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Materials, Methods & Technologies, Volume 15, 2021

OPTICS AND PHOTONICS FOR CHILDREN IN TIMES OF COVID-19 CRISIS
Dana Seyringer
Pages: 334-342
Published: 23 Sep 2021
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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 century of photon much as the 20th century was the century of electron. Optics and photonics technologies affect almost all areas of our life and cover a wide range of applications in science and industry, e.g. in information and communication technology, in medicine, life science engineering as well as in energy and environmental technology. However even so attractive, the photonics is not well known by most people. To motivate especially young generation for optics and photonics we worked out a lecture related to the “light” for children aged eight to twelve years. We have prepared many experiments to explain the nature of light and its applications in our everyday life. Finally, we focused on the optical data transmission, i.e. how modern communication over optical networks works. To reach many children at home we recorded this lecture and offered it as a video online in the frame of children’s university at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. By combining the hands-on teaching with having a fun while learning about the basic optics concepts we aroused interest of many children with a very positive feedback.
Keywords: children university, optical data transmission, hands-on teaching, basic optics concepts, online teaching, photonics explorer
Cite this article: Dana Seyringer. OPTICS AND PHOTONICS FOR CHILDREN IN TIMES OF COVID-19 CRISIS. Journal of International Scientific Publications: Materials, Methods & Technologies 15, 334-342 (2021). https://www.scientific-publications.net/en/article/1002223/
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