Fun outreach in Optics: Physics League 

Divulgación en Óptica divertida: Physics League

By: V. Gonzalez-Fernandez, F. Hevia, B. G. del Rio, L. Sanchez-Tejerina and D. Mateos

Main Information

Volume:
Vol.53-N1 / 2020 - Ordinario
Section:
Optics in Education 
Pages:
51036: 1-8
DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.7149/OPA.53.1.51036
Type:
Educational paper 
Language:
English
Attachments:
Keywords:
Optics, outreach, general public

Óptica, divulgación, público general
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Abstract

The outreach activities related to Optics and Photonics carried out by the non-profit association Physics League are presented. Physics League is located at the Science Faculty of the University of Valladolid, and is formed by young scientists and bachelor students. The key features of the activity carried out by the association are: 1) the interaction of the public with the experiments, in contrast with mere demonstration; 2) the setting of the experiments in a universe or story, real or fictional, which the public might feel identified with or attracted to; and 3) the use of uncommon staging such as theatrical plays or escape rooms. The great impact of its activities, with almost 20,000 participants in just five years, and the positive feedback obtained make the results from the small-scale outreach carried out by the association useful to motivate future scientists and to bring science (especially Physics) closer to society.


Se presentan las actividades de divulgación relacionadas con la óptica y la Fotónica llevadas a cabo por la asociación sin ánimo de lucro Physics League. Esta asociación está ubicada en la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Valladolid y está formada por jóvenes científicos y estudiantes de grado. Las características principales de la actividad llevada a cabo en la asociación son: 1) la interacción del público con los experimentos, en contraste con la mera exposición; 2) la ambientación de los experimentos en un universo o historia, real o de ficción, con los que el público pueda sentirse relacionado o atraído; y 3) la utilización de puestas en escena muy novedosas para las demostraciones, como pueden ser las obras de teatro o las "escape room". El gran impacto de sus actividades, con casi 20.000 participantes en tan sólo cinco años, y la respuesta positiva obtenida hacen que la divulgación a pequeña escala llevada a cabo por esta asociación resulte de gran utilidad para motivar a los futuros científicos y acercar la ciencia (fundamentalmente la Física) a la sociedad.

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