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Science and Fun in a “Magic Show of Light” from Optical Demonstrations on an Overhead Projector for elementary school students. Joe J. Lones a , Nadezhda K. Maltseva b , Kurt N. Peterson c a Adroit Engineering, P.O. Box 6245 San Diego, CA 92166-0245 b SPb SU ITMO, 49, Kronverkskiy Av., St. Petersburg, Russia 197101 c Clarenceville School District Board of Education, Livonia, Michigan Abstract : We seek methods of stimulating young school children to develop an interest in science and engineering through a natural curiosity for the reaction of light. Science learning now begins fully at middle school. Reading skills develop with activity at home and progress through the elementary school curriculum, and in a like manner, a curious interest in science also should begin at that stage of life. Within the ranks of educators, knowledge of optical science needs to be presented to elementary school students in an entertaining manner. One such program used by the authors is Doug Goodman's Optics Demonstrations With the Overhead Projector, co-published by and available from OSA (Optical Society of America) and SPIE-The International Society of Optical Engineering. These demonstrations have found their way into middle and high schools; however, as a special approach, the authors have presented selected Goodman demonstrations as a "Magic Show of Light" to elementary schools. Both students and faculty have found the show most entertaining! If optical knowledge is utilized to stimulate science learning in the coming generation at elementary school level, there's a good chance we can sow some fertile seeds of advancement for all future segments of the workforce . Students can enjoy what they are doing while building a foundation for contributing gainfully to society in any profession. We need to explore expanding exposure of the “Magic Show of Light” to elementary schools. OCIS codes: (000.2060) Education 1. OPTICS EDUCATION NOW AND FOR THE FUTURE 1.1 Getting “Out of the Box” Successful education produces individuals who possess a large foundation of conceptual knowledge coupled with a wide range of problem-solving and communication skills. While memorizing is important, largely in organizing concepts, practicing effective reasoning develops habits of logical analysis and focused searching for solutions. In addition, the pursuit of scientific principles requires clear and accurate communication, often a nontrivial goal. The word from higher academia and the workplace is that significant portions of today’s high-school graduates are missing technological, problem solving, and communication skills. 1 Root causes for the current educational dilemma come from many directions. One such cause could be the emphasis on rapid action. Then too, there's "the box." Yep, that ubiquitous computer and its "box" counterpart, TV, have invaded our lives, and the world, with excessive attention to on-screen images… Haven’t we all heard about “out of the box”? "For a whole generation of kids, direct experiences in the backyard, in the tool shed, in the fields and woods, have
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This note was uploaded on 08/05/2011 for the course ACCT 11212 taught by Professor Davis during the Spring '11 term at York College of Pennsylvania.

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