15 October 2012 Lessons learned from student outreach: introducing optics to fifth graders
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Though light and vision has been included in the Connecticut science standards for several years, teachers continue to look for new ways of teaching these concepts effectively. The students from the Three Rivers Community College SPIE and OSA student chapters have partnered with EASTCONN, a regional education service center, to bring optics lessons to the classroom. In this paper, the lessons that were demonstrated including spectroscopy, refraction, and reflection will be explained. With anecdotes from the student chapter members, fifth grade students and their teachers, the effectiveness of these lessons and steps to improve them will be presented.
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Nancy Magnani, Nancy Magnani, Matthew Donnelly, Matthew Donnelly, Gregory Mahan, Gregory Mahan, Tiffany Rossi, Tiffany Rossi, } "Lessons learned from student outreach: introducing optics to fifth graders", Proc. SPIE 8481, Optics Education and Outreach II, 84810I (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929258; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.929258


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