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Optics workshops designed to preschool children (age 3 to 6 years)
Author(s): Charvel Lopez; Cristina Solano

Paper Abstract

Since 2005, it was decided in Mexico that children have to start their formal education at the age of 3 years, two years earlier that in many other countries. This change was done to increase activities that enhance the social interaction and stimulus (knowledge and skills) of the students to prepare them to the next academic level. The main drawback of the developed curriculum for the younger children is that it does not include enough scientific activities. The work presented here is the answer of a particular initiative of some teachers to implement scientific workshops in optics. We have found that preschoolers are attracted to scientific activities if the material is presented in the right way. While design any scientific activity it is important to remember that young children want to know about their world without changing it, they have to experience the principle without memorizing, therefore the language used to describe concepts, ideas or terms has to be carefully chosen to avoid confuse preschoolers that can lose track of the activity. The scientific information has to be very clear and limited to a single physical principle and the concepts have to be presented in a way to include games as a learning activity that allow them to experience with the results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2016
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV, 994617 (27 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238755
Show Author Affiliations
Charvel Lopez, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
Cristina Solano, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9946:
Optics Education and Outreach IV
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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