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Educational Alternatives, Volume 13, 2015

CHILDREN’S UNIVERSITY: OPTICS AND PHOTONICS FOR CHILDREN
Dana Seyringer
Pages: 130-137
Published: 27 Aug 2015
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Abstract: Today, optics and photonics is widely regarded as one of the most important key technologies for this century. Many experts even anticipate that the 21st century will be the century of the photon. Optics and photonics technologies have impact on nearly all areas of our life and cover a wide range of applications in science and industry. However even so attractive, the photonics is not well known by majority of the people. In order to motivate especially the young generation for the optics and photonics we offered already three times the lecture about “optical data transmission” to the children of age 8-12 years in the frame of Children’s University. We prepared many practical activities and experiments to explain how the modern communication through the optical networks works. Combining the hands-on teaching with having a fun while learning about the basic optics concepts we aroused interest of not only the children but also the parents, with a very positive feedback.
Keywords: children university, optical data transmission, hands-on teaching, basic optics concepts
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