Chilean Children Take a Voyage of Light

Rodrigo A. Vicencio

In 2008, an optics professor at the University of Chile and ten pedagogy students began work on a program to educate elementary school children about light and optics. A marvelous voyage had begun.


imageBoy playing with a camera obscura

Our journey began when I, an optical soliton researcher at the University of Chile, invited my optics students to apply for a grant to promote science within Chilean schools. We targeted elementary school children around 9 years old because we wanted our experience to emphasize play and the fun of exploration. The project was intended to help kids to explore optics and the characteristics of light with games and experiments.

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