírez, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Juan Campos, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
María J. Yzuel, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9793:
Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015

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